Introducing Chandel Gambles: SPARC’s new Northern Outreach Consultant

Greetings all ye’ SPARC members! My name is Chandel Gambles and I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the SPARC team as the Northern Outreach Consultant. SPARC recognizes that Ontario is rather large, so it is mighty important that we ensure that all of Ontario is represented!

Through my background as a writer, arts administrator, professional actor, and teacher, I recognize how many hats one must wear to work in the performing arts scene. While doing theatre research abroad, I became greatly interested in studying how arts outreach, arts education, and inter-community networks strengthen a community’s social dynamic.

In 2014, I gained my OCT teaching certification, with a specialized focus as an arts community educator. It therefore seemed serendipitous that in the same year I was offered the opportunity to attend SPARC’s first symposium. It was especially exciting to see representatives from rural communities across Ontario and beyond – to Scotland, in fact! They all came together to share their projects, aspirations, and development challenges. The symposium made it clear that although we each operated in our own geographical pods, we were not alone in the challenges we faced striving to enhance the performing arts scenes in our separate communities.

Having been raised in the Temiskaming Region, I am doubly excited to help link Northern Ontario through networking opportunities and the upcoming May symposium in Cobalt! I foresee a vibrant cross-Ontario performing arts network in our shared future, making each of us more successful and supported.

Let’s keep our phone lines humming! I can be reached by email at chandel@sparcperformingarts.com, by phone at 647-884-8887, and will also be active on our social media sites: @SPARCperforming on Twitter, and @sparcperformingarts on Instagram.

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