In creating the program for the SPARC Symposium, we recognized that knowledge about presenting, producing, creating, animating, and administering in the performing arts in rural areas is held by different people, organizations, and groups. All forms of knowledge are needed to move forward, and sharing that knowledge in an innovative way that encourages dialogue was at the top of our priority list.

As a result, we were thrilled that more than 30 speakers from across Canada – and internationally –  participated, providing 34 workshops and 3 thought-provoking and informative plenaries, and a broad range of regional performances and entertainment – all taking place within a rural context.

Whether delegates goals were professional development, learning strategies to attract new audiences, innovative approaches to sustainability, opportunities for information exchange, or developing creative methods for engaging in cultural tourism, it is our hope and belief that our program facilitated them.

Perhaps even more importantly, we hope delegates left feeling that they have learned something useful, have valuable new tools in their arsenal and, most of all, are keen to be a part of the beginnings of a rural performing arts community network of like-minded individuals with experience, knowledge and expertise to share.

SPARC Program at a Glance

SPARC Symposium Full Program PDF

Thursday, April 24th
Friday, April 25th
Saturday, April 26th
Sunday, April 27th