November 22-Annual General Meeting

Thurs­day, Novem­ber 22 at 7PM
TMAC, 32 Lis­gar St. Toron­to
or remote­ly by Ring Cen­tral

The meet­ing of the mem­ber­ship will take place simul­ta­ne­ous­ly in per­son at TMAC in Toron­to and over tele­con­fer­ence. Please note that only those orga­ni­za­tions in good stand­ing will be eli­gi­ble to vote. If you have any ques­tions about your eli­gi­bil­ity please email Adri­ana at

2018 AGM Agen­da
2017 AGM Min­utes
2018 AGM Proxy Form

Fall 2018 Community Roundtables

The Media Art Net­work of Ontario’s com­mu­nity round­ta­bles are a great oppor­tu­nity for those work­ing in the Media and Visu­al Arts sec­tors to meet and dis­cuss issues rel­e­vant to the local arts com­mu­nity. They pro­vide a plat­form for MANO to learn about what is hap­pen­ing in the sec­tor region­al­ly, but also cre­ate a space for local dia­logue and net­work­ing. MANO’s Direc­tor, Ben Donoghue, and Mem­ber­ship & Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Coor­di­na­tor, Adri­ana Rossel­li, will be in trav­el­ing across South­ern Ontario this fall and vis­it­ing Toron­to, Hamil­ton, Kitch­en­er, Lon­don, Belleville and Kingston. All MANO/RAMO round tables are free events where all artists and arts work­ers are wel­come!
Please RSVP, at least three days before the event, to
Dates and Loca­tions
Toron­to, Tues­day Octo­ber 9th at 3:00 PM at TMAC, 32 Lis­gar St.
Hamil­ton, Sat­ur­day,  Novem­ber 17th at 11:00 AM at Cen­tre 3, 126/128 James Street North
Kitch­en­er, Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 17th at 3:00 PM at Common’s Stu­dio, 256 King St E
Lon­don, Sun­day, Novem­ber 18th at 1:00 PM at B13, 613 Dun­das Street
Belleville, Mon­day, Novem­ber 19th at 2:00 PM at the Belleville Pub­lic Library & John M Par­rott Art Gallery, 254 Pin­na­cle St.
Kingston, Tues­day, Novem­ber 20th at 5:30 PM at Mod­ern Fuel, 370 King St. West

October 9-Toronto Media Arts Roundtable: Fall Sectoral Check-In

Tues­day, Octo­ber 9, 2018
3–5 PM
TMAC, 32 Lis­gar St.

MANO will kick off its series of com­mu­ni­ty round­ta­bles this fall in Toron­to. This is a great oppor­tu­ni­ty for those work­ing in the Media and Visu­al Arts sec­tors to meet and dis­cuss issues rel­e­vant to the local arts com­mu­ni­ty. All artists and arts work­ers are wel­come!

Please RSVP by Fri­day, Octo­ber 5th to

August 14- Mississauga Media Arts Round Table

MANO is vis­it­ing Mis­sis­sauga on Tues­day, August 14th, 2018 and is invit­ing artists and arts work­ers in the region to join us that day in order to dis­cuss either pub­licly, pri­vate­ly, or both, the cur­rent cli­mate for media arts prac­ti­tion­ers in the region. In atten­dance will be Ben Donoghue, Direc­tor of MANO and Adri­ana Rossel­li, Mem­ber­ship & Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Coor­di­na­tor.

MANO has been an impor­tant ally and advo­cate for arts orga­ni­za­tions and indi­vid­ual artists in the Province for over ten years. While our focus is media and visu­al arts, we are very much invest­ed in strength­en­ing the sec­tor more broad­ly and ensur­ing the sus­tain­abil­i­ty of the arts ecol­o­gy in Ontario.

MANO will be host­ing a pub­lic round­table dis­cus­sion at 7PM and will be avail­able dur­ing the after­noon to meet indi­vid­u­al­ly with artists or organizations/collectives from 1–6pm on a first come first served basis. The round­table offers a space for peo­ple to share their thoughts on the cur­rent cir­cum­stances of the sec­tor and ways in which MANO can sup­port those work­ing in media arts in the region. The pri­vate meet­ings offer an open avenue to dis­cuss more spe­cif­ic things per­tain­ing to your work from man­ag­ing a project and fund­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties to how to orga­nize col­lec­tive­ly or incor­po­rate as a not-for prof­it.

Pri­vate Meet­ings
When? Tues­day, August 14 between 1pm and 6pm
Where? SAIB,1352 Lakeshore Rd E, Mis­sis­sauga

To book a pri­vate meet­ing with MANO, please email We are avail­able to meet with you from 1–6pm on Tues­day, August 14.

Round­table Dis­cus­sion
When? Tues­day, August 14 at 7pm
Where? SAIB, 1352 Lakeshore Rd E, Mis­sis­sauga

re:assemblage collective

The re:assemblage col­lec­tive is com­mit­ted to cham­pi­oning under­rep­re­sent­ed voic­es and per­spec­tives through pub­lic film/video screen­ings. We are itin­er­ant and inten­tion­al. We are “reassem­bling” assump­tions about artist film/video prac­tices: who is shown and the forms of works cham­pi­oned. We are inspired by Trinh Minh-ha’s film ‘Reassem­blage’. The re:assemblage col­lec­tive is Christi­na Bat­tle and Scott Miller Berry based in South­ern Ontario.

CANCELLED — Evidence in Inspired People — Workshop with the Ontario Trillium Foundation


Tues­day June 26
The Com­mons, 401 Rich­mond Street West, Suite 440
Free with RSVP


Pre­sent­ed by Liz Fors­berg, Strat­e­gy Lead — Inspired Peo­ple, Ontario Tril­li­um Foun­da­tion

When apply­ing for an OTF Grow Grant, appli­cants are required to sub­mit evi­dence of the effec­tive­ness of the approach they are plan­ning to grow or repli­cate. Many orga­ni­za­tions strug­gle with this. This work­shop, designed espe­cial­ly for ini­tia­tives that sup­port arts, cul­ture and her­itage, will pro­vide:

-An overview of evi­dence of effec­tive­ness vs evi­dence of need
-An overview of the range of evi­dence that can be used to demon­strate the effec­tive­ness of your initiative’s approach
-Exam­ples of how orga­ni­za­tions have suc­cess­ful­ly used evi­dence to sup­port their appli­ca­tions
-Tips on how to gen­er­ate your own evi­dence and where to search for exter­nal arts, cul­ture and her­itage evi­dence

The pre­sen­ta­tion takes about an hour so the added 30 min­utes should give us lots of time for good dis­cus­sion.

YYZ Artists Outlet

YYZ sup­ports crit­i­cal and exper­i­men­tal artis­tic prac­tices through exhi­bi­tions, pub­lish­ing, edu­ca­tion­al pro­grams, and the com­mis­sion­ing of new works. By pri­or­i­tiz­ing the agency of artists, YYZ pro­vides a unique plat­form for build­ing com­mu­ni­ties and advance­ment of cul­ture.

March 12 — Ottawa Roundtables on Funding for the Independent Media Arts and Artist-Run Centre Organizations and Collectives

Ottawa Grant­i­ng Con­sul­ta­tions March 12
Mon­day March 12, 2018
SAW Video Hub, Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue, main floor

Ses­sion 1 – Focused on Mul­ti-year or Core grant recip­i­ent orga­ni­za­tions 2:00–5:00pm

Ses­sion 2 – Focused on groups and col­lec­tives and project fund­ing 6:30pm-8:00pm

After a year of sig­nif­i­cant change at the Cana­da Coun­cil for the Arts, MANO would like to assem­ble Ottawa mem­bers and allied organizations/collectives for two dis­cus­sions to share expe­ri­ences and strate­gize for the com­ing year. The dis­cus­sion will pro­vide a space for knowl­edge shar­ing and devel­op­ing advo­cacy ques­tions. These meet­ings will focus on grants to orga­ni­za­tions and col­lec­tives, pro­grams for indi­vid­ual artists will be dis­cussed at a lat­er date.

March 6 — Thunder Bay MANO/OAC Media Arts Discussion

In this infor­mal dis­cus­sion the Media Arts Net­work of Ontario and Ontario Arts Coun­cil will cov­er fund­ing pro­grams, col­lec­tive and orga­ni­za­tion build­ing, changes to the field, and the peren­ni­al ques­tion, “what is media art?” Let us know what the region needs and what you’ve expe­ri­enced.

Please join us for a free dis­cus­sion with Media Arts Net­work of Ontario (MANO), and Ontario Arts Coun­cil in Thun­der Bay.

When: Tues­day March 6th, 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Doors open at 5:45.
Where: Mag­nus The­atre Lob­by, 10 Algo­ma St. S.

RSVP’s are appre­ci­at­ed but not manda­to­ry. Reply to or 807–632-4575.
Light refresh­ments will be avail­able.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives in atten­dance:
Ben Donoghue, Direc­tor, Media Arts Net­work of Ontario
Mark Haslam, OAC Media Arts Offi­cer
Alana Forslund, OAC North­west­ern Rep­re­sen­ta­tive

Please note, fund­ing may be avail­able to sup­port gas for those trav­el­ling from more than 50 km away from Thun­der Bay. Please con­tact or call 807–632-4575 for more infor­ma­tion.

Ses­sion will be deliv­ered in Eng­lish only. For sup­port in French, please con­tact Clelia Far­ru­gia with the Ontario Arts Council’s Fran­coph­o­ne sec­tion: 1–800-387‑0058 ext. 7427;

Changes to OSDP and Ontario Works Guidelines for arts grants recipients

As a part­ner in the ODSP and Arts Grants Coali­tion MANO is pleased to announce  a recent change to the rules in the Ontario Dis­abil­i­ty Sup­port Pro­gram (ODSP) and Ontario Works (OW) will be a huge step for­ward for artists in Ontario who get ben­e­fits from these income sup­port pro­grams and receive arts grants.

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. This impor­tant change will give artists on ODSP or OW the abil­i­ty to pur­sue the cre­ation of their art with­out fear of los­ing their month­ly income and the health and oth­er ben­e­fits that ODSP and OW pro­vide. It will also reduce the huge admin­is­tra­tive bur­den that artists pre­vi­ous­ly faced with report­ing the funds to ODSP or OW.

Please see HERE for the full infor­ma­tion bul­letin and please cir­cu­late to your mem­ber­ships.