About MANO

The Media Arts Net­work of Ontario (MANO) was cre­at­ed in 2009 to pro­vide a respon­sive voice for Ontario’s media arts sec­tor. MANO con­tin­ues to play an key role spear­head­ing advo­ca­cy, pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment, net­work­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions that fur­ther the pro­file of the media arts sec­tor in com­mu­ni­ties across the province.

MANO is the lead­ing net­work for advo­ca­cy and sup­port of media arts-cen­tred orga­ni­za­tions through­out the Province of Ontario.

MANO strives to cre­ate cross-sec­toral devel­op­ment, mutu­al aid, and a world that respects artists.

We are 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; we are a leader with­in the greater arts and cul­ture ecol­o­gy around issues of inclu­sion, equi­ty and accessibility.

MANO man­date is informed by the belief that com­mu­ni­ty engage­ment with inde­pen­dent artis­tic prac­tices improves qual­i­ty of life by pro­mot­ing cul­tur­al under­stand­ing and respect at all lev­els of society:

  • To cre­ate oppor­tu­ni­ties for col­lab­o­ra­tive exchange and knowl­edge shar­ing among emerg­ing, mid-lev­el and expe­ri­ences media arts-cen­tred orga­ni­za­tions, col­lec­tives and oth­er artist-dri­ven projects;
  • To respond to the needs of the Ontario media arts-cen­tred com­mu­ni­ties with advo­ca­cy and action-based initiatives;
  • To gar­ner greater sup­port and pro­file for the inde­pen­dent arts sec­tor in the provin­cial and fed­er­al cul­tur­al policies;
  • To sup­port infra­struc­ture, gov­er­nance and orga­ni­za­tion­al devel­op­ment for media arts-cen­tred orga­ni­za­tions; and
  • To advo­cate for bet­ter liv­ing con­di­tions for artists.