Presented in association with The Heliconian Club

LOCATION: The Heliconian Club (35 Hazelton Ave, Toronto)

DAY 1: NOVEMBER 30, 2017

8:45 to 9:30 am Registration and mingle
9:30 to 10 am Welcome remarks
Report on DASS17: Ottawa
10 to 10:45 am IN A GLASS DARKLY: Illuminating Value Assessment In The Arts
Keynote:  Catherine Moore
Those who work in arts organizations make value judgements all the time about things that are inherently inexact: works of art; managing artists; fickle audiences; shocking success. They are skilled at using a mix of instinct, experience, taste, and daring. The image “in a glass darkly” confirms the fact that those in the arts deeply know there is no such thing as unambiguous vision. Embracing multiple meaning is a skill that must be harnessed so that arts administrators will thrive in the ongoing environment of rapid change; pressure to make “perfect” decisions; and unprecedented competition. This keynote is about making decisions in that environment.
10:45 to 11 am Break and networking
11 to 11:45 am NURTURING A VISION: Research, prototyping, and partnerships for incubating new digital arts services initiatives
The days of simply building a website and calling it a digital initiative are long past. Today, digital projects take many forms from a human, governance, and technological perspective. This session will give an overview to the lifecycle of a digital arts services initiative, from articulating a vision, to launching and sustaining new digital infrastructure as a vital and sustainable service.What kind of mindset do you need to pursue digital initiatives? What are the road signs you should look for to see if you’re on the right track? What kind of help will you need, and where can you get it? Hear the perspectives of two digital arts service initiatives on these questions and more from their respective founders: Margaret Lam of BeMused Network, and Jessa Agilo of ArtsPond / Elemente.
11:45 am to 12:45 pm Lunch break and networking
12:45 to 1:30 pm KVETCHING THE COMMONS: Mapping the missing links to the digital world
Kvetch (noun): a person who complains a great deal; (verb): to complain. Let’s get it out. What keeps you up at night worrying about the digital world? What gaps (skills, knowledge, resources) are preventing you from fully embracing the digital world? What technologies, if any, still serve the arts services well? Which technologies only require a facelift? Which areas most require the design of new digital platforms from scratch? Throughout the day, participants will have the opportunity to anonymously add their thoughts to a collective “kvetch map”. During this session, an open discussion of the contributed kvetches will help bring the digital issues of the arts services sector out into the open air. Also featuring introductory remarks from a multidisciplinary panel of arts services professionals including:  Diane Davy (WorkInCulture), Ben Dietschi (Soundstreams), Sarah Lochhead (The Dance Current), Zainub Verjee (Ontario Association of Art Galleries), and others TBC.
1:30 to 2:15 pm PLANNING FOR INNOVATION: Alternate business and legal structures for governing digital arts services initiatives
While the traditional not-for-profit, charitable model of governance is a staple in the arts, what impact does it have when starting a digital initiative? In this session, we will explore alternative legal and business models that have emerged in recent years, and how to choose one that’s right for your initiative. From sustainable revenue streams and governance issues to  intellectual property and more will be considered.
2:15 to 2:30 pm Break and networking
2:30 to 3:15 pm MANAGING DIGITAL INITIATIVES: Navigating the knowns and unknowns
Everything is web and mobile these days, but what’s under the hood? How do you plan and manage a digital project? What are the considerations that go into ensuring a project stays within budget, and continue to sustain and grow its impact? This session will be a rapid-fire overview of everything from hiring tech talent, to scalability planning.Digital projects follow a predictable and iterative development cycle from defining the specs, development, deployment and operations. Knowing what to expect at a project management level will help you avoid the all-too-common issues of delayed deliverables and unexpected costs. Come with your most head-scratching questions, and we might just have an answer for you.
3:15 to 4:30 pm COMING TOGETHER:
Developing collective solutions for the digital world

A collective doesn’t have to be the entire arts sector. It could be your discipline, your colleagues, or your community. In all cases, the shared needs of multiple stakeholders could be addressed with a digital solution. In these facilitated breakout sessions, let us help you outline your digital initiative while exploring opportunities for greater collaboration between diverse individuals, organizations and platforms.
4:30 to 5 pm Social

DAY 2: DECEMBER 1, 2017

After two full days of learning and sharing in Ottawa and Toronto, the second and final day in Toronto will turn to helping more digital arts service initiatives off the ground. This day is focused on community as we hear pitches for project ideas at various stages of development, break out into facilitated sessions designed to help you find collaborators and partners, and leave with a road map of what you need to do next to get your project off the ground or take it to the next level. We’ll wrap up the day to present the most promising project voted by the participants with a special award.

8:45 to 9:45 am Registration and mingle
9:45 to 10:15 am Welcome remarks: In conversation with Catherine Moore
10:15 to 11:00 am Panel Discussion: Diving into the Digital Unknown

Arthur Yeung (former Programs Manager, Canadian Film Centre Media Lab)
Ryan Clark (Electric Bat Records)
Matt McPherson (Quantum Capture)
Scott Nihill (Embreate)

11:00 to 11:15 am Break and networking
11:15 am to 12:00 noon Breakout Sessions:
Track 1: Gathering Stream (Research, Prototyping, Partnerships);
Track 2: Building the Solution (Digital Project Management);
Track 3: Growing the Dream (Governance, Revenue, Alternate Models).

These three tracks are designed to help get digital arts services projects off the ground, regardless of what stage of development they are at. Track 1 is suitable for those with very early stage ideas. Track 2 are for those with a clear objective and are ready to dive in. Track 3 is ideal for those who wants to transform existing initiatives.
12:00 non to 12:45 pm Lunch break and networking
12:45 to 1:30 pm Pitch Your Vision
Are you working on a new digital arts services initiative, or have an idea for a new platform or service that you would like to see built? Share your vision in a relaxed, 3 to 5-minute pitch presentation and have the opportunity to inspire the community to rally and join forces around your ideas. The most promising pitch as voted by the Symposium participants will receive a special prize to help bring their ideas to fruition.
1:30 to 2:00+ pm Mingle and celebrate