“Arts Without Permission” or Seven Tales from the Field: Notes on Bob Egan’s VIA Address at Salon #3

Something which he believes does not happen to many people, Bob Egan undertook a dramatic career and lifestyle change in midlife. He “lived out his dreams being on the road” as a musician with Blue Rodeo, but recently retired from playing to work as Manager of Community Connections and Development at the Kitchener Public Library and… Continue reading “Arts Without Permission” or Seven Tales from the Field: Notes on Bob Egan’s VIA Address at Salon #3

“Being Unrealistic” or Innovation Through Collective Imagination: Notes on Dr. Kathryn Carter’s Keynote at Salon #3

Appalshop

The key point of Dr. Kathryn Carter’s talk is to implore us to “be unrealistic” when it comes to building a future for “Arts & Culture” in Brantford/Brant. By letting our imaginations flourish, we can build the sort of creative ecology that we want as artists: one that nurtures us to create and innovate, and… Continue reading “Being Unrealistic” or Innovation Through Collective Imagination: Notes on Dr. Kathryn Carter’s Keynote at Salon #3

Developing a Mid-Sized Performance Venue

Villages 2014 – Polish Alliance Banquet Centre

Goal: To develop, through organic means, a mid-sized performance venue in Brantford/Brant that caters to the needs of community and independent artists looking for an affordable venue that hosts ~250 patrons. Status: In Progress (Phase 2) About In recent years, artists in Brantford/Brant – particularly in the performing arts – have been seeking help from City… Continue reading Developing a Mid-Sized Performance Venue

Towards an Ecological Understanding of the Arts

The term “arts ecology” has been explored in recent years as way to understand the changing arts environment in a post-social reality. Artists and arts organizations face many challenges around financial sustainability, resource scarcity, and shifting audience preferences. Recently, scholars in performance studies, anthropology, economic development, and other social sciences, as well as government and… Continue reading Towards an Ecological Understanding of the Arts