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

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

PEI’s Creative Portfolio

What is PEI’s Creative Portfolio? CreativePEI is currently working with a local web development firm to create a beautiful and feature-rich online directory that will gather relevant information on the amazing individuals, businesses, and organizations that make up PEI’s creative sector. The Portfolio website will provide a space online for creatives to promote their work to local and global audiences who are actively seeking information on our province or members of our sector. This initiative will both connect creators and market their efforts, leading to greater collaboration and work opportunities. Why Now? In March of 2021, CreativePEI received funding through the Canada Council of the Arts’ Digital Strategy Fund to conduct a feasibility study in collaboration with a number of key arts and culture organizations on PEI to determine their members’ needs in relation to the creation of a new digital strategy for our sector. Innovation PEI and TourismPEI were also...

Research

This page links to a collection of relevant research into national, regional and provincial Culture Sectors.
Resources are listed in reverse chronological order.

Status: Ongoing

Research in Residence: Arts’ Civic Impact

Researcher Emma Bugg is pursuing a Master of Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University. As part of Mass Culture’s Researchers in Residence: Arts’ Civic Impact initiative, she will explore the intersections of art, climate change, and environmental sustainability to develop an impact framework to better understand, amplify, and enhance the contributions of the arts towards addressing the climate crisis.

Status: In Progress

Riverworks

Prince Edward Island has over 1100 km of highly erodible sandstone coastline. The island’s shorelines face significant threat and degradation due to their sensitivity to sea level rise, storms and increased development. The Riverworks project will see three artists create outdoor public artworks exploring ecological transformation through their distinct creative practices. Each artwork will be installed at one of three living shorelines in Charlottetown and Stratford.

Status: In Progress

Riverworks Group Exhibition

This past summer three living shorelines were constructed along the Hillsborough River to strengthen eroding shores. In tandem with this construction, the Riverworks project commissioned three land-based artworks to be created. At the Tea Hill shoreline Kirstie McCallum constructed Pollinator Clock, at the QEH shoreline Doug Dumais performed Shoreline Palimpsest, and at the Stratford Waterfront Alexis Bulman installed Lillian’s Place. These three artists will share new artworks at a group exhibition held at the Beaconsfield Carriage House March 31 to April 4.

The Creative Well-Being Initiative

This Initiative will create connections between the arts and mental health communities in order to identify ways in which we can collaborate to address mental well-being on PEI. It will enlist the help of the mental health community in promoting the mental well-being of arts workers who often struggle with the emotional strains of making creative work, difficult working conditions, and precarious employment. It will also identify ways that artists can support the mental health community by using art as a means of promoting mental well-being.

Status: In Progress

Theatre Production Mentorship Program

Due to the seasonal nature of the PEI economy, Island theatres 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 program graduates take part in the program every year.

Status: Planning for 2022

Videogames Industry Strategic Planning

The video games industry on PEI has seen sustained growth and success over the last two decades. However, there is a need for a refreshed strategic plan to help maintain the pillars that have fostered a globally-competitive video game industry on PEI, and to grow the sector to its full potential. We are partnering with VideogamesPEI to create an industry-led plan that will ensure all stakeholders engage in the up-to-date approach needed for continued success.

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.