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.

Feb 21 — Toronto Roundtables on Funding for the Independent Media Arts and Artist-Run Centre Organizations and Collectives

Feb­ru­ary 21  — Two Ses­sions

Toron­to Round­ta­bles on Fund­ing for the Inde­pen­dent Media Arts and Artist-Run Cen­tre Orga­ni­za­tions and Col­lec­tives

Wednes­day Feb­ru­ary 21, 2018

The Com­mons @ 401 — Suite 440 — Mul­ti pur­pose room B

401 Rich­mond Street West, Toron­to

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 Toron­to 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.

For more infor­ma­tion con­tact:

Ben Donoghue – Direc­tor at



MANO/OAC Media Arts Information Session in North Bay

Join us on Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 10th at 11am at White Water Gallery to learn more about fund­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties avail­able to media artists and film­mak­ers in our area, and also give your input and feed­back regard­ing the Media Arts com­mu­ni­ty in Ontario.

Host­ing the ses­sion will be Mark Haslam, Offi­cer for the Media Arts sec­tion of the Ontario Arts Coun­cil and Ben Donoghue, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Media Arts Net­work of Ontario.
Light refresh­ments will be served. This event is free to the pub­lic

Vertical Features

Ver­ti­cal Fea­tures takes its name from Peter Greenaway’s 1978 fea­turette Ver­ti­cal Fea­tures Remake. A fic­tional doc­u­men­tary that also bor­rows from the lan­guage of struc­tural film, Greenaway’s exper­i­ment serves to trou­ble claims of authen­tic­ity and author­ship, issues still rel­e­vant in the world of doc­u­men­tary and oth­er non-fic­tion media, espe­cially as it moves online and into the gallery.

The name Ver­ti­cal Fea­tures serves to evoke the idea of work that exists adjacent—even perpendicular—to con­ven­tional cin­ema, works that risk over­sight. The series hopes to pro­mote vital non-fic­tion film and video that has had lit­tle or no Toron­to expo­sure, includ­ing doc­u­men­tary, essay films, hybrid exper­i­ments, and artists’ mov­ing image, plac­ing con­tem­po­rary films in dia­logue with his­tor­i­cal redis­cov­er­ies. Sup­ple­mented by intro­duc­tions and dis­cus­sions with guest schol­ars, artists, and crit­ics, Ver­ti­cal Fea­tures serves to high­light and sit­u­ate these excep­tional works.

Mirror Mountain Film Festival

Mir­ror Moun­tain Film Fes­ti­val brings the best in inde­pen­dent and alter­na­tive cin­ema to Canada’s cap­i­tal. Mir­ror Moun­tain is an inclu­sive fes­ti­val that wel­comes all types of films and all types of peo­ple to share in the col­lec­tive cin­ema expe­ri­ence. In addi­tion to film screen­ings, our fes­ti­val fea­tures live per­for­mances, par­ties, pan­el dis­cus­sions, Q&A ses­sions and more.

Update on Canada Council transition to New Funding Model

Update on Cana­da Coun­cil tran­si­tion to New Fund­ing Mod­el and upcom­ing appli­ca­tion dead­lines for media arts orga­ni­za­tions cour­tesy of IMAA/AAMI

Most media arts orga­ni­za­tions that cur­rent­ly receive assis­tance from the Cana­da Coun­cil for the Arts through the pro­gram Grants to Media Arts Orga­ni­za­tions – Ini­tia­tives will be moved to one of the two fol­low­ing new pro­grams:
Sup­port­ing Artis­tic Prac­tice – Sup­port Orga­ni­za­tions (for most Pro­duc­tion-based orga­ni­za­tions and dis­trib­u­tors)
Arts Across Cana­da – Arts Fes­ti­vals and Pre­sen­ters (for fes­ti­vals)

There will be no mul­ti-year appli­ca­tion due this fall. Instead, the Mul­ti-year cycle which began in 2014–15 will be extend­ed for a fourth year (2017–18). The 2017–18 instal­ment of Mul­ti-year fund­ing will be released upon approval of an inter­im report.

The next mul­ti-year appli­ca­tion will be in May or June 2017 (details below). In the mean­time, here are the upcom­ing dead­lines for media arts orga­ni­za­tions:

Grants to Media Arts Orga­ni­za­tions – Ini­tia­tives1 Novem­ber 2016
Project Grants to Media Arts Orga­ni­za­tions, Groups and Col­lec­tives: 1 Novem­ber 2016
Grants to Media Arts Orga­ni­za­tions – Equip­ment: 15 Novem­ber 2016

More infor­ma­tion will be pub­lished by Coun­cil in Decem­ber 2016, at which time you’ll also be able to cre­ate a pro­file on the Council’s new web por­tal.

The first appli­ca­tion dead­lines for the new mul­ti-year pro­grams will be:
Sup­port­ing Artis­tic Prac­tice – Sup­port Orga­ni­za­tions: 15 May 2017
Arts Across Cana­da – Arts Fes­ti­vals and Pre­sen­ters: 1 June 2017

Note that although these appli­ca­tions will be sub­mit­ted part-way through the 2017–18 fis­cal year and com­pe­ti­tion results won’t be known until Decem­ber 2017, they will cov­er a three-year cycle begin­ning with the 2017–18 fis­cal year. This means that in addi­tion to your core fund­ing for 2017–18 which you will receive accord­ing to the same lev­els as the last three years, there is an oppor­tu­ni­ty for a retroac­tive top-up to your 2017–18 core fund­ing, if the jury assess­ing your appli­ca­tion decides on an increase to your orga­ni­za­tion.
For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, con­tact your offi­cer at the Cana­da Coun­cil or go to:

ODSP and Arts Grants Questionnaire

ODSP Action Coali­tion, Media Arts Net­work Of Ontario, Work­man Arts, ACTRA Toron­to, and Tan­gled Art + Dis­abil­i­ty

ODSP and Arts Grants Ques­tion­naire

Are you an artist and a recip­i­ent of ODSP? We need your help!

