Evolution of the Arts in a Digital World
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Presents

Evolution of the Arts in a Digital World

June 22 & 23 POSTPONED

COVID-19 update for Evolution of the Arts in a Digital World Symposium:

After careful thought and much internal discussion and debate, the ESO and Winspear Centre have decided that it will be in the best interests of our participants and presenters if we postpone our symposium to 2021.

We want to be able to promote the symposium, build excitement, and make people feel safe; unfortunately, going forward in June will not allow us to do this. We put great consideration into moving our symposium fully digital; however, we ultimately decided that in order to provide the best experience for everyone involved, the symposium should be held in person, once it is safe to do so once more.

We are currently in the process of selecting new dates for the symposium, and will announce them as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kyra at symposium@winspearcentre.com or 780-401-2593.

The ways we can interact with the world around us are infinite, and today’s technologies are powerful engines for digital participation. On June 22 & 23, 2020, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) is hosting a two-day symposium featuring presenters with expertise in specific digital technology fields. Our presenter list includes leads from arts organizations that have experienced a recent digital transformation, as well as digital experts from around the world. The symposium's goal is to educate, inspire, and guide local arts organizations and orchestras across Canada through their exploration of and introduction to relevant digital technology.

Evolution of the Arts in a Digital World will provide arts organizations with the tools they need to determine how and when to implement technology and identify how technology can be used as a tool to help tell a story. In addition, the symposium will act as a guide to implementing specific technologies such as immersive and digital interactives in budget-friendly and thoughtful ways. Through example-driven, hands-on approaches, our symposium will give participants an introduction to integrating technology in their organizations with confidence.

Who Should Attend?

We encourage arts organizations and orchestras to join us in national conversation about the ways in which organizations can confidently and creatively include digital technology in their everyday functions. Our symposium is aimed towards a variety of participants, including:

  • CEOs who want to understand how to introduce digital initiatives to their organizations in ways that will connect patrons to their organizational purpose and story.
  • General Managers who want to understand how to create teams for digital operations, who needs to be involved in decisions regarding digital initiatives, and what the end benefits are of going digital.
  • Educators who want to expand their outreach activities to include imaginative and curriculum-focused digital learning experiences.
  • Audience Engagement Teams who want to find new ways to share their stories with patrons in meaningful, memorable ways.
  • Everyone who wants to understand the power that creatively used technology can have on a patron’s experience at, memory of, and affection for an organization.

To date, speakers at the symposium include experts from: 

  • ARUP
  • National Music Centre
  • University of Alberta
  • Edmonton Public Library

Any questions about the symposium should be directed to Kyra at symposium@winspearcentre.com or 780-401-2593.

This Symposium is made possible through the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts.