SAVE THE DATE: The Gathering is May 19-21 via Zoom


Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts
Festival & Conference Spring 2021

 May 19 – 21, 2021 via Zoom

The Gathering has been rebranded as a multi-arts festival and conference. CPAMO launches Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival and Conference (SPRING 2021). A festival / conference focusing on varying topics within the Arts sector grounded in the transformative change embedded in the potential opportunities that arrive from thinking about the Arts in a pluralist framework amplified through a cross-sectoral understanding of Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity. Through panels, workshops, exhibitions and showcases encouraging divergence across arts practices, collaboration and professional development shaped within the sensibilities of art making and networking of IBPOC artists and organizations. 
The Gathering Divergence Multi – Arts Festival and Conference |  What Have We Learnt: Approaches, Lessons and Future Strategie towards Anti Black Racism, Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity and Digital Support in the Arts is envisioned as a space to gather, diverge with diversity and intersect on the many aspects of the performing arts and the  Arts sector. The festival and conference invites participants from across the world and the Canadian arts sector investigating intersections of artistic / organizational practices grounded in EDIP (Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity towards Pluralism) Divergence is a critical manifestation in critical thinking.  We encourage attendees to think together.  
The launch of the publication  Living in the Skin, I am In: Experiential Learnings, Approaches and Considerations towards Anti-Black Racism in the Arts, continues the conversation on anti-black racism in the arts, it’s impact on black artist’s use of digital technology and the implications one’s artistic / organizational practices. The featuring articles previously published or written along with articles from invited contributors working in all performing arts disciplines including visual arts,  digital / media arts and arts administration. Offering resources, toolkits and an annotated bibliography readers will find value in the international, national and local scope of its contents.  

Stay tuned for the full schedule and registration in the upcoming weeks! 

Call for Submission: The Gathering Spring 2021

Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts
Festival & Conference Spring 2021

Call for Submissions

Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival & Conference Spring has been a powerful, positive and supportive convening of arts practitioners geared towards sharing strategies in the engagement of indigenous, racialized, deaf, disabled and mad, women and other historically – marginalized artists and communities. This year, Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival & Conference Spring 2021 | What Have We Learnt: Approaches, Lessons and Future Strategies towards Anti Black Racism, Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity and Digital Support in the Arts will explore frameworks for understanding the potential of working with digital technologies in IBPOC arts practices.

Held over three days, the festival and conference will feature panel discussions, showcase performances, workshops and networking opportunities for arts organizations, artists and arts sector professionals 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). The sessions will be aimed at investigating systemic challenges, providing professional development while building organizational and artistic capacity. We aspire to enlivening the many ways in which the arts will support cultural impact, civic engagement and deeper understanding of emerging digital frameworks.

What is the overall concept? 
Gathering  Divergence Multi – Arts Festival and Conference offers an interactive space where arts organizations, artists and attendees dedicated to advancing performance, advocacy and pluralism in the arts can share, dialogue on common interests, purposes and strategies towards a better more equitable and inclusive arts sector.
Why are we doing it?
We believe systemic change is more effectively achieved through collective, creative action, and seek to create, support and learn through open-source resources, toolkits and strategies to understand how we are influenced, relate to anti-black racism and digital technology in and out of our artistic practices and administrations.
What we hope to achieve?
We hope that everyone arrives at a better understanding of the many ways in which we support, create from and within the Arts sector as indigenous / ethno-racially identified artists with a pluralist lens.

Deadline: March 31st, 2021
When and where is the festival and conference?
May 19-21, 2021 via Zoom  
What we offer:
Opportunity to display/showcase your work to a wide range of artists/ audience, publicity, copy of the performance. (No more than 15 minutes in length)

Compensation Range:

  • Dance / Theatre  / Music Honorariums $400 – $600 
  • Literary Readings up to $200
  • Visual Artists will be based on CARFAC Standards 

Required for consideration:
– Brief explanation of how your proposed work relates to ONE OR BOTH of the Conference’s Themes:   

  • IBPOC Experiences Approaches, Lessons and Future Strategies 
  • Workshops specific to the needs of the IBPOC Artists / Arts  Organizations and the Festival / Conference’s theme
  • Digital Applications, Support and Thinking 

– Works where contributors / artists or those self identify as IBPOC
– Works created by Black / IPOC artists and Organizations
– Artist / Organization Website URL, Social Media Info, Biography (150 words)
– Headshot / Company Image 300 dpi
– Links to previous work(s) or work proposed.
Visual Arts submissions MUST include:

  • Set up requirements 
  • Estimated time for set up and striking of work
  • Whether assistance is needed or included

Selection Process: 

Administered by a Selection Committee (CPAMO Board member(s), Program Manager, Executive Director, and Pluralism in Organizational Change (CPAMOPOC) members. The committee will consider the following:

  1. Artistic Merit and with overall connection to CPAMO’s mandate and objectives
  2. The Focus on the Gathering’s themes 
  3. Viability (overall programming cost, # of artists proposed, range / breath / depth of the submission)

What should I put in the submission subject line?

“Submission: The Gathering Divergence Festival Spring 2021″
Please make sure to also include a link to your folder with the required support material. 

An important notice: CPAMO operates in a Cloud-based platform. Documents MUST be submitted via (Google Drive, Box, One Drive, Dropbox etc.)
Where to send your submission? 

Successful applicants will be notified Friday, April 23rd, 2021

Digital Engagement with Large Arts Organizations sessions

Digital Engagement with Large Arts Organizations

These sessions are part of IBPOC Digital Strategy – Phase II: Digital Tools Professional Development Series. 

Upcoming sessions:

Presented by Amy Mushinski, The Canadian Opera Company and Christopher Sonnemann, The National Ballet of Canada.

Thursday, March 4, 2021 | 1pm-4:00pm EST
Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 1pm-4:00pm EST
Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 1pm-4:00pm EST
Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 1pm-4:00pm EST

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As the arts and culture landscape swiftly evolves, leaps in technological innovation are opening exciting new doors of possibility – from being able to drastically alter the way a production might look, to exploring new ways of sharing art beyond a set venue, to the many ways an organization can tap into digital resources to enhance the guest experience.

Join representatives from the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada as they provide an overview of three major Digital Strategy initiatives: the Digital Stage, the Digital Reach, and the Performing Arts Digital Lab.

Digital Stage

The Digital Stage sought to understand how technologies are already impacting the performing arts, and how future technologies might further disrupt the sector. Through two major research initiatives – the environmental scan and the horizon scan – we explore the means by which these technologies can help companies deepen engagement with patrons, to share art with the world and innovate how we do business. The Digital Stage allows organizations to explore the boundless possibilities offered by digital technology and to learn how it can be incorporated into every facet of the arts – from the stage, to the studio, to administration. 

Digital Reach

Digital Reach is an exciting, multi-organization project to examine how the arts and culture sector can use screen technologies and aims to explore ways that arts organizations can use their content to connect with new and existing audiences.

Performing Arts Digital Lab

The natural evolution of the Digital Stage and the Digital Reach, the Performing Arts Digital Lab seeks to create an innovation hub where artists and organizations can build the necessary skills to begin integrating technology into artistic practice. 

Participants will also have an opportunity to interact with some of the technologies explored in Digital Stage and Digital Reach, and how they may be incorporated into the nascent Performing Arts Digital Lab.