Symposium – Nelson

Regional Fall Symposium

Participation in the arts is at the core of community creativity and vitality. Nowhere in Canada is that better evidenced than in the Columbia Basin in BC. Stats Canada Research has found that British Columbia has more artists per capita than any other Province. We estimate that it’s even higher in the Columbia Basin.

The Regional Fall Symposium will recognize, document, share, support and enhance the impact of exemplary performing arts presenters in South Central and South East regions of BC. The Symposium will document what has already been achieved in the region, as well as explore other methods to create even greater impact. The event will also offer an opportunity to enhance the capacity of arts centres, organizations, festivals and performing arts series to deliver transformative, impactful arts experiences, while insuring the sustainability and longevity of their programs and organizations.

This 2-day Symposium will be facilitated by 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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Symposium Sponsors
In partnership with the BC Arts Council, Columbia Basin Trust and Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance