Culture Days offers valuable resources for artists and cultural workers throughout the year. This webinar series, produced in 2018, can help participants develop new skills, broaden their knowledge and strengthen their public engagement practices overall. Each one-hour webinar examines current best practices and new practical ideas, feature a question period, and provide downloadable resources - all free of charge.
|March 6, 2019||
Arts Participation in Canada with Kelly Hill
In Culture Days’ first webinar of 2019, Hill Strategies President Kelly Hill presented key findings from Hill Strategies' recent report on arts participation in Canada, including overall attendance, active participation, and engagement by different groups of Canadians. The research was also linked to concepts of well-being through arts participation. Webinar participants had the opportunity to discuss the relevance of the findings for their own work during a brief Q&A session at the end of the presentation.
Kelly founded Hill Strategies in 2002, and has since worked on nearly 400 research reports and presentations on the arts and culture. He brings to the table a thorough understanding of the arts landscape in Canada.
June 26, 2018
Indigenous Cultural Programming with Dominga Robinson
Saskatchewan-based Arts Administrator Dominga Robinson will provide background, context and insight for building lasting partnerships with Indigenous community members and producing meaningful cultural programming. Dominga will discuss some of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Calls to Action, issues around cultural appropriation and terminology, treaty territory statements and more — all grounded in her experiences as an Outreach Consultant with SaskCulture and as a member of the Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation.
Since 2010, Culture Days in Saskatchewan has been coordinated by SaskCulture in variety of ways, such as through the Culture Days Funding Assistance Grant Program, with support from Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation. SaskCulture also assists Culture Days event organizers with the creation and distribution of promotional materials and advertising.
While we strongly recommend you watch the video to learn the many important details from Dominga’s presentation, we have some summarized some key points here.
May 17, 2018
Info Session: OnBeat and 2018 Registration
Learn about ways to tap in to the 2018 Culture Days theme OnBeat: a collective drumming and rhythm event taking place coast-to-coast-to-coast.
Culture Days staff will also workshop the event registration process to help organisers successfully register their upcoming Culture Days programs. This info session will be useful for first-time organisers looking for some tips or established coordinators who would love a refresher.
April 24, 2018
For the staff of many cities and towns, Culture Days is an opportunity to coordinate arts programming that directly ties into their municipal cultural plan. Presenters at this webinar will discuss their roles in cultural planning for Canadian municipalities and how Culture Days can fit in to regional arts and culture strategies.
Don't have time to watch the full video? We've summarized Mirella, Matthew, and Anna's top tips here!
|March 27, 2018
Running a big event such as Culture Days can require all hands on deck. Volunteers are the life force of any organisation, particularly during a large program. This webinar will feature organisers who are well-versed with the management and coordination of volunteers. Hear more about how to recruit, schedule and support volunteers, both during Culture Days and year-round.
Don’t have time to watch the full video? We’ve summarized Winnie, Karla, and Andrea’s top tips here!
February 27, 2018
The February session will look into Culture Days events taking place on the university or college campuses. We will discuss examples of organizers using the built-in infrastructure of educational spaces for their Culture Days programming, investigating sites that are creating events for their student body or local communities.
Don’t have time to watch the full video? We’ve summarized Kim, Linda, and David’s top tips here!
|January 24, 2018||
Creating Cultural Hubs with
Don’t have time to watch the full video? We’ve summarized Lawrie and Karilynn’s top tips here!
Dominga Robinson is a Nakoda/Jamaican woman from the Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation in Southeast Saskatchewan. With a B.A. in English/Creative Writing and minors in Theatre Studies and Performance, she has worked in community programming for over 15 years. Dominga is currently an Outreach Consultant with SaskCulture. In addition to cultural programming, she was the Cultural and Ceremonies Manager for the 2014 North American Indigenous Games, and the Indigenous Program Coordinator with the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild. She has served as Board Member and Vice President for the Regina Aboriginal Professionals Association and as volunteer adjudicator for local, provincial and national funding programs. She sits on the Indigenous Climate Action National Steering Executive Committee and is a member of the Economic Development Board for her home community. Dominga also maintains her involvement in theatre, and has directed The Vagina Monologues (2008) and produced Two Spirits in collaboration with the First Nations University’s and University of Regina Theatre’s Indigenous Performance Production program in 2012.
Matthew Thomas is a designer who works closely with cultural planners, city makers and arts administrators. With City Proper, he combines his expertise in marketing, community development and entrepreneurism to implement award-winning communications campaigns and innovative design solutions for municipalities like Waterloo, Kitchener and London, Ontario. Matthew has lectured at Western University in the Arts Management and Not-for-Profit Management programs and is a professor in Fanshawe College's Faculty of Arts, Media and Design.
As the lead for Cultural Development for the City of Vaughan, Ontario, Mirella is responsible for the activation of cultural initiatives and programs that foster cultural vibrancy and growth, making Vaughan a standout creative municipality. As a skilled artist and mentor, she provides expertise and leadership in knowledge of cultural trends to formulate development strategies to increase the economic and social impact of arts and culture in the community. She helps to facilitate and negotiate innovative partnerships with the tourism sector, creative industries and acts as a liaison to the arts community of Vaughan and the greater GTA.
