Canada Council Invests in DASS19

We are delighted to announce that the DASS team has received a $110,500 grant from Canada Council for the Arts’ Digital Strategy Fund to produce the second Digital Arts Services Symposium over three full days at the Toronto Reference Library in early 2019.

Stay tuned for detailed programming announcements including international keynote speakers, practical workshops, cross-sectoral networking, hackathon competition, industry marketplace, case study research, and calls for papers and presentations on the transformation of arts services to the digital world.

DASS19 is co-produced by Jessa Agilo (Agilo Arts) and ArtsPond / Étang d’Arts, in association with BeMused Network.

Where are we now?

Thanks to our colleagues at CAPACOA for arranging the following upcoming free webinar;

Where are we now? A digital catch-up
Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 1 to 2:30 pm
Hosts: Frédéric Julien (CAPACOA), Inga Petri (Strategic Moves), Jessa Agilo (ArtsPond), Margaret Lam (Bemused Network)

It has been one year since the Arts in a Digital World Summit hosted by Canada Council for the Arts. DASS17 and other dialogues have since taken place, and many initiatives took shape as a result. Did yours take off? This web conference will be an opportunity for digital enthusiasts to share information about their work, to discuss the outcomes of the first round of Canada Council for the Arts’ Digital Strategy Fund, and to envision next steps for a collective digital future for the arts.

That’s a wrap!

What a whirlwind! Thank you to everyone who attended the first Digital Arts Services Symposium. Participant feedback is now in, and we are proud to share that more than  90% of survey respondents said they would like to attend the next edition of the Symposium in 2018.

Positive testimonials also include:

  • “I think I’m more comfortable talking about digital initiatives now. So much more confident going into a website/data management redesign process for my organization.”
  • “Buzzing with ideas and excited by the connections made at DASS17!”
  • “The Symposium was well thought out and informative”
  • “A very good conference”
  • “I loved the mix of formats, panels, presentations, and breakouts”
  • “Both wrap-up sessions on Day 1 and Day 2 were great! I loved hearing what other people in the room were thinking of and sharing!”
  • “I was so pleased to receive such practical advice about managing digital projects!”
  • “The panel discussions had lots of interesting conversation and possible solutions”
  • “At one point during the Symposium, someone said: ‘We were not ready for the Digital Strategy Fund’. I understood this statement in particular way: the readiness we were missing was a readiness for collaboration, for opening up to one another in drastically different ways, for new ethics of partnership. The Symposium contributed to closing this critical gap.”
  • “The Digital Arts Services Symposium was well worth my trip. Thank you to organizers and participants for your generosity.”

@DigitalASO: Reading List

Jessa Agilo | @DigitalASO

With the support of Canada Council for the Arts, I am excited to begin diving into a new reading list relevant to the innovation of new digital arts services platforms. Stay tuned for my thoughts and lessons on these and other readings! Already read them on your own? Let us know what you learned! Here’s a sampling of what’s new on my shelf:


DASS co-founder Jessa Agilo was honoured this week to receive a coveted grant from Canada Council for the Arts’ Supporting Artistic Practice Program. The Canada Council’s generous funding will permit Jessa to undertake a two-year research project investigating emergent technologies relevant to the development of innovative digital arts services platforms.

Through the research and development of shared learning resources, the goal of this initiative is help strengthen the digital literacy and intelligence of emerging and established arts services leaders across Canada. Research topics include cloud computing and big data design and architecture; competitive intelligence, machine learning and deep learning analytics; open source and open data software licensing, intellectual property, legal incorporation structures, and more.

Stay tuned to this blog for updates or follow @DigitalASO on Twitter for more information.

About the featured image:  This image is derived from the first IBM large-scale electronic computer manufactured in quantity. The circuit board, thought to be a logic unit, is from a 701. The first was delivered to Los Alamos in March, 1953. It was known then as an IBM 701 Electronic Data Processing Machine. Original image via Grudnick on Flickr.

Two months to go!

The countdown begins with only two months to go until DASS17: Ottawa!  We are busy updating the website with detailed programming information so come back again soon for more information. We hope to see you in Ottawa and Toronto!