The Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference (ARCA) is hosting a moderated session on the future of conferences in the arts and is seeking your feedback on how to move forward. With digital models being fine-tuned and pandemic pressures lessening in many regions, the expectation to begin meeting in person again has surfaced. Considering the changes that have taken place and new digital infrastructures that exist, what physical, digital or physical/digital hybrid models should be implemented? Can we establish increased continuity between discussions and conferences by having more actions take place in a given year? Should we stay with large-scale events rotating through regions or has demand, capacity and an eagerness for exchange increased enough to justify doing more?

This town hall aims to explore these questions as a collective way of establishing a path forward for ARCA. Our goal is to seek a better understanding of what can take place digitally and in-person to ensure that connections between people and places are maintained. We are seeking insights, critiques, and all forms of questioning within a care-based and generative space. Please bring enthusiasm towards making change. All are welcome.

February 24th, 2022 at 8:30pm NST / 8pm AST / 7pm EST / 6pm CST / 5pm MST / 4pm PST*


The Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference/La Conférence des collectifs et des centres d’artistes autogérés (ARCA) makes every effort to be transparent in its actions as our way of being clear with intentions while providing opportunities to create discourse within the arts. Our town hall sessions have several identified roles within any session as our way of being clear about intentions and ensuring effective communication. We acknowledge that our provided structure is not the only structure available and remain open to additional ideas and formats. Currently our town hall sessions have various presenters identified within roles such as speakers, facilitators, moderators as well as participants all which are identified below (Appendix A). These roles are only defined and shared for the purposes of effective communication as ARCA remains open to updates and changes in our meeting structures and formats. This town hall event includes the following presenters:

Speaker: Clayton Windatt (they/them) As ARCA’s Executive Director, Clayton Windatt will be leading the discussion on the future of conferences during this town hall session seeking the exchange of insights and concerns, welcoming all contributions with open-mindedness. 

Clayton Windatt is a curator, multi-arts performer and filmmaker living and working in Ontario. As the former Executive Director of the White Water Gallery, Indigenous Curatorial Collective and current Executive Director of the Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference, Clayton has an extensive history working in Artist-Run Culture and Community Arts. Clayton maintains contracts with various governments, colleges and non-government organizations as a writer, consultant and knowledge broker negotiating between peoples, places and communities. Clayton works in/with community, design, communications, curation, performance, theatre, technology, consulting, and is a very active artist.