Scugog Cultural Connections: We Met, We Connected, We Engaged – here’s the summary of our 1st Symposium

The Scugog Cultural Connections Symposium was held Thursday, April 11 & Friday April 12 at the Wellness and Resource Centre of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation (MSIFN). The theme of the event was audience building for arts and culture practitioners and organizations, and the overarching message, carried through the event, echoed by all the guest speakers, quickly became apparent – “Engage your heart to inform your mind to build your audience”.

And hearts were engaged on Thursday evening as 60 plus delegates, representing all facets of the local arts and culture community, were guided through a smudging ceremony and a Talking Feather Circle by cultural coordinator Matthew Stevens. It was a fitting start for this first ever multi-arts symposium hosted by the Scugog Council for the Arts (SCA) with the generous support of the MSIFN and SPARC – Supporting Performing Arts in Rural Communities.

In the context of the Talking Feather Circle, an activity, which could have been no more than a networking exercise, became a much more meaningful and impactful experience. The Talking Feather Circle gave permission for participants to become present and enabled them to listen and to share. Scugog artists also experienced their community reflected back through the eyes of newcomers and visitors, and were reminded that Scugog has a unique arts community of strength, connection, diversity of interests, and passion.

Friday’s presentations and break out groups were led by notable industry professionals, including keynote speaker Jason Maghanoy (playwright and Director of Membership and Partner Success with Toronto Life Magazine), Marion Meyers (Scugog Council for the Arts, Artist, Branding Specialist), Kim Blackwell (Managing Artistic Director, 4th Line Theatre), Leslie Hughes (Social Media Guru – PUNCH!MEDIA) and former Port Perry native Heather Kanabe (General Manager, Hamilton Fringe Festival). Through the day, participants were encouraged to find the heart and truth of their own stories, to use those stories to speak to audiences through brand messaging, to be genuine and passionate about their work, and that relationships built on authentic stories build strong partnerships.

 

After a day and a half of new ideas and connections, the symposium came full circle with a performance of dancing and drumming by the MSIFN, concluding with an intertribal dance inviting all participants to take part and join the circle with the performers.

Scugog Cultural Connections: A Multi-Arts Symposium

 April 11 & 12, 2019

The Scugog Council for the Arts is pleased to announce that it will host a one and a half day multi-arts symposium in Port Perry, in partnership with the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation at their Health & Resource Centre on Island Road.

With a goal of increasing and developing connections between the many arts and cultural practitioners and organizations, in the Township of Scugog and nearby communities, the delegates will include performing arts practitioners and organizations, visual artists and visual arts organizations, craft guilds, arts presenters of theatre, music, visual art and special events, and members of writer’s and literary circles.

Equally important, we will connect with township staff and Councillors representing cultural services as well as business people through the Chamber of Commerce and BIA. The Symposium will also be open to art teachers and tourism operators that recognize arts and culture as important elements in our community.

The Symposium sessions will focus on “audience building” and will include facilitated round-table discussions and brain storming sessions, panel discussions covering a wide variety of topics, a key-note speaker, and all important non-structured social networking time.  Details about speakers, topics and schedules will be available shortly.

The event will support collaboration and capacity of local creators, presenters, producers and community animators. Through these activities we hope to achieve three outcomes:

  • Build the skills of individual arts practitioners and organizations through collaboration in several ways
  • Encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration
  • Create concepts for new initiatives
Our Sponsors!

Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation are the main sponsor for the Multi-Arts Symposium. The Scugog Council for the Arts accepted this donation at the MSIFN Donations Committee Annual Christmas Cheque Presentation on December Dec 13. We are very grateful to their Donations Committee for this generous donation and for the collaborative spirit of co-hosting the event.

SPARC (Supporting Performing Arts in Rural and Remote Communities) has provided the Scugog Council for the Arts with $3,000 through their Collaborative Community Initiatives Program. SPARC is a network whose purpose is to ignite and help sustain performing arts communities in rural and remote Ontario. Find out more about SPARC.

