Archiving for the Arts

Archiving for the Arts

Does your performing arts organization have archival records? Do you wonder what to do with digital materials? Do you want to use these records to tell your organization's story? We can help!

As part of our 35th Anniversary, Karen Jamieson Dance along with The Dance Centre are excited to partner with Simon Fraser University's Special Collections and Rare Books in inviting you to participate in a free roundtable discussion that will focus on records management and archival practices for performing arts organizations in Vancouver.

Supported in part by SFU's Community Engagement Initiative, we look forward to sharing best practices, answering your questions, hearing your stories and continuing the conversation in supporting this important work.


join us!

July 12th


Marcuse Studio
at The Dance Centre
677 Davie Street


Please RSVP through Eventbrite

Discussion facilitators will include:

Melissa Salrin:

Melissa Salrin is Head of Special Collections and Rare Books at Simon Fraser University. She is an adjunct lecturer for the iSchool at the University of Illinois where she earned an M.A. in history and M.L.I.S. She is interested in outreach, community-based collections, and examining archives as a political space.

Melanie Hardbattle:

A graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Master of Archival Studies program, Melanie Hardbattle has twenty years of archival experience in the Vancouver area. She has worked at the Simon Fraser University Library since 2009. In addition to her role as archivist for the Special Collections and Rare Books Division, she has served as acting head of the division from 2015-2017 and as the project coordinator for several of the Library’s digitization and community engagement projects.

Clare Asquith Finegan:

Graduating in 2016 from UBC’s Library Sciences Masters program, Clare has spent the last 3 years working as an archivist for Karen Jamieson Dance. She has over 10 years experience working in arts organizations of all different shapes and sizes and uses these experiences to shape many of the projects that run through the Karen Jamieson Archive. She is interested in accessible, community-based grassroots archiving.

Carolyne Clare:

Carolyne completed a Masters in Museum Studies at the University of Toronto in 2010, and has supported a range of dance legacy projects in Montreal, Toronto and New York City. She is currently a doctoral student at Simon Fraser University where her research focuses on the use and management of Vancouver-based dance records. Carolyne holds a Vanier CGS Scholarship.

Emma Metcalfe Hurst:

Emma is an artist, writer, organizer, maker, and recorder from Vancouver. She holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art & Design and is an incoming MAS student at UBC’s Information School in Fall 2019. She is currently the Project Coordinator for Recollective: Vancouver Independent Archives Week and the Creative Director of Coming Out of Chaos: A Vancouver Dance Story produced by Karen Jamieson Dance Society.


This event is brought to you by: Karen Jamieson Dance, Simon Fraser University, and The Dance Centre

For more information please contact us at Karen Jamieson Dance: or 604.687.6675