Shumka Centre Launches New How-to Guides, New Website to Support the Work of Creativity

September 21, 2020

Drawing on extensive networks of leading creative professionals, the Shumka Centre’s new publications bring decades of working expertise to community members.


The Shumka Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship at Emily Carr University has launched a new website and announced a host of new resources, including publications and an upcoming monthly series of online roundtable conversations curated by Ceci Moss.

A suite of sleek how-to guides, designed with help from student designer Nicole Yamamoto, are among the first publications to be released, with thirteen different booklets covering diverse topics such as How to Build Community, How to Price Your Work, and How to Create a Simple Project Budget.

Based on last year’s Skill Up Series — co-hosted with Career Development and Work Integrated Learning at ECU — and other recent Shumka Centre programs, the guides draw on the expertise of leading professionals including gallerist and curator Wil Aballe; artist and ECU Research Technician Sean Arden; artist and ECU Studio Technician Yang Hong; Executive Director of the BC Co-operative Association Andrea Harris; and Executive Director of the League of Innovators Joanna Buckowzska McCumber.

“The guides provide practical skills in areas that fall outside of regular curriculum learning, and are geared toward creative practitioners in any discipline,” says Kate Armstrong, Director of the Shumka Centre.

Developed in partnership with Career Development and Work Integrated Learning at ECU, the first thirteen how-to guides were published Sept. 11, with more to follow in the coming months.

 Shumka’s new website, branded by Vancouver’s Post Projects, is home to all of Shumka Centre’s many programs, which serve ECU students, alumni, community partners and the general public. Inaugurated in the fall of 2018 through a grant with Vancouver Foundation, the centre is the outcome of extensive consultation processes, case studies and other precedent research, and an institutional audit of existing initiatives, challenges, and opportunities.

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