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Following on the success and feedback of the inaugural “Survivor 101” workshop in November 2012, the Regional Cultural Development Advisory Committee, through Metro Vancouver, has partnered with 4 municipalities throughout Metro to present SURVIVOR 101 THE NEXT GENERATION. This series will focus on funding, audience development, marketing and board development - key areas that participants expressed an interest in learning more about. If you are a staff member, board member, volunteer, performer, artist, start-up visionary, or tenaciously holding on to a community arts organization in the terminal stages of decline, these workshops are for you!

March 2014 Board Development..not bored of development

A highly effective and engaged board has clarity around roles, responsibilities and aligns its work and performance with organizational values and vision.

This workshop focuses on board members’ key responsibilities and moves boards out of operations and into the “big picture”. This learning opportunity covers leadership models, modes of governing, board recruitment, meeting management, committee structure and evaluation techniques.

Presenter: Vantage Point
Location: Vancouver
Venue: Vancouver Civic Theatres Salon, 630 Hamilton Street
Date: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Tuesday March 11, 2014

 Participant Workbook

February 2014 Social Media Marketing 101...reaching new frontiers

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, print collateral, out-of-home marketing… it’s a lot of jargon.  But unraveled, these are the buzz words to marketing your arts organization to an ever-changing audience using ever-changing methodologies.

Presenter: The Social Agency
Location: Richmond
Venue: Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond Performance Hall
Date: 1:00-4:00 Tuesday February 18, 2014

 The Social Agency Presentation

October 2013 Getting Your Funding Ducks In A Row

Whether you are new to the game or a grant writing veteran the question is always “How do you get a funder to support you?” In this session you will learn about  the critical elements for a successful application and the value of building relationships with funders.

Presenter: Pierre Stolte, Canadian Heritage, Katherine Leong, BC Arts Council, Meseret Taye, Vancouver Foundation, Meriko Kubota, Community Investment TELUS, Judy Robertson, Metro Vancouver and Sheila McKinnon, City of Surrey, Greg Magirescu, City of New Westminster 
Location: Surrey
Venue: Room 120, Surrey City Centre Library, 10350 University Blvd., near the Surrey Central Skytrain Station
Date: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Tuesday October 29, 2013

 Overview Presentation
 Pierre Stolte Presentation
 Meseret Taye Presentation
 Meriko Kubota Presentation
 Sheila McKinnon Presentation

November 2013 Audience Development… where is everyone?

With so many entertainment options to choose from these days, the competition for audiences can be fierce! To address the challenges facing arts and cultural organizations with respect to audience development, the Arts Office has invited a panel of creative experts to come and share their knowledge as part of the Survivor 101 - Next Generation capacity building workshop series on Thursday November 21, 1-4pm in the Lynn Valley Library Community Room.  This savvy group of arts animateurs will provide inspiration on how to reach out to existing and new audiences in unique ways. Workshop participants will take home practical tips and tools that will help them to connect with audiences of all ages and inclinations.

Presenters: Heather Redfern - Executive Director, The Cultch, Joseph Bardsley - Development Manager, Vancouver Opera, Colleen Maybin - Community Engagement Manager, Vancouver Opera, Ruth Payne - Visual Arts Coordinator, Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Location: North Vancouver
Venue: Community Room, Lynn Valley Library, 1277 Lynn Valley Rd.
Date: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Thursday November 21, 2013

 Overview Presentation
 Colleen Maybin Presenation 
 Ruth Payne Presenation


Presentations and resources from the November 2012 workshop are posted below.

If you have any questions or comments please email