Here is an interesting discussing happening in the US. Panelists debated whether cultural institutions should provide the same level of protection against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) houses of worship.
Patrick Street Productions
is thrilled to offer musical theatre classes to youth ages 11-18.
Anvil Centre Theatre
777 Columbia Street, New Westminster
(across the street from the New Westminster Skytrain station)
4:00pm – 5:30pm
Final presentation on Saturday, April 29th at 7:30pm
in the Anvil Centre Theatre
Cost is $245
download registration form
Work with the Professionals
Led by members of the cast and creative team of PSP’s upcoming production of A Little Night Music, young performers will explore skills and techniques that bring movement, voice, and music together to tell stories the way only musicals can.
Throughout three weeks of after school classes, ensemble numbers from Broadway musicals will be studied, explored, and staged, ending in a presentation on the Anvil Centre Stage.
Aimed at youth ages 11-18, these classes are perfect for young performers who love to sing, dance, or act… especially if you love doing them all at once!
Junior Class Ages 11-14
Senior Class Ages 15-18
When communities become markets, citizens become consumers, and culture becomes an exploitable product
July 5, 2016 by Diane Ragsdale
A couple weeks back I had the privilege to give a talk in Christchurch, NZ at an event called The Big Conversation—hosted by Creative New Zealand, the major arts funding body for the country. You can download a transcript here. The talk, titled Transformation or Bust: When Hustling Ticket Sales & Contributions Is Just Not Cutting It Anymore, was intended to address the general conference theme, Embracing Arts / Embracing Audiences. It was assembled on top of four cornerstone ideas:
Ultimately, I pull the various threads of the talk together in a framework that seeks to conceptualize the difference between embracing the community and embracing the market. In setting this up, I build on Internet guru Seth Godin’s notion of, essentially, competing worldviews that inform the way companies approach marketing. In an interview with Krista Tippett on her NPR show, On Being, Godin remarks:
There’s one view of the world called the Wal-Mart view that says that what all people want is as much stuff as possible for as cheap a price as possible. … And that’s a world based on scarcity. I don’t have enough stuff. How do I get more stuff?… There’s a different view, which is the view based on abundance. [And] in an abundance economy the things we don’t have enough of are connection …and time.
Here’s the PPT slide of the framework I created that synthesizes the various ideas in the talk:
***This photo is of the stunning sculpture by Michael Parekowhai, On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer, and it was taken at one of the many sites where the work was situated in Christchurch following its presentation at the 54th Venice Biennale. It is currently housed at the Christchurch Art Gallery and is considered to be a symbol of the resilience of the people of Christchurch following the earthquakes.
What do the London Science Museum, New World Symphony, and the National Park Service have in common? They are all fighting for relevance in an often indifferent world. The Art of Relevance explores how mission-driven organizations can matter more to more people. The book is packed with inspiring examples, rags-to-relevance case studies, research-based frameworks, and practical advice on how your work can be more vital to your community. Whether you work in museums or libraries, parks or theaters, churches or afterschool programs, relevance can work for you. Relevance is not something an institution can assign by fiat. Your work matters when it matters to people—when THEY deem it relevant, not you. The Art of Relevance will help you identify the people you seek to engage, empathize with their concerns and interests, and develop authentic ways to invite them into your work on their own terms. The Art of Relevance is organized into five sections and about a million short chapters. The sections cover the definition of relevance, the differences between insiders and outsiders, building relevance to specific communities, tying relevance to institutional missions, and measuring and deepening relevance. Check out the full table of contents and read a sample chapter to learn more.
What is living in poverty if not constantly being creative?
BY ALISON STINE | APRIL 23, 2016 This post first appeared at TalkPoverty.org.
In the toy aisle, which is inconveniently next to the bread aisle, I tell my 5-year-old son we are not getting a truck today. I tell him we buy what we need, and not more. I tell him I have enough money for food, but nothing else. I tell him I don’t buy treats for myself.
“You buy art supplies,” my son says. And I’m stumped.
Because of course he’s right.
I live in Appalachia, in the poorest county in my state. I often make less in a month than some people spend on cable, though my son and I don’t have cable. We don’t always have trash collection. I drive a 15-year-old car with dents in the back and a scrape on the side that will never get fixed, and I’m behind on medical bills.
But I do buy art supplies.
One of my first memories is of drawing. I’m sitting below the table while my parents have dinner; I’m drawing their portraits. Outside, rural Indiana is flat and abandoned. Our road is gravel. Our neighbors have trailers. But in the warmth of the kitchen, I draw and dream.
I don’t remember being specifically encouraged in art as a child, but I was encouraged to be creative. I was encouraged to occupy myself. I was told, when I complained to my mother that I was bored, “Is your imagination broken?”
When I became a mother — and then, a solo mother — I found myself saying the same words to my son. I filled an old suitcase with art supplies, and put the suitcase in the living room. Mostly, I did it to distract him, to gain a few minutes so I could fold laundry, or start dinner.
But something happened: my child came to love art.
Ottawa The Globe and Mail Last updated: Saturday, Apr. 23, 2016 11:48PM EDT_
Changes to Canada’s cultural policies would be first major overhaul in decades, reports Daniel Leblanc. Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly announces the launch of public consultations with consumers and content creators with an aim to bring Canada’s cultural properties – everything from the Broadcast Act to the CRTC – into the digital age.
Ottawa is ready to blow up the rules governing Canada’s $48-billion broadcasting, media and cultural industries, arguing that decades of technological changes and government inaction have left a broken system in need of a revolution.
“Everything is on the table,” Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly told The Globe and Mail.
Announcing the launch of consultations with consumers and creators of cultural content, Ms. Joly said she is willing to change laws such as the Broadcasting Act and the Telecommunications Act, modify the mandates of the CRTC and the CBC, and create new laws or agencies, as needed. The scale of the coming upheaval hasn’t been seen in 25 years, since the Mulroney government revised the Broadcasting Act in 1991 at a time when no one could foresee the arrival of YouTube, Netflix and iTunes.
Ms. Joly said her ultimate goals are to foster the creation of Canadian content across the country, but also increase the international audience for Canadian creators.
“I think the current model is broken, and we need to have a conversation to bring it up to date and make sure we harness its full potential. For a long time, politicians have been afraid to deal with these difficult issues, but I don’t understand why it wasn’t done.… The issue is how can the government be relevant today, instead of being left behind,” Ms. Joly said.
The review of Canada’s cultural policies was not part of the Liberal platform in last year’s election, and wasn’t mentioned in the Prime Minister’s mandate letter to Ms. Joly in November. Instead, the Liberals simply focused their arts and cultural promises on boosting the budgets of the CBC, the Canada Council for the Arts, Telefilm Canada and the National Film Board, with no mention of deep structural reforms.
Still, Ms. Joly said the urge to tackle the root of the problems came naturally to her as a 37-year-old politician who grew up with digital technologies. She added that in the first five months in her position, she has had a series of conversations with key players in Canada’s cultural industries who complained about Ottawa’s inability to respond to ongoing changes.
“I’m a Heritage Minister who thinks about digital technology first and foremost, that’s how I consume information and music. I’m a product of my generation,” said the rookie MP from the Montreal riding of Ahuntsic-Cartierville.
Ms. Joly pointed out that her 2013 mayoral race in Montreal – in which she finished in second place behind Denis Coderre – was run mostly on social media. “All of my career was built outside of traditional models,” she said. “For me, all of these reflections on digital technologies and the model that we will build after these consultations, that will be the cornerstone of my mandate at Heritage.”
The consultations are starting Saturday with an Internet poll, to be followed by public hearings after Labour Day.
The government is guaranteed to hear widely diverse and contradictory views during its consultations. Common complaints these days include musicians and artists who can’t make a living selling their creations on the Internet, Canadian cable and television firms that are riled by foreign Internet rivals that don’t charge sales taxes, and media firms that decry the publicly funded CBC’s unfair advantage at selling advertising.
At the same time, an agency like the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), which enforces federal legislation over broadcasters and telecommunications firms, has had a hard time forcing media giants to offer flexible and affordable cable packages to consumers.
Setting the stage for a day of deep thinking and lively conversations at the Alliance's upcoming conference re:generation / BC Cultural Roundtable 2016, about the changing landscape of our arts and cultural leadership, will be a morning panel discussion which will include SFU Woodward’s Cultural Unit director Howard Jang, Writers Festival founder Alma Lee, and PuSh Festival managing director Roxanne Duncan.
The panel discussion, focusing on the twin themes of “Engagement & Support” and “Transition & Legacy," will follow a keynote by Emiko Ono, a program officer with The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Performing Arts Program. Ms. Ono is the author of a recently released study, “Moving Arts Leadership Forward: A Changing Landscape”, which tackles head-on many of the issues to be discussed at re:generation.
re:generation / BC Cultural Roundtable 2016 takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 9 at New Westminster's Anvil Centre.
Throughout the day our conversations will include views from across the career spectrum, from founder/pioneer though mid-career and just beginning, as we discover what each has to teach and learn from the others.
The BC Cultural Roundtable is the new name for what in previous years was the Alliance’s annual Arts Summit. The BC Cultural Roundtable will be the annual keystone of the emerging BC Cultural Roundtable Network, bringing together voices from similar gatherings around the province.
Early bird registration for re:generation / BC Cultural Roundtable 2016 closes April 29. Click here to register now!
Learn more about the programming and join the conversation here.
This is definitely my go-to website for everything tech related. Lots of useful information here.
Nonprofit Tech for Good
A Social & Mobile Media Blog for Nonprofits
Posted on February 28, 2016
The number of low-cost or free apps and online tools available to nonprofits today is astounding. Provided you set aside the time to explore and experiment, your nonprofit can use the apps and tools listed below to significantly improve your web, email, social media, and visual content.
Social Media Tools
1. Blab :: blab.im
Connected to Twitter, Blab enables real-time video conversations from multiple locations. Nonprofits can use Blab for interviews, discussions, and live workshops and then share replays after the live event is over.
2. Buffer :: buffer.com
Buffer enables social media managers to schedule posts on social networks throughout the day and evening. It’s analytics tools will also evaluate your posts to deduce the best possible times to share your content.
3. Latergramme :: latergram.me
Latergramme enables social media managers to format and schedule Instagram posts in a desktop app and then be sent notifications to their smartphone that enable easy posting to Instagram.
4. Periscope :: iTunes/GooglePlay
Periscope is a mobile app connected to Twitter that enables nonprofits to easily broadcast live from special events or while on location.
5. RiteTag :: ritetag.com
RiteTag allows you to track in real-time the performance of your campaign hashtags. Their dashboard shows you how many people are using your hashtag on Twitter and Instagram and enables you to track trending hashtags.
Graphic Design Tools
6. Canva :: canva.com
Canva’s drag-and-drop features and professional layouts enable users to easily design stunning graphics and documents.
7. Creatives Without Borders :: creativeswithoutborders.org
Creatives Without Borders connects nonprofits in need of graphic and web design skills with creatives that are willing to do the work pro bono for a good cause and increased exposure.
8. Pablo :: buffer.com/pablo
Pablo by Buffer enables social media managers to easily create inspirational quote and powerful stat images perfectly sized for social media.
9. Piktochart :: piktochart.com
Piktochart is an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop infographic design tool that allows hi-res image and PDF exports.
10. Relay :: relaythat.com
Relay is a web-based graphic design tool for beginners that enables one-click redesign for multiple image sizes as well as scheduling to social media and analytics.
Photo Editing Tools
11. Adobe Creative Cloud Photography :: adobe.com/creativecloud
For advanced for photo editing, the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan provides users access to numerous Adobe photo editing tools, such as Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC.
12. Giphy GIF Maker :: giphy.com/gifmaker
Giphy GIF Maker enables users to easily create animated video GIFs and GIF slideshows with captions.
13. Layout :: iTunes/GooglePlay
Layout from Instagram is a mobile app that lets you combine multiple photos into a single image that can be saved to your camera roll and shared on Instagram and other social networks.
14. PicMonkey :: picmonkey.com
PicMonkey is an easy-to-use photo editing platform that enables nonprofits to embed text upon photos, apply watermarks, and create photo collages through a simple drag-and-drop process.
Video Editing Tools
15. Replay :: replayapp.com
Replay for iOS enables users to easily edit video clips, add text, and insert music and photos from your camera roll in order to create well-designed, modern video content ideal for social media.
16. Upload’n’Roll :: iTunes
Upload’n’Roll allows you to upload images or videos saved on your camera roll to Snapchat. Apply filters, write messages, enhance images, draw, and then add to your nonprofit’s Snapchat Story.
17. VivaVideo Pro :: Google Play
VivaVideo Pro is a powerful video editor that enables easy trimming and merging of video clips and photos into video stories that can be accentuated with music, stickers, filters, and subtitles.
18. WeVideo :: wevideo.com
WeVideo is an easy-to-use, cloud-based video editing platform with an advanced suite of creative tools such as animation, color keying, voice over, and clip transformation.
