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In an effort to assist the arts community in building sustainable practices, The Department of Culture offers workshops on a year round basis that are designed to educate both individual artists and arts organizations.

Upcoming Workshops

Sept 8, 2014  9am-5pm Mady Centre for the Performing Arts
Theatre Health & Safety Workshop
Many smart, capable theatre practitioners feel that they are well versed in health and safety issues given competing demands for time and resources; however, an extra investment in health and safety can pay off in protecting both people and productions.

Focusing on the unique health and safety challenges that arise in the theatre industry, this workshop will guide participants through the process of risk assessment and control. Learn more from trainer, Janet Sellery, CRSP, CHSC, one of Canada’s leading experts in health and safety and the arts. As the Health and Safety Manager for the Opening, Closing and Victory Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, Janet successfully addressed high risk hazards, ensured compliance with legislation, met demanding deadlines and achieved excellent results. Janet’s previous career was in stage management where she pioneered a health and safety program at the Stratford Festival.

This session will include how to research health and safety issues, apply legislative requirements and implement best practices in a theatre setting. 

September 8, 2014  6pm-9pm Huronia Room A - City Hall
Why Have A Vision, Mission and Values Statement
Join Marion Paquet, author of A Handbook for Cultural Trustees and learn more about how a Vision, Mission and Values statement can greatly assist your organization. In this workshop you will learn to distinguish between a vision and a mission and why it is important for both the Board and staff to invest time and energy in creating this fundamental governance policy.  Participants will work together to analyze Vision, Mission and Values statements of other cultural organizations and review best practices. 

Participants will leave the workshop with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide leadership in the development of a Vision, Mission and Values statement in their organization.

September 17, 2014  7pm-9pm Sir Robert Barrie Room - City Hall
Public Art Commissions
Are you an emerging or mid career artist? Would you like to bid on public art calls but just not clear on the process? Then this is the workshop for you. Please join Ted Fullerton former Co-ordinator of the School of Design and Visual Art at Georgian College on Wednesday September 17th when he articulates the process, protocol and expectations for public art commissions. This workshop will include a step by step outline on how to organize your CV, your letter of intent and your portfolio. It will speak to what, and what not to include in your submission, as well as it will address the important aspects of what you should consider if you are short listed for a project. This workshop will include a general discussion and question and answer period that will address important topics such as contracts, finances and how to proceed once you have been awarded a commission.

September 20, 2014  9am-12noon Sir Robert Barrie Room - City Hall
Getting GRRRREAT at Board Governance
This workshop, facilitated by Marion Paquet, will provide you with a quick overview of the role, responsibilities and functions of a cultural Board, and help you to gain an understanding of the various stages of organizational development. You will quickly learn to distinguish between reasonable and unreasonable expectations of Board governance. What are the “best practices” in cultural development?

This workshop will demonstrate how behavioural science contributes to our knowledge of how to engage audiences and develop partnerships with those who share your vision, mission and values. Come to this workshop prepared with lots of questions and we will work together as a group to exchange knowledge on how to energize and strengthen Board governance.

September 30, 2014  6pm-9pm Sir Robert Barrie Room - City Hall
Creating a Board Manual with Meaning
Boards continue to collect an endless list of hard copy documents; everything from marketing and fundraising materials, budgets, audited financial statements, policies and program plans. This is where a Board “manual” can greatly assist the members in keeping their information on target and well organized. This workshop, facilitated by Marion Paquet, will review what a Board Manual should include and provide an opportunity for discussion on how cultural organizations are fulfilling their vision, mission, and values. This workshop will help you function efficiently in documenting the Board’s progress by using a board manual to create a more resilient and sustainable cultural organization.

October 4, 2014  9am-12noon Sir Robert Barrie Room - City Hall
How to find Dedicated Volunteers and Keep Them on your Board
A community organization’s success is dependent on its ability to attract, develop and retain talented and dedicated volunteer Board Members. However, research tells us that more than half of community based organizations have difficulties with Board Recruitment. Limited time, resources and expertise adds to the complexity! This workshop, facilitated by Suzanne Addison Tool, offers participants an opportunity to share ideas, learn from best practices and build a Board Recruitment tool kit. Participants will leave with tools and processes that will enable their Board of Directors to recruit for success!

October 18, 2014  9am-12noon Sir Robert Barrie Room - City Hall
Succession Planning for a Successful Future 
Whether it’s because of Baby Boomer retirements, founders moving on to new adventure or simply as a risk management process, succession planning is an integral component in ensuring the sustainability and health of your programs and services. This workshop, facilitated by Suzanne Addison Tool, offers participants an opportunity to learn about succession planning strategies, processes and policies. Participants will have an opportunity to develop succession planning procedures for their organization that can be readily incorporated into Board activities. 

October 25, 2014  9am-12noon Mady Centre for the Performing Arts
The Basics of Strategic Planning
“We always plan too much and always think too little” (Joseph Schumper). Strategic planning is a planning tool but it also a process that enables our stakeholders to think, plan and then act together. It’s a “road map” that moves us towards the things that are most important to our community organizations while building relationships and team. This workshop invites participants to learn about an inclusive method of strategic planning. Participants will leave with the tools and mindsets required to embark on a successful strategic planning journey.

To register for a workshop, please contact the Department of Culture at 705-739-4299 or email us at   

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