Posts tagged ‘G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education’

September 30, 2013

Sunday Roundup on a Monday – it’s hotting up around here

Missed yesterday’s round-up, so here you go.

Also realized that starting Monday, we have a show or event a week opening for the next month and Arts Day at the City and on the Hill coming up in November. Which is AWESOME on many levels, but consider this an apology for what might be less frequent blog postings. If you want to see what I’m working on, and the superduper shows and the people involved you can look here.

We’re halfway through our course at Ryerson on marketing for the arts and tomorrow is the last in a series of three workshops I’ve been doing with DTRC/AHA. It has been a great opportunity to work closely and consistently with some good artists doing good events. Thanks to DTRC and AHA for the opportunity.

I will write as often as I can. (that sounds very Civil War era, but you know what I mean)

Now then!

Man, Is it Monday

Proud

Siminovitch Prize, the GAME and Urban Planning for Women

April 14, 2013

Sunday Roundup – April 14

RMK1248SCS-595I took a proper weekend as the last one was spent at City Arts Funding Consultations and giving a workshop. Both excellent uses of a weekend, but sometimes you need a couple days of Netflix to wind down.

Quantifying the Qualifiable

Social Media Rockstars?

Rainy Friday

 

Tomorrow is the last class of CDAM 101 and it’s been a pleasure working with the participants these past seven weeks, they claim to have learned a lot and enjoyed the class and I can say the same thing about them. I wish them every success in their ventures and hope to keep hearing about what they’re doing in the arts and culture world. I hope I get to teach at Ryerson again, now that I know how it works (and have my teacher ID!) I’d like to go back.

My Arts Planning partner in crime Lisa spent some time last week looking for rehearsal spaces for There’s Always You – the Fringe show I’m producing – expect a blog post PSA this week on the good half-dozen places she found.

Here’s something wonderful for a Sunday from thisiscolosal.com. If you need a shot of colour right now, watch this.

This December, in a surprisingly simple yet ridiculously amazing installation for the Queensland Gallery of Modern Ar, artist Yayoi Kusama constructed a large domestic environment, painting every wall, chair, table, piano, and household decoration a brilliant white, effectively serving as a giant white canvas. Over the course of two weeks, the museum’s visitors were given thousands upon thousands of colored dot stickers and were invited to collaborate in the transformation of the space, turning the house into a vibrantly mottled explosion of color. How great is this?

March 24, 2013

Sunday Roundup March 24

Show five of five in a row opened this week – head up to the Toronto Centre for the Arts because The Whipping Man is now open!

Last week – a lot of travelling outside of my downtown core – North York, East York and via phone to Port Hope. A lot of teaching as well with the CDAM folks at Ryerson and the media students at Sir Oliver Mowat High School. A great week.

What Should You Write About? good article for bloggers new and seasoned.

You Should Nominate Someone! And Two Days of Guest Speaking Dora Ancillary Award Nominations due April 1 and I head to Sir Oliver Mowat

More Guest Speaking, On Flexibility and The Whipping Man Opens Tonight! The two post referenced here on flexibility are still making me think.

Job Opps, Job Descriptions and Things on your Timeline Cahoots is hiring!

Speaking of Cahoots, off to a design meeting today for Sister Mary’s a Dyke, and had a great meeting Friday with One Little Goat about The Charge of the Expormidable Moose. Looking forward to both these shows.

Have a great week!

March 19, 2013

What Should You Write About?

People sometimes ask me how I think of things to write about on my blog. The answer is:

1) I write about what I know (a good general rule of writing)
2) I write about what I want to write about. That sounds very simple, but sometimes you really have to think about what it is you want to say, convey, and have people read and react to. If you look at my tag cloud, you’ll see that I write about the arts – primarily theatre, but the arts in general. If you look at my tag cloud, you can see what I write about mostly by size of tag.

Great article this week about what you write, and what you might not want to write, and how there’s nothing wrong with that.

It’s OK if You Don’t Want to Write Controversial Blog Posts

But can you be non-confrontational, non-provocative, and still be a successful blogger? No question.

