As a small organization, mainly volunteer driven, we use social media as a team sport.
Here’s a summary of our various platforms that have all been added to our Network page!
• website (the “marquee”)- is always present to communicate our mission and core values; it is a central access point to welcome people in and provide information and an introduction to CACV.
• e-newsletter (the “sandwich board”) actively broadcasts information to the community every few weeks about CACV events and initiatives. It also contains some CACV generated content (articles, artist interviews, etc.). You can find past newsletters here. We usually send out three per month each with a specific focus: community arts in Vancouver, Downtown Eastside community arts news and Community-engaged environmental art.
• Ning site (online “community centre”)- a virtual gathering place for people to meet, connect, organize, share ideas, etc. The membership on the site has been slowly increasing to 224 as of November 20. Since we pretty virtual – it’s a great place for new volunteers to meet each other. A favorite profile question is: If we meet you at an event, how will we recognize you?
• facebook– regular CACV updates on the granddaddy of social networking sites.
• twitter– provides regular short updates about CACV activities and other local community arts events.
Some of our friends and followers are interested in particular aspects of what we’re up to, so we now have a smaller presence for Eco-Arts Salons and Future of Community Arts.
Twitter: EcoArtsSalon and ArtsFutureYVR
We’ve started using timely.is which is a great boon to a team who don’t want to leave gaps or duplicate postings.