ACCA’s Open Forum: Change in the Canadian Arts Ecosystem

Arts Consultants Canada (ACCA) invites you to attend a virtual Open Forum to discuss what appear to be the key drivers of change in the evolving arts ecosystem in Canada.

March 10 @12 pm EST

Panelists will be:

  • Kelly Hill, Hill Strategies – Critical recent research on key drivers of change in the arts ecosystem
  • Valerie Sing Turner, Artistic Producer of Visceral Visions Society and Creative Director of CultureBrew.Art
  • Jane Needles, Consultant – Key drivers identified by the Cross-Sectoral Recovery Round Tables (CHRC)

The moderator for this session will be Annalee Adair – A. Adair & Associates Consulting Inc.

Each panelist will present a very brief overview, allowing you the participants the most time to share your thoughts and observations.

Space is limited to 100 participants. This discussion is open to everyone.

Non-Profit Life Cycles Webinar

ACCA Professional Development Event

How to apply STAGE BASED WISDOM theory

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
9:30 – 10:30 AM Mountain / 12:30 – 1:30 PM Eastern / 1:30 – 2:30 PM Atlantic
Location: Online

Funders are asking arts organizations to identify their life cycle challenges but what are they exactly? This practical one hour webinar will review the theory developed by Susan Kenny Stephens and provide practical examples of how to incorporate this wisdom into your next board/staff planning retreat.

Who should attend:  Arts consultants who facilitate planning sessions with arts organizations and arts administrators at all levels who work for non-profit organizations.

Facilitator:   Sandra Thomson has been using the non-profit life cycle chart since 2011 in her consulting work with small and medium sized arts organizations.  With over 40 years professional experience in the arts,  Sandra brings a practical and knowledgeable voice to planning for boards and administrators.  She is currently serving her final year as the volunteer President of Arts Consultants Canada.



Fee:                       Free for ACCA members, $20 for non-members

Strength in Numbers

Audience development could be the single most important issue facing the performing arts sector. Paul Hamlyn Foundation partnered with Cleveland Foundation to commission a book about innovative audience-building strategies for the arts, written by respected evaluation consultant, Annabel Jackson.

This free book takes a broader view across the sector and focuses on the different parts of an organization and how they fit together.

Why you need to know: programming, artistic planning and direction, organizational, business and strategic planning

Download the book: Imagining Arts Organizations for New Audiences: Values and Valuing

Food For Thought: Outcomes for Impact

“One of the big impediments that charities face is that they are not outcomes-driven. They don’t know what their outcomes are, they don’t know how to measure them and they don’t know how to speak about them.”

“We need to change the frame from [our] need to sell to focusing on the customer’s need to buy.”

“It’s not just measuring afterward but predicting the outcomes… so we can make better decisions.”

Why you should read: strategic planning, outcomes and impacts.

Read the full article: “How charities can take their impact to the next level” Paul Attfield for The Globe and Mail; an interview with Jason Saul, the founder and chief executive officer of U.S.-based Mission Measurement.

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