About The Conference


The Northern Conference for the Arts

In partnership with several cultural spaces within Northern Ontario, the White Water Gallery (WWG) initiated a large-scale project, “Dream Big: The Northern Conference for the Arts”.  In addition to furthering the WWG mandate of advancing the public’s appreciation of the arts in Ontario, Dream Big aimed to explore issues of regional relevance as well as those that impact both Northern Ontario and the greater arts community of Canada.

Over one hundred and fifty people — including artists, government culture-sector workers, arts administrators, and arts supporters — attended the conference in North Bay from May 27th – 30th, 2015. 


“Dream Big” promotes enthusiasm for the possibilities of the arts within the current funding climate. The subtext of “Dream Big” is both a statement of our times and a proactive call to never give up on our future. In response to the ever-changing conditions in which art is conceived, produced, and engaged, we say:

Don’t be discouraged.

Don’t give up.

Don’t be ashamed to DREAM BIG.