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From OC’s National Conference 2019:  “I firmly believe that the arts are the only pure vehicle we have in today’s society that cross cultural and ethnic barriers and allow people to transcend their differences.” – Donna Walker-Kuhne Donna Walker-Kuhne, of Walker International Communications Group and New Jersey Performing Arts Centre (NJPAC), delivers this keynote presentation on […]


From OC’s National Conference 2019:  What does the word “resilience” mean? What does it mean across sectors? To your organization? To you? Patrick Towell of The Audience Agency and Golant Media Ventures takes up these questions in his lively and interactive workshop. Drawing from original research, Patrick explores how arts organizations (and the people working […]


Tools for Fostering a Culture of Inclusion at the Board Level From OC’s National Conference 2019: Gender, race, class, sexuality, age, ability – we hear much about how Canada is diverse, but how do we create a culture of inclusion and embrace diversity at the board level? Cathy Winter of OnBoard Canada led this workshop […]


From OC’s National Conference 2019: “What are we willing to change to welcome new people? What are we willing to change to help new people belong?” Many would agree that orchestras offer programming FOR our communities, but is our programming truly OF and BY our communities? In her keynote presentation, Nina Simon focuses on the […]


Relationships between Canadian orchestras, Indigenous peoples, and people of colour Download the full report and OC’s responses   Download OC’s responses This report, authored by Soraya Peerbaye and Dr. Parmela Attariwala, was commissioned by Orchestras Canada with support from the Canada Council for the Arts, and OC’s donors. It is the product of over twelve months’ […]


Under the Respectful Workplaces in the Arts banner, the Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) has released two training videos on workplace harassment in the arts. One for employers – including Boards of Directors of not-for-profit organizations. And one for cultural workers – including self-employed artists, contractors and employees. These animated videos on ‘responding to harassment’ are […]


As part of OC’s National Conference, in Ottawa this June 11-14, we will be welcoming Donna Walker-Kuhne as one of our keynote speakers. Donna is currently Senior Advisor of Community Engagement at the New Jersey Performing Arts Centre (NJPAC). Started four years ago by Donna, the NJPAC community engagement department is small (with a staff […]


The word Digital invokes a wide spectrum of reactions from arts administrators, from screams of delight to… just screams. Whether capital ‘D’ digital is something that is embedded into your organization’s DNA, or just something that you think the staff millennial does, orchestras are engaging with their audiences on digital platforms in ways that are new, […]


In June 2018, Business for the Arts released CultureTrack Canada, the results of an online survey of 6,444 Canadians who had participated in a cultural activity between December 2017 and January 2018.  Attendees at Orchestras Canada’s 2018 conference in Calgary benefited from a sneak peek at the report’s key findings, and conference attendees requested a more […]