In Conference Workshops & Meetings

Friday March 31, 2017

8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

This session is inspired by concerns that:

  • We’re not able to have time for substantive discussions about the present/future of our art forms and what we can each to do advance them.
  • The often transactional nature of our work can get in the way of thinking about why we got into this business in the first place and what we hope to accomplish over the long term. 
  • Our ways of meeting each other have failed to create sustainable relationships.

At Pacific Contact’s first morning, we’ll cluster together in discipline/genre based small groups to discuss the current state of affairs and the presenters and artists/agents/managers who are addressing the present and advancing the future.  Each cluster group will begin with brief commentaries by an artist/agent/manager and a presenter, followed by facilitated conversations within the cluster discussing short/long term goals and ways to achieve them.  We’ll then break into a series of rotating one on one speed dating conversations. 

To inform the conversation and determine the content and composition of each cluster, we’ll begin with a pre-conference online survey.  We’re asking that surveys be completed by Monday, March 27. 

We’ll ask Presenters:

  1. What discipline/genre would you like to talk about? (there will be 2nd and 3rd choices as well)
  2. What impacts are you seeking in terms of the artists you hope to present?

We’ll ask Artists/Agents/Managers 

  1. What discipline/genre best fits the work you’re hoping to tour in British Columbia? (there will be 2nd and 3rd choices as well)
  2. When you think about your impacts you as an artist (or the artist you are representing) has already achieved/hope to achieve on tour in a community, which best reflects you/your intended impacts?

Jerry Yoshitomi Chief Knowledge Officer, MeaningMatters, LLC:

Believing in the power of the arts to transform lives, Gerald (Jerry) has contributed to modest initiatives that have resulted in significant innovation and change in arts organizations throughout North America and beyond. Methods from his writings/workshops have been successfully implemented by several thousand arts organizations and artists in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Japan, Spain, Chile and Argentina. He has been engaged by foundations, public arts agencies, arts organizations and individual artists to read, research, and provoke innovative new practices to increase clarity of purpose, engagement and revenue.

Jerry Yoshitomi

Jerry Yoshitomi, MeaningMatters, LLC

Support for his work in Canada has included Canadian Public Arts Funders, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Presenters, the Alberta Touring Alliance. the Atlantic Presenters Association, the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT), the Manitoba Arts Council and Creative Trust (Toronto). He has presented workshops involving presenting network directors, arts presenters and festivals from the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada, reaching participants from every Canadian Province and Territory. Jerry was instrumental in facilitating the N3 Network of presenters in the Canadian North, the 2014 Yukon Arts Presenters Summit in November 2014 and a Regional Summit in Nelson, British Columbia on the role of the Arts in Community Development. He is especially proud his efforts with small-budget organizations and artists cooperatives in rural and low-income communities.

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Saturday April 1, 2017

8:00 AM – 9:25 AM
Pitch & Exchange with Artists, Agents & Presenters
9:30 AM – 10:55 AM
REAL TIME – Conversations at Pacific Contact
60-minute Open Space – Table Talk conversations led by those in the know – six to eight topics to choose from every 20 minutes. Delegates will have opportunities to discuss/get answers to that all-important key issue or concern you’ve been wanting to hear/talk about. Topics list at Registration desk and on the app.
Real Time Table Topics – pdf

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Sunday April 2, 2017

8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
BC Regions Block Booking Meeting
This meeting is for BC presenters who wish to meet fellow presenters and BCTC to coordinate block booking.

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9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Agent/Managers, Artists/Artistic Company Meeting
Come and network with your colleagues

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Festival Organizers Network Meeting
Come and network with your colleagues