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PRESS RELEASE – Business of the arts explored in professional development workshop series

PRESS RELEASE – Business of the arts explored in professional development workshop seriesPRESS RELEASE – Business of the arts explored in professional development workshop series

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Business of the arts explored in professional development workshop series

(Waterloo, Ont. – April 26, 2016) City of Waterloo invites artists, groups, and event organizers to participate in a professional development workshop series focusing on the business of the arts. Industry experts and panelists from across Ontario have been assembled to deliver workshops covering a broad range of topics including: press kits and portfolio development; insurance; safety and emergency planning; and, the new Municipal Alcohol Policy.

“Successfully managing an arts business or coordinating a community festival can be a challenge,” says arts and culture manager Astero Kalogeropoulos. “These workshop topics were identified by our local creative community as key areas where additional professional development support is needed.”

Industry experts engaged to speak as part of the series include:

• Paul Mitchell, president, Central Ontario Musicians Association, CFM Local 226

• Nicole Neufeld, director of public programs, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

• Bruce Pitkin, executive director, Theater Ontario

• Emma Quin, chief executive director, Craft Ontario

Workshops include:

• Preparing press kits and portfolios (May 5)

• Insurance for artists and arts organizers (May 10)

• Safety and emergency planning for artists and arts organizers (May 19)

This workshop series supports the City of Waterloo’s primary role in arts and culture which is to uncover creative potential, build community capacity for cultural expression, foster growth of the culture sector and nurture ideas that will transform the city. For more information about this or the city’s culture plan, visit www.waterloo.ca/arts&culture.

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Shelly Reed Communications specialist

519-747-8515

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shelly.reed@waterloo.ca