If you were considering watching the Live Stream anyway, why not invite some colleagues to stop by and watch it together? Hosting a group viewing room to watch the Congress Live Stream together is a great way to spark new collaborations and create new ideas and opportunities. View this previous post on organizing a Live Stream meet-up, "Friends don't let friends watch Live Streams alone", and see below for a few more suggestions on ways to make your Live Stream ‘meet up’ more successful:
- Remember that the Congress schedule is in Central Daylight Time (i.e. Winnipeg time).
- This Friday afternoon’s Congress breakout session at 3pm (CDT) is a web-exclusive discussion. This means that only Live Stream viewers like you will be ‘in the room’ with Chalo Barrueta and Nadia Duguay. The two panelists will each present briefly on their experiences designing participatory cultural projects* and then invite you to contribute your perspectives and ask questions.
- You may want to engage a volunteer or colleague who is good at typing to be in charge of summarizing and typing the group's comments and questions into the Live Stream chat.
- Over lunch or dinner on Thursday or Friday, you may want to host an informal roundtable discussion. Consider inviting a colleague or two with interesting experiences in a particular subject area to briefly present their perspective and/or facilitate the discussion.
- Try to remember to post a sign or two in your meeting area(s) with your WiFi network name and password. This will help your participants get online faster, in case they want to tweet or ask questions directly.
- If you can, offering refreshments toward the back of your screening room, or in an adjacent area is a great way to keep everyone's energy levels up. Simple things like coffee, water, juice and cookies can help bring people together, creating opportunities for informal conversation and mixing.
- Remind your colleagues you’re hosting a Live Stream Meet-Up! Let your community know they can come watch together, and, if you want, let them know there will be a healthy mix of watching and talking.
*The full breakout description is as follows:
The Ethics and Aesthetics of Socially-Engaged Art. A Web-Exclusive Breakout Session with Chalo Barrueta and Nadia Duguay.
Participatory art, community art, social practice, cultural mediation, relational art... As more and more artists and cultural workers blend civic engagement with cultural mandates, several important questions arise: What are the minimum conditions or criteria required to produce participatory projects ethically, rigorously, meaningfully, and artistically? Join Nadia Duguay and Chalo Barrueta, specialists in participatory art for an intimate, candid, and inspiring conversation online via the Culture Days Congress Live Stream, about what it takes to successfully combine art, culture and social impact.
This is a special roundtable available only to Live Stream viewers. Nadia and Chalo look forward to engaging directly with online participants and hearing your perspective on this question.
Friday, May 23, 3pm.
To register, watch & chat in the Live Stream, click here.
The full Congress Live Stream schedule available here.
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