Thursday, April 24th

11:00 am – 2:00 pm             Registration

4:30 – 8:00 pm                      Registration, After 2:00pm session ends at 4:30 pm

2:00 – 4:30 pm                      SPARCing Exchange Café

SPARCing Exchange Café

To open the Symposium we will be transforming the Great Hall and Commons of the Haliburton School of The Arts into a neighbourhood café—the type of place where the air is buzzing with ideas and folks are hopping from table to table to greet old friends and meet new people; where the walls are covered with pictures, bulletins, helpful information, and notes about what people are seeking and what people are offering.

A key goal of SPARC is to create an environment where people are exchanging ideas, finding opportunities for collaboration and discussing solutions to tricky problems. Everyone has a part to play in the SPARCing Exchange Café. You will have an opportunity to meet people engaged in the performing arts from rural communities throughout the province and across the country. ¬

Get ready to share information about:
•    who you are and what you do,
•    your hopes and dreams,
•    what you’re seeking, and
•    what you have to offer.

All of this information will be posted—creating a Living and Thinking Wall that will grow and evolve throughout the 4 days of the symposium and contribute to the creation of a network.

5:30 – 7:00 pm                    Dinner on Own (Dining Options)

5:30 – 7:00 pm                    Youth Caucus: Dinner – A Social Opportunity

                    Facilitators: Elisha Barlow and Kendra Wishlow, SPARC Youth Caucus

To provide the initial opportunity for rural youth from across the province and country to connect and network, participants will meet at a selected local restaurant for dinner. Following dinner, Youth Caucus members will attend the Symposium’s Welcome Reception and Open Stage.

7:30 – 8:00 pm                      Welcome Reception

8:00 – 10:00 pm                    Open Stage Performances

SPARC delegates are invited – by contacting ahead of the Symposium with expressions of interest – to participate in Open Stage Performances. The evening will feature up to eight (8) ten-minute performances. Expressions of interest in excess of the 8 scheduled for this evening will be scheduled at intervals throughout the 3 remaining days of the Symposium.