Web & Email Content Tools
19. BrainyQuote :: brainyquote.com
BrainyQuote is a directory of inspirational quotes which can be useful for web, email, and social media content.
20. Get Emoji :: getemoji.com
Using emoji on social media can increase engagement and when used in email subject lines, it can increase open rates. Get Emoji enables you to easy copy and paste emoji.
21. HTML Tutorial :: w3schools.com
Knowing basic HTML is a must-have skill for online marketers. Tools like WordPress (website and blog content) and MailChimp (email marketing) are much easier to work with if users understand the premise of HTML and can make simple edits to WordPress or MailChimp generated HTML code.
22. HTML Editor :: html.am
Once you know the basics of HTML, you can either write the code from scratch or use a HTML editor to easily generate HTML for tables, images, and formatted text.
23. Iconfinder :: iconfinder.com
Iconfinder is an online database of almost one million icons and many of the social media icons sets are available to download for free.
24. Internet Archive Wayback Machine :: archive.org/web
The Internet Archive Wayback Machine is an online library of almost 500 billion screenshots of websites since 1996. Nonprofits can use it to study past versions of their website and to monitor their progress in web design over time.
25. iStock :: istock.com
iStock by Getty Images has high quality, royalty-free visual content for a low cost. Dreamstime and Shutterstock are also recommended. For 100% free photos, see Viralsweep.
26. Mapme :: mapme.com
Mapme is a web-based platform for creating, sharing, and embedding online maps. Nonprofits can use the service to visualize organizational and campaign data geographically.
27. OptInMonster :: optinmonster.com
OptInMonster is a service that allows users to create floating bar and pop-up email opt-in forms for their website. The service provides analytics, A/B testing, and mobile compatibility.
28. SnapWidget :: snapwidget.com
SnapWidget allows you to display your Instagram photos in collage format on your website or blog.
29. Statista :: statista.com
Statista is a searchable portal to multiple statistics databases worldwide. Like inspirational quotes, stats can be useful for web, email, and social media content.
30. Thesaurus.com :: thesaurus.com
When writing web and email content, Thesaurus.com allows you to quickly search for synonyms for words that you use too often. It’s an essential tool for web and email content writers.
31. WiseStamp :: wisestamp.com
WiseStamp allows you to create HTML-based email signatures for your nonprofit. However, if you decide to use this service, pay for it because the free service requires WiseStamp branding. Also, don’t go overboard! Keep your email signatures modern and simple.
32. Board Director :: boarddirector.co
Board Director is a service that enables nonprofits to easily manage and communicate with their board members while organizing board documents in one place.
33. Dulingo :: duolingo.com
Dulingo provides access to free online language learning tools. For nonprofit social media managers that work internationally, Dulingo’s design and gamification make it fun to learn the basics of a new language.
34. LastPass :: lastpass.com
LastPass is a service that allows you to create and save passwords for multiple websites thus enabling secure easy login and password management.
35. Noisli :: noisli.com
Noisli is a background noise and color generator that can help you focus while working and brings to you the healthy benefits of the chromotherapy.
36. Paper :: iTunes
Paper is a mobile app for organizing notes, photos, and sketches. You can easily create checklists, spotlight details in photos, and draw diagrams.
Nonprofit Tech for Good
Each spring your BC Alliance for Arts + Culture presents an Arts Summit to bring together a diverse group of artists, organizations, presenters, facility managers, students, businesses and government representatives and create opportunities for dialogue, networking and professional development.
At Arts Summit 2015, June 18 and 19 at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, we will close the circle on two years of province-wide conversations around the creation of a Cultural Policy Framework for BC as part of our BC Creative Convergence initiative.
We will also spend a day with cultural visionary Richard Evans, as he shares his thoughts on the relationship between cultural policy and emerging practices in the arts.
Click the sidebar links for more details. Register now to join the conversation!
To learn more about the BC Creative Convergence process, visit bccreativeconvergence.ca
Towards A Cultural Policy Framework
This is your invitation to join your arts, culture, and heritage community colleagues in a province-wide conversation about the development of a cultural policy framework for British Columbia.
The BC Alliance for Arts + Culture and ArtsBC are holding a province-wide series of Community Cultural Roundtables. These Roundtables are part of the BC Creative Convergence project launched by the Alliance for Arts + Culture in 2013.
The Roundtables will focus on a Cultural Policy Discussion Paper which will be posted to this website at the beginning of March. This Discussion Paper will address:
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