Professional Development Workshops

Workshop Wednesdays is a new joint initiative between the Ottawa Arts Council and AOE Arts Council, that will offer informative and interactive workshops to local artists and arts organizations.

The series of  6 workshops will occur approximately once a month from November 2016 through May 2017. The final session will be an opportunity for participants to come together in a social setting to share feedback and input for future sessions, as well as network with other artists.

Workshop Wednesdays will focus on three learning streams, responding to different concerns and issues artists and arts administrators have risen. These interactive workshops will allow participants to engage in a dialogue, while learning and developing skills to grow. Join us as we navigate the challenges of finding your audience and developing support for your work. These  sessions will walk you through the key elements in building a successful engagement strategy and give you the tools to create or enhance your current system.

Nov 9, 2016         Finance for the Not for Profit Sector
Dec 14, 2016      Finance and Financial Planning for Individuals in the Arts


The following workshops will build on the content discussed in the previous session, but sessions are useful as a stand-alone as well.

Jan 18, 2017       Setting the Foundation - Identifying You and Your Value / REGISTER
This session will give you the basics to build on over the following sessions. The value proposition is a key element as you move forward with both audience development and revenue development, and plays a major role in the creation of a case for support.
Session Facilitator: Toni van Eeden

Feb 1, 2017         Strategizing Your Success / REGISTER
Now that you know your value, how do you apply it to developing your supporter-bases? Through this session we will learn how to prioritize selecting key audience and revenue development strategies, and how to match your goals with your available resources.
Session facilitator: Mena Gainpaulsingh

March 8, 2017   Measuring Impact / REGISTER
You know your value and you have starting executing your strategies, but how do you know they are working? This session will show you how to measure results and assess impact - what tools do you need to effectively measure success and how do you use that information to take your strategy to the next level.
Session facilitator: Mena Gainpaulsingh & Toni van Eeden

April 12, 2017     Now That You’ve Got Them, How Do You Keep Them? / REGISTER
You have done the work and built your audience, now what? How do you not only keep them engaged, but also get them more engaged? How do you get them to talk about your work and attract other people? This session will explore the concept of stewardship – how you continue to build your relationships with supporters and leverage these existing relationships to continue to grow your audience.
Session facilitator: Mena Gainpaulsingh & Toni van Eeden

May 17, 2017      Workshop Wednesdays Wrap Session

$20 AOE, Ottawa Arts Council, and Ottawa Festivals members
$30 Non Members


If there's a workshop you'd like to see offered, please contact us!