ClimateSense

CreativePEI and the River Clyde Pageant have partnered with the Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation to host artist Alexis Bulman as an intern in UPEI’s ClimateSense program. Bulman has been learning about climate change adaptation and exploring ways in which the arts can help people deal with anxiety associated with climate change by developing and delivering a series of community-engaged arts installations to inspire action on climate adaptation.

Status: In Progress

Creative Industries Employment Statistics

There is a lack of accurate culture sector employment statistics on a provincial level in Prince Edward Island. Statistics Canada provides sector-level data through its Cultural Satellite Account but there are serious granularity issues with their industry-level numbers. By developing better sector-level data we will be able to better identify employment gaps, and be able to create more effective programs and policies to address these gaps. 

Status: In Progress

Doors Open PEI

Doors Open PEI is an annual event that provides the opportunity for community members to go behind the scenes at arts and culture facilities and explore spaces that are normally off limits. First launched in 2019, Doors Open connects members of the public with some of Charlottetown’s best kept secrets and gives the community an opportunity to uncover some of the history and stories behind the buildings we share the city with.

Status: Planning for 2022

Dotgain PEI’s Creativity Conference

DotGain is PEI’s annual creative sector conference held each fall in collaboration with Holland College’s School of Visual Arts and other industry partners. This one-day professional development conference is specifically tailored to the visual arts communities of Prince Edward Island.

Status: Planning for 2022

Exhibition, Curation, and Management Training Program

A lack of curators in PEI has left some arts organizations without the managerial expertise and programming knowledge needed to organize and design art exhibitions. The Exhibition Curation and Management Training Program was designed to alleviate a shortage of curators, festival organizers, and gallery managers in the P.E.I.’s Visual Arts industry.

Status: On Hold

Film Industry Training Program

The rapid growth of the Film industry in PEI has led to an urgent need for skilled workers. We have been working with FilmPEI and educational institutions to develop training opportunities to address the skills gaps in the industry.

Status: In Progress

HIVE Cultural Entrepreneurship Incubator

Artists and other creative professionals often lack the business skills needed to make their careers thrive.

CreativePEI has run a creative entrepreneurship incubator program five times since 2014. The HIVE brings together emerging creative entrepreneurs with business experts and provides training on business strategy, marketing, and finance.

Status: In Planning

Island Arts Initiative

Creative industries workers and businesses have no organized online marketplace for their products and services so business opportunities are missed. In 2015, Culture PEI partnered with the Fédération Culturelle de l’ÎPÉ to conduct a study to develop a platform concept, conduct a needs assessment and validate the concept, and develop platform specification for an online directory to be housed on its website.

Status: In Progress

Living Lab

The Living Lab is a CreativePEI initiative delivered by SRL Solutions that provides training, group coaching, and mentoring support to 20 leaders in the Arts & Culture Sector on Prince Edward Island. This project was a direct response to the COVID-19 crisis and the significant impact it had on the Arts & Culture sector on PEI. The core of the Living Lab initiative is to reinforce that Arts & Culture organizations must first survive the pandemic for the Arts and Culture Sector to thrive once again.

Status: Ongoing

Organization and Leadership Skills Development

Many individuals find themselves in leadership positions in arts and culture due to their knowledge and expertise in the sector. However, those individuals may not possess all the skills needed in order to manage their organizations. CreativePEI works with not-for-profit organizations in the arts, culture and creative sectors to strengthen their capacity in governance, program development, financial administration and evaluation.

Status: Ongoing

Theatre Production Mentorship Program

Due to the seasonal nature of the economy on PEI theatres across the Island have difficulty recruiting qualified theatre production staff. Since 2016 CreativePEI has been running a theatre production mentorship program that provides on-the-job training to round out skills needed in order to enter the theatre production industry. Roughly 18 theatre graduates take part in the mentorship program every year. The program places the graduates at a variety of theatres across the Island to provide in-depth practical training and professional mentorship.

Status: Planning for 2022

Videogames Industry Strategic Planning

The video games industry on PEI has seen sustained growth and success over the course of the last two decades. However there is a need for a new and refreshed strategic plan to not only help maintain the pillars that have led to a globally competitive video game industry on PEI, but also to grow the sector to its full potential. An up to date industry-led plan is needed to ensure an up to date approach by all stakeholders and offer the strongest conditions for continued success. CreativePEI is partnering with VideogamesPEI to make this happen.

Status: In Progress

Workplace Harassment and Violence Policies Implementation

The Cultural Human Resources Council has developed a template of policies dedicated to tackling workplace harassment and violence. Creative PEI is committed to working alongside a wide range of creative sector organizations and partners on PEI to adapt, tailor, and implement policies that address the specific needs and employment circumstances within their organization.
Status: In Progress

Youth and Newcomer Career Engagement

Youth and newcomers would make valuable additions to the creative sector if they were made aware of opportunities available to them. This project plans to work alongside the PEI Department of Education and the PEI Association of Newcomers to Canada to ensure that youth and newcomers are made aware of career opportunities in the creative sector and the pathways available to them.
Status: In Progress

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Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that the land on which we operate is the traditional unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq Peoples. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq Peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1725. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations. We recognize that true reconciliation is an ongoing process. Acknowledging territory and First Peoples should take place within the larger context of genuine and ongoing work to forge real understanding, and to challenge the legacies of colonialism.