Arts, Culture, and Digital Transformation Summit

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Summit dates: November 22 – 24, 2019
Registration deadline: November 5*

Experience this three-day summit that is designed to ignite curiosity, confidence, and enthusiasm within Canadian art-making practices, which are facing a rapidly digitizing world.

By stimulating expansive imaginings of our digital futures — the good and the troublesome — we'll strive to create an ambitious vision for the role the arts must play in fostering creative, inspiring, and humane realities. To mobilize this vision, we will move beyond information-sharing toward concrete pathways to creation, production, and collaboration.

*Please note, registration is first come, first served as space is limited.

What does the summit offer?

The Arts, Culture, and Digital Transformation Summit moves from world to art to the audience, connecting the expansive with the practical. We will seek the intersection of two fundamental questions: Where are the arts needed in this disrupted world? And, what do the arts need to expand creative visions there? Join in this dialogue with a breadth of stakeholders including artists, arts and culture leaders, technologists, futurists, funders, policymakers, gamers, researchers, capitalists, and Marxists. 

Together we will absorb big questions around big data, delve into discoverability, and explore relationships with rapidly evolving audiences. We will investigate new modes of reality and new ways of making and disseminating creative expressions. We will encounter Indigenous views and practices, and explore how Indigenous voices inform our digital landscapes. We will seek to understand how Canada’s digital arts opportunity connects to larger strategies for our nation as a whole. 

Throughout the summit, an ongoing evaluation will surface key themes and concerns in conversations, and structure responsive dialogues. With luck, we will find ourselves in a transformational moment for how we might imagine, create, and occupy our digital selves and the worlds they call forth. 

Who should attend?

We welcome all who seek to contribute to a national conversation around the emerging pressures and opportunities arising in a hyper-digitized world, and how we find and make meaning there. The summit is aimed at a cross-section of cultural leadership including:   

  • Artists seeking to find the audacity to dream of the digital world with a critical, enthusiastic, expansive lens; while seeking increased practical literacy on how to navigate the wild world of digital opportunities
  • Cultural leaders seeking to adapt and evolve organizations, institutions and companies towards the realities of an increasingly digitized world
  • Technologists looking to build new practices and networks
  • Researchers eager to understand the emerging complications and opportunities surrounding digital literacy
  • Policymakers and funders striving to navigate the disrupted landscape of audiences, practices, indicators, and industries
  • Everyone who has come to realize the need to build new networks, new literacies, and new enthusiasm for a world that is increasingly of our own making

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Artist Passes*

To qualify for an artist pass you must be affiliated with one of the following organizations, or you may apply as an independent artist to Please follow these instructions if you wish to apply as an independent artist.


*Students and those affiliated with a not-for-profit organization may also apply for artist pricing.


Summit Pass

The Summit Pass grants artists full access to each educational session, lunch, and the keynote speakers at the summit that day.

Artist Summit Pass - $66 per day

Summit+ Pass

Upgrade to a Summit+ Pass. This upgrade grants attendees one night of accommodation in addition to the all-access pass to each educational session, lunch, and the keynote speakers at the summit that day.

Artist Summit+ Pass - $195 per day


Artist Passes

Delegate Passes

Summit Pass

The Summit Pass grants delegates full access to each educational session, lunch, and the keynote speakers at the summit that day.

Delegate Summit Pass - $122 per day

Summit+ Pass

Upgrade to a Summit+ Pass. This upgrade grants attendees one night of accommodation in addition to the all-access pass to each educational session, lunch, and the keynote speakers at the summit that day.

Delegate Summit+ Pass - $325 per day


Delegate Passes

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.


Summit Partners



Day 1: Digital Disruption

The Arts, Culture, and Digital Transformation Summit at Banff Centre explores four key areas, evolving from the expansive to the practical over three days. 

disruption. ideas. art. (AX)pectations.

We live in an era of self-driving car crashes, rigged elections, post-truth media, and the biggest wealth gap in history. Wasn't technology supposed to be good?

Today, we explore the breaking dream through the lens of big data, emerging digital identities, and the perspective of Indigenous practitioners.

Day 2: The Big Idea

As governments the world over transform arts policy and funding mechanisms for digital life, we contemplate the ideas and assumptions that lie behind this transformation. A surprisingly long history of digital arts in Canada informs our understanding of where we are on the continuum, how we fare globally, and where our future lies.

The Work, Work, Work of Art
The perspective of artistic practice has sometimes struggled to make it into our digital strategy discussions. In moving our practices into emerging spaces, we illuminate key challenges and opportunities associated with making the often-not-so-magic leap.

Day 3: Great (AX)pections

Digital landscapes are changing our audiences, their preferences, their patterns and their expectations. Online streaming, shifting artistic forms, and AI management of information systems are producing urgencies and rapidly evolving questions when it comes to our relationships with and understanding of audiences.

The structure of the Arts, Culture, and Digital Transformation Summit is designed to maximize emergent ideas and dialogue and employ strategies to capture salient themes throughout. The final day includes a yet-unprogrammed session, allowing us to workshop priorities as determined by you, the summit participant.

Through the intersection of these guiding themes we aim to inspire, challenge, and embolden leadership in digital arts practice at the level of art-making, institutional planning, post-secondary training and research, and cultural policy-making. We invite you to shape our digital future.