31st ANNUAL JESSIE RICHARDSON AWARDS
The nominees for The 31st Annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards (JRTAS) were announced at the Jessie Nominations Party held on Tuesday, May 21st at the Vancouver TheatreSports League Improv Centre on Granville Island.
“The Jessie Richardson Theatre Award Society is proud to honour and celebrate achievements in Vancouver professional theatre,” says JRTAS President Meredith Elliott. “We are privileged to have such an accomplished community of artists, each year creating an exciting and eclectic body of work for Vancouver audiences to enjoy.” See the list of Jessie Nominations
How can we make the most of culture for economic growth, environmental sustainability, and social inclusion ? How can we place culture, innovation, and creativity at the heart of public policy ? From 15 to 17 May, UNESCO’s "Hangzhou International Congress" in China will set the stage for a landmark global debate on integrating culture in the conception, measurement, and practice of sustainable development. The Congress seeks to inspire governments, civil society, businesses and communities to harness the power of culture in addressing the world’s most pressing developmental challenges. Read More
Creative SpaceMaking Vancouver workshop: "Explorations in Creative SpaceMaking"
Get strategies, resources, and tools for creative spacemaking
$25.00 Early bird registration. $35.00 Regular registration. Nutrition break included. Advance registration only.
Hands-on and interactive, this half-day introductory workshop will appeal to artists, arts and cultural organizations and businesses, and emerging leaders in the cultural space discussion.
June 12 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This half-day workshop will be led by Canada’s premier cultural space organization, Artscape, with guests from the Vancouver cultural community. It will explore the issues and topics concerning cultural space, including strategies, resources and tools available to organizations today.
The workshop will also be an opportunity to network and learn from local organizations that have struggled with their space needs and have realized valuable and successful projects.
Space is limited—register early! Tickets will not be sold at the door.
How I went completely paperless (with help from my iPad) Note from Tierney: There are lots of us in the nonprofit sector who still rely heavily on paper. The dream of "going paperless" has been around for a long time now, and hasn't been achieved for many reasons - legal/policy reasons, technology isn't good enough, personal preference, etc. However I think Kevin's story illustrates how recent improvements in cloud & mobile technology offer some practical ways in which paper use can be drastically reduced while still letting you do everything you need to do. In his case he was working on his PhD, but I think what he's describing is also quite applicable to nonprofits.
By: Kevin McDermott, PhD Candidate, University of Guelph
When I was just about to start my PhD program in Management at the University of Guelph, I had heard horror stories from friends and colleagues about the number of academic articles that I would need to print, read and annotate. Some called a PhD a Photocopying Degree, and others lamented about their boxes and boxes of printed articles laying around their basement or office.
It was also just around this time that tablets started to become more than just a novelty item, and applications and online services started to mature to make me think that maybe I could do it differently. Maybe I could do my entire PhD without printing out a single academic article, maybe I could do it all electronically without negatively impacting my productivity.
There are a number of reasons to do so, including:
Georgia Straight by Stephen Thomson on May 14, 2013
The City of New Westminster is looking for people in the community who can give a group of visiting international artists a place to stay.
The temporary accommodation is needed as part of a Vancouver Biennale artist residency program, the city said in a release today (May 14).
The city is interested in hosting up to six professional artists for a stay of four to six weeks sometime in 2014-2015.
Through the hosting program, international and local artists would have the opportunity to collaborate on new works of art.
The Vancouver Biennale curatorial team is expected to invite dozens of artists from abroad for similar visits.
For more information, contact the City of New Westminster’s manager of arts and cultural development at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-527-4530.
CBC News, May 9, 2012 - Culture PEI is launching a mentorship program for people aspiring to work in the province's cultural sector.
Up and coming artists, artisans, storytellers, photographers and performers will be paired with established artists in their fields to learn how to make money from their art. Culture PEI is currently looking for artists to take part in the pilot program both as mentors and mentees.
"Somebody who wants to know how to take their creative artistic passion to the next step of being able to share their work with wider audiences perhaps being able to sell it," said Culture PEI executive director Henk van Leeuwen.
"To be able to figure out how to grow a business. These folks can learn it from people side by side with those who are doing it today."
The mentorship will last eight months, starting this summer, with a minimum of 10 hours of contact between mentor and mentee each month. Mentors receive a $2,000 honorarium. Mentees receive a $500 honorarium, and agree to volunteer in the mentor's business for five hours a month.
The deadline for applications to the program is June 14. CBC News
Hyperallergic, by An Xiao on May 9, 2013, SAN FRANCISCO — Just as design is often seen as an afterthought for new technologies, art is often seen as superfluous to the more quantifiable work behind social change and the rhetorical and charismatic qualities of change leaders. But anyone who has studied the history of social movements knows that art and media have always played a role, from political posters to buttons to films and music.