Scugog Arts: Cultural Hub
Scugog Council for the Arts is leading this initiative. We are a registered charitable organization. The Scugog Council for the Arts (SCA) is the voice and home for arts and culture in Scugog and surrounding areas. It advocates for the arts, attracting a range of co-investors such as funders, donors, members, the public, artists and volunteers. The SCA works to realize the creative potential of all citizens and assists in the development of a shared and authentic cultural identity. As a hub in the community we believe that the arts are essential to the quality of life in Scugog and surrounding area, and take a leadership role in supporting a vibrant local cultural scene that embraces theatre, music, dance, visual art, craft, literary arts, and arts education. It serves as a catalyst for community and economic development, and cultural tourism. We strive to maximize our contributions to the vibrancy and quality of life in our community, as we support art for arts sake.
Symposium Program
Day 1            Thursday, April 11

6:00 p.m.        Registration starts – Networking, refreshments and set up of displays

6:45 p.m.        Greetings & Welcome Chief Kelly LaRocca & Mayor Bobbie Drew

Smudge ceremony

7:15 p.m.           Talking Feather circle leader, Mathew Stevens, Cultural Coordinator, Scugog First Nation Tell your story in this circle of sharing – all delegates

9:00 p.m.        Adjourn until tomorrow

Day 2            Friday, April 12

8:30 a.m.        Registration & Light Breakfast

9:00 a.m.        Your Audience Now –  Keynote Speaker, Jason Maghanoy

A guide to help you navigate issues and concerns about the customer journey and the best way to touch your audience, adding value to their lives every step of the way.

10:15              Stretch break

10:30              Perspectives on Building Your Audience: Panels discussion

Facilitator: Karin Eaton –  A brief guide to Marketing on a Shoestring

Panelists: Kim BlackwellBuilding partnerships 

Lesley Hughes – Using Social Media to your best advantage.

Heather KanabeProgram approaches to audience outreach

Marion MeyersFocus on Branding

12:30 p.m.      Lunch and networking

1:30 p.m.        Choose your focus: facilitated small group discussions.

Each of the day’s speakers will facilitate interactive discussion their field of expertise. Pick your spot and rotate for more perspectives.

3:15 p.m.        Wrap up, conclusions and future directions – Carey Nicholson, Marion Meyers

4:00 p.m.        Drumming and dancing

5:00 p.m.        closing

Scugog Cultural Connections Symposium – Event Summary

The Scugog Cultural Connections Symposium was held Thursday, April 11 & Friday April 12 at the Wellness and Resource Centre of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation (MSIFN). The theme of the event was audience building for arts and culture practitioners and organizations, and the overarching message, carried through the event, echoed by all the guest speakers, quickly became apparent – “Engage your heart to inform your mind to build your audience”.

And hearts were engaged on Thursday evening as 60 plus delegates, representing all facets of the local arts and culture community, were guided through a smudging ceremony and a Talking Feather Circle by cultural coordinator Matthew Stevens. It was a fitting start for this first ever multi-arts symposium hosted by the Scugog Council for the Arts (SCA) with the generous support of the MSIFN and SPARC – Supporting Performing Arts in Rural Communities.

 

In the context of the Talking Feather Circle, an activity, which could have been no more than a networking exercise, became a much more meaningful and impactful experience. The Talking Feather Circle gave permission for participants to become present and enabled them to listen and to share. Scugog artists also experienced their community reflected back through the eyes of newcomers and visitors, and were reminded that Scugog has a unique arts community of strength, connection, diversity of interests, and passion

Friday’s presentations and break out groups were led by notable industry professionals, including keynote speaker Jason Maghanoy (playwright and Director of Membership and Partner Success with Toronto Life Magazine), Marion Meyers (Scugog Council for the Arts, Artist, Branding Specialist), Kim Blackwell (Managing Artistic Director, 4th Line Theatre), Leslie Hughes (Social Media Guru – PUNCH!MEDIA) and former Port Perry native Heather Kanabe (General Manager, Hamilton Fringe Festival). Through the day, participants were encouraged to find the heart and truth of their own stories, to use those stories to speak to audiences through brand messaging, to be genuine and passionate about their work, and that relationships built on authentic stories build strong partnerships.

 

After a day and a half of new ideas and connections, the symposium came full circle with a performance of dancing and drumming by the MSIFN, concluding with an intertribal dance inviting all participants to take part and join the circle with the performers.