Anna has been with CCNC since 2013, and first joined the organization as the Member Services and Communications Coordinator. In her role as GM she works closely with the CCNC Board and its members to deliver the organization's mission to connect and support cultural leaders and nurture cultural development in local communities across Canada. With experience and education in both performing arts and arts management, Anna is passionate about ensuring that arts and culture, in all its forms, are supported at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels. She is excited to have the opportunity to work with communites across Canada, and to support their important work through her role at CCNC.
Winnie Wong received her Bachelor’s degree in Music from UBC in Piano and the Advanced Diploma in Arts and Entertainment Management from Capilano University. She is currently the Arts Programmer for the City of Richmond where she programs arts courses, is the marketing liaison, and the volunteer coordinator at the Richmond Arts Centre. Winnie has coordinated many special events, large scale community events and volunteers for numerous years with Richmond Public Art Program, South Arm Community Association and Richmond Arts Centre.
In addition, Winnie has been teaching piano and music theory for numerous years as part of the teaching faculty at the Richmond Music School. Aside from teaching, she is a collaborative pianist for instrumentalists and vocalists for recitals and exams around the Lower Mainland. She is also a Day-of-Coordinator with Dynamic Weddings and Solaris String Trio.
Karla Ferguson loves folk festivals. She’s attended them, volunteered at them, sat on the boards of them, performed at them, and has been on staff at the Winnipeg Folk Festival since 2007, where she is now the Volunteer Resources Manager. She oversees a volunteer program of 2800 volunteers working on 63 different crews, who support both a summer festival and year-round activities. Karla has a degree in music, freelances as a professional choral singer, and sits on the boards of two choirs.
Andrea Field is the Manager of Education and Volunteer Resources at the Bata Shoe Museum. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Hons. in Visual Art, a Masters of Arts in Comparative Literature and the Arts, a Bachelor of Education in Intermediate/Senior Education, and a certificate in Volunteer Management from Fleming College. She is a member of the Bloor St. Culture Corridor’s Awesomeness Initiative, the GTA Museum Learning Collective, Volunteer Toronto, and Volunteers Connect. Andrea manages a team of over 100 Front Desk Volunteers and Docents
For the past 18 years, Susan Nagy has fostered accessible arts-led educational programming and focused on community building as the Executive Director of Lakeshore Arts, a not for profit community arts organization in the west end of the city of Toronto.
Under her leadership, the organization has been instrumental in the creation and implementation of meaningful and innovative youth programming, developed new project ideas for multi-generational engagement and contributes to the vibrancy and social cohesion of the neighbourhood. She contributes to building the vitality of the City’s art sector as a resource and committee member: Toronto’s Cultural Plan, Community Arts Action Plan, Arts Day at the City and Artscape’s Creative Spaces outside the Downtown Core conferences. In 2012, Susan was the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her commitment to strengthening the arts sector, Community Art Educator of 2015 by Ontario Arts Education Association and was awarded the 2016 Employer of the Year by Community Living Toronto.
NSCAD University, also known as the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, is the oldest arts school in Canada. Founded in 1887, the University has established itself internationally as a centre for artistic innovation.
Linda Hutchison is the Associate Vice President of University Relations at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Some of the many things in her current portfolio include fund development, communication, donor and alumni stewardship and the Advancement Committee of the Board of Governors of NSCAD University. Linda is a passionate advocate for the arts and arts education and was directly involved in the 2017 Culture Days programming taking place at NSCAD.
David Vivian is the Director of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts of Brock University and a faculty member of the Department of Dramatic Arts. Trained in music, visual arts and design for theatre, his work at Brock has included the set and costume designs for the Mainstage productions since 2004. He teaches theatrical design, production, and stagecraft. Previously the Director of the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture and the Chair of the Department of Dramatic Arts he has held numerous responsibilities in university governance and municipal cultural policy development at the City of St. Catharines. The opening of the MIWSFPA in June of 2015, followed closely by the opening of the adjacent FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre of the City of St. Catharines provided an ideal opportunity to program Culture Days activities at the university’s new downtown campus.
Lawrie Crawford is a former civil servant whose work in social innovation is expressed through a dedicated concern for inclusive communities and relational governance. She puzzles for ways of creating a schema of space and matter that contains life. Those life-containers are houses, art presentation spaces, and in the north especially, community buildings, set in the apex of community life. Art House Carcross is a manifestation of Crawford’s intention to creating place, practice and celebration for art-makers and art lovers. Accomplishments at Art House Carcross include a hybrid presentation-retail gallery with over 42,000 visitors over two summers of operation, story-telling, art demonstrations, community programs, two years of Culture Days celebrations and major public art installations.Crawford is also a founding member of the Southern Lakes Artist Collective (SLAC) and a practicing interdisciplinary artist and abstractionist. To see her latest work, visit her website.
Karilynn Thompson is an administrative professional with a passion for arts and heritage spaces, and a graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design with a BFA in Drawing. Growing from an artistic practice in animation, she discovered a passion for film, media, and film festivals. Past tenures in the non-profit media arts include Quickdraw Animation Society and the GIRAF Animation Festival, Calgary Underground and Calgary International Film Festivals, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. Thompson’s work at cSPACE King Edward (an incubator for the arts located in South Calgary and featuring non-profit office and studio spaces, galleries, and event venues) includes everything from planning events to tenant, venue, and co-working space management.
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