Cultural Connections Conference focuses on practical tools

Guelph, On, March 27, 2013 – Artists, culture workers, innovators and creative entrepreneurs are invited to come together on Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 1:00 to 7:00PM at River Run Centre for the Cultural Connections Conference – a one-day event presented jointly by the City of Guelph and Guelph Arts Council. Conference registrants will have an opportunity to explore practical tools for building networks, identifying and engaging partners – and turning ideas into actions.

“The Cultural Connections Conference builds on Guelph’s new Culture Map resource that was launched last week”, says Astero Kalogeropoulos, arts and culture program officer for the City of Guelph. “We wanted to create a forum for conversation and skill development with a special focus on making connections and developing partnerships, both within and beyond our cultural community.”

Presented jointly by the City of Guelph and Guelph Arts Council, the mini conference features a cross-section of culture sector professionals, guest speakers and facilitators experienced in establishing successful and innovative cultural partnerships. The event offers interactive sessions and best-practice case studies that examine tools and trends being used by artists and arts organizations to connect with new audiences, funders, and collaborators. Topics include e-commerce, crowd funding, social portals, and partnership development.

The conference culminates with a live crowd-sourcing session where community endorsed micro-grants will be awarded to winning pitches. “This is a fantastic opportunity for individuals or groups to turn ideas into a reality,” said Sonya Poweska, executive director of Guelph Arts Council.

The conference registration fee is $20 for Guelph Arts Council members and $25 for non-members. To register for the Cultural Connections Conference or for more information, go to

For more information

Astero Kalogeropoulos
Arts and Culture Program Officer
Culture and Tourism, Community and Social Services
T 519-822-1260 x 2629