And if we are talking about blogging for business, especially in a business-to-business context, a confrontational, snarky style may actually be counter-productive.
Many excellent, well-regarded blogs are characterised not by their being provocative but by being consistently informative and/or entertaining.”

Agreed on my part. I think this also applies to other forms of social media and I love that I’ve got a new terms now – “coat-trailer“.  I think if what you’re trying to do doesn’t fit the style of confrontational provocative posts, you don’t need to write them.  One post of mine that had the most traction, most reads, most shares was Dear Rob – it’s not confrontational. It’s not mean – in fact when I saw the stats on it climbing I was extremely thankful it wasn’t mean. You want to be confrontational, mean, whatever you want to call it – you need to be prepared to deal with that.

I mentioned this a while back when I first heard about it, and now it’s opening and I am really excited! The Toronto Tool Library is opening next week! AM absolutely going to go see what’s on offer.

I’m off to Sir Oliver Mowat High School this afternoon and tomorrow as well to talk to the grade 12 media classes about social media. I will report back later on the youth of today.

Excellent CDAM-101 class last night – intro to social media with lots of good questions lots of good answers and much participation. I’d assigned something from my blog for folks to read about Facebook invites and last night one pf the participants said she had torn apart my blog looking for it, and was there somewhere a search option to find things on my blog?

And I thought, of course there is, I use it almost daily, and definitely I search Sundays for the roundup posts….from the back-end of the site. There is a way to search if you administer the site. Not if you’re just looking for something. oh, maaaannn…

There is now – top right hand corner. Thanks for pointing that out, Maureen. I forgot people might like to search something on my site rather than google it. 400+ posts later –  Lesson learned.

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March 5, 2013

School is in Session + We’ve Got Video!

CCC_POSTCARD_FRONT-690x1024(no, not video of school. I mean really. But we do have videos.)

CDAM -101 started last night and marketing for the arts is in full swing. We’ve got a group of twenty students who run the artistic gamut from filmmakers to theatre artists to arts administrators to visual artists and they all seem to be quite bright and funny and excited to be there and I am really looking forward to it.

Then I came home and continued the paperwork. Anyone who knows me knows I am not a fan of paperwork (although this time is is the set up process and it is worth it.)

I am an official Ryerson instructor now, I am a member of CUPE Local 3904, Unit 2 and I have an ID and an email address and soon I will have a plastic card that gives me privileges to get in and out of rooms. It’s all quite exciting.

Videos for Tuesday!

We’ve got client videos, first of all a great little video interview with Chris Stanton who’s directed Laws of Motion, currently playing at the Jam Factory above Merchants of Green Coffee in Leslieville. I’m going tonight to see it, and you should check it out as well – stellar review from Mooney on Theatre. Sidebar laugh – Chris and I have never worked together in all the time we’ve travelled in the same theatre world circles, and suddenly WHAM! We’re one three shows together in five weeks.

Next video – promo shot for fu-GEN’s Ching Chong Chinaman which is a fantastic little piece. Saying the phrase “Ching Chong Chinaman” is guaranteed to get you an odd look, not including the one on your own face. Watch and see.

LAWS OF MOTION

CHING CHONG CHINAMAN

March 3, 2013

Sunday Roundup – March 3

Brady LOMI think March came in like a lamb, but am not entirely sure. Perhaps it was some other animal.
A reminder that Laws of Motion opened on March 1, and is running till March 15. Check it out.
Photo by Lindsay Anne Black.

Last week!

facebook likes, facebook interactions – Monday infographics

You Can’t Spell Carpet Without Art – but Art Isn’t Carpet – several likes and shares on this one – I’m glad it resonated with folks, as it seemed to stick the landing in my head.

Recommended Reading and My Class Starts Monday

Last week seemed to be a week of articles on how to be a good writer, how to be a better writer, better, best, bested.  Here’s one of them. And for a laugh about your website that might ring true –  Things Nobody Has Ever Said about Your Website.

Happy Sunday!

February 8, 2013

Snow Day!!!

snowstormQuick post today as who knows how many of you are trapped somewhere in the snow.

