Upcoming Event: A National Congress on Arts & Culture

Culture Days National Congress 2013For Culture Days’ upcoming national congress, I’ve been asked to consult on some planning/conference program design, speaker briefings and organize a few other things. Here’s the cool part:
I’m producing a participatory art project to animate the event. It’s going to be awesome! It also kind of needs to be a secret until we go live… so I’m going to STOP right here.
I’ll also be hosting the virtual Congress (i.e. the livestream of the proceedings), which means if you can’t make it down to the Royal York for the “real” thing, just point your browser to the Culture Days website.
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Since 2010, Culture Days has brought together over 3.5 million Canadians over and 600,000 artists, cultural workers, organizations and groups in 850 cities and towns across Canada during the annual three-day event each September.
I was the founding community engagement manager for Culture Days, and I’ve stayed in touch, helping now and again with projects — from developing the framework for a national learning strategy, articulating new goals and plans for the next 3 years, to continuing to advise on Culture Days’ ever-evolving digital strategy.
Naturally this means that I’m super proud that Culture Days has become a vibrant portal to increase the awareness, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.
With this experiment in cultural engagement now on firm ground, the Culture Days Executive Committee felt it was time for cultural leaders to come together and discuss the most vital and relevant topics affecting cultural public engagement, funding, marketing and sustenance of the cultural sector. In the setting of an intimate congress, this first-ever national event of its kind will be a unique rallying point for a diversity of experiences, trends, best practices, and impacts of public engagement in arts and culture in Canada.
No matter what role you play in the arts and cultural ecosystem, join provocative panel guests and key decision makers, arts and private sector leaders, media influencers, policy makers, funders, and artists and cultural pracitioners in exploring the following topics and more:
  • What are the factors for arts and culture to thrive in rural towns, regional cities and major urban centres?
  • What are innovative models of cultural engagement today?
  • What role does technology play?
  • What role does the media play?
  • How do we develop new sources of funding and support?
  • What role do government and the private sector play?
  • How do we measure success?
  • What lessons have been learned during Culture Days that matter throughout the year?
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