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Call for 4 no-fee presentations before September 30, 2014

Please submit brief proposals by January 31

January 8, 20148 January 2014

As part of the Statistical Insights on the Arts series, Kelly Hill will conduct four presentations in 2013-14 for no speaking / preparation fee. The speaking fee (covering preparation time) is funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council in conjunction with their funding of the Statistical Insights on the Arts series.

Presenting organizations must pay for Kelly’s travel and accommodation expenses related to attending the event.

We are seeking brief proposals for four “no-fee” presentations between February 24 and September 30, 2014. The no-fee presentations will be chosen by Hill Strategies, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council.

Priority will be given to presentations based on the findings from recent or forthcoming Statistical Insights on the Arts reports, including topics such as:

  • Diversity and Arts Attendance (Attendance by immigrants, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, official language minorities, youth, and seniors. Report forthcoming in February 2014)
  • A Statistical Profile of Artists in Canada (forthcoming in March or April 2014)
  • Artists in Canada’s provinces and large cities (forthcoming in June 2014)
  • Volunteers and Donors in Arts and Culture Organizations in Canada in 2010 (report released in March 2013)
  • The Arts and Individual Well-Being in Canada (report released in January 2013)

A synthesis of the findings of different reports in the Statistical Insights on the Arts series (e.g., for a specific geographic area) would also be possible.

Other priorities for the no-fee presentations include:

  • Conducting presentations in various parts of the country.
  • Supporting artists, arts organizations and associations by providing them with up-to-date information on the arts sector.
  • Reaching business groups, politicians and other “decision-makers” who want more information about the arts and culture in communities.
  • Presentations with regional or national impact.

Please send your brief proposal (1 or 2 pages is fine, Word format preferred), containing the following information, via email to by 5 PM Eastern time on Friday, January 31, 2014:

  • Proposed name, date and location of meeting / conference / event
  • Host organization(s)
  • Session information (desired length / plenary or workshop?)
  • Expected number of attendees
  • General information regarding the background of expected attendees (e.g., artists, arts organization representatives, other cultural workers, business people, politicians, etc.)
  • Potential impacts of the presentation (i.e., what you expect attendees to take away from the session)
  • If part of a conference or speaker series, please indicate the typical content, scope and attendance at previous conferences or sessions of a similar nature.
  • Please indicate (as specifically as possible) how Kelly Hill’s presentation would assist in achieving the goals of the conference or session.

Presentations can be conducted in English, French or in both official languages. Proposals for webinar presentations are eligible if the host organization provides access to webinar technology.

Presentations are generally treated as "mini-research projects", involving customized preparation and background research.

Recent no-fee presentations include:

  • Saskatchewan Arts & Culture Statistics and Data Gaps, Saskatchewan Arts Alliance, Regina, March 2013.
  • Factors in Canadians’ Arts Attendance, Arts Consultants Canada, Toronto, February 2013.
  • Arts and Culture in Nova Scotia: Stats and Gaps, Arts Nova Scotia / Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council / Nova Scotia Communities, Culture & Heritage, October 2012.
  • Arts in Small Canadian Communities (Les artistes dans les petites villes et en région rurale), Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick, Dieppe, New Brunswick, March 2012.
  • Engaging Audiences:  Directions and trends in visual arts attendance, visitor engagement, giving and voluntarism, McMichael Gallery, Kleinburg, Ontario, March 2012.
  • Toward a Better Understanding  of the Arts in the Alberta  Economy and Society, Alberta Museums Association, Edmonton Arts Council, Edmonton Heritage Council and MacEwan University, Edmonton, March 2012.
  • Audiences, markets and motivations in the performing arts (Arts de la scène : publics, marchés et motivations), Performing Arts Alliance (bilingual webinar), February 2012.

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