Brainstorming Session

Board Matters

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m. 

Library, Arts Court 2 Daly Avenue Ottawa, ON


Thank you to everyone who attended the Creative Capital Exchange launch on Tuesday September 16, and the subsequent brainstorming sessions that followed in late September/early October. We collected great feedback as to challenges the Ottawa arts and culture community is facing, which we have already started using in building the upcoming sessions. 

At the Launch we asked attendees to share their thoughts related to one of the three streams by adding a comment card to the comment boxes. With more than 90 people in attendance we collected a wide range of concerns. We took that feedback and were able to filter it into seven to ten different themes for each of the streams. The brainstorming sessions focused on those themes to identify more in-depth challenges around those main areas of concern. Between the three streams' brainstorming sessions, we had more than 60 arts and culture workers and volunteers contribute thoughts and experiences. Based on these lively conversations, we have selected a few of the most common and pressing concerns to focus on for Phase 1: Exploring the Creative Capital. 

Please feel free to read through the notes from the brainstorming sessions (attached below). This will help give you a sense of the issues the community is identifying. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out. 


About facilitator Joel Secter, lawyer with the charity law firm Drache Aptowitzer:

Joel Secter is an Ottawa based lawyer who helps ensure the long-term success of arts organizations by making sure that legal problems do not distract from fulfilling their mission. He practices with Drache Aptowitzer LLP, recognized as one of Canada’s foremost experts in the law related to charities and non-profit organizations and in relation to all aspects of taxation of the arts and artists. He is an award-winning filmmaker who sits on a number of volunteer boards and regularly contributes to The Canadian Taxpayer, Canadian Fundraising & Philanthropy and Canadian Not-For-Profit News.

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