Navigating arts and learning through a global crisis: Lessons learned and obstacles encountered
We invite you to join with us as well as colleagues in your region and around the country for an online roundtable discussion to share the realities you are facing after two months of social distancing and other emergency measures enacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Take part in the exchange as we discuss what you have learned during this period of isolation, what you foresee as the "new normal" in your practice, how you are faring with the gradual measures to re-open society, and other topics. We also hope to learn from you how The Canadian Network for Arts & Learning can further support the work that you are doing, and the sector as a whole to ensure an stronger future for arts and learning in the digital age.
In our original series of digital regional discussions, which took place from March 23 - April 3, we provided a platform for practitioners across the country to talk about the immediate impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on their lives and professional practice. More than 300 arts and learning professionals took part in these discussions, gathering strength from hearing the similar circumstances of their peers and gaining support by discovering ways to possibly sustain their practice at the onset of social distancing and isolation measures.
After almost two months of disruptive emergency measures, we have seen widespread adoption of digital technology to overcome the impact of isolation on Canadians, and particularly on the delivery of arts and learning programs. Some of the fears of cancelled arts programming and performance series have materialized, while attending opportunities and digital innovations have also arisen.
As a pan-Canadian service organization supporting arts and learning, The Network is committed to continuing advocacy for the sector under existing socio-economic conditions while preparing for a future in which fundamental societal changes will challenge arts to claim a central place at the heart of learning both in school and in the wider community. Now more than ever it is important that we keep the lines of communication open to be able to support and encourage our community of arts and learning professionals through this time of crisis and into the future.
Each meeting will take place over Zoom. We hope that you will take part in the discussion, but you are also welcome to just listen in if that is your preference. Registration is the same for both options.
We are able to offer this service to the sector thanks to a Digital Strategies grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.