#Cobalt2018 Symposium: Workshop Announcement!

Excitement has been mounting amongst members of the SPARC team and Symposium Planning Committee as the final few pieces of the workshop schedule have been falling into place. Today we want to share that excitement with you! Instead of a traditional blog post this week we have decided to share 13 of the 22 inspiring, educational, thought-provoking, motivating, all-round-AWESOME workshops that you can attend at this year’s gathering. The full workshop list and schedule will be added to the SPARC website over the next week. Keep checking back or watch our social media platforms for updates! 


Rogues in Partnership

Kate Butler, Co-Founder, Rural Rogues Production; Director, Haliburton Highlands Museum; SPARC Steering Committee member, Haliburton Highlands, Ontario

Michael Clipperton, Co-Founder, Rural Rogues Production; SPARC Outreach Coordinator, Haliburton Highlands, Ontario

In this interactive workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn about overcoming common challenges of rural performing arts through unconventional partnerships, hear about successful ways in which local stories have been used to engage new audiences, and share ideas about keeping rural theatre relevant and sustainable through diversification.

Collaboration, Communication and Reconciliation through the Performing Arts

Frank Blanchet, Musician, former VP of the Brighton Arts Council, retired Teacher/Facilitator in the Correctional Services of Canada, Brighton, Ontario

John French, Executive Director, Brookside Music Association, Midland, Ontario

During this presentation, Frank will share a collection of stories (some humorous, some not) about his experiences using the arts to break down barriers in order to establish meaningful and productive communication with inmates during his career with Correctional Service of Canada. John will share his experience with the conception, creation, and performance of a musical work that was both historically accurate and culturally sensitive and had an objective of providing hope for reconciliation. The work was commissioned to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Champlain in Huronia.

Organizing for Success

Inga Petri, CMRP – Principal, Strategic Moves, Ottawa, Ontario and Whitehorse, Yukon

A frank discussion on boards, community, leadership, and oversight.

Growing Up Rural: The Importance of the Arts

Alyssa Kostello, Idea Machine (writer, producer, performer, facilitator, event planner, Assistant Manager at SmartyPantz Escape Rooms) and grew up in the Tri-towns!, Vancouver, British Columbia

Exploring personal experiences, participants will be guided to consider what the arts do for human development, particularly in rural and remote communities.

Arts in Education and Community

Linda Albright, founder and Executive Director, Arts Network for Children and Youth, Toronto, Ontario

Jessica Sokolowski, elementary educator, arts-based researcher and PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario

Tiina Kukkonen, artist, arts educator, PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario

In this panel discussion, Linda, Jessica, and Tiina will review research, models, and emerging practices in the ‘children and youth arts and creative sector’ within both the classroom and the community at large.

You Couldn’t Ignore Me if You Tried

Katie Huckson, Digital Creator North Program Lead, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Nathaniel Marchand, Digital Creator North Program Lead, Kenora, Ontario

Steve Kozinski, Digital Creator North Program Lead, Temiskaming Shores, Ontario

Laine Helbling, Digital Creator North Program Lead, Sioux Lookout, Ontario

Brittany Sheridan, Digital Creator North Program Lead, Elliot Lake, Ontario

Tyler Levesque, Digital Creator North Program Lead, Timmins, Ontario

Engaging and motivating teens in a digital world: in this interactive and participatory discussion, we will be guided by the youthful leads of the Digital Creator North Program to reflect upon what it means to be working with young people today.

Poetry, Puppetry, and Performance: Making Theatre Work in Rural Settings

Joshua Bainbridge, Actor, Writer, Director, and Artistic Director, Proscenium Club, North Bay, Ontario

Jay Wilson, Actor, and Director, Pandora’s Sox and Project-to-Project Theatre, Guelph, Ontario

Covering a myriad of topics from low budget marketing in the modern age and how to make the aesthetic of a minimalist set feel boundless, Joshua will present his session ‘Theatre is a Visual Medium: so look like you know what you’re doing’, followed by Jay’s part lecture, part performance deliberations (with the assistance of poetry and a couple of puppets) on making a living in the performing arts in rural communities: ‘It’s a Living, Never Constant: adapting to one’s surroundings.’

The Lollipop Guild Formation: We’re Not Suckers, We Don’t Work for Free

Patricia Fell, Artistic Director, Windsor Feminist Theatre

Patrick Hannon, Navigator, Making Waves

Trevor Malcolm, Professional Composer and Musician

TJ Travis, Executive Director, Bloomfield House

All participate in The Pelee Island Stone & Sky Music & Arts Series in various capacities, and work in the Windsor-Essex Pelee Island region of beautiful south-western Ontario. An open discussion identifying, amongst other realities, the regionally common cultural assumption that artists work for free because ‘we love what we do’, exploring ways in which to alter this misconception through accessible, sustainable, and culturally acceptable models.

Canadian Network for Arts and Learning: Get on the Map!

Jennifer Petrilli, Managing Director, Canadian Network for Arts and Learning/Le Réseau canadien pour les arts et l’apprentissage

The Canadian Network for Arts & Learning / Le Réseau canadien pour les arts et l’apprentissage (CNAL/RCAA) is creating a digital map of arts and learning and we want YOU to help guide the development of this vital tool. In this session, CNAL/RCAA will take you on a tour of the map and lead discussions on this innovative resource for artists, educators, arts organizations, schools and the public. Join this session to get on the map, and to let us know how the map can support the important work that you do in your community.

AfterWhys: Breaking the Silence on Suicide and Seniors

Catherine Frid, Playwright, Puslinch Township, Ontario

Paula Frappier, member of the Suicide Awareness Council of Wellington-Dufferin, Wellington and Dufferin Counties, Ontario

Ross Coulter, Creation Group Member, Guelph, Ontario

This combination panel discussion and theatrical performance will reveal how sharing stories and co-creating a play with rural seniors whose lives have been touched by suicide helps in breaking down the barriers to conversation.

What We Measure Counts, What We Count Matters

Inga Petri, CMRP – Principal, Strategic Moves, Ottawa, Ontario and Whitehorse, Yukon

A practical proposal for meaningful performance measurement for rural, volunteer-driven organizations.

The Power and the Magic of the Mask

Teodoro Dragonieri, Multi-disciplinary Artist and Educator, Toronto, Ontario

In this interactive presentation, attendees will become acquainted with the artistic nature, cultural connections, and universal significance of the mask, gaining insights into ways of utilizing masks in their own communities through theatrical presentations, educational programming, and carnivalesque celebrations.

Which Way Does Your Compass Point?

David Newland, Ambassador, Adventure Canada, Cobourg, Ontario

Heidi Langille, Performer/Presenter, Siqiniup Qilauta (Sunsdrum), Plantagenet, Ontario

Lynda Brown, Performer/Presenter, Siqiniup Qilauta (Sunsdrum), Ottawa, Ontario

Drawing on their experience performing extensively in rural contexts, David, with Heidi and Lynda of Sunsdrum, will explore, through slides and performance featuring both Inuit traditional and contemporary music, lessons they have learned about collaboration and reconciliation, and what it means to be Northern.

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