Digital Arts Services Symposium (March 15-20, Toronto)

“ARTSPOND / ÉTANG D’ARTS presents in association with AGILO ARTS + BEMUSED NETWORK

Digital Arts Services Symposium 2019
Symposium des services d’arts numériques 2019
All digits on deck | Tous les caractères sur la table

Jessa Agilo & Margaret Lam (Co-curators)
March 15-20, 2019
Toronto Reference Library and other Toronto-area venues
Tickets: Early-bird rates (until Nov 30, 2018) 3-Day Special $85-170, 3-Day Regular $275-425, Single-Day $130-155
Regular rates (after Nov 30, 2018) 3-Day Special $100-180, 3-Day Regular $315-475, Single-Day $145-170

As advances in technology disrupt major industries from health and finance, to major film production and local artists, the question of the arts and cultural sectors’ digital transformation is not a matter of when, but how. And yet, what does it mean for arts services to “go digital”? From March 15-20, 2019, the 2019 Digital Arts Services Symposium / Symposium des services d’arts numériques (DASSAN19) will spark provocative dialogue about digital futures that the arts desire and how to get there.

Taking place at the Toronto Reference Library’s Bram & Bluma Appel Salon and other locations in downtown Toronto, DASSAN19 offers constructive, cross-sectoral dialogues and alliance-building opportunities inspired by pioneering keynote speakers, community salon sessions, professional industry exchanges, hackathon competition with a $5,000 grand prize, and a bootcamp for fledgling devotees to the digital world.

Proudly presented by ArtsPond in association with Agilo Arts and BeMused Network, DASSAN19 is designed to nurture valuable insights for both emerging and experienced producers and technologists alike, with the goal of building a critical digital practice within the arts and culture sector across Canada.

Key themes for the Symposium include Inspirational Stories – learning from our digital pioneers; Critical Reflection – cultivating a digital commons for arts and culture; and, Practical Transformation – an unconference where community members take centre stage to synthesize and respond to digital issues in the industry.

Stay tuned as more detailed programming announcements and open calls for session contributors and other participants are released on a regular basis in the coming weeks.

ArtsPond / Étang d’Arts is a non-profit bolstering big ideas and untapped potential in the arts into exceptional, everyday realities for collective impact on-the-ground and in-the-cloud. Major initiatives include DigitalASO – empowering transformation of digital literacy research, training, platform and alliance-building, and Groundstory – a cross-sectoral effort to uproot the adverse effects of gentrification on the arts and other vulnerable groups in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

BeMused Network is a social-technical enterprise devoted to fostering meaningful connections in the arts and culture sector in Canada and beyond. We do this by applying user-centered design practices in the development of our own digital arts and cultural services and programs and sharing the best practices we have cultivated with the community. The philosophy behind our growing suite of online services, programs, and partnerships is very simple: connect, grow, and thrive.

DASSAN19 is generously funded by the Digital Strategy Fund at Canada Council for the Arts.”

For more information, please visit:

-from DigitalASO press release

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.