Digital Innovation Council for Arts and Culture

Digital Innovation Council for Arts and Culture

In the latter part of 2020, with COVID-19 having wreaked havoc in much of the arts and, in particular, the event-reliant sectors, and with the final intake of the Digital Strategy Fund complete as of September 30th, the time is now to connect and consolidate rapidly what we all have learned and carry forward. This nation-wide effort is designed to:

  • instigate conversation on the digitization of the arts, and what it takes to ensure the majority of benefits flows to artists and creators, not technology companies and consultants.
  • be the catalyst for visionary, collaborative initiatives for a thriving Canadian arts and culture eco-system in the digital age and the digital world.

Show and tell on October 19, 2020 a success!

115 people from every corner in Canada registered and 75 participated (despite a Zoom hiccup happening making logging on more difficult)

The report will be published around November 20.

Let’s make sure we can find your digital project, understand its purpose and know who the key people working on it are; please share it in this open Google Doc.

What’s your project? Got a link? Let me know!

Deepen and apply digital concepts today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow.

Deepen and apply digital concepts today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow.

Inga is spearheading Making Tomorrow Better (TODAY): Taking Digital Action in the Performing Arts for Atlantic Presenters Association and its partners in Northern and Western Canada.

Webpage for Digital Innovation Council for Arts and Culture Digital Showcase for the Performing Arts, Magnum Opus Management (website coming soon)

Public Place Network: Community Access Streaming  Network, led by Doug Berquist

DigitalASO, led by Jessa Agilo (ArtsPond) and Margaret Lam (Bemused Network).  Inga is the Northern Canada Representative.

ArtsPond hosts several other important digital and equity projects: Research Insights: Designing a cooperative digital future for managing the arts – Hatch Open, Artse United, I Lost my Gig Canada (COVID)

Future Perfect: Developing new models for online, hybrid and physical conference experiences, BC Museums Association & Heritage BC. Managed by Inga with Jason Guille and Lynn Feasey.

Culture A National Knowledge graph for the Performing Arts

CAPACOA: Linked Digital Future Initiative.  explores new ways including geo-location to connect audiences with the visual art.

Digital Innovation Group/Vancouver Island, Arts Council of Ladysmith & District and partners


(with funding by Canadian Heritage)
Digitizing the Performing Art

Media Coverage


Since our initial explorations during The Value of Presenting: A Study of Performing Arts Presentation in Canada (©2011-2013; CAPACOA/Strategic Moves), we’ve worked to galvanize an important conversation about our digital future in the  performing arts sector.

In January 2015 Inga Petri (Strategic Moves) gave a seminal presentation at CAPACOA’s national conference on Breaking the Fifth Wall: Digitizing the Performing Arts. This presentation set out the challenges of the digital world for content providers and intermediaries and proposed a compelling vision of a digital future where the Canadian performing arts sector owns a new generation digital distribution platform. Interest in digital innovation and the need for a comprehensive study and, ultimately, a digital action plan, was solidified at CAPACOA’s national conference in November 2015, resulting in the formation of the Digital Innovation Council for the Performing Arts.

As Inga’s practice extends far beyond the performing arts, she has started this broader Digital Innovation Council for Arts & Culture to hold regular conversations among digital practitioners across disciplines.

Consultation Summaries