On Friday, May 10, 2019, the second Creative Works conference was held at the Harbourfront Centre. The all-day event was presented by the WorkInCulture and Humber’s Faculty of Media and Creative Arts and Faculty of Social and Community Services in partnership with the Toronto International Festival of Authors.
“The creative sector is growing tremendously, and such conferences help people understand how to navigate the complexities of that growth and give them resources that will be useful in taking advantage of that growth and being successful in the future,” says Guillermo Acosta, Senior Dean of the Faculty of Media and Creative Arts.
The conference covered equity and accessibility, inclusive programming, partnership and collaboration. Opening with a keynote address by Phyllis Yaffe, Canada’s Consul General in New York, the event hosted a series of panels and workshops, and concluded with a presentation and panel discussion about cultural-sector labour market data. The final panel highlighted the demands and priorities of the cultural sector and gave an overview of the areas that need attention.
Diane Davy, Executive Director of WorkInCulture, says that the event takes place every second year and it helps connect professionals in the arts, culture and heritage sector as it’s really about supporting the sector.
Creative Works provided a platform for a new generation of cultural leaders to connect with those in the industry. Conference attendees represented a broad cross-section of the sector and included mid-career professionals, community members, and students.
The opportunity to network was a highlight for the students in attendance. “The arts and culture industry is expansive and this is a great opportunity to inform yourself and see what kind of trends are present right now in our industry,” says John Del Rosario, an Arts Administration and Cultural Management student.
“The conference is a really interesting way to set that framework for people who are going to be working in the industry and understanding what is available and how to be successful,” says Acosta.
After a day of discussing the arts, culture, and heritage sectors, the closing reception included a jazz performance by Humber Bachelor of Music students and alumni.