Rung #1: Getting Onto the Digital Ladder

How can you use digital tools to support your organization?

Wet your toes in the pond before diving in. These affordably priced 90-minute discussions will examine a specific digital topic or theme, from organizational management, to promotions and marketing, to creative expression. Open your eyes to the possibilities of digital.

Salons will take place starting January 2019 at the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture in downtown Vancouver unless otherwise noted.

For more information on the Salons, click here. Sign up to attend the sessions that interest you most! 



April 16 @ 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver Public Library, Central Library
350 W Georgia St., Vancouver
Alma VanDusen Room on Lower Level

No registration is required for this free session!

Case Study of a Scrappy Mobile Exhibit

Your budget is small, and your ideas are anything but? No problem here! This Salon is a crash course in creative production. You will learn how to evaluate and leverage open source tools and community resources. Join Barrie Adleberg as she takes you on an imaginative (and scrappy) retrospective about building an immersive exhibit series for an international non-profit. Participants will learn low-tech hacks to bring organizational stories and artifacts to life. Presented in partnership with Vancouver Public Library, this Salon is free for all attendees. The session will be livestreamed on the BC Alliance YouTube page. If you require ASL interpretation, please contact Joyce Wan at

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Barrie Adleberg

Barrie Adleberg is a mixed-media artist, educator and founder of Split Ends Media, an immersive design studio located in New York City. Split Ends specializes in museum curation and interactive documentary with the goal to bridge social and cultural divides and connect communities through non-linear storytelling. Barrie has diverse experience in research and educational technology with expertise in children's media. She has produced and evaluated content for entertainment studios, publishers and nonprofits. Her research has received funding from the National Science Foundation and is published in the ACM Digital Library and Kidscreen Magazine. Barrie is currently an associate and interaction designer with the Digital Storytelling Lab at Columbia University.

Her website is



April 30 @ 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver Public Library, Central Library
350 W Georgia St., Vancouver
Montalbano Family Theatre on level 8

No registration is required for this free session!

Digital Tools to Help You Create

No matter your artistic discipline or team size, there are plenty of apps and tools out there to help you take your work to the next level without having to sell an organ on the Dark Web for new hardware and software. Take a safari through the App Store jungle and discover the tools that will turn your phone into a machine of pure creation. This session will cover apps for iOS and Android, as well as best practices for leveraging mainstream cross-platform applications (and what you have under the sink). Suitable for theatre-makers, musicians, arts technicians, writers, sketchers, painters, and electronic artists. Presented in partnership with Vancouver Public Library, this Salon is free for all attendees. The session will be livestreamed on the BC Alliance YouTube page. If you require ASL interpretation, please contact Joyce Wan at

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Jordan Matthew Yerman

Jordan Matthew Yerman is a Vancouver-based writer, photographer, and artist who has worked and presented in over a dozen countries. His work has appeared in publications ranging from Wallpaper, APEX Experience, and the Vancouver Observer to Love Meow, Gripped, and the Canadian Avalanche Journal. (His photos of people doing yoga with cats were featured on Buzzfeed that one time.) He has presented at the International Symposium on Electronic Art in Hong Kong and Manizales, Colombia; as well as BIL and ProductYVR in Vancouver. His artwork explores questions around human, plant, and machine relationships. He is the creator of Misunderstood, which explores the tense relationship between performer and AI language translator; as well as the co-creator of Street Cat Photo Booth, which helps feral cats post selfies to social media.



Salons are presentation-style sessions with experts in the field who will discuss their topic and how it can be applied to the arts in particular. They are a way to get information about specific tools or concepts and how you can use them in your individual work or organization.

Each session is 90 minutes including the presentation and questions. Salons will cover a range of topics (see above for examples), and we will continue to add topics and speakers to the list as they are confirmed.

Anyone can attend! Choose the subjects that are most interesting to you.


FEES Per Session

BC Alliance Member Rate: $10
Non-Member Rate: $15
Sessions presented in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library (The Podcast Primer, April 9; Case Study of a Scrappy Mobile Exhibit, April 16; Digital Tools to Help You Create, April 30) are free for all participants.




If you're outside the Lower Mainland, or are otherwise unable to attend these salons in person, watch and submit your questions from where you are with live online access. To join us digitally, select the Livestream option from the registration form. You will receive a link to the video by email.    

If you have any questions about livestreaming, contact Joyce Wan, administrative coordinator, at 604 681 3535 (201) or

i can’t attend the event during the scheduled time. Can I watch the video recording afterwards?

While we understand that scheduling conflicts occur, we are not able to offer viewings outside of the scheduled time. Please do your best to ensure that you can attend Salons for which you have registered. See below for our cancellation policy.


We are proud to offer ASL interpretation for our Digital Ladders programming. Please indicate on the registration form whether you will require ASL interpretation.


48 hours cancellation notice is required to obtain a full refund.

What is the deadline to register for the salons?

We accept registrations until 4:00 p.m. on the day of the Salon.


Previous SALONs

Leveraging Video

Date: January 8, 2019
Facilitator: Robert Ouimet


Date: January 22, 2019
Facilitator: Phillip Kang Sun Djwa

Virtual Reality for the Arts

Date: February 5, 2019
Facilitator: Vincent McCurley

Location-Based Immersive Experiences

Date: February 19, 2019
Facilitator: Steve Peters

From Creative Vision to Finding Digital Tools

Date: February 26, 2019
Johnny Kalangis

Digital Tools to Collaborate Online

Date: March 12, 2019
Phillip Kang Sun Djwa

The Podcast Primer

Date: April 9, 2019
Facilitator: Robert Ouimet
Watch a recording of this session here!