Friday, April 25th

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

Sponsored by:CAPA2_Reg

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

Keynote Speaker: Inga Petri, President, Strategic Moves, Ottawa, Ontario

The Value of Presenting: A Study of Performing Arts Presentation in Canada has been deepening the conversation about the role of the presenter within the performing arts ecosystem, in communities and in society at large.

Through this landmark study spearheaded by the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA) and presenting networks across Canada we have learned that performing arts organizations are expert at forging diverse partnerships that serve common goals and create social connection, reinforce a sense of place and enhance quality of life in communities.

     What does it mean…?

     – that 1 in 6 presenters in communities under 5,000 people reported an annual audience larger than its own population, according to a study of 288 presenters in 2012
     – that rural Canadians believe the community as a whole benefits more than individuals attending events from having performing arts in their communities
     – that for every paid staff, presenters on average have 17 volunteers contributing to all aspects of a performing arts organization

Inga will weave together highlights from this and other recent studies in a powerful narrative focused on evolving vibrant rural communities fueled by the performing arts and   community-engaged partnerships. She will share compelling stories of community-engaged performing arts partnerships from Northern British Columbia to Nunavut to PEI. In so doing, she will address key concerns about audiences, audience engagement and sustainable organizations.

This dynamic keynote will set the stage for the Symposium by exploring what co-creating a culture of place means in Canada today.

 “The Value of Presenting is obviously some of the most important and impactful work related to our industry in Canada.” Workshop participant, CAPACOA Annual Conference, January 2013.

This 90-minute session includes 45 minutes for questions, comments and reflections by participants.

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

                      Presenters: Sylvie Bourchard, Artistic Director, Dusk Dances Inc; Jim Blake, Committee Chair, Dusk Dances Haliburton; Daniela Pagliaro, Committee Member, Dusk Dances Haliburton; Jordyn Archer, Local Choreographer & Dance Instructor, Haliburton Highlands, Ontario

Dusk Dances is an outdoor dance festival that brings high quality contemporary and traditional dance to public parks. In 2006 Dusk Dances was brought to Haliburton County, Manitoulin Island, and Deep River with the intention of building capacity so these communities would consider continuing the event afterwards. Of the 3 original communities, Haliburton is the only rural community that continues to successfully present Dusk Dances. The Dusk Dances Inc. mandate is to bring dance to the community by making it accessible physically, financially, and artistically. Dusk Dances also gives choreographers a unique opportunity to showcase their work in a non-traditional dance venue and in front of a large and mostly new audience.

In this seminar, the presenters will guide the audience through the Dusk Dances history and share their experience with moving from a co-presentation model to an event licensing model, describe how to work with a volunteer committee, how to build capacity for local choreographers, and how to engage youth in a rural community.

F2                   The Cultural Roundtable: Empowering & Engaging the Rural Community

                      Presenters: Nichola McEwen, Community Representative, Minto Cultural Roundtable; Mayor George Bridge, Town of Minto; Gordon Duff, Treasurer/Deputy CAO, Town of Minto, Ontario

Community involvement is a key component to the development and sustainability of performing arts in rural communities, but can often be difficult to achieve. The Town of Minto, through the creation of a Cultural Plan, has developed a Cultural Roundtable with a distinctive goal, guiding principles, clear mandate and a membership that includes a variety of specific community members, each of whom brings a particular talent, perspective, and ability to the group. The Cultural Roundtable becomes a strong network of engaged community members who share inspiration and skills in a powerful and productive way.

Attendees will gain insight and experience through visual aids, participation in the role-play group activity that will highlight the power of a Cultural Roundtable, and leave with concrete and practical instructions as to how to bring this powerful asset to their own rural community.

