The Arts Summit conference in June gathered stakeholders to talk about a comprehensive arts and culture policy for British Columbia. Over two days, people gathered to discuss what could be the shape of this policy. I was there to anchor the keynotes, breakout groups and panel discussion with graphic recording visuals.
It was only once I was set up and my pens were ready … that I realized I was going to be drawing in front of a room full of artists. Many of whom draw much, much better than me. And of course I’m working in front of people who knew the topics much better than me, during a livestream …. But before I could let it get to me, I remembered my ‘facilitator ears’ were ready for the deep listening.
But of course, there wasn’t so much need to worry about my messy drawings – a room full of artists working towards a common goal is a very supportive environment. The visual learners were thrilled by the extra engagement piece, and the presenters were appreciative of seeing their words transformed into this keepsake. It was a fantastic feeling to work for my peers in the arts and culture field. I loved listening to their thoughtful ideas about innovation, resilience, collaboration and arts-based community building in the creative sector.
I encourage you to view the graphic recordings on the Arts Summit website and research the presenters:
I took a slightly different approach with this two-day conference. I decided to draw a graphic recording for each session, each at 5 feet by 4 feet. On one hand, this meant I was drawing almost flat-out the whole day, and they’re not as ‘beautiful’ as some of other images- but it gives us other benefits. Each session is recorded in as much detail as I could. This information, presented visually, will help support the organizers’ work of drafting a document and a consultation process. Along with the notes and video, they’ll have one more record of the work attendees and presenters poured into the sessions.
Sometimes, this means I choose “process” over “product” to get the ‘best’ result.
Here are 2 of 7 images as examples, each took about one hour.