Sunday, April 27th

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:
                                                                              Building a Network

Keynote Speaker: Scott Walters, Founder, Center for Rural Arts Development and Leadership Education (CRADLE), Bakersville, North Carolina

Scott Walters will discuss several of the challenges that must be overcome in order to (re)create a vibrant arts ecosystem in small and rural communities.

The first involves innovative business models. An arts organization in a small community is not simply a smaller version of an arts organization in a metropolitan area. It’s organization, financing, and relation to the community should be very different.

Another challenge is to encourage people to tell their own stories. An arts organization, like a local restaurant, should reflect local flavors.  And a serious challenge is communication. By its very nature, rural areas are isolated. It is important for people who are leading arts organizations in rural areas to have a source of information, seed funding, and a place to share successes and failures.

10:30 – 11:00 am               Refreshment Break

11:00 am – 12:30 pm       Bringing it All Together

After four days of learning, sharing, discussions, presentations and performances we are going to spend our last 1 ½ hours bringing it all together and laying the groundwork a network of creators, presenters, producers, and community animators involved in the performing arts in rural communities..

•    Throughout the symposium a team of videographers, artists, observers, and social media watchers will have captured the flow and the flavour of the many parts of SPARC. This team will deliver a short multi-media presentation reflecting the experience.

•    The Youth Caucus will report on their findings and recommendations for the future.

•    We will have a look at what the Living and Thinking Wall has to report to us on how symposium participants have come together to share, collaborate and create dreams for the future.

•    We will present the next steps in the creation of a network.

12:30 pm            Lunch & Departures