Registration Now Open for OMA Annual Conference 2018
This year's OMA Conference theme Collaborating for Impact examines how museums can more effectively and efficiently serve the public through the establishment of dynamic and innovative partnerships with a variety of different actors both within and outside of the sector, including but not limited to: government, other cultural institutions, education, individuals, and non-profits.
Building on different examples of successful (or failed!) sectoral and non-sectoral models, Collaborating for Impact looks at the connections museums form in their communities and serves to provide a fresh approach to the role of museums in contemporary society. Learn More
Artscape Presents: Innovations in Creative Space and Placemaking Study Tour
Hosted by Artscape in association with the City of Toronto and World Cities Culture Forum, Innovations in Creative Space and Placemaking has been designed to help leaders unlock the creative potential of their communities.
Innovations in Creative Space and Placemaking is not a simple ‘show-and-tell’ study tour but a deeply immersive journey focusing on new approaches to building and sustaining space for culture. It features some of Toronto’s most interesting cultural spaces, and a highly accomplished roster of speakers and tour guides as well as impromptu performances. Wherever possible the program has been designed to be interactive, to take advantage of the leadership and experience that delegates will bring from many partsof the world. Lunches and dinners in extraordinary locations will allow delegates to reflect on what they have experienced with their peers and build lasting relationships. Learn More
Arts Development: Policies & Programs
Arts and culture contribute toward our oft-celebrated quality of life and the well-being of Ontarians. The Ontario culture strategy has helped set a new path forward for Ontario’s thriving culture sector. The implementation of the strategy is well underway and was informed by a robust consultative process.
The creative sector is underpinned by the innovative, quality work of Ontario artists. Our pluralistic culture makes Ontario a great place for creatives, and for creative industries, to invest and work.
We call on the Government of Ontario to…
Review the Ontario culture strategy every five years to ensure ongoing innovative artistic and cultural development is reflective of Ontario’s many peoples. Considerations may include:
- Inter-Ministerial collaboration (Seniors Affairs, Education, Health, etc.)
- Inter-governmental relations
- Province-wide arts engagement in a plurality of cultural expressions.
- Cultural economic development
- Skills training and career development to strengthen the cultural workforce
- Specialized pre-professional training for artists
- Policy renewal: Indigeneity, Franco-Ontarian, Racialized populations, diverse abilities, etc.
- Status of the Artist review and renewal
- Digital adaptation, etc.
Learn more: Connections and Resilience through the Arts
Ontario Supporting Tourism, Job Growth in the North
Ontario is helping communities create jobs and boost economic growth by supporting projects that will revitalize, expand and increase accessibility in the province's Northern tourism sector. Learn More
Canadian Art Gallery Educators Symposium 2018: Making Learning Visible
A dynamic four days of programming includes hands on writing workshops with Kris Wetterlund (Director of Education and Interpretation at the Corning Museum of Glass and founder/editor of Museum-Ed), presentations by Judith Koke (most recently Chief of Public Programming at the Art Gallery of Ontario), an interactive experience with Peter Morin (Tahltan Nation artist, writer, curator, and educator), and intimate discussions with our peers. Click here to learn more.
Three Artists Shortlisted for $50k Scotiabank Photography Award
The award winner, to be announced on May 8, will receive a $50,000 cash prize, an exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre during the 2019 Contact Photography Festival, and a book of their work published by Steidl. Overall, the award aims to recognize the achievements of established mid-to-late-career photo-based artists. Click here to learn more.
2018 Ontario Budget
The 2018 Ontario Budget: A Plan for Care and Opportunity was released March 28th. Although the document promises significant investment in health care, child care, and mental health, it does not mention any significant changes in regards to arts funding. Learn More
A New Visual, Media and Performing Arts Space
The creation of a new visual, media and performing arts space will become reality at 176 Lakeshore Drive in North Bay.
It is the result of a partnership between the Nipissing Region Curatorial Collective (NRCC), the Department of Canadian Heritage and Pronor Developments. The new galleries, known as NOVAH, will be an integral part of a new “Innovation and Co-working Hub” that focuses on Arts, Wellness and Commerce called coworking176.space. Learn More
Round The Block Public Round Tables
Groundstory is a cross-sectoral effort to identify and address the effects of gentrification on the arts in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, and across Canada through a deep commitment to shared learning online.
Facilitated by ArtsPond with generous funding from Ontario Trillium Foundation, upcoming activities include Round the Block public roundtables in Toronto (May 3) and Hamilton (May 7). At these free events, vulnerable arts and culture workers impacted by the lack or loss of affordable and accessible spaces and housing are invited to share their perspectives in an open community dialogue. Learn More
Ontarians for the Arts
Ontarians for the Arts is an inclusive non-partisan movement intent on promoting the benefits of the arts in every city, community and reserve.
A discussion paper was developed in consultation with leaders from across Ontario to encourage dialogue on a range of relevant issues with various stakeholders in the arts and culture sector, including everyday Ontarians and politicians of every stripe. The final version was released in February.
Arts Days Across Ontario: In the lead-up to the provincial election on June 7, Ontarians for the Arts will engage with as many MPPs and Candidates as possible, in as many ridings as possible. Click here to learn more.
Monitoring and Evaluation in Art for Social Change
This toolkit is for anyone interested in evaluating a community-based health promotion or social equity initiative, whether you are a member of a community organization, an artist, a community organizer, an advocate, an activist, a health promotion practitioner, a community development planner, a funder, or a researcher. Click here to learn more.
OAAG at the Ontario Pre-Budget Consultation
OAAG attended the Ontario Pre-Budget Consultation at the Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives with Ontario's Minister of Finance Charles Sousa and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Amrit Mangat.
OAAG also submitted written budget recommendations addressing three common financial concerns that members shared with them. OAAG asked the Provincial Government to:
- Reaffirm the intrinsic value of the arts by adequately funding key agencies such as Ontario Arts Council, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation;
- Develop a long-term infrastructure strategy that invests in cultural facilities; and
Financially support the effort to make the arts accessible to all people across Ontario. Learn More
New Tax Sub-Class For Creative Co-Location Facilities
On February 12, Toronto City Council approved the creation of a new property tax sub-class for "creative co-location facilities" which will mean that eligible art and cultural hubs will have their property taxes reduced by 50%. The change will not only impact Torontonians but has the potential to set a precedent for other cities across Ontario and the country. Learn More