Save the date: The Gathering Fall 2020

For immediate release

The Gathering Fall 2020
Exploring Anti-Black Racism in the Arts and Thinking Digitally: Integrative Strategies for IBPOC Arts Practices

December 9 – December 11, 2020
Via Zoom 

City of Toronto, Arts Organizations and IBPOC Artists Convene To Address Anti- Black Racism in the Arts and Integrative Digital Strategies in Arts Practices

(TORONTO, ON – November 11, 2020) A daring move for Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) during both a pandemic and also the resurgence of conversations, protests and activism of systemic racism. CPAMO announces The Gathering (Fall 2020). This convening pulls together from across the world and the Canadian arts sector a wide range of artists, organizations asking the same questions about anti-black racism in the arts, digital technology, its intersections with one’s artistic / organizational practices all grounded within the EDIP (Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity towards Pluralism) lens to animate a digital conference experience reflective of the time.

A varied offering over 3 days, The Gathering Fall 2020 will feature performances, literary readings, online visual arts exhibition and creative investigations from a diverse set of practices rooted in the Canadian Black Diaspora. The Major’s Roundtable on the Arts focussing on Anti-Black Racism in the Arts along with other sessions will address systemic challenges, sectoral change and frameworks for understanding digital technologies specific to Black / POC arts practices. Complimenting the Mayor’s Roundtable, 4 Keynote Presentations and 5 plenary sessions will focus on the following:

ANTI BLACK RACISM IN THE ARTS:

  • Addressing Harassment, Discrimination and Erasure of Black Arts Presence
  • Building Cultural Spaces Reflective of the African Canadian Diaspora
  • Exploring the Documenting / Mapping of Black Artists / Arts Practices and Spaces
  • Organizing Sectoral Change and Nurturing Communities Of Practice

INTEGRATIVE DIGITAL STRATEGIES THINKING

  • Digital Organizational Change: Thinking \ Creating Strategy Models for Arts Organizations
  • CPAMO Digital Strategy First Phase Executive Summary and Second Phase Learning Group

The Gathering Fall 2020 | Exploring Anti-Black Racism in the Arts and Thinking Digitally: Integrative Strategies for IBPOC Arts Practices in partnership with the City of Toronto’s Anti -Black Racism Unit and Nia Centre for the Arts, is aimed at providing professional development, organizational and artistic capacity development with many perspectives on the arts while celebrating the contributions of Black artists / organization to the cultural sector. A platform for exploring frameworks and strategies focused on improving the livelihood of IBPOC artists in the sector, the Gathering has been a powerful, positive and supportive convening of arts practitioners. CPAMO’s programming is geared towards sharing strategies in the engagement of Indigenous, racialized, deaf, disabled and mad, women and other historically marginalized artists and communities.

Registration and full schedule coming soon! 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Kevin A. Ormsby,  Program Manager, CPAMO
programming@cpamo.org or (416) 899-9448

In collaboration with:

Logos of CPAMO, NIA Center for the Arts and the City of Toronto

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