Program at a Glance

Thursday, April 24

11:00 am – 2:00 pm        Registration
2:00 – 4:30 pm                 SPARCing Exchange Café
4:30 – 8:00 pm                  Registration
5:30 – 7:00 pm                 Dinner (on your own)
5:30 – 7:00 pm                 Youth Caucus Dinner – A Social Opportunity
7:30 – 10:00 pm                Welcome Reception & Open Stage Performances

Friday, April 25

7:30 am – 5:00 pm          Registration
8:00  – 8:45 am                 Light Breakfast Refreshments
8:30 – 9:00 am                  Showcase Performances
9:00 – 10:30 am                Welcome & Opening Plenary

              Community, Partnership and Performing Arts:
              Co-creating a Culture of Place in Rural Communities

10:30 – 11:00 am               Refreshment Break
11:00 am – 12:30 pm       Concurrent Sessions

F1    Dusk Dances: It Takes a Village to Raise a Rural Dance Arts Event
F2   The Cultural Roundtable: Empowering & Engaging the Rural Community
F3   The Cult of Collaboration
F4   Creating & Staging a Musical Drama in Rural Ontario
F5   Celebrating Local Stories With Shadow Puppetry
F6   Fun With Funders: Rural Capacity Building

12:30 – 2:00 pm                Lunch & Networking with funders and Ontario’s
                                             Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO)

12:30 – 2:00 pm                Youth Open Space Lunch

2:00 – 3:30 pm                   Concurrent Sessions

F7   SOCAN I0I : Performing Rights in Canada & SOCAN’s Role
F8   Onsite: A Crash Course in Site-Specific Theatre Making in Rural Surrounds
F9   A Mile in Their Shoes: At the Intersection of Rural Cemeteries & the Performing Arts
F10 Community, Connection, Cooperation: Key Elements for Successful Partnerships
F11  Gros Morne Rocks: Promoting Arts & Performance in a National Park & World Heritage Site
F12  Finding the World in Your Neighbourhood…..Bringing Film to Light

3:30 – 3:45 pm                   Refreshment Break
3:45 – 5:15 pm                   Concurrent Sessions

F13  Theatre Without Walls: The Story From Scotland
F14 The Rainforest Circus: Exploring the Value of Collaborative Interdisciplinary Creation in Rural Canada
F15  Producing Quality Theatre in a Rural Setting
F16  Increasing Capacity Through Collaboration
F17  Research Soundbytes:

(1) Case Studies from the Canada Council for the Arts’ Artists & Community Collaboration Program in Rural Regions
(2) Ontario Arts Council: Snapshots of Funded Projects in Rural Ontario
(3) A Fresh Start Supporting Rural Performing Arts Presentation: Snapshots of Funded Projects in Rural Canada

F18 Calabogie Center for Performing Arts: A Study in Creating Community & Destination Development Through Culture

6:00 – 11:00 pm                    Dine-Around Town(s) &
                                                  A Galaxy of Rural Performance Venues & Artists

Saturday, April 26

7:30 am – 5:00 pm                Registration
8:00 – 8:45 am                       Light Breakfast Refreshments
8:30 – 9:00 am                       Showcase Performances
9:00 – 10:30 am                     Plenary

          Place-Based Cultural Tourism:
          Realizing Your Community’s Potential
10:30 – 10:45 am                   Refreshment Break & Get on the Buses
10:45 am – 1:30 pm              Mobile Workshops (& Catered Lunch)

A-1. Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve: The Forest Festival of Concerts
B-2. Wintergreen Maple Syrup & Pancake Barn: Youth Caucus
C-3. Hollywood Dreams in the Middle of a Forest – Digital Projection in Unique Spaces 
D-4. Haliburton Highlands Museum: Mining Local History for the Performing Arts
E-5. Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion: From Kids Play to Stage Plays
F-6. The Little County that Could – A Community of Music

2:00 – 2:30 pm                       Refreshment Break & Get off the Buses
2:30 – 4:00 pm                       Concurrent Sessions

S7 Research Soundbytes

(1) Rural Artists’ Contributions to Resilience & the Emergence of a Local Culture-based Economy
(2) Tourism and the Performing Arts:  Expanding the Experience Classic Theatre Festival Case Study

S8 Community Soundbytes

(1) Community Building Through Performance Arts
(2) Improvised Storytelling for Community Health and Wellbeing

S9 Meaford Hall: A Community Success Story
S10 Down Along The Shore: How Music, Story and the Arts Are Generating Pride and Economic Renewal in Rural Newfoundland

S11 The Shadowland Exploratory
Dancing in the Third Act 

5:15 – 5:30 pm                        Shuttle Bus Pick-Up Delegates

Various Locations TBC to Bark Lake Leadership Centre

6:00 – 11:00 pm                     Gala Dinner & Regional Gems
                                                  & Special Guest Performances
                                                  Location: Bark Lake Leadership Centre

Sunday, April 27

7:30 am – 2:00 pm                Registration
8:00 – 8:45 am                       Light Breakfast Refreshments
8:30 – 9:00 am                       Showcase Performances
9:00 – 10:30 am                     Plenary

         (Re)creating a Vibrant Arts Ecosystem in Small & Rural Communities

10:30 – 11:00 am                    Refreshment Break
11:00 am – 12:30 pm             Bringing it All Together & Closing
12:30 pm                                  Lunch & Departures