IBPOC Digital Strategy – Phase II: Digital Tools Professional Development Series

IBPOC Digital Strategy – Phase II: Digital Tools Professional Development Series 
 October 2020 – March 2021  via Zoom 

Essential Digital Tools – Schedule update
Presented by Jessa Agilo Founder, ArtsPond
Friday, October 2, 2020 | 1pm-4:30pm EST
Friday, October 9, 2020 | 1pm-4:30pm EST (postponed)
Friday, October 23, 2020 | 1pm-4:30pm EST – now Day 2
Friday, October 30, 2020 | 1pm-4:30pm EST – now Day 3
Thursday, November 5, 2020 | 1pm-4:30pm EST – now Day 4 Digital

Accessibility in the Arts
Presented by Victoria Anne Warner and Sean Lee, Tangled Arts
Thursday, November 19, 2020 | 11am-2:30pm EST
Thursday, November 26, 2020 | 11am-2:30pm EST
Thursday, December 3, 2020 |1pm-4:30pm EST
Thursday, December 10, 2020 | 1pm-4:30pm EST

Culture Brew’s IBPOC Artists Database
Presented by Anju Singh and Valerie Sing Turner, Culture Brew
Tuesday, January 19, 2020 | 12pm-4:00pm EST
Thursday, January 28,2020 | 12pm-4:00pm EST
Thursday, February 19, 2021 | 12pm-4:00pm EST
Thursday, February 25, 2021 | 12pm-4:00pm EST

Digital Engagement with Large Arts Organizations
Presented by Amy Mushinski, The Canadian Opera Company and Christopher Sonnemann, The National Ballet of Canada.
Thursday, March 4, 2021 | 1pm-4:30pm EST
Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 1pm-4:30pm EST
Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 1pm-4:30pm EST
Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 1pm-4:30pm EST


Registration for the Essential Digital Tools is now open!
Registration for other sessions will open shortly!
Register on Eventbrite: https://digital-tools.eventbrite.ca


About the session: 

Essential Digital Tools
Presented by Jessa Agilo Founder, ArtsPond
October 2, October 9,  October  23 and October 30, 2020  

Producer Jessa Agilo (Founder, ArtsPond) provides a whirlwind but fun and informative introduction to the essential digital tools and software in her front and back pockets for managing time, money, people, building creative programming, and engaging community. Learn from her 30 years of experience combining free, open source, and low-cost tools and applications to manage small to large teams from home on a tight budget.

 
DAY 1 

Compare the benefits and challenges of popular productivity suites including Microsoft Office365 E2 for Nonprofits, Google for Nonprofits, Open Office, and other alternatives for free/low-cost internal and remote back-office admin. Receive tips on other helpful free, open source, and low cost tools for managing internal digital assets, time, people, and money in demanding cross-platform environments for OS/iOS and Windows/Android. See examples of ArtsPond’s growing remote national digital office in action and learn about the factors that influenced its design and implementation. Explore strategies and templates for using spreadsheets like Excel and Google Sheets as viable alternatives to expensive databases and business enterprise software. Explore browser extensions/add-on’s, security, and syncing of devices and profiles across multiple domains.

 
Day 2

Compare the benefits and challenges of popular design and communications suites like Adobe with open source, free/low-cost alternatives to amplify your public outreach, accessibility, and interactivity on-the-ground and in-the-cloud. Explore CPanel and WordPress website hosting for non-developers without breaking your brain or emptying the bank. Look at free and open source constituency relationship management (CRM) options with CiviCRM, SuiteCRM, and MailChimp, livestreaming to Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, Instagram and other services with OBS Studio and YellowDuck, accessibility services with Otter.ai and other alternatives, research support with Zotero, strategies for sharing remote desktops, cloud and onsite digital asset backups, best practices for Zoom video conferencing and other alternatives.

 
DAY 3

Become a power Quickbooks and spreadsheet user for managing people, time, and money. See examples and learn how to build all the tools that you need. Explore how just a few spreadsheet features (filters, pivot tables, mail merges) and functions (VLOOKUP, SUMIF, IFS and more) can boost efficiency and automation of everyday business activities. Gain access to sample financial, HR, and activity reporting templates from ArtsPond’s office and learn how to build them on your own. Ask questions about financial and project management challenges and received thoughts or recommendations on how to improve or do things differently.

