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. Click here for the location and map. The February 26 session, From Creative Vision to Finding Digital Tools, will take place at the Museum of Vancouver (map here).

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


Location-Based Immersive Experiences

February 19 @ 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

BC Alliance for Arts + Culture
100-938 Howe St., Vancouver

Registration closes at 4:00 p.m. on the day of the session, so please register early.

Location-Based Immersive Experiences

They’re not just for catching Pokémon! Geolocation-based apps are inspiring us to get off the couch and out of the house in new and exciting ways! Join Steve Peters as he explores the use of mobile location technology to turn the real world into your creative canvas, and how specific locations and environments can trigger engagement and immersive interaction for games, tours, events, and education. Current technology, design, and applications (games, installations, walking tours, etc.) will be examined and discussed.


Steve Peters

Steve Peters is the Founder and Chief Interactive Officer of No Mimes Media. An Emmy-winning experience designer, Steve has worked on some of the world’s biggest and most innovative interactive experiences, including design and consulting work for Disney Imagineering R&D, Google, Microsoft, PBS, Legendary Television and Niantic Labs. His work has spanned games, interactive entertainment and education, live events and puzzles, with some of his latest appearing in a Super Bowl commercial.

In addition to founding No Mimes Media, Steve was VP of Experience Design at Fourth Wall Studios, overseeing a wide range of new media, VR/AR and transmedia projects, including the interactive series “Dirty Work” and “6 Minutes to Midnight” experience for the feature film “Watchmen.”

For more on Steve, visit our Faculty page.


From Creative Vision to Finding Digital Tools

February 26 @ 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Museum of Vancouver
100 Chestnut St., Vancouver

Registration closes at 4:00 p.m. on the day of the session, so please register early.

From Creative Vision to Finding Digital Tools

Johnny Kalangis is a digital media producer, creative director and filmmaker who has worked in multiple traditional and emerging media types for over 20 years. Recently, he created a series of interactive film installations for Nuit Blanche in Toronto, starting from artistic concepts he had absolutely no idea how he would build, with a particular interest in encouraging audience interactivity and creating environments that react to visitors.

He’ll share his journey through the trials, errors and successes of creating an interactive experience and working with microprocessors (think Arduino and Raspberry Pi) and software like Pure Data and VVVV.

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Johnny Kalangis

Johnny Kalangis, Digital Creative Executive, is an internationally-acclaimed feature film writer/director, who develops digital media and interactive content from games to web series to viral videos. The last two decades have seen Johnny as V.P. Creative Director, Digital at marblemedia where he led the company to multiple award nominations and nods as well as increasing audience digital engagements by the millions. Before that, Johnny was Executive in Charge of Digital and Interactive Entertainment at CBC working with A-list properties such as Opening Night, Being Erica and The Rick Mercer Report.



March 12 @ 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

BC Alliance for Arts + Culture
100-938 Howe St., Vancouver

Registration closes at 4:00 p.m. on the day of the session, so please register early.

Digital Tools to Collaborate Online

Today, virtual collaboration is becoming an important part of non-profits. Whether for time-efficiency, greater focus, increased travel, environmental impact, or hiring far-flung talent, people are writing, sharing and dreaming together online. How can your organization make geographic distance less of a barrier in collaboration? This session will provide an overview introduction, case studies and an adaptable list of tools.


Phillip Kang Sun Djwa

Phillip Kang Sun Djwa, MFA, is passionate about the opportunities for technology to inform social change. He is a creative technologist and digital strategist with more than 20+ years experience in business, design, digital media and film/TV. His clients are First Nations, government, progressive orgs and social venture companies. He has deep knowledge of running your own agency and designing campaigns for social change, including the behavioural and strategic digital tactics to deploy. He is an accomplished facilitator, thinker and successful entrepreneur. Djwa sits on the board of the BC Arts Council,, the Vancouver Fringe, the City of Vancouver Arts and Culture Policy Council and is a business mentor for new immigrants at MOSAIC.



April 9 @ 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver Public Library, Central Library
350 W Georgia St., Vancouver

No registration is required for this free session!

The Podcast Primer

Want get into podcasting, but aren’t sure where to start? Already started, and want to improve your show? This session is meant to give a beginner a leg up on how to prepare, produce and launch their podcast. We’ll break down the elements that go into creating a podcast, step by step. You’ll get practical tips on bringing your story to life, episode after episode. This session is aimed at people working in the arts community, but is appropriate for anyone thinking of getting started with podcasting. Learn valuable tips that will save you time and money down the road. Presented in partnership with Vancouver Public Library, this Salon is free for all attendees. The session will be livestreamed on the BC Alliance Facebook page.


Robert Ouimet

Robert Ouimet’s audio background dates back to 1972 when he took a part-time job in high school as an announcer at his local five-thousand watt radio station. He’s been a radio journalist, street reporter and morning show host. In the mid 1980s, he started what would become a 22-year-long career as a radio producer for CBC, working in Winnipeg, Toronto and Vancouver. After leaving CBC to become a consultant, Robert started podcasting both for fun and for his clients. Some of his early podcast productions were for Raincoast Books in 2005, including a three-part series with chef and author Anthony Bourdain. Over the years, Robert has produced podcasts about topics as diverse as organic gardening, new technology, and estate litigation. He continues to create podcast series for clients, as well as providing podcast consulting for clients in Canada and the US.



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

Vancouver Public Library, Central Library
350 W Georgia St., Vancouver

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 Facebook page.

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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

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 Facebook page.

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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