MANO ONCA By-Laws and Governance Workshops/Consultations

In this series of work­shops and con­sul­ta­tions across the province Jer­ry Smith (First Stage) will be lead­ing a dis­cus­sion for arts man­agers and board mem­bers to under­stand updat­ing by-laws to com­ply with the forth-com­ing Ontario Not-for-prof­it Cor­po­ra­tions Act. In addi­tion to offer­ing advice on com­pli­ance and changes required in tra­di­tional artist-run orga­ni­za­tions the work­shop will serve as a con­sul­ta­tion for how media arts orga­ni­za­tion envi­sion gov­er­nance mod­els that fit their needs.

In addi­tion to pro­vid­ing orga­ni­za­tions with the tools to begin work on their by-laws and gov­er­nance now, the con­sul­ta­tion aspect will pro­vide infor­ma­tion for a series of tem­plates and guide­lines encom­pass­ing how the diverse orga­niz­ing mod­els in the media arts can reach com­pli­ance pain­less­ly.


Tues­day June 20, 2017
1–5pm, The Com­mons — 401 Rich­mond Street West
(Advance RSVP required)

Mon­day, July 10, 2017
1–5pm, Com­mons Stu­dio — 256 King Street East
(Advance RSVP required)

Thurs­day, Sep­tem­ber 21, 2017
2–5pm, IFCO 2 Daly Ave. Suite 140
(Advance RSVP required)

North Bay
Date, Time & Loca­tion TBD
(Advance RSVP required)

For more infor­ma­tion and to RSVP email Adri­ana Rossel­li:

SAVE THE DATE: MANO’s 2017 Conference – Renewal – Ottawa, November 16 – 19, 2017

The Media Arts Net­work of Ontario / Réseau des arts médi­a­tiques de l’Ontario (MANO/RAMO) is pleased to announce our next gath­er­ing of media artists, cul­tural work­ers, researchers and allies. This con­fer­ence, titled Renew­al, will bring togeth­er cul­tural work­ers and artists from across Ontario, Cana­da and inter­na­tion­ally to dis­cuss renew­ing the con­di­tions of our col­lec­tive labour and the spaces that make it pos­si­ble.

Pro­gram­ming will include in-depth dis­cus­sions of the tax­a­tion of artist grants, pos­si­ble pen­sion plans for work­ers and artists, build­ing and ren­o­vat­ing facil­i­ties, col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing and orga­niz­ing, address­ing new fund­ing struc­tures, and chal­lenges across the field. We will also share pro­grams of mov­ing image works and close the gath­er­ing with a live per­for­mance by three incred­i­ble expand­ed cin­ema artists: Lind­say Mcin­tyre, Male­na Szlam, and Leslie Sup­net.

The major­ity of con­fer­ence activ­i­ties will be held at the new­ly expand­ed Arts Court in Ottawa.

The pre­lim­i­nary sched­ule is:

Open­ing keynote and events: Nov 16, 7pm — 12am
Day 1: 9:30am – 12am
Day 2: 9:30am – 12am
Day 3: 10:00am – 2pm

Trav­el sub­si­dies will be avail­able for MANO mem­bers and pre-approved free­lance cul­tural work­ers.

For more infor­ma­tion con­tact:

Renew­al has been made pos­si­ble through the sup­port of the Cana­da Coun­cil for the Arts


Waterloo Region and Wellington County Media Arts Roundtable

Pre­sented by MANO/RAMO in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Com­mons Stu­dio and the Ontario Arts Coun­cil

Tues­day, May 30, 2017
7 PM
Com­mons Stu­dio, 256 King Street

The Media Arts Net­work of Ontario/Réseau des arts médi­a­tiques de l’Ontario is call­ing on all cul­tural work­ers and artists engaged with media arts (film/video/new media/games/sound/etc.) in Water­loo Region, Welling­ton Coun­ty and sur­round­ing areas  to gath­er for an infor­mal dis­cus­sion at the new Com­mons Stu­dio facil­ity on Tues­day May 30th. This round-table fol­lows on a series of meet­ings held across Ontario by MANO on a rotat­ing basis. We would like to meet and dis­cuss the region’s chal­lenges, the cur­rent oppor­tu­ni­ties avail­able and the pos­si­bil­i­ties for future oppor­tu­ni­ties and col­lab­o­ra­tions.

Spe­cial guest Mark Haslam, Media Arts Offi­cer at the Ontario Arts Coun­cil, will be in atten­dance.

Some of the sub­jects we will explore are: Are our local grant­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties con­ducive for indi­vid­ual artists or do they favour organizations/centres/collectives? How to bridge col­lab­o­ra­tions between the universities/institutions and the greater com­mu­nity? How can we bring
more equi­ty and inclu­sive­ness to our region’s activ­i­ties?

Let’s con­nect, dis­cuss and start the change. Every­one is wel­come, so please help us spread the word through your net­works.

Refresh­ments will be pro­vid­ed.

For more infor­ma­tion or to RSVP, please con­tact Adri­ana at

WORKSHOP: Understanding Financial Statements

Thurs­day, May 18, 2017 at 3PM EST

Have you attend­ed an AGM and stared blankly at the Finan­cial State­ments while the trea­surer is giv­ing their report? Do the num­bers jump around the pages with­out telling a sto­ry?

Heather Young will walk any­one in your org (man­age­ment, junior staff, board mem­bers and vol­un­teers) through the process of read­ing and under­stand­ing Finan­cial State­ments.

Please send ques­tions in advance.

To reg­is­ter, email Adri­ana at

About the Instruc­tor

Heather Clara Young  has worked in the field of arts man­age­ment for over twen­ty-five years. Her expe­ri­ence includes lead­er­ship roles with a vari­ety of arts and her­itage ser­vice orga­ni­za­tions, the­atre and dance pro­duc­ing com­pa­nies, gal­leries and muse­ums, facil­i­ties, fes­ti­vals and com­mu­nity orga­ni­za­tions, in both pro­fes­sional and vol­un­teer capac­i­ties. Before found­ing Young Asso­ciates in 1993, Heather had served  as Gen­eral Man­ager for both Night­wood The­atre and the Fringe of Toron­to Fes­ti­val.

As the Prin­ci­pal of Young Asso­ciates, Heather has pro­vided book­keep­ing and con­sult­ing ser­vices to dozens of orga­ni­za­tions, and deliv­ered pro­fes­sional work­shops, train­ing and sem­i­nars on top­ics rang­ing from bud­get­ing to sales tax, to set­ting prices, to read­ing finan­cial state­ments. She has com­pleted busi­ness and strate­gic plan­ning assign­ments for an array of arts orga­ni­za­tions in Toron­to and across South­ern Ontario, fre­quently in part­ner­ship with First Stage.

For 15 years, Heather has taught account­ing and finan­cial man­age­ment to diplo­ma and con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion stu­dents in Hum­ber College’s Arts Admin­is­tra­tion pro­grams, and Humber’s Fundrais­ing and Vol­un­teer Man­age­ment Pro­gram. She was a 2004 recip­i­ent of Hum­ber College’s Con­tin­u­ing Edu­ca­tion Award of Excel­lence for Out­stand­ing Aca­d­e­mic Con­tri­bu­tion. In 2010, she was appoint­ed to teach finance for the Uni­ver­sity of Toronto’s Spe­cial­ist Pro­gram in Arts Man­age­ment. In 2012, Heather was award­ed the SandyTul­loch award for Inno­va­tion in Arts and Cul­ture by The­atre Ontario. 

Northern Ontario Media Arts Webinar

Pre­sented by the Ontario
Arts Coun­cil in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Media Arts Net­work of Ontario and Near North Mobile Media Lab

Date: Mon­day, March 27, 2017
Spaces Open & Refresh­ments: 6:00 PM EST
Webi­nar: 6:30 PM EST

To reg­is­ter please email and indi­cate if you will be attend­ing any of the in–person ses­sions at the loca­tions list­ed below.

This free webi­nar aims to share focused infor­ma­tion on Media Arts for north­ern Ontario artists and orga­ni­za­tions.  We will be dis­cussing the OAC’s grants and ser­vices, as well as MANO’s role and ser­vices with­in the provin­cial media arts sec­tor. Invit­ed media arts orga­ni­za­tion Near North Mobile Media Lab will share with us their lat­est project.

This is a great way to about what is hap­pen­ing in media arts across north­ern Ontario. Local  media artists have the oppor­tu­nity to net­work through local gatherings/viewing ses­sions in wheel­chair acces­si­ble loca­tions in:

Keno­ra Pub­lic Library: Kee­watin Branch
221 Main St, Kee­watin, ON P0X 1C0

New Liskeard
Temiskam­ing Shores Pub­lic Library: New Liskeard Branch
50 White­wood Ave, New Likskeard, ON P0J 1P0

North Bay
Near North Mobile Media Lab
124 Main St E, North Bay, ON P1B 1A8

Sault Ste. Marie
Sault Ste Marie Pub­lic Library
50 East St, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 3C3

Sioux Look­out
Sioux Look­out Pub­lic Library
21 5th Ave, Sioux Look­out, ON P8T 1B3

Cine­fest Sud­bury / CION
40 Larch  St, Unit 103, Sud­bury, ON P3E 5M7
Please use the Elgin Street fac­ing entrance

Thun­der Bay
Lake­head Uni­ver­sity
Con­fer­ence Cen­tre
Con­fer­ence Room A
Cam­pus Map 2016 HIgh­lighted Direc­tion­al

Please make sure to reg­is­ter before­hand at by let­ting us know if you will attend one of the in per­son ses­sions or by request­ing the web access instruc­tions. If you have any acces­si­bil­ity needs please do let us know in advance so that we can best accom­mo­date you.

