Arts Consultants 2.0: Where are you?

At Greg Baeker‘s invitation, I was asked to speak to Arts Consultants Canada, an emerging association of consultants to arts organizations. I introduced them to some ideas about how the web is transforming the context and (perhaps) the practice of arts consulting and the work of arts organizations.

I am concerned that the lack of awareness in the arts community in general about the changes happening as a result of the Web is putting at risk their long-term sustainability and relevance. There is a massive generational shift underway, and I am concerned that because of profoundly different uses of media, much of our cultural heritage is at risk of not making the leap across the chasm in a way that can sustain relevance for the future.

We’ve had the Cluetrain Manifesto for 8 years now.
Who is developing a Culture Manifesto for the Web Age?

Are you an arts consultant who needs to understand the web? Are you a web person who wants to work with arts consultants? I encourage you to identify yourself in the comments to this blog post, and hopefully we can bring these two solitudes together in some useful way.

I’ve uploaded my slides, feel free to share them:

5 thoughts on “Arts Consultants 2.0: Where are you?”

  1. Hi Mark – I’d love to chat with you some time. I’m involved with a group called Emerging Arts Professionals (, and have worked in the arts for years, most recently at the ROM where I was involved in trying to launch a ROM blog (posted about here: I am extremely passionate about exactly the issue you bring up in this post. Looking forward to hearing from you!

  2. CreativeCamp is an excellent idea. Calgary Arts Development has employed Open Space Technology in community engagement events and it works very well. We were just talking this morning about setting up a regular event for the creative sector.

    I love the Cluetrain reference. There is certainly a gap here that you could drive a CultureTrain through.

  3. There are a lot of us experimenting with the idea of open creative communities – their self-organizing practices, how to enable them and exploring what they are capable of.

    I’m happy to help get CreativeCamp off the ground here in Toronto, but it would be even better to have a cross-Canada network of CreativeCamps.

    This is already happening with BarCamps, DemoCamps, StartupCamps, etc.

    May a thousand campfires ignite across the land!

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