Digital Arts Strategy for IBPOC Artists and Arts Organizations

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For immediate release – September 13, 2019

Toronto, ON – Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) is excited to announce the development of the Digital Arts Strategy for IBPOC Artists and Arts Organizations. CPAMO will engage in research specific to the Indigenous, Black, People of Colour (IBPOC) arts community focusing on digital literacy and readiness. This is the first step to CPAMO’s ultimate goal to develop a digital platform complementing administrative support systems with audience engagement, data sharing, collaborative projects and creation opportunities via digital platforms specific for the needs of IBPOC Arts.

This project is facilitated by the Project Coordinator, Perry Voulgaris, and consultant, Kelly Lynne Ashton. Perry Voulgaris has 30 years experience in arts, media, entertainment and digital leading organizations in the creation and delivery of compelling and innovative projects. 20 years Board experience with nonprofits, committees, collectives, movements and community organizations. Kelly Lynne Ashton has over twenty-five years of experience on the business side of Canadian film, television and digital media. She assists cultural industry clients with research, policy and strategy development and consulting on diversity and inclusion initiatives. This project is funded by the Digital Strategy Fund through Canada Council for the Arts.

The Research phase of this project will identify and share evidence-based practices relevant to the artists/arts organizations, particularly focusing on how IBPOC arts organizations using digital technology, the development, scope and results of such uses. The consultation phase will include interviews and consultations with the community to identify their knowledge levels on digital technology and the arts, and discussion on how this might support collaborative, sector-building projects.  The consultation schedule is as follows:
Location:
CSI Regent Park
585 Dundas Street East
Toronto, ON M5A 2B7

Fall 2019 Dates:
Monday, November 18, 2019 | 9:30am – 2pm
Monday, November 25, 2019 | 9:30am – 2pm

Winter 2020 Dates:
Friday, February 7, 2020 | 9:30am – 2pm
Friday, February 14, 2020 | 9:30am – 2pm
Friday, February 21, 2020 | 9:30am – 2pm

Participation in these sessions are free and refreshments will be provided. Due to limited space RSVP online:

Fall 2019: https://Digital-Arts-Strategy-2019.eventbrite.ca
Winter 2020:  https://Digital-Arts-Strategy-2020.eventbrite.ca

For more information contact: 
Kevin A. Ormsby, Program Manager, programming@cpamo.org

ASL will be provided for these focus groups.

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