At the Mic

Welcome to At The Mic, a podcast brought to you by Arts Consultants Canada. At The Mic/ Au micro covers contemporary issues and ideas about our current arts and culture ecology. In every episode we will feature an ACCA member who specializes in one of those issues in conversation with a guest moderator. Featured topics include everything from leadership coaching to governance, new business models and equity in the arts. We are here to give you a hand as we all navigate the changing world in which you operate. ACCA acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts for this podcast series.

Achieving successful arts organization partnerships (in French)

Hosted by Victoria Steele with invited guest expert, Roger Gaudet: Arts organizations have always sought out partnerships to help them develop – to increase their dissemination and production opportunities, to reach new audiences or to share services and infrastructure. Your organization may be thinking of entering a partnership with a group in another sector – or considering a long-term collaboration with an organization that is quite different in structure or mandate. Roger Gaudet and Victoria Steele discuss a simple exercise that partners can do to get to know each other better, improve communication and smooth the way forward in partnering activities.

Adaptation in the Arts: This Is Not Another Pandemic Conversation

As we approach the end of 2023, how has the arts and culture industry adapted since the pandemic – or has it? Considering the current state of inflation and economic instability, what unique revenue generation challenges are arts organizations facing now? Tune in for a discussion with Sue Edworthy and Ben Dietschi as they talk about virtual events and online platforms, collaboration with other sectors, the preferences of younger audiences, and the ever-evolving financial and artistic landscape all without ever using the word pivot.

Navigating Community-Engaged Culture Planning And Strategy

In this episode of At The Mic, Peter Lyman and Mila Dechef-Tweddle from Nordicity discuss their observations of how culture planning has evolved over the past decade and what approaches their team use to ensure a successful, community-engaged planning process.

Challenging Consulting Norms and Hearing Communities’ Stories

In this episode of At The Mic, consultants and ACCA members, Dr. Terri-Lynn Brennan and Annalee Adair discuss their approach to working with equity deserving groups and Indigenous communities. They emphasize the importance of trust, relationship building, and challenging norms in their work. They share their experiences in challenging systems and measuring change, particularly in engaging with diverse communities and giving voice to marginalized groups. They highlight the concept of story reporting, where they collect and present qualitati

Embracing Distinctiveness Through A Rural Arts Consulting Practice

Does working as an arts consultant with clients in a rural location differ in approach from working with clients in an urban setting? It can, yes. Rural and remote communities hold distinctive nuances that overlay a way of life to which arts sector development is not immune. Knowing what these nuances are and understanding how to both embrace and navigate them offers a path for stronger, webbed, resilient arts communities!

Teaching the management of cultural organizations today (in French)

Tune in to Andre Courchesne, Chair of the Carmelle et Remi-Marcoux program in Management of Cultural organizations at the École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Montréal, as he discusses the trends and needs of teaching Arts Management in the current realities of today’s world as we start to deal with the long recovery from the pandemic and how it has affected the arts as a whole. Joined by Jane Needles, also a long-time educator in Arts Administration, the conversation delves into what problems are faced and how they can be addressed and some new ideas.

Risk Management: An Essential Tool for Resilience

Over the multi-year stretch of COVID-19, the global pandemic has shaken, threatened, and challenged how the arts, culture and heritage sector operates, and how it sees risk management as an essential tool for optimizing our contribution, our impact. Consultants have been essential to supporting – often leading – the learning curve the sector has experienced.

Arts research: A vital link to decision making and advocacy

Being on top of the rapidly evolving state of the arts sector, locally and nationally, is vital to government agency policy setting and decision making. It is also essential for the advocates of Canada’s arts community to advance change.  So, how do we stay on top of this?  We get current good quality research that focuses on the arts and culture sector. Join Kelly Hill and Victoria Steele as they discuss the vital link played by solid arts research and how it can be of use. 

Leadership Coaching: An approach for arts consultants

The field of coaching has recently exploded as has an expectation that everyone should be able to coach as part of their role as consultant, supervisor or colleague. But what is coaching exactly? Join Jewell Goodwyn and Lucy White as they explore what coaching is and is not, how coaching, mentoring, and consulting differ and how coaching skills can be useful tools to bring to your consulting practice.

Introducing At The Mic / Au micro

At The Mic is here to bring you conversations on contemporary issues in Canada’s Arts and Culture scene. In every episode we will feature an ACCA member who specializes in one of those issues in conversation with a guest moderator. Featured topics will include everything from leadership coaching to governance, new business models and equity in the arts. There will be a new episode of 30 minutes or so over each of the next ten months and we encourage you to check out those of value to you and your organization. We are here to give you a hand as we all navigate the changing world in which you operate.