We’ve found a winning program to facilitate introductions among DTES folk involved with community arts. Come and meet 5-8 other people you may know or have intended to get to know (or wish you’d known about!)
View photos from our session in November during Heart of the City Festival.
We introduce ourselves as people first! Then look (and like and share) each others’ facebook pages and posts. After a short break (coffee provided thanks to the UBC Learning Exchange), we resume and check out our twitter accounts and posts.
Along the way, we share information about upcoming DTES events and other organizations any of us connect up with.
At our last one (the fourth social media network session), we all agreed this was a winning formula – useful on many fronts – along the way most people learn some tips and tricks about social media – and pretty much everyone felt it was a pleasant and engaging session.
Sessions are scheduled for the 1st Thursday 2-4pm and the 3rd Monday 10am-12noon at UBC Learning Exchange.
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Here’s what we typically do:
15 minutes- Mary: introduce the objectives – making connections on line (rather than technical learning)
Introductions of participants – their name, organization, how they currently use social media
15 mins – Looking at – and liking – some DTES organizations and arts organizations. The examples we used were Gallery Gachet, CARFAC and Geist Magazine (drawn from interests of group)
We all liked them and looked for a post to like and comment on.
25 mins – Introducing each other with our facebook pages – liking and commenting again
5 mins – short break
30 mins – Twitter – Mary demonstrates the DTES list @CommunityArtYVR and how to follow and add to lists
Finding and following some DTES organizations and then finding and following each other
20 mins – timely.is – show benefits of using timely for scheduling posts; showing performance and collaborating on posts
10 mins – wrap-up – sharing something you’ve learned and something you’ll do with what you’ve learned
Close – clean-up and saying farewell!
Blog post from August:
Our Monday August 20 session was great. Lots of great connections online and in person. Although gathered to do social media, I loved the part where Shelimar on hearing I was heading to Gallery Gachet decided to come with me. There she encountered two boxes of frames they were giving away – Now they’ve gone to the art studio at Mission Possible. Two of the Gachet folk even carried them out to her car.