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ARTPRENEUR Ottawa 2016


Saturday, 5 November 2016 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT)

ARTPRENEUR Ottawa 2016

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Students at secondary, post-secondary and the Ottawa School of Art are eligible. You must present your student ID at the door.
28 Oct 2016 $25.00 $2.11
Early Bird   more info Ended $45.00 $3.31
One full day including: networking breakfast, keynote address, networking lunch, and a choice of breakout sessions.
28 Oct 2016 $75.00 $5.11

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ARTPRENEUR Ottawa 2016 Conference

 Saturday, November 5
Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa, ON


On Saturday November 5, 2016, be inspired by artists and arts groups who work and thrive in our Nation’s Capital. The fourth annual, ARTPRENEUR Ottawa Conference 2016 will share insights about how to operate in this unique environment. You will discover how local artists navigate this landscape and use entrepreneurial skills to put themselves on the “map” and define their own success. Put yourself on the National Capital’s arts and culture scene map with this one day conference full of sessions and interactions that will help advance your arts career. The 2016 conference will help you find your local place in a national city.

The fourth ARTPRENEUR conference will be held at the state-of-the-art Shenkman Arts Centre, in Ottawa, Ontario. The multi-disciplinary arts centre will provide large conference spaces for a vendors expo, breakout session rooms and a presentation attendance capacity of 150-seats in the Richcraft Theatre. The program will feature inspirational and successful key note speakers, real-world experience workshops, relevant product demonstrations and numerous networking opportunities.

The ARTPRENEUR Ottawa Conference is a partnership between AOE Arts Council, Ottawa School of Art, the Shenkman Arts Centre and Wallack’s Art Supplies.


ARTPRENEUR Ottawa 2016 Program:

Keynote Address: Lynn Miles, Adrienne Wong, & Jinny Yu

Delivered by an inspiring trio of speakers: with one of Canada’s most accomplished singer-songwriters Lynn Miles, theatre creator and producer and the first CBC Radio One (Q) artist-in-residence Adrienne Wong and contemporary visual artist Jinny Yu recently presented at the Venice Biennale. All three speakers have presented their work locally, nationally and internationally. They will share their various paths and discuss the career decisions that put them on the map. From finding success at the community level to the international stage, from finances to creative output, this keynote will be a dynamic multidisciplinary conversation about the diverse landscapes in which artists work and how they structure meaningful careers.

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MC: Barbara Laurenstin & Teri Rata Loretto


Morning Presentations - 11:15 - 12:15 p.m.  
. Designing a Creative Business Map
It can be challenging to think of yourself as an artist and as a business. So, what if you could be as creative in your business planning, as you are in your art? What if you could build a business plan that’s resilient enough to evolve with you as an artist? Creative thinking is an asset in business. So let’s learn how to use it! Walk away with the tools to build a unique map that will help guide your creative business.
Speaker: Toni van Eeden, The Red Brick Rooster and Tanya Woods, Kind Village.


B. Making it Work
How do artists successfully make a living from their art? Hear from some who are building successful careers by working at different levels and scales, locally, nationally and internationally while keeping Ottawa their base.
Panelists: Nancy Kenny, Theatre Artists; Melanie Yugo of Possible Worlds, Visual artist; Anik Bouvrette, Tara Luz Danse; and Lynne Hanson, musician.


Afternoon 1 Presentations - 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

C. Beyond Grants: Alternative Resources and Support
Discover how alternative forms of support including in-kind, sponsorships and partnerships can benefit individual and group artistic projects. Make your requests stand out and turn supporters into partners.  
Panelists: Dan Gainsford, Windpath Media; Zachary Dayler, Wellington West BIA; moderated by Michael Wallack, Wallack’s Art Supply


D.Coverage as Career Leverage
Ottawa-Gatineau’s arts media landscape is changing and traditional resources are limited. There are few dedicated arts media and few arts critics. Getting critical media coverage is part of getting noticed, gaining credibility, building reputation and developing creatively. How to use strategic tactics to earn critical online, print, and airtime with media and key influencers to help advance your career. Presenters will cover how their ability to get coverage has affected their career and share some tactics and insights into how to get coverage
Panelists: Jessica Ruano, Natasha Gautier and TBA


Afternoon 2 Presentations - 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

E. Breaking through the Clutter
Marketing strategies to break through the clutter and put yourself on Ottawa-Gatineau’s map in Ottawa 2017. Basic audience development and marketing strategies will be covered.
Speaker: Kimothy Walker, Ottawa Media Group


F. Collaborations

How to invite collaborative opportunities and approaches to maximize resources, create success and build the ‘map’? How are artists collaborating to create opportunities for themselves and the arts community?
Panelists: Tara Shannon, Willow Sound Artist Development; Megan Piercey Monafu, Community-Supported Art Ottawa; and TBA


Afternoon 3 Presentation - 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
G. Getting them ‘at hello’

Learn how to keep it simple yet memorable. Perfect your pitch to adapt it for sponsors, media, audiences or customers. This 30-minute session is directly followed by the Networking Cocktail. Join fellow delegates, speakers, panelists and expo hall participants on the Harold Shenkman Hall stage for some networking, a social drink and some friendly pitch-practice.
Facilitator: TBA

Have questions about ARTPRENEUR Ottawa 2016? Contact ARTPRENEUR Ottawa

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Shenkman Arts Centre
245 Centrum Blvd
Ottawa, ON K1E 0A1

Saturday, 5 November 2016 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT)

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ARTPRENEUR is a one day conference dedicated to helping artists succeed. The conference brings together leading creative experts and art community individuals who will motivate and inform artists on their creative professions. The Conference aims to deliver a valuable experience for delegates, with accessible for delegates new to the topic, and opportunities for rich conversations and connections for all attending, maintaining an open, welcoming learning environment.



AOE Arts Council has been serving the arts community since 1987. As a bilingual not‐for‐profit charitable organization, the Arts Council represents a membership of artists, arts organizations and supporters in all arts disciplines. The Arts Council creates opportunities for artists to share and sell their work, provides resources and services to its membership, organizes professional development activities and isa leader and arts collaborator on city‐wide arts initiatives.

Join AOE Arts Council today at or by phone at 613.580.2767S



The Ottawa School of Art offers a full range of specialized art courses including lifedrawing, landscape painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, lithography, watercolour, etching, printmaking, and a wide variety of specialized short courses and workshops. Children’s and Teens’ classes range from multi-media to animation and cartooning, sculpture and construction, pottery, drawing and painting. In addition to art courses, the OSA’s programs have grown to include visiting artist-in-residence workshops, a professional exhibitions gallery (which hosts solo and groups shows by local, national and international artists), a non-for-credit Arts Fundamentals Certificate, a one-year Portfolio Development Program and a 3-year Diploma Program. 



The Shenkman Arts Centre is Ottawa’s only multidisciplinary arts facility offering services and programs in both English and French. The Centre, which is located in Ottawa East, is a creative hub where artists and audiences meet to create and explore the arts. The Centre, which opened in June 2009, plays a vital role in ensuring artists are given the forum they need to nurture creativity and audiences are given access to dynamic and thought-provoking arts programming in a facility that matches creative excellence.



For almost 75 years, Wallack’s has been committed to supplying creative people with quality products at competitive prices. Wallack’s reputation is built on offering a wide selection of brand name artist materials, service by friendly knowledgeable staff, and quick and efficient delivery across Canada. Educational

programming also continues to be a part of Wallack’s, and knowledgeable staff provide instruction through workshops and events at its many locations.


Today, Wallack’s is eastern Ontario’s largest retailer of artist materials with two locations in the Ottawa area, and one in Kingston.


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