In addition to the many free tools and resources that support organizers’ successful Culture Days participation each year, many other opportunities have been generated through the Culture Days network that help artists and organizations develop effective ways of sharpening their audience outreach and public engagement practices. From new collaborations, contacts and marketing skills, to creative partnerships and access to new funding sources, a wide variety of tangible benefits and learnings have been reported that prove to be valuable throughout the year.
Check out the panelists who will share their experiences, challenges, successes and the impact of their efforts - sure to be a lively and insightful session!
Louise Sicuro, President & CEO of Culture pour tous and Producer of the annual Journées de la culture event across Québec will share her in depth experience, lessons learned and impacts observed over the past 17 years since the inception of the annual Journées de la culture event. In particular, Ms. Sicuro will speak to Culture pour tous’ highly regarded leadership in the burgeoning field of Cultural Mediation and how the variety of programs developed by her organization have made inroads with the public sector, business community, educators, artists and cultural organizations and other stakeholder groups in Québec.
Jean Giguère, Chair Emeritus of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Co-chair of the Culture Days Manitoba Task Force and national Executive Committee, Mrs. Giguère will speak to the strategies and diverse partnerships established to effectively mobilize the Winnipeg and Manitoban community. Hear how existing partnerships were strengthened, brand new collaborations forged and some traditional boundaries crossed.
Liesl Jauk, Manager of Cultural Development for the City of Richmond, BC will speak to why, and how her city embraced Culture Days as a perfect opportunity to inspire a much-anticipated annual event for artists and citizens each year. Hear about the partnerships, resources and valued post-event impacts Culture Days generates for citizens, artists, organizations and partners alike.
Rosemary Polegato, MBA, PhD, Professor of Marketing at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick has been invited to speak at international conferences on the value of community-based learning through the arts. Each year since Culture Days inception in 2010, Ms. Polegato has spearheaded an innovative Culture Days collaboration that brings her Arts and Cultural Marketing students, artists and local retailers together for an annual Culture Days project that generates tremendous excitement and opportunities for all participants, the media and public.
Shannon Thunderbird, President and Artistic Director of Teya Peya Productions, a First Nations Arts/Education company will recount her successful experience participating in the innovative CultureDays@TheLibrary program, working with the Toronto Public Library/Neighbourhood Arts Network partnership. A well-known advocate, Ms. Thunderbird will also speak to how she is breaking down traditional barriers to promoting First Nations creative work, the hurdles she encounters and successful touch points.
Danica Lorer, one of four Culture Days Animateurs employed by SaskCulture will share the challenges and opportunities she experienced when engaging communities in her province for the annual Culture Days celebration using her storytelling talents.
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