MANO/RAMO was cre­ated in 2009 for the express pur­pose of pro­vid­ing a uni­fied and respon­sive voice for Ontario’s media arts sec­tor. The media arts sec­tor has had a rapid and con­tin­ued evo­lu­tion that has been inno­v­a­tive and respon­sive to new and emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies and for­mats over the last two decades. The time has come for the sec­tor to com­mu­ni­cate its abun­dant achieve­ments, pur­sue fund­ing par­ity with more tra­di­tional dis­ci­plines, and pur­sue increased oppor­tu­ni­ties for its artists. In the com­ing years, MANO/RAMO will play an impor­tant role in spear­head­ing advo­cacy, pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment, net­work­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions that fur­ther the pro­file of the media arts sec­tor in com­mu­ni­ties across the province.

The Media Arts Net­work of Ontario/Réseau des arts médi­a­tiques de l’Ontario (MANO/RAMO) is an arts ser­vice orga­ni­za­tion whose man­date is to develop and fos­ter a uni­fied and respon­sive provin­cial net­work for Ontario media arts orga­ni­za­tions and the inde­pen­dent artists they rep­re­sent. MANO/RAMO cur­rently rep­re­sents over 50 orga­ni­za­tions in Ontario. Key orga­ni­za­tional goals include:

  • To improve the work­ing and liv­ing con­di­tions for Ontario artists through spe­cific pro­gram­ming activ­i­ties and advo­cacy ini­tia­tives at the provin­cial level;
  • To cre­ate oppor­tu­ni­ties for col­lab­o­ra­tive exchange and infor­ma­tion shar­ing among expe­ri­enced, mid-level and emerg­ing media arts orga­ni­za­tions and collectives;
  • To respond to the needs of the provin­cial media arts com­mu­nity with action-based ini­tia­tives and communications;
  • To gar­ner greater sup­port and pro­file for the sec­tor in the province’s cul­tural policy;
  • To cre­ate aware­ness of and engage­ment with the breadth of media arts activ­ity in Ontario.

MANO/RAMO’s vision is informed by the value that a rich and vibrant cul­tural land­scape includes the con­tin­ued diver­sity of artis­tic and cul­tural expres­sion offered by inde­pen­dent film, video, audio and new media arts. These forms of expres­sion pro­vide nec­es­sary alter­na­tives to main­stream, com­mer­cial and insti­tu­tional ide­olo­gies. It is the organization’s belief that com­mu­nity engage­ment with diverse artis­tic prac­tices improves qual­ity of life by pro­mot­ing cul­tural under­stand­ing and respect at all lev­els of society.