F3                   The Cult of Collaboration

                     Presenters: Aly Botlman, Theatre Manager, The Roxy Theatre, Owen Sound, Ontario; Philly Markowitz, Economic Development Officer, Grey County, Ontario

It started with sex, as good things often do. In an effort to save a historically and culturally significant early 20th century brothel, Aly Boltman envisioned an erotic art show to be set in an abandoned house facing imminent demolition for a strip mall. Months later Aly approached the local Tom Thomson Art Gallery and created a highly successful erotic art exhibition and burlesque show at The Roxy on Valentine’s Day. This unusual cultural partnership became the first of many for The Roxy Theatre, growing and transforming the audiences, building capacity, strengthening the relationships between arts and culture organizations and sharing resources to aid in sustainability for rural partners. Working with models similar to those of charitable venture organizations, The Roxy has partnered with Mudtown Records to support the Mudtown Music and Arts Festival and the Lupercalia Winter Multi-Arts Festival.

In this seminar, attendees will gain insight into strategies that will attract new audiences and increase sustainability through innovative approaches, maximize opportunities for resource sharing, and outline creative approaches for implementing cultural tourism and enhancing rural economies.

F4                   Creating & Staging a Musical Drama in Rural Ontario

                       Presenter: Allan Kirby, Musician in Residence, Lang Pioneer Village Museum, Peterborough County, Ontario

Allan Kirby, PhD will explain how he co-wrote and produced a musical-drama in a rural venue with meagre financial support. The drama, Fowke Tales, is the story of song-collector/scholar Edith Fowke’s travels through rural eastern Ontario to record and document folk songs and stories. Fowke’s journey began in the autumn of 1956 at the P.G. Towns General Store, located in the Peterborough County hamlet of Douro, where she recorded the singing of storekeeper Mary Towns. Fowke quickly realized she had discovered an Ontario folk song tradition that nobody knew existed. It was a wealth of orally transmitted songs that blended Ontario stories with those from the 19th century British folk tradition. For the next nine years, Fowke travelled rural roads with her tape recorder, recording 2,229 folk songs from 135 singers. Her work resulted in 27 books, 100 magazine articles, and nine commercial recordings. Although she was Canadian born and educated, her initial research funding came from the United States. It took time for Canadian academic institutions to recognize that Fowke’s work provided a unique perspective of rural Ontario’s cultural history.

Allan researched Edith Fowke’s story during his doctoral fieldwork and was surprised to find few recollections of Fowke in the communities that she had visited. He felt the rural residents should really know about the Fowke tale and  its cultural importance. Kirby decided that a musical production would be a way to do this and enlisted the help of historical novelist Janet Kellough and master fiddle-player David “Zeke” Mazurek to help him write a script and score the music. A sound technician and musician/actors were added later. Kirby’s applications for funding through arts grants were rejected, therefore, he took another approach. He created a business plan and presented it to the managers of a potential rural venue, Lang Pioneer Village Museum, which had never hosted a theatrical production. The management saw the value of the project and worked with Kirby to develop a performance space, organize the publicity, and create a box-office. On September 12, 2007, Fowke Tales, a history lesson wrapped in music, premiered to a sold-out house.

In this seminar, Dr. Kirby will explain how he combined his knowledge of folk music history with fifty-five years of performing experience and an understanding of rural culture to successfully create and present Fowke Tales. He will detail how he selected the musician/actors and a sound technician needed to produce an entertaining show for a rural audience. Kirby will discuss how flexible business and financial plans can be used to stage an arts project. Advertising and publicity strategies will be discussed. Fowke Tales’ press releases, programs, posters, CDs, and newspaper reviews will be available for seminar participants to peruse. A final discussion will focus on the ability of the rural arts to function and grow without depending on grant money.

F5                   Celebrating Local Stories with Shadow Puppetry

                      Presenter: Krista Dalby, Co-Artistic Director, Small Pond Arts, Picton, Ontario

This workshop will explore how to connect with local stories in rural communities, and why it is so vital that our communities tell these stories. Shadow puppetry will be used as an example, although these principles can easily be applied to other forms of theatre, music and dance.

Shadow puppetry is an ancient art form, yet one that many are unfamiliar with. In a world of high-tech gadgetry, shadow puppetry is refreshingly low-tech, and has a sensuality that can only be achieved by raw human effort. Shadow puppetry is an incredibly accessible medium: even the most inexperienced artist can create a shadow puppet, and even the most nervous performer can rise to the occasion and become a puppeteer. In turn, audiences are surprised and delighted by the magic that can be created out of such simple materials as paper, fabric, light and shadow.

