Creative Convergence Winnipeg

Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 1:30pm
RBC Convention Centre
375 York Ave

Creative Convergence Winnipeg

Canadian Network for Arts and Learning
International Conference
October 24 – 26, 2019
Winnipeg, Manitoba

We invite you to join us at Creative Convergence Winnipeg as together we demonstrate and celebrate the power of the arts to heal, to connect, to construct knowledge, to build bridges across borders, to foster inclusion and to nurture reconciliation. Along with key partners, the Canadian Network for Arts and Learning (CNAL/RCAA) will gather national and international experts and delegates in arts and culture, education, recreation, health, therapy, medicine, humanities and community to engage in meaningful dialogue and seek solutions to the issues facing our increasingly intolerant, uncaring and violent world. 

This creative exchange will include streams of social justice and reconciliation, of health and well-being, of digital innovation and communication.  Interweaving these streams and diverse perspectives, Creative Convergence Winnipeg will generate an inclusive, viable and sustainable vision for the future of the arts and learning sector together with a compelling call to action. Bring your thoughts, ideas and practices to the table.

Conference Themes

The conference will explore the following themes:

  • the impact of social, political and economic disruption on arts and learning practice and programs – in schools, in communities, in professional arts organizations, in other sectors committed to and delivering arts and learning experiences.
  • the opportunities, challenges and possible pitfalls for arts and learning in a digital age
  • the opportunities through which arts and learning can help build a more tolerant, safe and democratic society and promote reconciliation
  • opportunities through which arts and learning can promote mental and physical health and well-being
  • the strategies that can be employed to ensure the survival of artistic learning in all contexts and sectors

A National and International Conference

Building on longstanding links to UNESCO, the UNESCO Chair in Arts and Learning at Queen’s University and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, together with major international NGOs, the Canadian Network for Arts & Learning maintains strong national and international relationships that will ensure that this seminal conference will produce lasting impact.  We are especially pleased to welcome to Winnipeg members of the UNESCO UNITWIN Network for Research in Arts Education for Diversity and Sustainability.  Representing researchers and practitioners from several countries around the globe, these thought leaders will be fully integrated into the conference. We welcome other international delegates to propose presentations and to add their voices to the conversation. Apply to be a presenter here.

We invite you to come and experience world class keynote speakers, challenging presentations, fascinating demonstrations by Manitoba artists and arts organizations, true Manitoba hospitality while celebrating remarkable leaders in the sector.