The Media Arts Network of Ontario/Réseau des Arts Médiatiques de L’Ontario (MANO/RAMO) is pleased to announce the hiring of Ben Donoghue as the new Managing Director, effective immediately.
Ben Donoghue is a filmmaker, installation artist, curator and arts administrator who has been instigating dialogue and change in the media arts sector for well over a decade.
From 2007–2013, Ben worked as the Executive Director of the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) an artist-run centre specializing in media art production and training. During his tenure at LIFT Ben led the construction of the organization’s new home at 1137 Dupont Street in Toronto, completed a series of major commissions of single-channel and installation works, and steered its embrace of digital and interactive technologies as a compliment to its traditional focus on celluloid.
As an educator Ben has taught experimental film practice and installation in diverse institutional and community settings in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. He has worked the boards of numerous arts and social justice organizations across the country and currently serves on the board of the Double Negative Collective (Montréal). Ben is also a founding collective member of Indigenous Routes, an interactive media project working with Indigenous youth in mobile, gaming and new media platforms.
“Ben was instrumental in organizing and executing our ON.Fire conference in 2010, and contributed greatly to MANO’s provincial outreach strategy when he was still at LIFT,” says Lauren Howes, Board Chair. “It is exciting to welcome him at a pivotal time of growth for the organization.”
Ben moves into this role replacing outgoing Director Kerry Swanson. MANO owes a huge debt of gratitude to Kerry as her vision and energy has so successfully transformed MANO over the past two years. She will be sorely missed, but we are delighted to see her move into an exciting, newly created position as Outreach and Evaluation Officer at the Toronto Arts Council. We wish Kerry all the very best for the future.
Save the Date: Evolve or Perish Symposium, November 14–17, in partnership with Galerie SAW Gallery, Arts Court, Ottawa
For more information visit mano-ramo.ca or contact Ben Donoghue at firstname.lastname@example.org.