TORONTO, ONTARIO - On June 25 and 26, Humber College’s Centre for Creative Business Innovation (CCBI) and WorkInCulture will host a free two-day virtual conference for the arts and cultural industries to explore strategies for thriving during the pandemic and beyond.

Organized by students in Humber’s Arts Administration and Cultural Management and User Experience Design programs, Culture’s Compass draws speakers and participants from across the globe to share how their creative communities are meeting unprecedented challenges head-on.

The conference is hosted on CrowdCast from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday, June 25 and Friday, June 26, 2020. The conference schedule and registration are available online at

The conference will provide a forum for discussing the financial health of arts organizations, online audience engagement, activism in the arts, and accessibility. It will feature guests including Dr. Anthony Schrag (Queen Margaret University); Shawn Newman (Toronto Arts Council); Gaёtane Verna (The Power Plant, PowerUp); Julie Nagam (Nuit Blanche); and Menon Dwarka (Soundstreams); as well as award-winning poets Nicole Sealey and John Murillo; and comedian Steph Tolev.

“Culture’s Compass serves as a much-needed platform for the arts and culture sector to come together across disciplines as one community that collaborates and identifies cross-sector patterns around successes, opportunities and challenges,” says Jennifer Gordon, Director of the CCBI. “The conference also provides work opportunities to students in the Arts Administration and Cultural Management and User Experience Design programs ensuring they have the practical industry experience and networking required to succeed and thrive as the sector recovers and rebuilds.”

Attendees will also examine how cultural organizations have transitioned to online work, and explore the realities of live performances, rehearsals, virtual exhibits, and concerts during a pandemic.

Culture’s Compass will use live polling and interactivity to collect community data and feedback. This information will be shared with the arts and culture community as an online resource.


About Humber Centre for Creative Business Innovation
Humber's Centre for Creative Business Innovation (CCBI) is a hub for problem-finders, solution-builders and innovation-creators. We explore your questions through multi-disciplinary collaboration. We organize humans with deep expertise and match them with our wide arrange of resources to help you leverage change and boost business through uncertain times.

About Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning  
Humber College is focused on our students' future. As a global leader in polytechnic education, Humber students receive in-depth theoretical learning and hands-on experience with applied research and extensive industry connections. Humber provides career-focused education to more than 33,000 full-time and 23,000 part-time and continuing education students across three campuses. A comprehensive range of credentials including honours undergraduate degrees, Ontario graduate certificates, diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates, prepare career-ready global citizens to move seamlessly from education to employment. More than 86 per cent of Humber graduates are employed within six months of completing their studies. Visit 

About WorkInCulture
WorkInCulture is a non-profit arts service organization that supports the professional lives of Ontario’s artists, creatives and cultural workers through skills development, research and career resources. We partner with sector organizations and funders to develop diversified learning opportunities including CreativeBoost, WorkSmarts and Creative Works conference, and we are committed to exploring sector conditions that will inform programming and impact sector change. Our popular JobBoard and DiscoveryBoard connect job seekers and arts enthusiasts of different disciplines, abilities and experience levels to relevant opportunities across Canada. Visit

For more information, please contact: 
Nadia Araujo
Media Relations and External Communications Specialist 
Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning