October 9, 2019
Barry Hughson, Executive Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced the launch of Digital Reach, an exciting, multi-organization project to examine how the arts and culture sector can use screen technologies to reach new and existing audiences. #DigitalReach
Following the launch of Digital Stage, a project between the National Ballet, Canadian Opera Company and Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT) at Sheridan College that explores the possibilities of digital technologies, Digital Reach will help organizations use these technologies to create content and distribute it digitally to local, as well as global, audiences.
“Digital Reach is cultural organizations working together to use technology to connect with more people” said Mr. Hughson. “It expands upon the work we are doing with Canadian Opera Company and SIRT and the Digital Stage project. Through Digital Stage we are exploring the possibilities of new technology and with Digital Reach we are learning how to effectively implement and distribute it. These exciting new initiatives will help the National Ballet, and our peers, forge pathways towards a digital future, ensuring that we are effectively leveraging new technology to reach new audiences and to promote our art forms while creating sustainable practices that will change the way we do business.”
Led by the National Ballet and generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts Digital Strategy Fund and the City of Toronto, Digital Reach is a collaborative project with three consulting partners: Nordicity, Lord Cultural Resources and OCAD University. There are 12 partner Toronto arts organizations: The National Ballet of Canada, Canadian Opera Company, Dance Umbrella of Ontario, Esprit Orchestra, Gardiner Museum, Luminato, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Royal Ontario Museum, Tapestry Opera, TOLive, Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts and Toronto Caribbean Carnival.
Digital Reach will demonstrate how arts institutions can best deploy and develop content that can be integrated into audience engagement in a digital world. The project will equip partner organizations with knowledge around potential uses of technology, the technical and infrastructure requirements of capturing and storing content and the platforms to distribute the content. Digital Reach will connect partners with industry players such as distribution companies, content filming/capturing and allow them to test technologies through workshops with SIRT, motivating them to strategically consider their organizations’ content needs.
This multi-stage project will take place over the next three seasons.