Shaping the future of the Creative Communities




What does engagement mean for the arts, cultural, heritage and library sector? What can artists, creative entrepreneurs, cultural workers, arts organization and cultural industry companies do to impact creative work and the creative community?

Creative Works will explore diverse opportunities for engagement and discussions on practical ways of collaborating within and outside the cultural sector. The conference will highlight three exciting areas: equity and accessibility, inclusive programming, and partnership and collaboration. Each session will intersect between two or more areas.

Note: Stay tuned for more speaker updates. Session titles and descriptions are subject to change.

Friday, May 10, 2019 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Harbourfront Centre | 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto ON

OPENING PLENARY | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Keynote Presentation
Phyllis Yaffe, Canada’s Consul General in New York, USA

SESSION A | 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Accessibility in the Arts: Creating Experiences that Count (Panel)
As we work toward a more inclusive arts world, how can the cultural sector be more intentional about creating programs, activities and spaces that are accessible to all, most especially marginalized communities? This session will explore solutions and best practices for creating experiences that count.
Kim Fullerton, Founder & Director, Akimbo
Kelly Straughan, Executive Artistic Director, Workman Arts
Anne Zbitnew, MES, Professor, Media Foundation Program, Humber College
Liviya Mendelsohn, Director of Accessibility & Inclusion, Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, and Artistic Director, ReelAbilities Toronto Film Festival

Building Effective Networks (Presentation)
This session will highlight the importance of strategic networking. Learn how to identify networks that work and develop strategies for effective collaboration with organizations, cultural workers, artists and the creative community.
Emily Mills, Founder, How She Hustles

Partnering Outside the Box (Panel)
Gain insight in developing partnerships beyond the expected and “same old, same old”. Learn about new opportunities for collaborating on innovative projects, as well as partnering with other sectors and industries.

Marketing Markets (Presentation & Panel)
What are some effective platforms, tools and techniques for gaining exposure, promoting your services and selling your work? Join this panel to shop the best platforms that would bring you success. Each speaker will deliver a short presentation about their products and services, followed by a panel discussion and questions.
Alana Pancyr, Actress, Model, Painter and Social Media Infuencer
Kate Chippindale, Partnerships Marketing Manager, Wealthsimple
Jason Maghanoy, Director of Membership & Partner Success, Toronto Life

SESSION B | 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

A Cultural Worker’s Guide to Corporate Sponsorship (Panel)
Learn the key to developing strong relationships with corporate sponsors. Discover how to align your project objectives, capture attention of prospects and unlock new revenue streams.
Valérie Picher, Associate Vice-President, Community Relations, TD Bank Group
Reena Chohan, Director Corporate Partnerships, TIFF
Jennifer Kirner, Community Affairs, Eastern Canada, TELUS
Jason Maghanoy, Director of Membership & Partner Success, Toronto Life

Creating Safe Working Environments in the Arts (Panel)
Explore the work being done to foster safe working environments for artists and cultural workers. This session will focus on anti-harassment policies and other action plans that can be implemented to improve workplace culture.
Jacoba Knaapen, Executive Director, Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA)
Jackie Dean, Chief Financial Officer, Music Canada/ CONNECT music licensing
Susan Annis, Executive Director, Cultural Human Resources Council

Engaging Your Communities (Workshop)
Engaging your communities in a respectful and fruitful way reinforces every aspect of organizational performance – building relationships with partners, increasing awareness, and forging opportunities for collaboration. Through this workshop, learn how to ensure that your diverse stakeholders have meaningful opportunities to participate in the conversations you are creating. Learn how to overcome common pitfalls of focus groups and surveys, and how to ask the hard questions and tease out the truth.
Laura Gaughan, Senior Associate, Laridae

Meet the Expert (Roundtable Mentorship)
Meet the Expert is a group mentoring session for participants to get advice on sector concerns from professionals with expertise on the following topic: financial management, fundraising/crowd founding and grant writing. Key Information: Each professional or mentor will lead a group of attendees who will move from table to table in 3 rotations in 15 minute intervals.
Financial Management: Samantha Zimmerman, Practice Manager & Senior Associate Data Management, Young Associates
Grant Writing: Paulina O’Kieffe, Writer, Performer & Arts Educator
Taxes: Sunny Widerman, CEO & Tax Preparer and Advisor, Personal Tax Advisor

SECOND PLENARY | 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

#MakingItWork for the Future (Presentation and Panel)
Creative Works will close by providing highlights from WorkInCulture’s MakingItWork research project (facilitated by Nordicity), that aims to identify the needs and priorities of the arts and cultural sector. Attendees will gain insight on how this research will contribute to building better programs, services and support for cultural workers. MakingItWork research is supported by the Government of Ontario.
Julie Whelan, Senior Manager, Nordicity
Sharon Diamond, Development Officer, Ottawa Arts Council
Cathy Taylor, Executive Director, Ontario Nonprofit Network
Lisa Fiorilli, Research & Outreach Manager, WorkInCulture
Danika Lochhead, Manager, Arts and Sector Development, City of Kingston
Neil Price, Associate Dean, Humber College School of Social and Community Services