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
The OAAG and ADAC Appraisal Toolkit Has Launched
Need help with the appraisal of donated work? Are you familiar with tax rules and advantages for donors of artwork? Presented by OAAG and ADAC for collection managers and museum professionals, this is a how-to manual for obtaining a monetary appraisal. Learn More
Social Assistance Rules Change to Better Support Ontario Artists
On December 13, 2017, the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) announced that, effective that day, arts grants are exempt as income and assets in both ODSP and OW. This means that artists who are on OW or ODSP and receive an arts grant will no longer have the money deducted from their monthly benefits, and will not have to risk becoming ineligible for continuing support from these programs. Learn More
York Region Arts Council Awarded Prestigious Ontario Trillium Foundation Grow Grant
The York Region Arts Council (YRAC) has been awarded its largest funding ever for a single project courtesy of the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s (OTF) Grow grant program. The grant will support the Artrepreneur program, a business accelerator program for artists, arts administrators and creative entrepreneurs. The OTF Grow grant was awarded for the purpose of delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven model or program with a $419,700 grant over 36 months. Learn More
OAAG is currently developing an Election Advocacy Toolkit for our membership. You can provide input as they are interested in hearing more about what your organization would like to see included.
This year, we are committed to advocating for your organization during the Ontario provincial and municipal elections. Along with our efforts, the Election Advocacy Toolkit will provide you with the necessary information, guidance, and strategies to effectively advocate for issues that are important to you, and help bring about the changes that you would like to see in your community.
This survey will take approximately 5-10 minutes of your time. Learn more here
A new property tax class for "Creative Facilities" is on its way
On December 6, 2017 Toronto City Council voted to establish a new property tax class for "Creative Co-Location Facilities", which will make some arts and culture facilities, including numerous Artscape projects, eligible to receive significant relief from property tax bills pegged to market values. The best news is that this announcement, reported by Councillor Cressy, comes just in time for inclusion in the 2018 taxation year.
Learn more here
OOAG (Ontario Association of Art Galleries) holds AGM and Announces New Board of Directors
On Monday November 27, 2017, OOAG hosted their Annual General Meeting at the Power Plant Gallery.
They also announced new board members who will be working together to drive OAAG's mission forward to better service the membership and community.