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Culture Days Webinar Series

The Culture Days Webinar Series provides insight, skill development, and knowledge aimed to help strengthen your public engagement practices. Join guest experts in the field from across the country (and beyond!) addressing current best practice and new ideas. Each webinar includes short engaging presentations, a Q&A period, and provides downloadable resources—all free of charge. Here you can register for upcoming webinars or watch past recordings. Jump to:

State of the Arts: Impacts of 2020, Panel Discussion

(September 25, 2020)

Culture Days and CBC Toronto hosted a discussion examining how the Canadian arts sector has been upended by COVID-19, confronted by calls for greater inclusion and equity, and presented with opportunities in recovery as the industry faces new futures. Hosted by Ismaila Alfa and featuring:

  • Michèle Pearson Clarke, Photo Laureate, City of Toronto
  • Ian Williams, Author, 2019 winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize for Reproduction
  • John G. Hampton, Interim CEO of the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina.
  • Barry Hughson, Executive Director, National Ballet of Canada

Note: ASL interpreter not visible on recording.

Pro-tips from Our Peers on Going Digital

with Neil Adams and Nadine Villasin Feldman—hosted by Meaghan Froh Metcalf, Outreach and Programs Manager, Ontario Culture Days (August 19, 2020)

Planning online programs can seem limiting to those used to hosting in-person events, but doing so can actually present fresh and exciting possibilities! As a Culture Days organizer, creating digital events or programs is a great way to keep your network engaged, allows you to grow your audience, and helps remove barriers to access and participation. Absolutely, the process can seem overwhelming, but we’ve got a spectacular sector and community of friends who are kicking butt at taking things digital and are eager to share their creative ideas and strategies for adapting in-person arts-based activities with you.

In this webinar, Neil shares more about taking the Regina-based Cathedral Village Arts Festival digital for the very first time in 2020, while Nadine discusses the Myseum of Toronto’s quick pivot to online programming and virtual events.

#GetCreativeAtHome: Get Creative Festival 2020

with Stephen James-Yeoman and Damien McGlynn (July 8, 2020)

For organizations that thrive on bringing people together to participate and share live arts and culture experiences in-person, COVID-19 has certainly disrupted the normal spring/summer 2020 events calendars of arts programming, celebratory weekends, performances, fetes, and festivals. In response to the uncertainty of the pandemic and the barriers it has created, programs from across the arts and culture sector are being reimagined for remote audiences—at home, online, and out of the box.

While looking ahead to September, Culture Days is, undoubtedly, among the many who are learning to adapt to this new realm of arts participation. But how do we do this? How does one take their practice online? How do festivals remount remotely? How can we inspire more creativity at home? Our friends from across the pond will be sharing their experience of taking the Get Creative Festival remote in 2020! Last year, the Festival had nearly 1,700 events around the UK and Ireland, but this year as the Coronavirus spread across the UK, they made the responsible decision to pivot their efforts from promoting an on-the-ground festival to supporting a new creative engagement initiative “#GetCreativeAtHome”. Tune in to hear about how things went and collect valuable insight that you can apply when rethinking and adapting your own arts and culture initiatives and programs.

Damien McGlynn provided us with some tips to make online activities accessible, download them here and the presentation slides are also available here.

Breaking Attendance Barriers: Why People With Interest Do Not Visit

with Colleen Dilenschneider and Jim Hekkers (April 21, 2020)

Research shows that a sizeable portion of people who report interest in visiting museums and other cultural organizations do not actually walk in the door. What gives? The first step to motivating attendance is understanding why interested audiences do not attend.

In this webinar, guest speakers Colleen Dilenschneider and Jim Hekkers from market research and predictive technology firm IMPACTS Research & Development identify the most frequently cited attendance barriers—from difficulty planning to preferring to watch Stranger Things on the couch. IMPACTS provides an overview of the top data-backed barriers and arm webinar attendees with trend research to inform the creation of strategies to overcome each of the top barriers.

During the live webinar, attendees were asked what they are doing to remain top of mind right now while people are at home. We’ve compiled their responses here.

Art Education in the Digital Sphere

with John Dalrymple, Jay Kimball, and Douglas Friesen (July 17, 2019)

This webinar looks at current trends in online education programming, and investigates the way arts organizations create digital lessons for younger audiences. Discussion revolves around the differences between live and digital education programming, and how organizations have utilized web platforms to expand their audience.

The webinar includes guest presentations from John Dalrymple with Canada’s National Ballet School, Jay Kimball at LIVE Arts Saskatchewan, and Douglas Friesen, teacher and arts educator. Watch as they identify barriers to participation and discuss the ways they work to bring accessible arts programming into classrooms. Tune in to see how digital platforms are changing the game in arts education.

Culture Days and Get Creative Festival: Recent findings from across the pond on personal well-being and arts participation

with Dr. Daisy Fancourt and Stephen James-Yeoman (May 29, 2019)

Steep the tea, settle into a comfy chair, and tune in as we chat with our friends at the Get Creative Festival about their recent leading-edge research around creativity, expression, and ties to personal well-being. We hosted Dr. Daisy Fancourt, UCL Senior Research Fellow, and Stephen James-Yeoman from BBC Arts, who shared insights from the study and connections with the Get Creative Festival.

We hope the session will inspire Canadian arts and culture organizations and non-profits to think how they can support encouraging individual creative exploration. Take the Get Creative Feel Good Test to discover how getting creative could improve your personal well-being.

Deepening Sense of Belonging Through Arts and Culture

with Frédéric Julien (April 24, 2019)

What is belonging? How does it relate to arts and culture? And how can we strengthen belonging to each other and our communities? In 2017, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA) sought to answer these questions in Vital Signs: Arts & Belonging. Building on this report and on subsequent research findings, this webinar will explore how arts and culture programs and venues make our communities better places to live by helping people connect through shared arts experiences.

The webinar is presented by Frédéric Julien, Director of Research and Development at CAPACOA. Frédéric has been active in the performing arts for several years as an artist, an arts administrator, a consultant, an advocate, and a change maker. He has been leading research and development activities at CAPACOA for the last nine years. He is a regular speaker and session facilitator at conferences throughout Canada. He also frequently facilitates online dialogues on the state of the performing arts sector as part of the Arts in Perspective series.

Arts Participation in Canada

with Kelly Hill (March 6, 2019)

In Culture Days’ first webinar of 2019, Hill Strategies President Kelly Hill presents 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 is also linked to concepts of well-being through arts participation.

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.

Indigenous Cultural Programming

with Dominga Robinson (June 26, 2018)

Saskatchewan-based Arts Administrator Dominga Robinson provides background, context and insight for building lasting partnerships with Indigenous community members and producing meaningful cultural programming. Dominga discusses 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.

Webinar Archive

All past Culture Days webinars are available on our YouTube channel.