The Arts and Culture Landscape
VIRTUAL CONFERENCE •
July 26 — 27, 2022
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Culture’s Compass seeks to highlight themes which are relevant to the current arts and culture climate, as well as highlight and celebrate the accomplishments of industry professionals and artists. It is not only an initiative that brings together the arts and culture communities, but a space to innovate and envision the future possibilities of the arts.Learn More
Conference At a Glance
This year, we "Re-imagined the Arts and Culture Landscape" by engaging in meaningful conversations around the current industry climate, while leaning in to the possibilities and directions that steer us towards fostering impactful change.
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Speaker: Jennifer Gordon
Land acknowledgement and welcome message
Keynote: Art after the Virus: The Politics of Imagination
Keynote: Zainub Verjee
The keynote reflected on some pressing questions of our times. In reimagining the Arts, what does to re-imagine entail? Caught in this contemporary political crisis of governance, labour, and agency, where do arts fit in? To understand change, how can we imagine a different future or rather, can we? Can arts show a way forward?
Artist: Kobèna Aquaa-Harrison
Kobèna performed an enigmatic and eclectic musical performance.
Panel: The Role Of The Artist
Moderator: Kyla Ross
Panellist: Marisol D'Andrea, Mason Victoria
In this panel, we deconstructed the titles behind the term artist as they wear multiple hats. Panellists spoke about their role in the creative economy and how we can re-frame the artist's role to combat precarity and properly place value on their work.
Panel: Diversity Through Innovation
Moderator: Devyani Saltzman
Panellists: Liz Winkelaar, Parul Pandya and
Renata Soutter, Umbereen Inayet
We discussed innovation as a gateway for diversity, multi-disciplinary creators, excellence in the arts and the growth of folk and everyday arts.
Artist Asia Clarke
explored three key themes
that have helped to direct the vision and success of her arts-based business:
1. Making Meaning:
How can art-based businesses and initiatives be a conduit for Pan-African social/economic development?
2. Way Finding:
How can I find ways to balance my other career goals with my artistic passions?
How can I transition between my different art practices and redefine myself to take advantage of new life opportunities?View more of her work below:
Wild Moon Jewelry
Speaker: Jennifer Gordon
Land acknowledgement + Welcome Message
Speaker: Pat Tobin, Sanjay Shahani and Patti Pon
A discussion on arts and cultural policy
with Pat Tobin, Sanjay Shahani and Patti Pon.
Aztec dance performance by Asalia Arellano
Asalia presented a brief explanation about the elements included in aztec dance , explaining the sequence of the aztec dance drum, explaining basic steps of aztec dance, showing and explaining one aztec dance under the name "antique" one of the oldest dance kept in the aztec tradition
Panel: Spaces and Places
Moderator: Isabel Cisterna
Panellists: Jessa Agilo, Menon Dwarka
and Mojan Jianfar
In this panel, we discussed cultural hubs, placemaking
and digital spaces.
Panel: Value In The Arts
Moderator: Jennifer Gordon
Panellist: Kate Cornell, Robin Sokoloski
and Olivia Shortt
Our panellists discussed how the arts fit into today's financially driven world, different forms of impact, how to translate value to compensation for artists and shifting the dialogue around value.
Performing poets: Pamela Mordecai and Shelly Grace
Our poets performed consecutively