Even more important than the medium are the stories themselves. Stories have the power to bring communities together in profoundly meaningful ways. What happens when we tell each other our own stories is that we stop looking outwards and we start looking at each other; we become invested in what is happening in the place that we live, which is every bit as interesting and important as what happens in larger centres. When we tell one of our folk tales or relate a piece of local history, we are building on the voices of every storyteller who has come before us, reinforcing our connection to the place we live. We are both witnesses to our time and place, as well as active participants. Telling our own stories swells our pride of place, and strengthens our sense of community.

Participants will explore and learn strategies in finding and selecting stories, as well as best practices when working with culturally-specific groups using specific examples including historical research-based stories, folk/traditional tales, and the creation of new, fictional tales with a focus on real local places and people. Participants will work individually to brainstorm a story from their own community, real or fictional. Working in small groups, they will briefly share their stories, and identify an important character or symbol from each story.

Workshop participants will also get a crash course in shadow puppetry, and have the opportunity to try making their own shadow puppet.

F6                   Fun with Funders: Rural Capacity Building

                      Presenters: Loree Lawrence, Community & Multidisciplinary Arts Officer, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Office; Valerie Hopper, Manager, Cultural Development, Arts & Heritage, Canadian Heritage; Claude Schryer, Coordinator, Inter-Arts Office, Canada Council for the Arts; Sheila Simpson, Program Manager, Ontario Trillium Foundation; Lou O’Hara, Regional Advisor, Culture Development Fund, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Get up close and personal with representatives of provincial and federal arts funders who will offer tips and insights into how to align your project ideas and funding requests with the aims of your organization and with their funding goals. Learn more about various types of funding opportunities and the importance of proper project development.

Panel members will talk about the kinds of projects their agencies support, how and when to approach them for support, what they require from potential grantees and what they are able to provide in return. The panel presentation will be followed by networking opportunities with the funders during the 90 minute lunch-time immediately following the presentation.

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

Participate in self-organized networking conversations with funders from Ontario and Canada.

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

                                    Facilitators: Elisha Barlow and Kendra Wishlow, SPARC Youth Caucus

An opportunity to ‘take a pulse’ of the economic realities, community capacity building and retention activities for rural youth involved in the performing arts.

2:00 – 3:30 pm      Concurrent Sessions

F7                   SOCAN I0I : Performing Rights in Canada & SOCAN’s Role

                      Presenter: Craig Brockie, Industry Relations Executive, Toronto, Ontario

This seminar will be very informative whether you are an event organizer, singer songwriter, publisher or simply just looking to learn about copyright and what SOCAN’s role is within that framework. This session will cover three main areas, copyright with specifics to performing rights, the requirements for event organizers when hosting events with music, and finally how a songwriter and their publisher get paid from SOCAN.

With these topics being the focus the seminar, host Craig Brockie welcomes questions with any respect to copyright as a whole. SOCAN plays one of the largest roles in the Canadian music industry so join us for this engaging seminar to find out more.

F8                   Onsite: A Crash Course in Site-Specific Theatre Making in Rural Surrounds

                      Presenter: Kendra Fanconi, Artistic Director, The Only Animal Theatre Society, Roberts Creek, British Columbia

The Only Animal Theatre Society creates theatre projects with a deep concentration on ‘place’, and is inspired particularly by sites with an elemental identity. They have made award-winning plays in swimming pools (The One that Got Away), on beaches (Sea of Sand) on docks, and in active waterways (Other Freds), and in theatres of snow and ice (NiX). The session will begin with a retrospective review of the past 15 years of their work. While the The Only Animal recognizes a multiplicity of site-specific aesthetics, they firmly believe in embracing the ‘Identity of Site’ in all approaches. This session will introduce participants to the list of questions that can tease out the identity of a given site, with a focus on work that is environmentally sustainable.  Participants will take away useful tools for investigating the sites in one’s own backyard, and have insight into the particular challenges in the creation of ambitious site-centreed work.