 
DAY 4

A hand’s on workshop for non-developers to learn how to install and powerup a multi-user Office365 environment and a new WordPress website on a custom domain with CPanel hosting (or hosted by WordPress). For Office365, setup and use SharePoint, Teams, Planner, Yammer, OneNote, OneDrive, and more.  On WordPress, learn how to install themes, create and update content, address site SEO settings, backup and keep it secure, migrate content to another location, set up a testing server on your local machine for play before launch, choosing between the best of free and paid plugins to extend functionality, examining options for hosting ecommerce or social networking functionality, setting up multiple user accounts with permissions, syncing up content and contact lists with Mailchimp and social media. Explore SSL certificates, hosting other open source software solutions to extend functionalities, and choose a hosting plan that works for you for the future.  

For this workshop, if you do not already have access, participants from nonprofit organizations in Canada are encouraged to request accounts for Microsoft Office365 E2 for Nonprofits from TechSoup Canada. Approval process can take 10 days. For those that are unable to do so, a temporary account will be provided to participants by ArtsPond for 90 days to explore the platform.


Bio:
 

Jessa Agilo is an integrated arts producer with a three-decade career boosting social, economic, spatial, and digital justice for equity-seeking groups in Canadian arts and culture.  As Founder of ArtsPond, since 2014 Jessa has led ground-breaking efforts including de-gentrification (Groundstory), digital transformation of arts services (DigitalASO), open source software (Hatch Open), platform cooperatives (Artse United), creative land trusts (Groundtrust), shared charitable platforms (Arts Working Group), COVID-19 pandemic (I Lost My Gig Canada), and more. As a consultant, Jessa has helped grow such diverse companies as Creative Users Projects, Roseneath Theatre, Ontario Culture Days, Workman Arts, Queer Arts Festival, Dreamwalker Dance, and many more. Jessa is a mentor to young spatial and digital justice changemakers from Humber College, University of Toronto, Ryerson University, and Cultural Human Resource Council’s Talent2Lead. She was recognized with the Humberto Santos Award in Business and Administration in 2006 and Toronto Arts Council’s Leaders Lab in 2019.

DigitalASO + Artse United are two digital strategy initiatives led by ArtsPond with the support of Canada Council for the Arts’ Digital Strategy Fund. Artse United is an emerging platform cooperative providing open source arts management and impact investing digital tools for small creators and producers in arts and culture. Phase 1 prioritizes the financial management needs of equity-seeking groups in the visual, performing, and disability arts. DigitalASO is a national strategic effort to bolster digital justice and foster an inclusive ecosystem for shared digital innovation in Canadian arts and culture. Phase 2 explores the scope and design of a Digital Arts Services Alliance to help break down traditional silos and steward a shared national strategy for the transformation of Canadian arts and culture to the digital world with a focus on underserved, equity-seeking groups. Through digital meetups and public consultations across Canada, the project will help connect national champions, strengthen literacy and regional advantages across the country, boost cross-disciplinary and cross-regional collaborations, and foster shared human-digital infrastructure and resources.

The Gathering: Online

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Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) is launching a series of conversations exploring frameworks for understanding how Artists and Arts Organization are thinking about their work and programming given the COVID-19 pandemic and it’s ongoing impact on the Arts Sector.  We are committed to being a supportive convenor of arts practitioners from the Indigenous, racialized, deaf, disabled and mad, women and other historically-marginalized artists and communities.

The Gathering: Online invites artists and organizations to speak about their work and the viewers to engage with the artists while having a forum for asking questions in real time.

We hope you can join us. It is our intent to offer further space for networking with artists and organizations, asking the same questions about IBPOC visibility, inclusion and their intersections with artistic/organizational practices while speaking to many perspectives in the arts and the changing demographics of audiences and participation within the Arts sector.

Please note:  the sessions will be via Zoom and you can join online or over the phone. All sessions will be recorded and the recording will be available for the participants and the general public. Zoom link will be sent 1 day before the session and a reminder 1 hour before the session.

Schedule:

All sessions are 1-4 pm.

June 4: Importance of Digital Research and Prototyping: CPAMO IBPOC Digital Strategy report launch

June 11: Navigating Precarity and the Impact of COVID-19 on Arts Administration

July 2: A Boards Perspective: Leading an Organization Focussed Equity, Diversity and Inclusion – Please note the session on July 2 is postponed until the fall.

