CAPACOA was pleased to partner with the British Columbia Touring Council (BCTC) to deliver The Succession Plan program at the annual Pacific Contact conference in Burnaby, BC from April 5-7, 2013.
The Succession Plan (TSP) is a mentorship and peer network development program for emerging and mid-career presenters and other arts professionals. The program seeks to strengthen core competencies, provide leadership development and equip participants with the tools and resources necessary to be active participants in the development of arts and culture in their community.
The TSP at Pacific Contact included three components embedded in the conference:
1. One-on-one mentorship: Participants worked with mentors throughout the weekend (min. 1 hour daily), and were provided with a framework to continue this support relationship;
2. Had opportunities to network with peers in small and in larger groups to discuss the new realities of working in the arts and other relevant issues related to their work;
3. Experienced of Pacific Contact’s conference programming, within the framework of the TSP group.
This program is an excellent opportunity for emerging and mid-career arts professionals to spend time working through questions that they have about their work, meet individuals at the same level in their career and begin to create a vision for their next steps. It is also a way to experience the Pacific Contact conference within a supportive and informative peer group. Relationships built during the TSP can last a lifetime.
TSP Participants at Pacific Contact
- Reneltta Arluk, Akpik Theatre, Full Circle First Nations Performance (Vancouver / Yellowknife)
- Sarah Hagan, Pro’ject Sound (Vancouver, BC)
- David Locke-Norton, Vancouver Recital Society (Vancouver, BC)
- Miriam Manley, Revelstoke Centre for the Performing Arts (Revelstoke, BC)
- Galen Olstead, Kay Meek Centre (Vancouver, BC)
- Paul Gravett, Vancouver Recital Society (Vancouver, BC)
- Bruce Halliday, Port Theatre (Nanaimo, BC)
- Joyce Hinton, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (Vancouver, BC)
- David Pay, Music on Main (Vancouver, BC)
- Cory Philley, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts (Burnaby, BC)
- Phyllis Stenson, Harrison Festival of the Arts (Harrison Hot Springs, BC)
What participants had to say…
“Invaluable. Both mentors were fantastic, but Bruce Halliday in particular spent time throughout the conference discussing, sharing experiences and making suggestions on ideas on managing and presenting at venues. For me, connecting to other arts presenters and practitioners was the most important outcome. I am able to expand communication, bounce ideas and get direction from peers on an ongoing basis. I have taken the TSP program once before and described it as opening a door - I would say that this experience was even more so as all of the participants are people that I will see on a regular basis in my professional life. I took away greater sense of belonging to a community.”
Galen Olstead, Kay Meek Centre (Vancouver, BC)
"I am grateful for the opportunity; it keeps me in touch with those who are entering the field and approaching things in new ways. It also gives me a chance to give back to the community.”
Phyllis Stenson, Harrison Festival of the Arts (Harrison Hot Springs, BC)