F9                   A Mile in Their Shoes: At the Intersection of Rural Cemeteries & the Performing Arts

                      Presenters: Lyn Royce, Principal, Royce Public Images, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario; Maja Bannerman, Parasol Lane Productions, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Colleen Laverdiere, Grimsby Museum Assistant Curator, Grimsby, Ontario; Pam Mundy, Amateur Performer, “Walks Through History”, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

At Drummond Hill Cemetery in Niagara Falls, each year tourists and locals attend guided walks. They experience a return to life of those long buried through performances by local animators.

In 2012 Niagara Region was designated a Cultural Capital of Canada. As part of that designation, the development of cemetery walks was mentored in five more communities of varying sizes across Niagara as A Walk Through History

These oral histories showcased Niagara’s culturally diverse history and the historic roles community members played – with the Underground Railroad; in the War of 1812; as early female entrepreneurs; alongside other characters and accomplishments of note.  While unique to each community this expansion:

• collected information resource
• engaged community volunteers in new ways
• capitalized on joint marketing initiatives
• generated extensive development of props and costume materials
• created tools for communities to share use of production resources in immediate and long-term future delivery of this program.

With over 70 cemeteries in the Niagara Region, there is yet room for further expansion! This presentation will:

• Provide an overview and context and, using an interview format, a project lead and creative support person from A Walk Through History will discuss the challenges and rewards of starting this project from scratch within their community and script and acting skills development for volunteers.
• Interviewees will become interviewers to cover larger scale concerns such as joint marketing and sponsorship possibilities.
• Conversations will be interspersed with ‘in character’ presentation(s) – selected dramatizations from scripts based on local history research in one or more of the 2012 participating communities.

Emphasis will be on answering the questions:

“…how did you nurture local creativity in the performing arts, develop local production skills, attract and retain volunteers, broaden your audience, refresh your traditional audience, develop new venues, forge new partnerships or strengthen existing ones, improve the profile of performing arts in your community, celebrate your successes beyond your local world, share what you’ve learned…”

This session will also cover:

• Researching local figures based on ‘cemetery residence’
• Scripting characters for interest and fact
• Designing and producing props and costumes
• Engaging community volunteers
• Individual and joint marketing
• Issues of outdoor sites
• Delivery management
• Accessibility considerations  (Access for Ontarians with Disabilities Act)
• Budgeting, funding and revenue generation
• Where do you go after the first one’s done

F10                 Community, Connection, Cooperation: Key Elements for Successful                                    Partnerships

                      Presenters: Kevin Korchinski, Executive Director, Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils, Regina, Saskatchewan; Laurie Gillis, Executive Director, Atlantic Presenters Association, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; Ann Barker, Director of Business Development, Ticketpro, Barrie, Ontario

Partnerships for any size presenter are important, but for rural presenters they are vital to ensure the health of an organization with a limited audience, volunteer and sponsorship base. This session will feature executive directors from two presenter networks that are predominately rural based and the director of business development for Ticketpro, a company that assists presenters, festivals and networks, many with a rural or small city emphasis.

Dealing with presenters and festivals based outside of the larger cities requires not only empathy, but an innate understanding of the issues faced in these communities. In addition, many of these are run by a group of volunteers with various levels of experience and industry expertise, and the challenges soon become evident.

This session will offer attendees the opportunity to hear lessons learned over the years that these organizations have assisted presenters in their respective areas. OSAC and APA have spent a number of decades acting as liaisons between those volunteers and small presenters and professional artists from across Canada and beyond. Ticketpro has partnered with many rural and small city organizations. That combined with years of marketing experience in those markets, places them in a somewhat unique position within their field within Canada.

Partnerships today mean more than working with a local restaurant (although those are important too). Arts organizations must create working relationships with funders, networks, other presenters, agents, artists, local businesses and most importantly, the ticket buying public. Examples of partnerships and topics that will be discussed are:

– Block Booking: how a group of rural based presenters can join forces to present an artist that would not otherwise be within their reachNetworks or What the Heck is a Contact Event! – How the collective knowledge of a network can assist rural presenters with professional development, workshops, funding opportunities and marketing ideas.

F11                 Gros Morne Rocks: Promoting Arts & Performance in a National Park & World Heritage Site

                      Presenters: Katherine Lockart, Cultural Coordinator, Creative Gros Morne, Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland & Labrador; David Maggs, Founder & Director, Gros Morne Summer Music, Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland & Labrador

This presentation will examine regional partnerships and collaboration for marketing and promotion in Gros Morne National Park using online tools and social media.

People in Gros Morne National Park share a strong sense of identity and a rich culture including music, performance and storytelling. An increasing number of tourists are visiting not only for the geology and outstanding natural beauty that has set Gros Morne apart on the world stage, but to take part in the unique culture through festivals, events and direct experience.

The Gros Morne Cultural Blueprint was developed in consultation with regional stakeholders to strengthen and develop cultural initiatives within Gros Morne National Park. It is a collaborative regional framework that includes provisions for product development, strengthening human resources and building regional profile as a cultural destination. The first phase of implementation of the GMCB is led by the Gros Morne Co-operating Association in collaboration with local artists, festival organizers and business owners and with the support of Parks Canada, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Canadian Heritage, and the provincial departments of Innovation, Business and Rural Development and Tourism, Culture and Recreation.

Participants will learn about engaging artists, event organizers and businesses in regional partnerships to promote the arts, how to develop strategies for shared use of online and social media and about working with a regional strategy to promote the arts in a rural area.

F12                 Finding the World in Your Neighbourhood…..Bringing Film to Light

                     Presenters: Laura Good, Programming Coordinator, TIFF, Toronto; Ming-Jenn Lim, Senior Coordinator, Film Circuit, TIFF, Toronto

It is sometimes difficult to introduce world cinema into a community. This session will explore the many successful, and not so successful ways rural communities have tried to engage their community. Through connections to the content, the crew, the location, the situation or creative venues for screenings, there are many ways to create a connection to your audience

Founded in 1989, Film Circuit is TIFF’s successful film outreach programme, bringing the best of Canadian and international films and artists to communities across the country. Through an alternate model of grassroots distribution, marketing and exhibition, Film Circuit encompasses over 180 groups in over 160 communities across Canada, and helps TIFF lead the world in building markets and audiences for Canadian cinema.

3:30 – 3:45 pm         Refreshment Break

3:45 – 5:15 pm         Concurrent Sessions

F13                 Theatre Without Walls: The Story From Scotland

                      Presenters: Sadie Dixon-Spain, Founder, Artistic Director, Actor, In-house Playwright, The Walking Theatre Company, Argyll, Scotland; Nancy Kovachik, Manitoba Projector Coordinator, Pine Falls, MB; Colin Little, Core Company Actor, The Walking Theatre Company, Argyll, Scotland

The Walking Theatre Company (TWTC) is the only profit making theatre business in Scotland, and will present a session on how to ‘break through the 4th wall’. This dramatic session will teach seminar participants how to step through the 4th wall barrier between audience, creative artist, landscape, and emerging practice. TWTC will share their experiences with collaborative platforms and how to build a creative community in a rural setting through culture, heritage, healthy living, landscape and the environment.

This session will focus on Canadian ‘Heritage’ as an inspirational point for promoting a community’s narrative identity, and show participants how to utilize their cultural heritage as a method of developing cultural tourism. TWTC will also explore their sustainable business model that has helped them develop cost effective high quality products without relying on grants. This innovative approach will re-engage audiences and re-invigorate space.