July 16: Anti-Black Racism in the Arts (NEW)

July 23: Arts in the Reflection to Our Time: Creation in Response to and with Community – Please note the session on July 23 is now part of the session on Sep. 3.

August 13: Indigeneity and its Representation in the Arts

September 3: Arts Reflecting Our Times: Creation with Communities and Queer Arts Practices

September 24: Visual Representation: The Problematic Nature of the Gaze for IBPOC Visual Artists

October 15: Literature in the Spotlight – Voices Unleashed

November 5: What Have We Learnt?: Developing Policies for Mitigating Organizational Instability  in Crisis Situations – Please note this session is postponed and will take place in 2021.

November 26: Festival Planning /Crisis and the implications on Programming  for Equity Seeking Arts Organizations – Please note this session is postponed and will take place in 2021.

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-gathering-online-tickets-105192573820

Important: Please note if you registered for ticket “Registration for all dates” you will receive the zoom link for the new session on July 16 (Anti-Black Racism in the Arts) and do not need to register again for this session.

New date for Essential Digital Tools – Day 4 workshop

The new date for Essential Digital Tools – Day 4 is Thursday, November 5, 2020 (1pm-4:30pm EST). 

The new schedule is: 
Day 2 – Friday, October 23, 2020 | 1pm-4:30pm EST 
Day 3 – Friday, October 30, 2020 | 1pm-4:30pm EST 
Day 4 – Thursday, November 5, 2020 | 1pm-4:30pm EST 

Please note: If you registered for a workshop your registration was transferred automatically to the new date (e.g. you registered for Day 4 on Oct. 30 then you are now automatically registered for Day 4 on Nov. 5); if you need to change your registration please email us at info@cpamo.org

Producer Jessa Agilo (Founder, ArtsPond) provides a whirlwind but fun and informative introduction to the essential digital tools and software in her front and back pockets for managing time, money, people, building creative programming, and engaging community. Learn from her 30 years of experience combining free, open source, and low-cost tools and applications to manage small to large teams from home on a tight budget.

  
DAY 2 – Friday, October 23, 2020

Compare the benefits and challenges of popular design and communications suites like Adobe with open source, free/low-cost alternatives to amplify your public outreach, accessibility, and interactivity on-the-ground and in-the-cloud. Explore CPanel and WordPress website hosting for non-developers without breaking your brain or emptying the bank. Look at free and open source constituency relationship management (CRM) options with CiviCRM, SuiteCRM, and MailChimp, livestreaming to Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, Instagram and other services with OBS Studio and YellowDuck, accessibility services with Otter.ai and other alternatives, research support with Zotero, strategies for sharing remote desktops, cloud and onsite digital asset backups, best practices for Zoom video conferencing and other alternatives.

 
DAY 3 – Friday, October 30, 2020

Become a power Quickbooks and spreadsheet user for managing people, time, and money. See examples and learn how to build all the tools that you need. Explore how just a few spreadsheet features (filters, pivot tables, mail merges) and functions (VLOOKUP, SUMIF, IFS and more) can boost efficiency and automation of everyday business activities. Gain access to sample financial, HR, and activity reporting templates from ArtsPond’s office and learn how to build them on your own. Ask questions about financial and project management challenges and received thoughts or recommendations on how to improve or do things differently.

 
DAY 4 – Thursday, November 5, 2020

A hand’s on workshop for non-developers to learn how to install and powerup a multi-user Office365 environment and a new WordPress website on a custom domain with CPanel hosting (or hosted by WordPress). For Office365, setup and use SharePoint, Teams, Planner, Yammer, OneNote, OneDrive, and more.  On WordPress, learn how to install themes, create and update content, address site SEO settings, backup and keep it secure, migrate content to another location, set up a testing server on your local machine for play before launch, choosing between the best of free and paid plugins to extend functionality, examining options for hosting ecommerce or social networking functionality, setting up multiple user accounts with permissions, syncing up content and contact lists with Mailchimp and social media. Explore SSL certificates, hosting other open source software solutions to extend functionalities, and choose a hosting plan that works for you for the future.  

