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 email@example.com 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.