1. Commitments
  2. The Arts in a Digital World Summit

March 15-17, Montreal

About the Summit

The Summit is not about Digital Arts, which is recognized as an artistic discipline in the Council’s new funding model programs, nor is it about using digital technologies to make art. Rather, it is meant to be a discussion about the transition and transformation of the Canadian arts sector to thrive in the digital era. The Summit will jumpstart a series of crucial conversations within the arts community on how to scale up its use of digital technologies to reach a wider public and be more sustainable in the long term.

How can Canada’s arts sector better respond to the shifts and disruptions provoked by digital technologies? How can we develop innovative approaches to renew and grow our relationships with citizens in a digitally empowered society? How can we transform our organisational and business models to leverage and optimize digital? These are just some of the questions the summit will explore.

This cross-sectorial gathering will tackle fascinating, vital, complex and very pragmatic and actionable discussions about the impact of technology on our work and aspirations as artists, cultural workers, leaders, mediators and citizens.

The Specifics

Among other things, the summit will be a chance to share knowledge, mobilize – and possibly even incubate projects. We’ll consider our digital reality as an opportunity to:

  • develop innovative approaches
  • re-imagine how artists and arts organizations engage with citizens
  • seed collaborations within the arts community, and with other sectors.

It will bring together over 250 artistic and administrative leaders, digital experts, and strategic thinkers selected by the Canada Council to represent the vast diversity of the sector and to contribute to the testing and understanding of its new Fund for the arts in a digital world.

Follow the Summit online

While the Summit will be by invitation, some sessions will be broadcast live online to members of the arts community and those interested in learning more about the new Digital Fund.

The following events will be broadcasted live on our Facebook page. Don’t have a Facebook account? Not a problem! This event is public and will be accessible to anyone.

Live Stream Agenda

March 16
9:10 am The Arts in the Digital Era: Our Manifesto by Simon Brault, Canada Council for the Arts Director and CEO (French and English)
9:35 am The Fund for the Arts in a Digital World by Sylvie Gilbert, Director of the Fund for the Arts in the Digital World, Canada Council for the Arts (French and English)
11:00 am Our Stories are Written on the Land by Jackson 2bears, a Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) multimedia artist and cultural theorist (English only)

March 17
10:00 am What is Digital, Really? by Sylvain Carle, Entrepreneur, Real Ventures, (French and English)
11:00 am Democratic Culture: A Contradiction In Terms? by Astra Taylor, writer, documentarian and organizer (English only)

The presentations will also be made available here after the Summit with subtitles.

Use the official #ArtsinaDigitalWorld to follow us!

Resources for the Sector

To gain a clearer understanding of the current situation, the Council commissioned an analysis of the digital strategies adopted by leading governmental organizations in Canada and elsewhere. It also commissioned a survey on how the arts sector in Canada uses digital and the extent of the sector’s digital sophistication.

Read the reports here!

Digital: A Strategic Priority

Our new 2016-2021 Strategic Plan, Shaping a New Future, makes a commitment to amplify the quality, scale and sharing of Canadian art through digital technology. The summit is a key step towards this. Read more about our Strategic Commitments.

Digital Fund

Following the Summit, we look forward to releasing details of a new Digital Fund of $88.5M which will help bring projects focused on digital to fruition.

You can learn more about the Fund and investments we plan to make in digital in this video.