Folks you’ll meet:

Ontario Arts Coun­cil Staff
Alana Forslund, North­west­ern Rep­re­sen­ta­tive
Christi­na Akro­ng, North­ern Arts Offi­cer
Mark Haslam, Media Arts Offi­cer

Ben Donoghue, Direc­tor
Adri­ana Rossel­li, Mem­ber­ship & Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Coor­di­na­tor

Near North Mobile Media Lab Staff
Hol­ly Cun­ning­ham, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor
Dig­i­tal Cre­ator Pro­gram Leads

CCA New Model Overview and Strategy Discussion

Tues­day March 14, 2017
Con­nect at:

With­in the new Cana­da Coun­cil for the Arts  fund­ing mod­el there are numer­ous changes that will affect how media arts groups apply for funds and how pro­grams will need to be struc­tured to take full advan­tage of the avail­able oppor­tu­ni­ties. In this webi­nar dis­cus­sion MANO staff, Ben Donoghue and Adri­ana Rossel­li will pro­vide an overview of what we have learned so far and pos­si­ble strate­gic frame­works for max­i­miz­ing fund­ing for media arts orga­ni­za­tions and col­lec­tives.

Hamilton Media Arts Round Table

Pre­sented by MANO/RAMO in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Centre[3] for Print and Media Arts

Wednes­day Feb­ru­ary 8, 2017
7 PM
Centre[3] is locat­ed at 173 James Street North, Hamil­ton

The Media Arts Net­work of Ontario/Réseau des arts médi­a­tiques de l’Ontario is call­ing on all cul­tural work­ers and artists engaged with media arts (film/video/new media/games/sound/etc.) in Hamil­ton and sur­round­ing areas to gath­er for an infor­mal dis­cus­sion at Centre[3] on Feb­ru­ary 8th. This round-table fol­lows on a series of meet­ings held across Ontario by MANO on a rotat­ing basis. We would like to meet and dis­cuss the region’s chal­lenges, the cur­rent oppor­tu­ni­ties avail­able and the pos­si­bil­i­ties for future oppor­tu­ni­ties and col­lab­o­ra­tions.

For more infor­ma­tion or to RSVP, please con­tact Adri­ana at

Annual General Meeting — January 11, 2017

MANO/RAMO’s Annu­al Gen­er­al Meet­ing is sched­uled for Wednes­day, Jan­u­ary 11th, 2017 from 4:00 to 5:30 PM.

The meet­ing will take place through online con­fer­ence. To access the meet­ing room vis­it:

Please ensure you type your full name and the one of your org/collective into the name box.

We also rec­om­mend the use of a head­set with micro­phone for bet­ter audio qual­i­ty.

Attached you will find the:

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
Before the AGM, we will be host­ing Mark Haslam, Media Arts Offi­cer at the Ontario Arts Coun­cil. Mark will be giv­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion to the mem­ber­ship on apply­ing to the Media Arts Orga­ni­za­tions Pro­gram Feb­ru­ary 15 dead­line through NOVA, the OAC’s new online grant appli­ca­tion sys­tem. Just log into the Meet­ing Room at 3PM to par­tic­i­pate.

WORKSHOP: Conducting Effective Performance Reviews

With Mike Rudolph

Tues­day, Octo­ber 11th, 2016
From 3:30 to 5pm EST / 1:30 to 3pm MT

$10 MANO & AMAAS Mem­bers, $15 Non-Mem­bers, FREE for NIMAC Mem­bers

Reg­is­ter at

In this work­shop par­tic­i­pants will explore the do’s and don’ts of Per­for­mance Reviews and their impor­tance in build­ing and sus­tain­ing a pos­i­tive work envi­ron­ment for all.

The work­shop will clar­ify the process and expec­ta­tions of Per­for­mance Reviews while pro­vid­ing strate­gies that will enable you to deal with dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions and team mem­bers. Mike Rudolph will share valu­able tips on best prac­tices that will help you ensure the appraisal process is pos­i­tive, pro­duc­tive and sup­port­ive.

About the Instruc­tor

Mike Rudolph is the Man­ager of Human Resources for the Toron­to Inter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val. He over­sees the recruit­ment process for the orga­ni­za­tion, which includes the hir­ing of more than 600 staff mem­bers each year for the fes­ti­val in Sep­tem­ber. He is also respon­si­ble for the HR360 pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment pro­gramme, which includes devel­op­ing and deliv­er­ing in-house train­ing ses­sions and a suc­cess­ful men­tor­ship pro­gramme. Before begin­ning his career in HR, he was pre­vi­ously in the Tick­et­ing Ser­vices depart­ment of TIFF and man­aged the organization’s call cen­tre for more than 3 years.

Mike has a degree in Eng­lish Lit­er­a­ture from Con­cor­dia Uni­ver­sity. He com­pleted a cer­tifi­cate pro­gramme in Human Resources through Ryer­son Uni­ver­sity and holds the Cer­ti­fied Human Resources Pro­fes­sional (CHRP) des­ig­na­tion. An avid run­ner, Mike has com­pleted 4 marathons and is plan­ning on run­ning the Twin Cities Marathon this Octo­ber.