Tuesday, April 26
1:30 – 3:00 pm
Online – Zoom Meeting
Participants will receive an honorarium of $250 each.
Express Interest :
What might a national ecosystem nurturing digital innovation and care look like to you? A co-creation workshop within Eastern Canada.
Nurturing Ecosystems: Maritimes and Atlantic Canada is a 90-minute participatory online workshop facilitated by DigitalASO co-founders, Jessa Agilo and Margaret Lam, on April 26, 2022. Learn more on the DigitalASO website here.
In a fun, engaging, and thought-provoking environment, 8 to 10 participants from Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick will receive an honorarium of $250 each to co-design positive steps toward a more equitable and inclusive digital future in arts and culture on the East Coast and across Canada. While Indigenous, racialized people of colour, people with disabilities, and rural-remote communities will be given priority, all residents of Canada’s East Coast are welcome to apply. Please share your expression of interest to participate in this workshop with the following form. Selected participants will be notified by April 22, 2022.
This workshop is structured into two parts, including time for introductions and bio breaks:
- What does a positive digital future in arts and culture look like to you? (45 minutes)
In this segment, participants will explore and provide feedback on the relevance of the emergent DigitalASO Knowledge Framework to help understand and express digital challenges and opportunities in arts and culture in Eastern Canada. This Framework seeks to apply the practices and lenses of human-centered design to help summarize steps to a positive digital future as expressed by equity-seeking arts workers during prior DigitalASO roundtables in Northern, Western, and Central Canada in 2020 and 2021. Through group discussion, participants will learn more about how to apply these resources to help identify and express complex social-technical-ecological issues in their communities.
- What might a regional or national ecosystem nurturing digital innovation and care in arts and culture look like to you? (45 minutes)
In this segment, participants in two groups will brainstorm and co-design shared visions for a proposed local/regional or national digital “alliance” (network, hub, collective, or other). The mandate of this “alliance” will be to support the evolution of a more caring, inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible digital ecosystem in arts and culture. What kind of governance structure might this “alliance” take? What might its objectives be? Who would it serve, support, and care for? What issues and concerns should it prioritize in its first year, second year, third year and beyond? How might it fund and support itself to be sustainable? What would the benefits and requirements of membership be? Will it be a small, volunteer-run “mutual aid” type of network? Will the community be better served by a more formal entity with a larger staff and budget? The suggestions and wisdom shared will inform the design of DigitalASO’s Phase 3 national ecosystem and alliance-building activities in 2023 and beyond.
The language for this workshop is English with auto-caption services provided. Honoraria is provided for a 3-hour commitment, including participation in the 1.5 hour workshop, plus 1.5 hours of reviewing and providing feedback on the Knowledge Framework before and/or after the workshop.
Jessa Agilo is a community-engaged, integrated arts creator, producer, educator, knowledge seeker, and serial entrepreneur with a 33-year career in Canadian arts and culture. She is the founder of ArtsPond, DigitalASO, Groundstory, Hatch Open, Artse United, I Lost My Gig Canada, Together There, and many other initiatives. She is proudly queer, transgender, neurodivergent, physically disabled, and a passionate advocate for critical access and inclusion with, by, and for equity-seeking arts workers of all kinds.
Margaret Lam is the founder of BeMused Network, co-founder of DigitalASO, and Design Research Lead at Octagram. She consults and advises on numerous strategic digital initiatives, where she brings a nuanced understanding of how inclusive human-centered design practices can inform social innovation and digital transformation within the arts and culture sector. Select projects include CAPACOA’s Linked Digital Future Initiative, Creative Users’ Accessing The Arts, and Twillingate’s Digital Arts and Culture Strategy.
DigitalASO is a cross-sectoral effort to boost the equitable transformation of digital support services in Canadian arts and culture through shared knowledge-, ecosystem-, and platform-building.
Major activities include Digital Arts Services Symposium (2023, 2019, 2017), Digital Arts Services Alliance, Ecosystems Map, Managing Creativity in a Digital World Survey, and more.
DigitalASO is a project of ArtsPond, produced in association with Agilo Arts, BeMused Network, WorkInCulture, and other partners. The mandate of ArtsPond is to nurture healthy human ecosystems that promote social, spatial, economic, digital, and accessibility justice with, by, and for equity-seeking groups in Canadian arts and culture.
Business & Arts NL reserves the right to cancel or reschedule this workshop if necessary.
If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org