F14  The Rainforest Circus: Exploring the Value of Collaborative Interdisciplinary Creation in Rural Canada

        Presenters: Chad Hershler, Artistic Director, Deer Crossing the Art Farm, Gibsons, British Columbia; Sandy Buck, Director of Education and Community Outreach, Deer Crossing the Art Farm, Gibsons, British Columbia

The Art Farm began as a social experiment following a simple equation: art + nature = change. Founded on five acres of traditional Squamish territory just north of Gibsons BC, the Art Farm brings arts and nature-based innovators together. Projects are broad-ranging – from festivals to interdisciplinary art installations to educational programming to performance art to capacity-building for social and creative entrepreneurs – and they all share these common traits: they are collaborative, they build community, are cutting edge and are place-based.

Of all of these projects, the most successful to date is an ongoing one: the Rainforest Circus. The Rainforest Circus is a unique inter-disciplinary creation devised and mounted each year in (and about) the rainforest surrounding Gibsons BC. This workshop will explore the creative process behind the project. Beginning with a short multi-media collage depicting the history of the Rainforest Circus, the presentation will showcase the genesis of the project, its evolution through four years of production, how and in what way the local community has supported, nurtured and claimed it as their own and the vision for its future.

Workshop participants will participate in a micro-version of the Rainforest Circus’s interdisciplinary creative process in small group exercises. Outcomes of group discussions will be presented through an eclectic combination of performance and artistic disciplines, and findings discussed about the collaborative creative process of the Rainforest Circus.

F15                Producing Quality Theatre in a Rural Setting – Presented by Theatre Ontario

                     Moderator: Julianne Snepsts, General Manager, Festival Players of Prince Edward County, Ontario

                     Panelists: Jack Brezina, President, Highlands Summer Festival, Haliburton Highlands; Deb Sholdice, General Manager, Blyth Festival, Blyth Ontario; Harold Arbuckle, Board Member and Treasurer, Embro Thistle Theatre, Embro, Ontario

This panel and discussion forum includes equal representation of professional theatres and community theatres from rural areas of Ontario, and is presented by Theatre Ontario. The panelists represent the wide geographical spectrum of Ontario from the rugged north to the agricultural south and hold expertise ranging from establishing some of the most successful professional regional theatres in the province, to growing and sustaining community theatres that have become the cultural heart of their regions.

All have overcome a wide range of challenges, from loss of venues, to tackling financial woes, to developing and maintaining an audience and surviving unpredictable weather. All have experienced great triumphs and overcome huge challenges and their stories will encourage and inspire others as they pursue the goal of producing quality theatre in their own communities

The session will include an opportunity for the audience to ask questions of the panelists and share their own successes and challenges with the group.

F16                 Increasing Capacity Through Collaboration

                     Presenter: Marie Zimmerman, Executive Director, Hillside Community Festival of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario

This session will describe an innovative approach to community development and arts presentation that saw five festivals in Guelph and Wellington County partnering together to

• showcase and co-present one or more of the arts from other festivals;
• expose each individual festival audience to the work of another festival;
• develop intellectual capacity by sharing presenter knowledge and the work of planning co-presentations;
• increase audience capacity and diversity for each festival.

This work was grant-funded and surprising in its results:

• Increased attendance:
• Eden Mills Writers’ Festival:  74%
• Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival:  69%
• Festival of Moving Media:  32%
• Guelph Jazz Festival:  21%

Two of the participating festivals—the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival and the Hillside Summer Festival—take place in rural areas.  And they both draw on rural and urban populations.  Both are also environmentally conscientious and have constructed dishwashing and waste management systems to reflect their concern about their impact on the rural land.  These have become signature features of the festivals in question.

This session will address the strength of the collaborative model for creating urban-rural partnerships as well as for increasing the interest and retention of audiences.  The collective power of five festivals has arresting benefits for the recruitment of volunteers as well as for the sharing and procurement of resources from cities and townships. Participants will learn why one should collaborate with a competitor, how to increase audiences through strategic co-presentations, and how to reach across the urban-rural divide in ways that both play to stereotypical differences and dissolve them.

