OAAG-MANO Regional Roundtable Discussions: A Mass Culture Gathering

The Ontario Asso­ci­a­tion of Art Gal­leries (OAAG) and the Media Arts Net­work of Ontario (MANO) want to hear from you, mem­bers of the provin­cial visu­al and media arts com­mu­ni­ties, about the chal­lenges of work­ing with­in munic­i­pal­i­ties. OAAG and MANO are part­ner­ing to host region­al round tables in Bar­rie, Cam­bridge, and Ottawa to open dia­logue between media and visu­al  art insti­tu­tions, munic­i­pal lead­ers, and arts pro­fes­sion­als. This stake­hold­er engage­ment is a pre­cur­sor to a larg­er project, and the infor­ma­tion gath­ered from these dis­cus­sions will assist OAAG and MANO in research design. 

Dis­cus­sions will include key issues sur­round­ing orga­ni­za­tions and col­lec­tives in your munic­i­pal­i­ty: how gov­ern­ment social pol­i­cy affects and influ­ences your orga­ni­za­tion, how local gov­ern­ment affects your fund­ing struc­ture, and has there been pres­sure to change your man­dates due to fund­ing require­ments. 

Each round­table is a free event open to the pub­lic.

There will be three round­table ses­sions:

Ses­sion 1: Cam­bridge, ON

Date: March 12, 2020
Loca­tion: Cam­bridge Gal­leries | Idea Exchange, the Old Post Office Loca­tion
Time: 2:00 PM — 5:00 PM

Ses­sion 2: Ottawa, ON
Date: April 6, 2020
Loca­tion: Galerie SAW Gallery, Club SAW
Time: To be announced

Ses­sion 3: Bar­rie, ON

Date: April 22, 2020
Loca­tion: MacLaren Art Cen­tre
Time: 1:00 PM — 4:00 PM

OAAG and MANO are host­ing these round­ta­bles dis­cus­sions with sup­port from Mass Cul­ture, a col­lab­o­ra­tive ini­tia­tive that strives to sup­port artists, arts orga­ni­za­tions, and aca­d­e­m­ic insti­tu­tions across the coun­try to form a net­work of stake­hold­ers that will address cul­tur­al pol­i­cy issues at orga­ni­za­tion­al, sec­toral, and gov­ern­men­tal lev­els. 

Please con­tact Jes­si­ca Lukas at members@oaag.org for more infor­ma­tion and to RSVP. 

About the Orga­ni­za­tions:

The Ontario Asso­ci­a­tion of Art Gal­leries (OAAG) is a reg­is­tered char­i­ta­ble orga­ni­za­tion that serves as a voice for pub­lic art gal­leries and art muse­ums in the province of Ontario. OAAG’s mem­ber­ship spans across 60 com­mu­ni­ties in Ontario with 270 mem­ber art gal­leries, muse­ums, and insti­tu­tions. OAAG runs numer­ous pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment work­shops, men­tor­ship pro­grams, and events includ­ing OAAG’s most sig­na­ture Annu­al Awards Pro­gram. 

Media Arts Net­work of Ontario (MANO) is an arts ser­vice orga­ni­za­tion pro­vid­ing a respon­sive voice for orga­ni­za­tions and col­lec­tives in media arts and artist-run cul­ture, and the artists they rep­re­sent. MANO strives to cre­ate cross-sec­to­r­i­al devel­op­ment, mutu­al aid, and a world that respects artists. MANO is com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing con­nec­tions between artis­tic dis­ci­plines as well as larg­er social issues as they relate to inde­pen­dent artis­tic expres­sion. MANO is com­mit­ted to an anti-oppres­sion frame­work; and strives to be a leader with­in the greater arts and cul­ture ecol­o­gy around issues of inclu­sion, equi­ty and acces­si­bil­i­ty.

Mass Cul­ture is a char­i­ta­ble orga­ni­za­tion that strives to sup­port artists, arts orga­ni­za­tions and aca­d­e­m­ic insti­tu­tions across the coun­try. The intent is to form a net­work of stake­hold­ers, which, through research, will address cul­tur­al research issues at orga­ni­za­tion­al, sec­toral, and gov­ern­men­tal lev­els.