The world is in a period of rapid and often frightening change. Conservatism consumes democracy, minority groups fight increasing oppression, and the planet itself is under threat of climate disaster.

But there is hope. More people are practising some form of self-expression than ever before – creating video games, taking hip hop classes, enjoying live performance and posting content to YouTube. Creativity and innovation are on the rise, and artists are increasingly harnessing that power for social good.

REVOLUTION asks the question: how do we engage our imaginations and creative potential to create a better world? How can we take action, together, for a new society – where diversity is encouraged, art and culture are celebrated, and we are responsible to our most vulnerable citizens?

REVOLUTION, the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture's annual conference, takes place Thursday, June 8 in Vancouver, at VSO School of Music and The Annex. Attendees arrive at 8:30 a.m. at The Annex (823 Seymour St.) for check-in; the event, which includes lunch, runs until 4:30 p.m. A post-conference networking event follows at the Alliance headquarters downtown.

A REVOLUTION is happening. Will you join?

bencameron.jpg

REVOLUTION is thrilled to welcome keynote speaker Ben Cameron. A visionary, international campaigner for the performing arts, Cameron has delivered one of the Top 10 most acclaimed, art-focused TED Talks. "Why the Live Arts Matter" has inspired half a million viewers. In Vancouver, expect Cameron to take a bold look forward at ways the power of live theatre, music, and dance will keep pace with the always-on Internet. 

This keynote session is sponsored in part by:

tearafraser.jpeg
rayhsu.jpeg
miasusanamir.jpg

(Top, l-r: Franco Boni, Teara Fraser, Brenda Leadlay, Dr. Ray Hsu. Middle, l-r: Anoushka Ratnarajah, mia susan amir, Nina Buddhdev, Dani Fecko. Bottom, l-r: Sunny Matharu, Dr. Michelle La Flamme, lee williams boudakian, Kristin Cheung.)

 

CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT

Theatre renegade Franco Boni draws upon his experience transforming a Toronto theatre into a hub for the local community. The Theatre Centre serves lunch prepared by artists, exhibits art, employs refugees, and has hosted a scientist-in-residence. It all started when Boni asked, “What can theatre be?” (This session is sponsored in part by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association.)

EXPLORING RECONCILIATION THROUGH ARTS & CULTURE

Teara Fraser, co-founder of the Raven Institute, leads an experiential workshop rooted in Indigenous ways of being, on the relationship between arts and reconciliation.

LEADING THE WAY ON ARTS ADVOCACY

BC Alliance executive director Brenda Leadlay focuses on ways we can become more engaged arts advocates so that politicians can understand the real value of arts, culture and heritage.  

VIRTUAL REALITY AND THE DARK SIDE OF EMPATHY

Experience virtual reality and discover ways the technology will revolutionize arts and communications, with Dr. Ray Hsu, chair of the Virtual Reality Group at UBC and an award-winning author.

CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN ARTISTIC PRACTICE

This panel discussion explores ways race, gender and culture manifest in creative expression. South Asian arts specialist Nina Buddhdev moderates a critical conversation with educator and performer Dr. Michelle La Flamme; Indian classical dancer Sudnya Mulye; Iranian-Canadian theatre director, writer and producer Fay Nass (Neworld, frank theatre company, PTC); Thomas Hunter, a practitioner of Hindustani music, who lectures in South Asian Studies at UBC, and Tabla player Sunny Matharu. Expect to examine the ways traditional art practice will keep pace in a contemporary art world.

FROM ART TO ACTION: BUILDING ANTI-RACIST SOLIDARITY

Understand dominant social power dynamics and ways to foster a culture in which people of colour are represented with ShapeShift Arts facilitators Anoushka Ratnarajah, who believes in storytelling as a way to create new futures; interdisciplinary artist lee williams boudakian, and mia susan amir, creative director of The Story We Be, and dramaturg at PTC, whose work explores ways sociopolitical events are manifest intergenerationally in the body.

NEW WAYS OF WORKING TOGETHER: THE NEXT GENERATION

Millennials can be thanked for changing the way artists approach their work. Discover their tricks—technical, collaborative, imaginative, cost-effective—at this workshop featuring four young stars: Arts manager Dani Fecko; fundraiser Kristin Cheung; Sophia Wolfe, who cofounded F-O-R-M, the international festival of recorded movement, and Hong Kong Exile co-founder Natalie Tin Yin Gan.

See the schedule at a glance here.

 

REGISTRATION

Alliance members receive a discounted rate, and students and youth (25 and under) attend for $39.00 (+ GST). For any inquiries around registration, please contact Joyce Wan via email (joyce@allianceforarts.com) or phone (604 681 3535).

 

REVOLUTION: Engaging Human Creativity is sold out! To be added to the waitlist, come to The Annex (823 Seymour St.) at 8:30 a.m. on June 8. Waitlist attendees will be allowed in as space permits. The doors open at 8:30 a.m., so please do not arrive before then.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

A limited amount of hotel rooms are available for out-of-town delegates courtesy of our partner, Best Western Plus Chateau Granville, for participants who register by May 12. Please contact Joyce Wan via email (joyce@allianceforarts.com) or phone (604 681 3535) for more information.

ASL INTERPRETATION

Do you require ASL interpretation at REVOLUTION 2017? Please contact Joyce Wan (joyce@allianceforarts.comby June 5, to allow us enough time to make the appropriate arrangements. Thank you!

THANK YOU TO OUR 2017 CONFERENCE PARTNERS