Symposium 2020

SPARC Symposium 2020 poster


SPARC’s 2020 Symposium will be held May 7th-10th at…

Gathering Place by the Grand logo

“On behalf of the Six Nations Community Working Group, we are so delighted and pleased to welcome the SPARC Symposium to the Six Nations of the Grand River in 2020. This not only lets us showcase the remarkable artistic talent in our community, but also, with the incredible network of arts advocates, creators and presenters attending the conference, its an excellent opportunity for cultural exchange. Hopefully this new partnership will inspire and continue a dialogue for reconciliation in the arts.” – Jessica Powless, Event Planner

About the Gathering Place

The Gathering Place by the Grand is an all-new event and performing arts centre located in Six Nations of the Grand River. Opened in 2017, the Gathering Place features a large event space that can host up to 300 guests banquet-style or 500 theatre-style, as well as three meeting rooms, and advanced sound and lighting equipment. The Gathering Place is a department of Six Nations Tourism, which is owned and operated under the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation (SNGRDC).

About Six Nations of the Grand River

Six Nations of the Grand River is the largest First Nations reserve in Canada by population, and the second largest reserve by size. Located between Hamilton, Brantford and Simcoe, Six Nations is nestled in the heart of Southwestern Ontario. As the only First Nation to house all six nations of the Iroquois Confederacy (Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Seneca, Onondaga, and Tuscarora), it is a unique First Nation which attracts visitors from all over the world.

“SPARC is thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with Jessica and her team on the 2020 Symposium. The local working group has extensive experience with event planning and developing community partnerships, as well as several connections within the arts and culture sector. We are especially excited about the cultural exchange this partnership will facilitate as we all continue to learn about what active allyship and building reciprocal relationships looks like in our arts communities and beyond.” – SPARC Team


Symposium 2020 Theme: Reconciliation & Connection

“The theme of ‘Reconciliation & Connection’ allows us to explore what reconciliation means to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous creators, presenters, producers and community animators, and how that connects us. It shows us how we can build lasting relationships together, while also connecting with our wider audiences through engagement, digital media, marketing and more.” – Jessica Powless


Stay tuned for more information about the symposium theme and our call for workshop proposals!