F17                 Research Soundbytes:

(1)       Case Studies from the Canada Council for the Arts’ Artists & Community Collaboration Program in Rural Regions

                                 Presenter: Claude Schryer, Coordinator, Inter-Arts Office, Canada Council for the Arts, Ottawa, Ontario

The Canada Council created the Artists and Community Collaboration Fund (ACCF) in 2001 to increase the Council’s commitment to the diverse artistic activities that bring together professional artists and the broader community and to provide the arts a stronger presence in everyday life.  This pilot program became a permanent program of the Council, the Artists and Community Collaboration Program (ACCP) in 2006 after an external review of the program, Imagine, by Laurie McGauley in 2006. The Canada Council undertook a further internal evaluation in 2011 and will announce improvements to the program in 2014. Artists and community collaboration is defined as an arts process that actively involves the work of professional artists and non-arts community members in creative and collaborative relationships. The ACCP places the ‘creation of art’ led by a qualified professional artist at the centre of community collaboration process and has funded a number of innovative art projects in all regions of Canada. This presentation will present a snapshot of case studies of recently funded ACCP projects in the performing arts in rural regions. The presentation will explore the artistic process between artists and communities and the impact of the work on the professional artists, community participants and the community as a whole. The case studies will also present an overview of some of the tools that have been developed during the evaluation of the ACCP such as self-evaluation tools and community reporting systems.

(2)                 Ontario Arts Council: Snapshots of Funded Projects in Rural  Ontario

                    Presenter: Aengus Finnan, Touring and Audience Development Officer, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Office

In its last 5 year strategic plan, developed through extensive consultation with the public and cultural sector, the Ontario Arts Council identified “regional” (any artist, organization or community outside the GTA) as one of its 5 strategic priorities. Coupled to the plan the OAC articulated a vision of Ontario where, among other aspects, priorities and values, people in all regions actively engage and participate in the arts, and where regional artists and arts organizations are recognized for the value they provide to all of Ontario’s people, cultures and creative sectors. Based on the OAC’s Performance Measures document this session will discuss some of the internal OAC processes of ensuring consideration, participation, and engagement of regional representatives and artists, and a review of the latest indicators related to regional service, activity, and granting results. A review of the regional outreach initiatives and activity to date, as well as regional staffing will be addressed, and a brief review of regional program opportunities will be highlighted. And there’s guaranteed to be a few surprising statistical misconceptions debunked.

(3)                 A Fresh Start Supporting Rural Performing Arts Presentation: Snapshots of Funded Projects in Rural Canada

                    Presenter: David Barnard, Cultural Consultant, Canada Arts Presentation Fund, Department of Canadian Heritage

Fresh Start is a program initiated in 2002-2003 by the Canada Arts Presentation Fund program (CAPF) through the Department of Canadian Heritage. Administered by the Ontario Campus and Community Impresarios Presenting Network (CCI), the program’s purpose is to provide developmental, financial and technical assistance to performing arts presenters from three prioritised communities: Aboriginal, culturally diverse and rural/remote. In the 10+ plus since its creation, Fresh Start has led to a diversification of the presenting organisations supported by CAPF in Ontario.

In 2012-2013, Fresh Start was realigned as a development project for small northern presenters. The project includes two main elements: increased access to contemporary dance in four northern Ontario communities and increased exposure to Canadian children’s artists for six young audience presenters operating in the northern Ontario. The goal of this project is to enhance the range of presentations offered in remote areas of Ontario, through development of the presenters responsible for bringing performing arts to these communities.
The presentation will examine the evolution of the Fresh Start program, how and why it has changed, evaluating the impact it has had on the organisations and communities it has served and exploring the continuing priorities of those presenters.

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

                       Presenter: Byron Hermann, President, Calabogie & Area Business Association, Independent Music Producer, Calabogie, Ontario

This seminar will present the challenges encountered and the insights gathered in the planning and development process for the creation of the proposed new “Calabogie Centre for the Performing Arts.” The proposed Calabogie Performing Arts Centre (PAC) will be a midsize, 470-seat theatre-style venue with full stage house and a complete array of professional amenities, including ample lobby, and supportive production spaces. The seating would be in a fixed-tier format and would not allow for multiple configurations. The facility would include a fly space, for lifting scenery above the stage. Challenge 1: Understanding Partnerships

Initial challenges were related to the development of working partnerships.  Potential project partners were identified and approached. These included the “National Arts Center” in Ottawa, The University of Ottawa Faculty of Music, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Algonquin College, Ottawa Valley Festival Arts, the Township of Greater Madawaska, CABA (Calabogie Area Business Association) and a substantial group of patrons, contributors and foundations. Insights included the importance of securing the support of a wide community to support a rural performing arts economy.