Was at Theatre Passe Muraille last night for the opening of Shakespeare’s Nigga. I like a show where I walk in and the first thing I say is, “Oh my God, look at the set!!” Trevor Schwellnus has done it again.

Bit of background on this work – it was originally meant to be produced the same year I was working at Passe Muraille and, as happens sometimes, it didn’t happen. Sad, as I was really looking forward to it. So essentially I’ve been waiting for –  six? seven? years to see it. Joe is a great writer, I still use the example of his Born Ready as a play that touched the audience at the time and still gives me chills.

Loved this piece. Loved it. Utterly satisfying work. Brilliant stuff happening on that stage. Congrats to Obsidian Theatre and Passe Muraille and all involved. You need to go see it. Get a ticket.

Also, this is kind of cool: Call for Submissions: Seeking Independent Theatre Companies to Partner and Produce Season

918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media & Education (www.918bathurst.com) and Apuka Theatre (www.apukatheatre.com) are accepting proposals from Toronto-based independent theatre companies to help form a new ‘loose association’ of companies based out of 918 Bathurst that will facilitate the development and production of works and enliven the Centre. Read more…

A reminder that I’m teaching in March/April : Arts and Entertainment Administration CDAM 101 at the Chang School!  If you work in the cultural sector as an individual or as a group, Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education can help you develop entrepreneurial skills to support your creative work through a new three-course series in Arts and Entertainment Administration. The course series will provide learners with a blend of practical and theoretical instruction in a format that arts managers, potential arts managers, and individual artists will find suitable for their experience. A key aspect of instruction will be to address issues for both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.

Okay get out there – or stay in, whichever and have a good Friday!

 

January 27, 2013

Sunday Roundup – January 27

And there goes January.

Before I forget,  a reminder to all working towards that Toronto Arts Council February 1 deadline that grant apps need to go to their new place of residence at Toronto Arts Council 200-26 Grand Trunk Crescent Toronto, ON  M5J 3A9.

You see where my mind is at these days. Don’t forget the Ontario Arts Council February 1 deadline as well.

Last week? Last week.

Documenting Your Show – the incomparable Dahlia Katz explains why show photograph is wildly important

Three Articles on Social Media. Two Artists Doing it Right

A Room Full of Participants

I mentioned last week I’d be tag-team teaching a course at Ryerson – the Chang School, to be precise – here are the details – I’m doing CDAM 101 Communication and Promotion for the Arts.

Totsapalooza is in less than a week and I’m sensing a sold out event. Small Print Toronto does amazing work in the realm of kid-lit, and this one is no exception, with the talents of Oliver Jeffers being a major part of the day.

He’s lovely.

 

January 17, 2013

b[ART]er workshop last night and upcoming teachings

So I had a fantastic time speaking at the b[ART]er  – Social Media Edition last night –  a great group of people with questions and answers and my co-speaker Ricardo McRae (Wedge 15) was ever so smart and a blast to work with too. You should follow them on Twitter @bARTerSEC to keep up on their events.

How much was it to go? someone asked me. It cost two hours. In other words, no money exchanged hands, but in the world of artists and entrepreneurs, two hours is an expensive thing, and I thank the participants for spending it with us.

I was also delighted to see four people there who took the same OSEB course as I did – I refer to it here as “Entrepreneuse School” so congrats to the latest group of grads and best of luck.

We kept recommending things to read and blogs to follow so here are the two main ones we talked about Mission Paradox and Seth Godin.

Had a meeting yesterday with the folks at Ryerson (The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University, to be very specific) about a course called Communication and Promotion for the Arts (CDAM 101) that Jacoba Knaapen and I will be tag-team teaching in March/April. Here’s the official blurb: Understanding and researching the components of a marketing strategy is vital to positioning individual art, a creative service, or an organization. This course covers pricing the creative product or service; identifying, reaching, and engaging an audience; required human and financial resources; and how to evaluate efforts for improvement. Social media and digital technology are incorporated along with traditional techniques.

As soon as registration details are available, you shall have them.

 

 

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