A recent essay by Favianna Rodriguez at Creative Time Reports caught my eye. Rodriguez, who co-founded the immigrant rights organization and magazine CultureStrike with Jeff Chang, Ken Chen, and Andrew Hsiao, argued for the need for “cultural strategy” or “cultural organizing” as a key, deliberate component of social movements:
As artists, we need to communicate more than what we stand against or why particular policies affect us negatively, because limiting our commentary to such reactions would confine the social imaginary to existing political frameworks and systems that we do not control. We should also present our vision for who we are, and show why that vision is a positive one. Working in the realm of ideas does not take energy away from the action space. Cultural strategies are as necessary as political strategies. Read More
Museum 2.0 Blog by Nina Simon, May 8, 2013 - Like a lot of organizations, my museum struggles with two conflicting goals:
But ultimately, that's still targeting. It's still grouping. And while it may be effective when it comes to marketing, it's limiting if your mission is to reach and engage with a wide range of people. It can lead to parallel programming: bike night for hipsters, bee night for hippies, family night for kiddies. And rarely the twain shall meet.
At the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, we're approaching this challenge through a different lens: social bridging. One of our core programming goals is to build social capital by forging unexpected connections between diverse collaborators and audience members. We intentionally develop events and exhibitions that matchmake unlikely partners--opera and ukelele, Cindy Sherman and amateur photographers, welding and knitting. Our goal in doing this work is to bring people together across difference and build a more cohesive community.
We have been explicitly focusing on social bridging for more than a year now. What started as a series of experiments and happy accidents is now embedded in how we develop and evaluate projects. We've seen surprising and powerful results--visitors from different backgrounds getting to know each other, homeless people and museum volunteers working together, artists from different worlds building new collaborative projects. Visitors now spontaneously volunteer that "meeting new people" and "being part of a bigger community" are two of the things they love most about the museum experience.
This has led to a surprising outcome: we are now de-targeting many programs. This isn't just a philosophical shift--it's also being driven by visitors' behavior. "Family Art Workshops" suffer from anemic participation whereas multi-generational festivals are overrun with families. Single-speaker lectures languish while lightning talks featuring teen photographers, phD anthropologists, and professional dancers are packed. Programs that emphasize bringing diverse people together are more popular than those that serve intact groups. Why fight it? Read more
Pair your board members’ influence with direct mail.
I don’t remember where this idea came from. I’ve been doing it for decades now. It takes some planning, but it’s not difficult. And it always results in increased contributions.
It works like this:
Have your board to review your donor lists. I print lists with donor names, town and our usual salutation. This makes it fast and easy for board members to review, so don’t be afraid to give them a lot of names! It also keeps your lists from inadvertently being shared.
Ask them to initial any donor they know or would be willing to sign a letter to. Also ask them to provide a salutation if it’s different from what’s on the sheet. People have all sorts of nicknames that are known only to their friends. And you do not want the letter to sound false right from the start because it’s got the wrong salutation.
You’ll find this process is also useful for updating information on your lists. Suddenly, you’ll know about changes of marital status and of deaths you may have missed. It’s a good double check on your meticulous data processes.
Next write a great letter. Remember as you write that it’s coming from a friend to a friend. Include the personal reasons that a board member has for supporting your organization. (And if you have a small enough board and can collect their personal reasons here, you can use some variable text to really personalize each letter!)
Add a merge variable for the name and include space for the personalized salutation. Print the letters and mail them to your board signers. Oh, and here’s something I learned the hard way: don’t ask them to mail it! Make sure it gets out in a timely fashion by sending them a stamped envelope to return the letters to you. Then you mail them.
Experiment with this idea. There are lots of ways to add to it. I usually put the board members’ names on the outside envelope above the organization’s return address. That adds one more incentive for your donor to open the envelope. I’ve even scanned board signatures and then used those signatures on the outside envelope.
(There’s a way to include images as a merge field in excel. Let me know in the comments if you need that, and I’ll try find the article explaining it for you.)
One final step to really make this process succeed: report back often to your board members. When they start hearing from you about the gifts that they’ve raised, they’ll be much more likely to help in the future. Ask them to send donors personal thanks for those gifts and you can really close the loop.
This process makes it so easy your board members almost have to participate. Donors feel personally recognized. Board members have a tangible and effective way to help. And your organization benefits from the power of personal relationships.
Hands-on Fundraising Blog by Mary Cahalane
Join the conversation! In order to ensure truly national access to the first-ever National Congress on Culture, the entire Congress program taking place in Toronto on May 24th will be live streamed allowing Canadians across the country to follow along and participate.
Viewers will be able to chat alongside the live stream with fellow online participants, as well as be able to pose questions and comments – to the floor, so to speak – during Q&A sessions with speakers. A dedicated online host will help facilitate a fluid exchange between the two parallel conversations, representing points of interest from the digital world to the gathering at the Royal York Hotel. A few guidelines to get you ready:
The live stream will cover all the sessions on Friday, May 24, from 9am to 5pm. Culture Day Website
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