The ODSP Action Coali­tion, Media Arts Net­work Of Ontario, Work­man Arts, ACTRA Toron­to, and Tan­gled Art + Dis­abil­i­ty are work­ing togeth­er to gath­er sto­ries and expe­ri­ences of being both an artist and a recip­i­ent of ODSP.

The Ontario Dis­abil­i­ty Sup­port Pro­gram (ODSP) is a social assis­tance pro­gram run by the Ontario Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ty and Social Ser­vices. It pro­vides income sup­port and employ­ment sup­port to peo­ple who receive it.

In order to qual­i­fy for ODSP your income and assets can­not be above cer­tain amounts. All pay­ments to a per­son receiv­ing ODSP are con­sid­ered income, unless they are specif­i­cal­ly exempt­ed by the rules gov­ern­ing ODSP.

Dif­fer­ent kinds of income for ODSP recip­i­ents are treat­ed dif­fer­ent­ly.  For exam­ple, employ­ment or self-employ­ment income is par­tial­ly exempt, mean­ing you can keep some of it but part of it is deduct­ed from ODSP.  But you can keep 100% of gifts or mon­ey that peo­ple give you vol­un­tar­i­ly, up to $6000 per year.  And you can keep all income that is intend­ed for dis­abil­i­ty-relat­ed expens­es, but must get approval from the ODSP office for this.  Because there are so many dif­fer­ent rules, it is not clear how arts grants will be treat­ed.

Some artists who receive ODSP sup­port are con­cerned that if they are award­ed arts coun­cil grants their ODSP pay­ments will be reduced, or cut off com­plete­ly. They may also be con­cerned that they will no longer qual­i­fy for the health ben­e­fits they cur­rent­ly receive. Since ODSP sup­port is not enough to cov­er liv­ing expens­es and the costs of mak­ing art they face bar­ri­ers to advanc­ing as artists.

The ODSP Pol­i­cy on Cana­da Coun­cil of the Arts Grants and Ontario Arts Coun­cil Grants states: These grants are not specif­i­cal­ly exempt under ODSP…The details of the spe­cif­ic grant should be reviewed to deter­mine the nature of the grant, how it is paid and the cir­cum­stances under which the grant is pro­vid­ed. (Direc­tive 5.1)

These reviews are con­duct­ed by ODSP case work­ers and indi­vid­ual recip­i­ents have had a range of expe­ri­ences.

This is where you come in.

If you’re an artist and are or have been recip­i­ent of ODSP, please fill out the ques­tion­naire. The ques­tion­naire is vol­un­tary and con­fi­den­tial.

The infor­ma­tion we gath­er will help us to seek changes that would allow artists who receive ODSP to devel­op and thrive as pro­fes­sion­als.

That means we could see more plays, films, books, songs, etc. cre­at­ed by and about peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

If you have any ques­tions about this ques­tion­naire, please con­tact:

Eliza Chan­dler, Tan­gled Art + Dis­abil­i­ty

Guides on HR, Governance, Equity and Conflict Resolution

Pre­vi­ous con­sul­ta­tions have demon­strat­ed the need for the media arts sec­tor to devel­op a set of (unique­ly tai­lored to the orga­ni­za­tion­al struc­tures of artist-run media orga­ni­za­tions) best prac­tices, poli­cies and doc­u­ment tem­plates on human resources, gov­er­nance,  equi­ty, and con­flict res­o­lu­tion.

With the sup­port from the Cana­da Coun­cil for the Arts (Lead­er­ship for Change pro­gram), MANO’s mem­bers worked with con­sul­tants Giselle Bas­an­ta, Charles C. Smith and Sheila Wilmot in order to devel­op such poli­cies and pro­ce­dures dur­ing the sum­mer and fall of 2015. After research, con­sul­ta­tions with work groups, the draft­ing of poli­cies and a work­shop on Medi­a­tion and Con­flict Res­o­lu­tion, the con­clu­sion of the project took place in Jan­u­ary 2016 with the pre­sen­ta­tion of the project’s poli­cies and pro­ce­dures to MANO’s mem­ber­ship at the Map­ping Medias sym­po­sium.

Guide 1 — Con­flict Resolution_0229

Guide 2 — Best Prac­tices on Equity_0229

Guide 3 — Board Governance_0229

Guide 3- Board Gov­er­nance Tem­plates

Guide 4 — HR Bet­ter Practices_0229

Guide 4- HR Tem­plates

These Guides are the intel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty of MANO/RAMO and are to be used for the ben­e­fit of its mem­ber orga­ni­za­tions. All rights and priv­i­leges that adhere to these Guides are owned by MANO/ RAMOThe infor­ma­tion in these Guides is offered for infor­ma­tion pur­pos­es only and does not con­sti­tute legal advice. The infor­ma­tion in these Guides may be sub­ject to updates as prac­tices and applic­a­ble leg­is­la­tion change over time. Mem­ber orga­ni­za­tions should con­sult the appro­pri­ate pro­fes­sion­al for advice relat­ing to spe­cif­ic issues.