Arts Summit 2015 Programming Highlights

We've got a great line-up of programming for Arts Summit 2015; register now to take advantage of early bird registration rates (deadline extended). 

This year’s Arts Summit (Thursday & Friday, June 18 & 19 at the Roundhouse Community) will open with our annual “What We Have Learned” report-backs from a number of organizations and initiatives.

These will include an update from Sarah Kim of ArtStarts In Schools on the state of art in education, a report by Dawn Brennan of The Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance on this year’s Making A Scene Conference and an update from Creative BC as they look forward to their third year as an independent agency providing support for BC’s motion picture, interactive digital, music, and publishing sectors. 

Martha Rans of Artists' Legal Outreach will speak about the recent changes to the Society Act, and Kelly Hill of Hill Strategies Research Inc. will outline a multi-faceted project he is currently undertaking to address research gaps in British Columbia’s arts and culture sector.

The afternoon of the first day will be devoted to sharing the outcomes of our BC Creative Convergence initiative and the 19 Community Cultural Roundtables held to discuss drafting a BC Cultural Policy Framework. 

The second day of Arts Summit 2015 will be devoted to three sessions with cultural visionary Richard Evans of EmcArts, building on outstanding feedback on his keynote address at Arts Summit 2013 and his workshop at Where Next BC in 2014.

Richard’s research, program design, and facilitation places particular emphasis on innovation, adaptive organizational change, and effective ways that the arts and culture field can respond to the demands of a new era for the sector.

His studies on innovation and capacity building led to his design for the Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts. Fall 2011 saw the launch of a second national lab – the Innovation Lab for Museums. Richard also leads the design and implementation of the New Pathways for the Arts Initiative, a series of community-based innovation programs that is active in cities throughout North America. Richard is a frequent speaker on the relationship between cultural policy and emerging practices in the arts.

For this year’s Summit, Richard will present an opening talk and Q&A session on his most recent work in adaptive change, including significant programs now being delivered across Alberta. A second morning session will explore case studies of organizations benefiting from this work in both the US and Canada. Richard will be joined by two participants who will bring their personal experiences into the conversation. 

In the final session of Arts Summit 2015, Richard will facilitate an invigorating afternoon workshop, opening pathways to a bright future for the arts in BC.

Both days of Arts Summit 2015 will feature delicious lunches and Thursday afternoon will conclude with a networking reception. We will enjoy live entertainment at both lunches and the reception, arranged by our friends at the Access To Music Foundation.

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