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Amplify - Culture Summit 2019

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Centre for International Governance Innovation

67 Erb Street West

Waterloo, ON N2L 6C2

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Amplify is a full day summit celebrating creativity and innovation in Waterloo region. It gathers researchers, artists, designers and creative industry members to showcase cutting-edge ideas that explore the fusion between art and technology. Participants will discover a unique opportunity for knowledge sharing, networking, and community building.

The public is welcome and registration is required.

Conference doors open at 9:30 am for registration, welcome address begins at 10 am.


Key Note Speakers:

Kelsey Carriere - Parks: Where community-led placemaking grows (https://parkpeople.ca/)

Kelsey Carriere is the Senior Project Manager at Park People. As cities grow in size, density and complexity, communities need to create balance in urban lives by infusing them with nature, creativity and humanity. Offset increasing social isolation, diminishing social capital and growing polarization by creating inclusive practices that inspire people to build stronger community connections. This can be done very effectively by community members who know, love and steward their local parks and public spaces. Through diverse programs including the Public Space Incubator Program, Arts in the Parks, and the nurturing of local “Friends of” park groups, Park People is helping to support the animation and activation of public spaces to connect communities and improve the quality of life in cities across Canada.

Elena Soní and Vanessa Barnett - Dislocation, Transformation: Re- Invention ( https://makingartmakingchange.com/)

Making Art Making Change (MAMC) ‘s creative practice taps into the communities’ inherent essence and diversity exploring the possibility to work creatively with the participating group and thereby enrich their own practice. Their artistic history has been to partner with cultural institutions and showcase community based artwork. In doing so the richness of the community gains visibility beyond its geography. They see their work as art facilitators and co-learners. Using clips from films, MAMC educators Elena Soní and Vanessa Barnett will highlight how they foster the link between identity, belonging and placemaking, and how their collaborative projects create safe and stimulating environments for each participant to invest in a shared experience as they weave their voices together.

Jane Tingley - anyWare - from conception to realization (http://janetingley.com )

anyWare is an Internet of Things distributed sculpture comprised of three identical objects that are individually connected to the Internet and physically mirror each other. The anyWare sculptures are art objects that telematically connect three different locations in the world and enable distal physical communication. The objects simultaneously respond to people who interact directly with them, as well as allow them to interact with each other through the sculptures. Structuring these interactions is a number of games and puzzles for people to play/solve, either individually or collaboratively. The objects transform in the experience of exploration (either with one person or potentially with many people) and in so doing reveal different levels of interactivity and aesthetic experience.

Peer –to-Peers

Belonging

Sharon Whittle 2019MAST coordinator- 30 Years of Placemaking - The evolution of artist run studio tours (https://www.maryallentour.com/)

MAST is as a grassroots community group that has worked for 30 years bringing together many talented, thoughtful artists willing to share their vision and artistic expression in hopes of creating an art experience in Uptown for all community members. Sharon Whittle the 2019 MAST coordinator will share with participants the struggles and successes, and create an open discussion on how "finding ourselves" and "placemaking" is a process that happens every day and is never static.

Caribbean Dreams Concert (Narine Dat Sookram) - Caribbean Dreams (https://www.caribbeandreamsconcert.com/)

Now in its 18th year, the Caribbean Dreams Concert, offering the best of West Indian Culture, has built its reputation on bringing a little taste of Caribbean life and culture to the Region of Waterloo. The Dreams Concert is the only event in the Region of Waterloo to be named the Top 15 in Ontario, named one of the ideas to change the face of Waterloo Region and won the Ontario Tourism Award (only event to in the Region of Waterloo). Narine Dat Sookram, the founder of the Caribbean Dreams Concert, the Caribbean Spice and “Let’s Chit Chat with Narine Dat” radio shows will share their success story (how they got to where they are now) with limited resources.

Placemaking

Stephanie Rozek & CJ Perez, Co-Founders of Marit Collective & The Causerie - Listening, Learning, & Connecting Across Perspectives (http://marit.ca)

Stephanie & CJ co-founded The Causerie, a new community space in downtown Kitchener in October, 2018. The goal of this space, and the non-profit Marit Collective, is to encourage a culture of depth and thoughtfulness through exploring personal insight and human connection. Hosting a talk, leading into conversation (similar to those they host at our own space), you are invited to converse equally with them about topics including: What fosters connection or disconnection within a local community? How to speak to others we don't know, or may not agree with, about issues that are important to us? They believe that individual shifts in understanding can lead to larger societal evolution in an increasingly polarized world.

MTSpace - Space for the Arts in Waterloo Region (https://mtspace.ca)

MT Space was founded upon the value of centralizing marginalized and racialized artists and stories, filling what seemed to be a great void in a community of many different peoples. MT Space will bring together panelists to explore the power art can have on quality of life, drawing on their experience touring to multiple cities. They will go on to discuss how accessible spaces facilitate the creation of art and MT Space's own struggle to find space in the region. Finally, panelists discuss their vision for how more art spaces can emerge hand-in-hand with the developing tech sector in Waterloo Region.

Innovation

Lacey J Heels - The Power of Podcasting: Build a Brand, Grow a Business and Connect with Community (www.laceyjheels.com )

Podcasting is on the rise and now more than ever it is a great opportunity to build community, strengthen your brand and grow your business online. Kitchener based Marketing Strategist and Business Coach Lacey Heels will be sharing the story of how starting a podcast helped her to: beat isolation when she left her corporate marketing job to pursue entrepreneurship, Build a flourishing community and support network and position herself as a brand and business building expert and mental health advocate which led to meaningful connections. Lacey will share her story and how starting a podcast with the right strategy, clarity and purpose can help you in your life and business as well.

David Trinh- Building an innovative RP Group (www.tsn-artemis.ca)

At the end of each of their monthly games at the local board game cafe people are asked if they had fun and feel a sense of belonging. The public space allows for both an inclusive and safe space for attendees. Members range from ages 10-60 years old, laptops are provided and a rank structure is used to play Artemis, a spaceship bridge simulator. A customized web based CMS is used to announce the next game day. A modified open source help desk ticket system, used as an RPG Order System from Fleet Command. These technologies used to drive the back office, allow for participants to focus on what builds community, engaging with people with a common interest.

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