Challenge 2: Understanding the Cultural Landscape

Initial challenges were related to understanding the current cultural landscape and what is the potential of community and economic development through cultural destination development. This required improved communication between communities to determine common needs, understand factors in cultural destination development, and provide insights into the relationship between performing arts and healthy communities and healthy living. Performing arts are not just an experience or activity to “add-on” to other primary tourist activities, attractions or lifestyles.  Performing arts ARE primary experiences in a cultural destination. Performing arts ARE primary experiences in a healthy community.

Challenge 3: Understanding the Rural Performing Arts Economy

Initial challenges were related to understanding the concept that the development of a rural performing arts economy and rural cultural infrastructure project feasibility is dependent on a number of interrelated factors. These factors included understanding arts and culture tourism volume, the nature and value of arts and culture  overnight tourists and their economic impact in the area, understanding that the concept of sustaining a rural performing arts economy required that PAC have a year-round calendar of events ranging from local community and county shows to midsize professional theatrical productions as well as a full array of concerts, and that other community cultural assets offer meaningful programs and experiences. Insights were gained into the nature of performing arts experiences, cultural tourists and residents were seeking and nature of the rural performing arts economy. Finally, this PAC enterprise is intended to be the centerpiece of a new cultural destination development plan to serve the community and county, introduce culture, create a tourist attraction, and to provide an amenity for rural life in and around Calabogie, the Township of Greater Madawaska, Ottawa Valley and Ottawa.

Participants will develop an understanding of the factors in cultural destination development, how to attract support and resources by developing enhanced partnerships, and how to improve communication between communities to determine common needs: how to create, support and sustain a rural performing arts economy.

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

On Friday night, SPARC participants will be provided with a $20 dinner voucher, and free entrance to enjoy your choice of the Haliburton Highland’s finest eating and entertainment. Your $20 SPARC dinner dollars can be spent at any participating restaurant and allow you to be exempted from any cover charge.

In Haliburton Village:

• Baked and Battered ( 128 Highland Street

• McKecks Tap & Grill (, 207 Highland St., Founded by hockey great Walt McKechnie, renovated with careful attention to historic detail, featuring the culinary stylings of Chef Aaron Walker and a variety of local music – rock, pop, blues and jazz. Feature performer tonight, Carl Dixon formerly of The Guess Who (among other great bands!). Showtime 8:00 pm.

• Dublin Gate Irish Pub, 212 Highland St, offer pub grub and a local Irish band. Feature performer tonight, Phil McMahon and Paddy’s Lament, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

• “There’s Something in the Water?”, with special guests Producer Wayde Greer & Director/Screenwriter Charles Teljeur. Showtime 7:00 pm, Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion, 5358 County Road 21

In Minden Village, you have the choice of:

•Dominion Hotel (, one of the oldest operating hotels in Ontario, located on main street Minden, 113 Bobcaygeon Rd.  It is a favoured performance site for local and visiting musicians, and will host The Dead (and Live) Poets Society, in which live people impersonate dead (and Live) poets to share the poetry they love – an interactive and entertaining evening of spoken word that takes itself lightly.

•Highland Concert Band and friends will offer an evening of varied instrumental ensembles at the Minden United Church, 21 Newcastle St., a frequent venue with wonderful acoustics just around the corner from main street, featuring a locally catered meal.

And in Carnarvon Village, at the intersection of Hwy 35 and 118, enjoy the much-loved and recently re-located  Rhubarb Restaurant ( and the culinary ingenuity of Chef Christof Carl, along with music that embraces the senses provided by Custom Blend.

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