In Workshops on March 23, 2011 by danceumbrella

March 2011… Miziwe Biik Development Corp and the Thunderbird Centre present over two days, four Professional Developmentworkshops for Aboriginal artists and arts managers. These workshops are FREE and take place at 167 Gerrard St. East, Lower LevelMeeting Space. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.


DATE: Thursday, March 31, 2011

WORKSHOP A: Finding A Mentor that Works for You

TIME: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Finding the right mentor can be difficult. This workshop will offer insight on how to find the right match and how to navigate asuccessful partnership. Participants will learn how to express their needs as well as define boundaries within the partnership andclearly understand the role of their mentor.

BREAK: LUNCHTIME: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Lunch will be provided

WORKSHOP B: Home Office Survival

TIME: 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

This discussion will include strategies for working independently such as staying connected and avoiding isolation, keeping organized ina minimal space and working in alternative spaces. Participants will gain tips on creating an effective work environment.


DATE: Thursday, April 7, 2011

WORKSHOP A: National & International Connections

TIME: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

This workshop will offer tips with building new partnerships and maintaining long-term relationships, effective networking, creativecollaborations and potential funding sources.

BREAK: LUNCHTIME: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

NOTE: Lunch will be provided.

WORKSHOP B: Social Networking & Online Marketing

TIME: 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Communication and marketing online can be overwhelming. This workshop will offer guidance on effective communication,professionalizing your social network and optimizing attention to your website.


Workshop specialists, Kerry Swanson and Denise Bolduc, together will bring a vast amount of knowledge, skills and expertise topresent these four workshops. Kerry Swanson is the former Executive Director of the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival andco-curator of the acclaimed 2007 exhibition Shapeshifters Time Travelers and Storytellers. Kerry recently completed a Masters inCommunication and Culture in a joint program between Ryerson and York University. Denise Bolduc is an independentPresenter/Producer, Arts Manager and Consultant. She brings 20 plus years of experience in the arts and cultural sectors. Denise isrecognized for her leadership of international, multi-disciplinary arts events and her work with the Ontario Arts Council, the CanadaCouncil for the Arts and numerous arts organizations/companies across the country.To register for either workshop, please rsvp Luanna Whitecrow at: Seating is limited, so book quickly!These professional development workshops are made possible through a grant from the Ontario Arts Council.

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