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Arts Admin Workshop

16 August 2018 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
David Dunlap Observatory York Region Arts Council and Work In Culture

In collaboration with WorkInCulture, the York Region Arts Council presents, Arts Admin Workshop, an opportunity for Arts Administrators in York Region to:

Learn how to be thoughtful community collaborators, project-makers and make positive transformations in diverse communities. Explore and learn 5 Key Practices in Applying Equity to Community Programming & Engagement and reflect on various arts equity techniques and approaches that will influence design, delivery and evaluation.

Workshop Audience:

This workshop is geared towards Arts Administrators (staff, board members and volunteers of arts organizations) looking to advance their knowledge of how to effectively engage with and better serve their community, audiences, and key stakeholders. From executive level to front-line staff, the whole team plays a vital role in developing and implementing these long-term strategies. Content and examples will be framed around best practices and techniques relevant to a variety of arts organizations. Aspiring and seasoned leaders will walk away with practical tips and information that can be applied to day-to-day tasks across their organization – from marketing strategies to program development.

About the Facilitator:

Parul Pandya has been skillfully working in non-profit in various roles through the past decade, including as a community builder, consultant, programmer and producer. After finishing managing in community granting for the largest government funder in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, she seamlessly transferred her knowledge, passion and skills to open her own consulting practice. Community Impact Non-Profit Consulting strategically enables community engagement and equitable innovation.

This will be a full day event including lunch, with an optional networking event at the end.


Art Chats: Advocacy Circle

14 August 2018 6:30-9:30pm
Oak Ridges Community Centre Program Room 2 York Region Arts Council

YRAC presents Art Chats: Advocacy Circle, a creative workshop to map our common objectives, regional challenges and unique contributions to developing arts advocacy in York Region. This workshop will be a fun, informal opportunity for participants to connect, collaborate and contribute through gentle creative activities and prompts.

Art Chats: Advocacy Circle will seek to:

  • Define what arts advocacy means to us individually and as a group

  • Identify some of the challenges we are facing in advocating for the arts in York Region

  • Identify arts advocacy projects and strategies already underway in York Region

  • List desired outcomes to ensure that the arts are valued and supported in our municipalities

ArtChats: Advocacy Circle will be facilitated by Sheniz Janmohamed (MFA), a seasoned arts educator with 10 years of experience in facilitating creative workshops and professional development programs for artists of all ages. Sheniz holds an Artist Educator Mentor certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music and in 2015, Sheniz was awarded the Lois Birkenshaw-Fleming Creative Teaching Scholarship. Sheniz is a firm believer in fostering community through collaboration, compassion and creativity.


York Region Arts Council, YRAC

1310 Kerrisdale Blvd., Unit 200
Newmarket, ON. L3Y 7B3

Phone: 905-726-3278
Fax: 905-726-2788

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