Call for Two No-Fee Presentations between November 1 and March 31

As part of the Statistical Insights on the Arts series, Kelly Hill will conduct four presentations in 2012-13 for no speaking / preparation fee. The speaking fee (covering preparation time) is funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council in conjunction with their funding of the Statistical Insights on the Arts series.
Presenting organizations must pay for Kelly’s travel and accommodation expenses related to attending the event.
We are seeking brief proposals for two “no-fee” presentations between November 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013. The two no-fee presentations will be chosen by Hill Strategies, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.
Two no-fee presentations will be awarded during this fall call for proposals, while the other two were awarded in the spring. Host organizations may not apply to both deadlines.

  • Priority will be given to presentations based on the findings from recent Statistical Insights on the Arts reports, including topics such as:
  • Factors in Canadians’ Arts Attendance in 2010 (release planned for September 26, 2012)
  • Provincial Profiles of Arts, Culture and Heritage Activities in 2010 (report released March 2012)
  • Canadians’ Arts, Culture and Heritage Activities in 2010 (report released February 2012)
  • Young children’s participation outside of school in the arts and reading in 2008 (report released November 2011)
  • Consumer Spending on Culture in 2008 (report released November 2010)
  • Patterns in Performing Arts Spending in Canada in 2008 (report released January 2011)

Other priorities for the no-fee presentations include:

  • conducting presentations in various parts of the country.
  • supporting artists, arts organizations and associations by providing them with up-to-date information on the arts sector.
  • reaching business groups, politicians and other “decision-makers” who want more information about the arts and culture in communities.
  • presentations with regional or national impact.

Please send your brief proposal (1 or 2 pages is fine, Word format preferred), containing the following information, via email to by 2 p.m. Western time on Wednesday, October 3, 2012:

  • Proposed name, date and location of meeting / conference / event
  • Host organization(s)
  • Session information (desired length / plenary or workshop?)
  • Expected number of attendees
  • General information regarding the background of expected attendees (e.g., artists, arts organization representatives, other cultural workers, business people, politicians, etc.)
  • Potential impacts of the presentation (i.e., what you expect attendees to take away from the session)
  • If part of a conference or speaker series, please indicate the typical content, scope and attendance at previous conferences or sessions of a similar nature.
  • Please indicate (as specifically as possible) how Kelly Hill’s presentation would assist in achieving the goals of the conference or session.

Presentations can be conducted in English, French or in both official languages. Proposals for webinar presentations are eligible if the host organization provides access to webinar technology.
Presentations are generally treated as "mini-research projects", involving customized preparation and background research.
Previous no-fee presentations include:

  • Understanding Today’s Challenges & Tomorrow’s Opportunities in Nova Scotia’s Arts Sector, Arts Nova Scotia and the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council, Halifax, October 2012 (forthcoming).
  • British Columbia’s Cultural Climate: Understanding the Arts in B.C.’s Economy and Society, Alliance for the Arts and Culture, Vancouver, June 2012.
  • Arts in Small Canadian Communities (Les artistes dans les petites villes et en région rurale), Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick, Dieppe, New Brunswick, March 2012.
  • Engaging Audiences:  Directions and trends in visual arts attendance, visitor engagement, giving and voluntarism, McMichael Gallery, Kleinburg, Ontario, March 2012.
  • Toward a Better Understanding  of the Arts in the Alberta  Economy and Society, Alberta Museums Association, Edmonton Arts Council, Edmonton Heritage Council and MacEwan University, Edmonton, March 2012.
  • Audiences, markets and motivations in the performing arts (Arts de la scène : publics, marchés et motivations), Performing Arts Alliance (bilingual webinar), February 2012.
  • Telling the stories of the arts: Artists, attendance, engagement, impacts and benefits, City of Barrie, April 2011.
  • Who’s your Audience? Performing Arts Attendance and Marketing: A Statistical View, Centre for the Arts, Brock University in partnership with Carousel Players and the City of St. Catharines, March 2011.
  • Toward a Better Understanding of the Arts in the Economy and Civil Society, City of St. John’s, March 2011.
  • Visual Arts in Quebec: Artists and Markets (Les arts visuels au Québec : Artistes et marché), Le regroupement des artistes en arts visuels du Québec, March 2011, Montreal.
  • Profile and Significance of the Arts and Culture Sector in Manitoba, Gathering Futures Colloquium (ACI Manitoba), March 2010, Winnipeg.
  • Putting arts and culture on the map: Literally!, Workshop on Cultural Mapping and Cultural Planning, March 2010, Toronto.
  • Performing Arts Attendance and Social Impacts, Contact ontarois, January 2009, Mississauga.
  • Social Impacts of the Arts, CAPACOA Conference “The Challenge of Change”, November 2008, Ottawa.
  • Visual Arts in Canada: Market, Attendance, Galleries and Artists,Visual Arts Summit, November 2007, Ottawa.
  • Arts and Culture: Key to Building Healthy, Vibrant BC Communities?, British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association, June 2007, Kamloops.
  • Is BC a Cultural Mecca? A Statistical View, Assembly of BC Arts Councils, May 2007, Nelson.
  • Audience research in action, Pacific Contact, March 2007, Vancouver.
  • Individual Donors and Volunteers, Culture Montreal, November 2006, Montreal.

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