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Open Space Workshop

Date: Friday, October 16
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Ramada Plaza, Oak Room 
Facilitators: Laurie Gillis & Kevin Korchinski 
Sponsored by Ticketpro

AIOLaurie Gillis is one of Atlantic Canada's leading arts administrators with a passion for developing the performing arts sector in her native Atlantic Canada. Laurie has played a pivotal role in the creation and development of a variety of regional performing arts events and has helped bring Atlantic Canadian arts to international acclaim. In the past 20 years, she has worked with organizations such as, the East Coast Music Association, the Culture & Ceremonies Division at the 2011 Canada Games and Debut Atlantic. 

Her current role is as the Executive Director of the Atlantic Presenters Association where she works to forward the mandate of the organization: to provide vital services and programs to support the work of presenters in their local communities, so that every community in Atlantic Canada has a rich cultural life.  Laurie is also a proud member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA).

kevin closeKevin Korchinski is the Executive Director for the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (OSAC). Kevin started with OSAC in August 2004 as the Performing Arts Coordinator and held that position until February 2010 at which point he was named Executive Director. Korchinski has spent his career in the music business, beginning with managing record stores in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

In 1988, he returned to Saskatchewan to be the Sales and Promotion Representative for Warner Music Canada and spent thirteen years working with local, national and international artists.

Since entering the Non Profit Arts and Culture sector in 2004, Kevin has enjoyed the chance to not only work again with artists from across the country, but to also work with the many OSAC volunteers who give of their time to help make their communities a better place and who make OSAC’s “Bringing the Arts to You” brand possible.

The Open Space Workshop is a simple, powerful way to catalyze effective working conversations and truly inviting organizations -- to thrive in times of swirling change. Laurie and Kevin will lead the group through a facilitated conversation where attendees set the agenda and sit in on various self led sessions of interest to the group. After moving through the agenda, the group comes back together to discuss the findings of each group.

This will be a great opportunity for the OSAC membership and others to have a small group conversation about topics that interest them. It will be a quick moving three hours where you can learn about multiple topics.

Creative Arts Marketing - Social Media Workshop
Date: Saturday, October 17
Time: 2:00pm-4:30pm
Location: Ramada Plaza, Oak Room
Facilitator: Evie Lavers, Rhythm Club

JerryEvie Lavers is an innovative entrepreneur & arts administrator from Australia, with over 8 years of experience, delivering online communications, strong social media campaigns & niche marketing services in the performing arts & culture industries. After completing her Advanced Diploma in Music Business from CMIT, Western Australia she developed skills and relationships to coordinate marketing schedules for large outdoor events that delivered live music to over 15,000 attendees various times a year.

Evie is the co-founder of Rhythm Club! Rhythm Club is a full-service digital marketing agency that specializes in educational Workshops and solutions for forward-thinking individuals, creative businesses & non-For-Profit Organisations. Built on the concept that little-experienced advice enables you, tools to spend less time promoting your art, more time for the fun stuff…honing your craft and dreaming bigger. 

Evie is a content creator for Arts BC Content Creator, Agent for Maverick Cooperative, Assistant Director at Tiny Lights Festival and Workshop Trainer for BC Touring Council. Fueled by coffee and an incessant hunger for all things social media, she eagerly indulges in the latest articles on countless music industry blogs and youtube channels daily, feeding her obsession with knowing the next big thing by scouring Spotify and Beatport charts as well as Hype Machine daily. 

This workshop is tailored to presenters, artists, not-for-profits and creative businesses that have an established social media presence, but perhaps could use a boost to continue to expand. Learn to make your social media routine more effective and efficient, to broaden your reach, and to engage more deeply with your existing audience.

This "Creative Arts Marketing" lecture-style presentation will be divided into 4 parts:

  • Sharing your Story 
  • Engaging Content Creation 
  • Facebook Basics (does not include Ads Manager)
  • Instagram Basics 

So grab your favourite notebook, pen & smartphone & join Evie for this fun, accessible & interactive workshop! 

OSAC Annual General Meeting
Date: Saturday, October 17
Time: 8:00am-9:15am
Location: Ramada Plaza, Canadian Ballroom

If you are a member of OSAC please attend the Annual General Meeting held over breakfast on Saturday morning. 

Councils & Cocktails Artist Discussion Time 

Date: Saturday, October 17
Time: 11:30pm-1:30am
Location: Ramada Plaza, Oak Room

Get together with your arts councils members, grab a cocktail and discuss your artist selections for your upcoming touring season.

Performing Arts Exchange

Date: Sunday, October 18
Time: 9:30am-11:30am
Location: Ramada Plaza, Canadian Ballroom 

OSAC delegates are given the opportunity to hear more about artists available to tour and make preliminary selections for the 2021/2022 season. OSAC's School Tours information will also be presented. OSAC Members Only. 

Visual Arts Exchange

Date: Sunday, October 18
Time: 9:30am-11:30am
Location: Ramada Plaza, Pine Room 

Discussion will include programming ideas for touring exhibitions, tour training, and program grant opportunities, as well as providing participants a forum to raise any concerns and share success stories. OSAC Members Only 

Board of Directors Meeting
Date: Sunday, October 18
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
Location: Ramada Plaza, Boardroom 

All OSAC Board Members please plan to attend this quick meeting to wrap up the Showcase weekend. 






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