For this workshop, if you do not already have access, participants from nonprofit organizations in Canada are encouraged to request accounts for Microsoft Office365 E2 for Nonprofits from TechSoup Canada. The approval process can take 10 days. For those that are unable to do so, a temporary account will be provided to participants by ArtsPond for 90 days to explore the platform.


Register on Eventbrite: https://digital-tools.eventbrite.ca

Schedule Changes for Digital Tools Professional Development Series

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have to postpone the Essential Digital Tools – Day 2 on Friday, October 9. 

Essential Digital Tools – Day 2 workshop will take place on October 23 and the Essential Digital Tools – Day 3 workshop will take place on October 30. Essential Digital Tools – Day 4 workshop is rescheduled and we will let you know as soon as the new date is confirmed. 

We apologize for any inconvenience which this may cause. If you registered for a workshop your registration was transferred automatically to the new date (e.g. you registered to Day 2 on Oct. 9 and you are now automatically reiterated for Day 2 – Oct. 23); if you need to change your registration please email us at info@cpamo.org

The updated schedule below: 

Day 2 – Friday, October 23, 2020 | 1pm-4:30pm EST 
Day 3 – Friday, October 30, 2020 | 1pm-4:30pm EST 
Day 4 – TBD 
Update: Day 4 – Thursday, November 5, 2020 | 1pm-4:30pm EST

Producer Jessa Agilo (Founder, ArtsPond) provides a whirlwind but fun and informative introduction to the essential digital tools and software in her front and back pockets for managing time, money, people, building creative programming, and engaging community. Learn from her 30 years of experience combining free, open source, and low-cost tools and applications to manage small to large teams from home on a tight budget.

  
Day 2 – Friday, October 23, 2020

Compare the benefits and challenges of popular design and communications suites like Adobe with open source, free/low-cost alternatives to amplify your public outreach, accessibility, and interactivity on-the-ground and in-the-cloud. Explore CPanel and WordPress website hosting for non-developers without breaking your brain or emptying the bank. Look at free and open source constituency relationship management (CRM) options with CiviCRM, SuiteCRM, and MailChimp, livestreaming to Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, Instagram and other services with OBS Studio and YellowDuck, accessibility services with Otter.ai and other alternatives, research support with Zotero, strategies for sharing remote desktops, cloud and onsite digital asset backups, best practices for Zoom video conferencing and other alternatives.

 
DAY 3 – Friday, October 30, 2020

Become a power Quickbooks and spreadsheet user for managing people, time, and money. See examples and learn how to build all the tools that you need. Explore how just a few spreadsheet features (filters, pivot tables, mail merges) and functions (VLOOKUP, SUMIF, IFS and more) can boost efficiency and automation of everyday business activities. Gain access to sample financial, HR, and activity reporting templates from ArtsPond’s office and learn how to build them on your own. Ask questions about financial and project management challenges and received thoughts or recommendations on how to improve or do things differently.

 
DAY 4 – TBD

Update: Day 4 – Thursday, November 5, 2020 | 1pm-4:30pm EST

A hand’s on workshop for non-developers to learn how to install and powerup a multi-user Office365 environment and a new WordPress website on a custom domain with CPanel hosting (or hosted by WordPress). For Office365, setup and use SharePoint, Teams, Planner, Yammer, OneNote, OneDrive, and more.  On WordPress, learn how to install themes, create and update content, address site SEO settings, backup and keep it secure, migrate content to another location, set up a testing server on your local machine for play before launch, choosing between the best of free and paid plugins to extend functionality, examining options for hosting ecommerce or social networking functionality, setting up multiple user accounts with permissions, syncing up content and contact lists with Mailchimp and social media. Explore SSL certificates, hosting other open source software solutions to extend functionalities, and choose a hosting plan that works for you for the future.  

For this workshop, if you do not already have access, participants from nonprofit organizations in Canada are encouraged to request accounts for Microsoft Office365 E2 for Nonprofits from TechSoup Canada. Approval process can take 10 days. For those that are unable to do so, a temporary account will be provided to participants by ArtsPond for 90 days to explore the platform.


Register on Eventbrite: https://digital-tools.eventbrite.ca
 

Speakers announced for Literature in the Spotlight – Voices Unleashed session

 The Gathering: Online
 
 Literature in the Spotlight – Voices Unleashed
 

October 15, 2020 | 1-4pm via Zoom 

Inspired by Dane Swan’s book “The Changing Face of Canadian Literature” The Gathering Online 2020 hosts a conversation on Literature in the Spotlight – Voices Unleashed which seeks to broaden the conversation on Canada’s literary history with a focus on IBPOC writers to arrive at the nuanced nature in which writers are speaking of, writing about various perspectives of IBPOC Canadians.

