Soundings

A pioneering program to bring the general public in from the sidelines.

Highly inclusive, more participatory conversation than consultation, Soundings will be open space gatherings facilitated by leading process designers to effectively harness the collective wisdom and self-organizing capacity of groups of any size.

Artists come together to discuss how to live a creative life in Calgary

Eighty artists from a multitude of disciplines gathered in January to discuss their future as artists in Calgary and how they could live a creative life in the city. The day was set up in an open style to facilitate a number of conversations created by, and discussed by, the artists. The belief is that the people who were in the room were the people who needed to be in the room and their interests would determine those conversations.

Discussions ranged from how to increase multi-disciplinary collaboration to finding both physical and non-physical space to funding challenges and unpaid work. One of the biggest themes that came from the day was the need for community and a drive to work together to make positive changes in Calgary. A few initiatives have already begun with plans for more to follow. As always, resources and support to realize these plans are necessary but there is much that can be done by artists to get things started.

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