Talking Feather

Matthew Stevens joined the MSIFN team on April 3/2018 in the position of Cultural Coordinator. Matthew hails from Georgina Island First Nation.  He comes from a strong indigenous family that traces its lineage to chiefs from the War of 1812 and has spent his entire life immersed in the culture as it relates to ceremony and being on the land.  He is a traditional singer and drummer (various styles) and a member of the Helushka Society and the Three Fires Midewewin Society.  He has experience facilitating cultural programming and training to youth, delivering teachings around canoes (also an accomplished tipi and canoe maker himself) and is active in cultural events throughout North America. 

A Brief Guide to Marketing on a Shoestring

Karin Eaton – Creative Arts Consultant

Recently retired as Executive and Artistic Director of Mural Routes, a not-for-profit public arts organization in Toronto, Karin has moved, with her partner, to their “forever” home on Lake Scugog and is excited to become involved with creative community projects in the area. Through her interest in the arts, starting as a volunteer in community theatre, Karin’s profession as an arts manager has spanned 30 years, specializing in community and public arts. As a public speaker she has made presentations Internationally and across Canada.  Karin is a recognized expert in the field of mural art production and project management. She consults and teaches strategic planning, project management, marketing and budgeting workshops for arts projects.

KEYNOTE: Your Audience Now

Jason Maghanoy

Director, Membership & Partner Success at Toronto Life Magazine & Playwright

 

In addition to his work in corporate partnership development and community engagement, Jason is considered one of the brightest emerging leaders in the City of Toronto. He is a Mentor at Ryerson’s Social Ventures Zone and Transmedia Zone, a member of the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s Young Professionals Executive Committee, and a member of the Work In Culture Inclusive Leadership Advisory Committee and Board of Directors. He was also a member of CivicAction’s Mental Health in the Workplace Champions Council, NXT City Advisory Board, an artsVest corporate sponsorship mentor for Business for the Arts, and the past Chair of the ArtReach Toronto Steering Committee.      

Focus On Branding

Marion Meyers

– Artist, President, Scugog Council for the Arts

Marion brings a wealth of corporate experience to the table when discussing branding your business or organization.  Positions with Coca-Cola and Shoppers Drug Mart lend strength to her vast experience with the commercial aspects of selling your business.  What Marion also brings to the table is her love and passion for visual and creative arts.  Her own work began as a child when she painted cityscapes of areas that others would generally overlook; store fronts and back alleys.

Building Partnerships

Kim Blackwell – Managing Artistic Director 4th Line Theatre

A veteran 4th Line director/producer – 2019 marks Kim’s 25th season with 4th Line Theatre where she has directed 17 productions including eight world premieres. Through Kim’s leadership, 4th Line Theatre as established a wide reaching audience through partnerships and innovative outreach techniques.

Program Approaches to Audience Outreach

Heather Kanabe

Heather Kanabe

Born and raised in Port Perry, Heather is an arts leader with over 15 years of experience working with cultural and corporate partners. Currently she is the General Manager for Hamilton Fringe Festival and provides consulting services to non-profit arts organizations. She was the Festival Director of The Word On The Street Toronto, Canada’s largest book and magazine festival, for over four years. As a Project Manager with SALT & PEPPER Events in Dubai, she produced large-scale marketing activations for clients including Lexus, Ford, and Nokia. Prior to her MBA, she was the Programming and Business Affairs Manager at Women in Film and Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) where she developed an annual program schedule of over 600 hours of professional development training.

Heather Kanabe

Using Social Media to your Best Advantage

Leslie Hughes – “Social Media Guru”, Principal, PUNCH!media

Leslie has been in the digital landscape for over 20 years and founded her digital agency PUNCH!media in 2009. She has worked with companies such as Investment Planning Counsel, TVO, The Children’s Wish Foundation, and Guardian Life Insurance Company of America to help them optimize their professional presence and convert clients.  She is the author of “CREATE. CONNECT. CONVERT”, which is designed to help you own your value and build a powerful professional profile.

Here’s a PDF file of Jason’s slides will be coming soon.

Here’s a Powerpoint file of Marion’s slides.Brand Matters by Marion Meyers

 

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