We hope you can join us. It is our intent to offer further a space for networking with artists and organizations, asking the same questions about IBPOC visibility, inclusion and their intersections with artistic/organizational practices while speaking to many perspectives in the arts and the changing demographics of audiences and participation within the Arts sector.

Panelists:
– Bänoo Zan
– Anthony Bansfield
– Charlie Petch 
– Jessica Kirk 
– Gavin Barrett
– Lesley Fletcher
– Dane Swan

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-gathering-online-tickets-105192573820

Bios:

Bänoo Zan is a poet, librettist, translator, teacher, editor and poetry curator, with more than 200published poems and poetry-related pieces as well as three books. Song of Phoenix: Life and Works of Sylvia Plath, was reprinted in Iran in 2010. Songs of Exile, her first poetry collection, was released in 2016 in Canada by Guernica Editions. It was shortlisted for Gerald Lampert Memorial Award by the League of Canadian Poets in 2017. Letters to My Father, her second poetry book, was published in 2017 by Piquant Press in Canada. She is the founder of Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night), Toronto’s most diverse poetry reading and open mic series (inception: 2012). It is a brave space that bridges the gap between communities of poets from different ethnicities, nationalities, religions (or lack thereof), ages, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, poetic styles, voices and visions.

Anthony Bansfield, aka the nth digri, is a spoken word poet inspired by the African griot tradition and his Caribbean-Canadian heritage. He has performed in Canada, the US, the Caribbean and Africa, and has published numerous print and audio-visual productions of his work. He is National Coordinator of the Northern Griots Network, and currently producing a virtual celebration of Black Canadian spoken word poetry called ‘WordLife20.’

Charlie C Petch is an award winning playwright, spoken word artist, haiku deathmaster, host and musical saw player. They have an upcoming poetry book with Brick Books in Fall 2021, a libretto “Medusa’s Children” launching with Opera Q, and their multimedia play “Daughter of Geppetto” is forthcoming with Wind In The Leaves. Petch was the 2017  Poet of Honour for Spoken Word Canada, winner of the Golden Beret lifetime achievement in spoken word with The League of Canadian Poets, is a Youth Mentor with TDSB Creates and is the founder of Hot Damn it’s a Queer Slam. www.charliecpetch.com

Jessica Kirk is a cultural curator and researcher based in Toronto, whose creative practice is rooted in racial justice and community care. Jessica is the current Membership, Equity, and Engagement Coordinator for The Writers’ Union of Canada where she initiated BIPOC Writers Connect, a literary mentorship program for emerging Black, Indigenous and racialized writers. She co-founded multidisciplinary collective Way Past Kennedy Road and is the co-founder of Black Graduation at the University of Toronto. Jessica also holds a B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Toronto and an M.A. in Social Justice Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, where she submitted her thesis entitled Mapping Livable Geographies: Black Radical Praxis within and beyond Toronto. Jessica’s writing also appears in The Canadian Geographer, Cartographies of Blackness and Black Indigeneities, and This Magazine. 

 Gavin Barrett’s new poetry collection Understan (Mawenzi House, 2020) is a CBC  Books recommendation. Born in Bombay, he lived in Hong Kong before immigrating to Canada. His poetry has been anthologized and published in reputed literary journals and he co-curates the Tartan Turban Secret Readings which centres BIPOC writers. He sits on the Canadian Authors Association—Toronto Branch Advisory Board and is an associate member of The League of Canadian Poets.

Lesley Fletcher is the Executive Director of the League of Canadian poets. Lesley has worked throughout the publishing industry as a community organizer, editor, bookseller, social media manager, and program coordinator. She also acts as a freelance writer (with a variety of pennames) and her work has been published on websites around the world.  She cannot resist a bookstore, a library, a dog, or a new houseplant.

Dane Swan is a Bermuda-born, Toronto-based spoken word artist, former slam poet, musician, author, and emerging editor. A former remedial English student, he is now an author of both fiction and poetry. Dane’s second poetry collection, A Mingus Lullaby, was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in 2017.