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Arts Management PD Day: From Strategy to Operations

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 December 12, 2019
 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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A limited number of subsidies are available for Creative Manitoba members. If cost is a barrier to participation, please contact Rachel Andrushuk at or phone 204-927-2787.


A full-day of learning for emerging to mid-career arts administrators and managers.

Topics covered:

  • Strategic planning
  • Human Resource basics
  • Organizational culture
  • Long-term planning



9:30 am: Registration & Coffee

10 am-12 pm: Strategic Planning Basics with Michelle Kully, Blueprint Inc.
Leave with a template for your new strategic plan! Bring your existing plan if you have one for expert help and feedback.

You’ll learn:
– Why a strategic plan is more critical now than ever before for arts organizations, artists and entrepreneurs
– Key components of a plan, definitions, and how to do it
– How to identify some of the most common challenges in creating and implementing a strategic plan and how to address them

12 pm: Lunch (provided)

1-2:30 pm: Human Resource Basics with Dan Furlan, HR Strategies
Smaller organizations do not typically have in-house HR staff. This session will show you how to apply HR basics for effective training, performance management, and other human resource related actions.

You’ll learn:
– How to develop clear and concise job descriptions as a foundation for performance management
– How to effectively manage performance and coach staff
– How to overcome obstacles quickly and objectively

2:45-4:15 pm: Organizational Culture and Getting It Done with Larry Desrochers and Camilla Holland
Good news! You’ve got a strategic plan and built the team to move it forward. But how do you balance your immediate tasks with the need for a long-range focus?

You’ll learn:
– How your strategic plan can guide you, your Board and your organization
– How to foster an organizational culture that manages both the present and the future
– How to respond to opportunities and crisis with energy and enthusiasm




Michelle Kuly, Principal, Blueprint Inc. has more than 15 years of experience in strategic planning, facilitation, and public engagement. During this time, she has worked with Creative Manitoba, social enterprise and other arts organizations including On Screen Manitoba, New Media Manitoba, Manitoba Music, Synonym Art Consultation and the Winnipeg Arts Council on strategic initiatives and strategic planning. Her understanding of the critical role strategic planning plays has made a difference for these organizations and for creative sector entrepreneurs as they work to navigate the challenges of resources and funding, sustainability, diversity, and engaging audiences, donors and build new markets.

She has paired her knowledge with an entrepreneurial drive to build a team at Blueprint to offer a complement of services to serve our clients’ needs. Michelle is on the Board of Directors for the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce. She is the founding chair of the Prairies Chapter of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) and is a practicing member of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) and IAP2. In 2019, Michelle was recognized as a finalist for Women Business Owners of Manitoba’s Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award.


Dan Furlan, CPHR/SHRM, HR Strategies Inc. has an extensive background in human resources in a wide range of sectors including the arts and community-based organizations. He is a past President of the Human Resources Management Association of Manitoba, a former Board Member at MTC, and several other boards as well. Dan has designed and taught many management seminars and college courses. In 2006, he established HR Strategies Inc. to provide support for smaller employers who do not have HR departments. In his work, he addresses the ongoing issues faced by front-line managers.

Dan will be available for future one-on-one consultations with participants from the workshop.


Camilla Holland is the Executive Director of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Canada’s first regional theatre. Prior to Royal MTC, Camilla was the General Manager at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre. Camilla has worked for a wide variety of professional theatres across Toronto, including large institutions (Canadian Stage Company), theatre for young audiences (Young People’s Theatre), new play developers (Factory Theatre), and creation-based companies (Volcano Theatre). She produced the SummerWorks Theatre Festival (1997 and 1998) and numerous independent productions. She was the Theatre Officer at the Toronto Arts Council for two years and worked in education and outreach, marketing and fundraising, production and touring.

Camilla is currently on the Board of Manitobans for the Arts, Canada’s National Theatre School, and St Mary’s Academy Foundation. Past Board roles include the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, where she continues as a core team member for the negotiations for the Canadian Theatre Agreement.


Larry Desrochers has held several leadership positions throughout his 35 years in the cultural sector. Now in his 20th season at Manitoba Opera, the company has experienced a creative and organizational renaissance under his leadership.  Prior to joining Manitoba Opera, Larry was the Executive Director of the Winnipeg Film Group.  In 1999, Larry produced and directed the Pan American Games opening and closing ceremonies featuring the reunion of The Guess Who.  He started his career at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre where he served as Associate Artistic Director and founded the Winnipeg Fringe Festival.

He is a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Winnipeg and a recipient of Opera America’s Distinguished Service Award.  He is a lifetime Honorary Member of the Winnipeg Film Group and a recipient of the Winnipeg Arts Council’s Making a Difference Award. Larry is a Past-Chair of and currently serves on the board of Opera America.


 December 12, 2019
 10:00 am - 4:30 pm


245 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3B 0S6

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