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June 6, 2017

OAAG June E-News

May 10, 2017

Employment Opportunity at OAAG: YCW Student Communications & Development Assistant

May 2, 2017

OAAG May E-News

April 4, 2017

OAAG April E-News

March 7, 2017

OAAG March E-News

February 7, 2017

OAAG February E-News

October 27, 2016

Notice of Annual General Meeting - Thursday November 17, 2016 at 1:30pm

April 6, 2016

Employment Opportunity at OAAG: YCW Student Communications & Development Assistant

March 28, 2016

OAAG Workshop: Caring for Collections, Caring for Work: Engaging, Recruiting &Training Collection Caretakers

February 29, 2016

CCI Workshop: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness for Cultural Institutions, February 24-25, 2016

February 9, 2016

OAAG Workshop: Transportation of Cultural Property Inside & Outside of Canada on February 8, 2016

December 16, 2015

Ontario Association of Art Galleries Welcomes Program and Development Coordinator, Crystal Melville

November 11, 2015

Announcement: New Director and CEO appointed to the ROM

October 22, 2015

Notice of OAAG's Annual General Meeting

September 29, 2015

Ontario Association of Art Galleries' Mentorship Program in Progress
Farewell Announcement for OAAG's Assistant Director

July 15, 2015

Ontario Association of Art Galleries appoints new Executive Director, Zainub Verjee

July 8, 2015

Saying farewell to OAAG's outgoing Executive Director Demetra Christakos

June 3, 2015

The Canada Council for the Arts announces its new funding model
Esteemed OAAG Colleague and gallery director Mary Misner retires from the Idea Exchange

May 15, 2015

Message from the OAAG President: Executive Director, Demetra Christakos', resignation

April 28, 2014

Canadian Heritage announces Canada 150 Fund
ArtsBuild Ontario announces Energize Microloan Fund for the Arts
OAAG Colleagues in the News
Thank you to our wonderful Humber College Arts Administration Interns!

June 12, 2014

Ontario General Election: PASO 5 Election Questions and the five party responses

December 11, 2013

Ontario Association of Art Galleries recieves funding for diversity and leadership project

December 4, 2013

Recomendations of the Canadian Arts Coalition
2013-2014 OAAG Board of Directors
President and CEO of the Art Gallery of Hamilton Announces Departure End of 2014

May 1, 2013

Painting stolen from the Jewish Public Library of Montreal/Peinture volé de la Bibliothèque publique juive de Montréal

April 10, 2013

Alexandra Montgomery Steps Down as Gardiner Museum Executive Director
The Mississauga Arts Council Honours The Memory of Robert Freeman
Frances K. Smith 1913-2012

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October 27, 2016

Ontario Association of Art Galleries

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Thursday November 17, 2016 at 1.30 pm

The Ballroom, Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1J6

RSVP members@oaag.org or phone 416-598-0714

Designated representative who cannot be in attendance may choose to assign a proxy. Proxy form is attached below.

1.30 pm ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE MEMBERS

Call to order
(Melanie Townsend, President) Time:

Declaration of Quorum
(Catharine Mastin, Secretary)

Approval of Agenda
(Melanie Townsend, President)

Motion to approve the Agenda ____________________Seconded ______________

Approval of Minutes of the 2015 Annual General Meeting


(Melanie Townsend, President)

Motion to Approve the minutes of November 18, 2015 _______________Seconded____________

President’s Report
(Melanie Townsend, President)

Motion to approve the President’s Report___________Seconded__________________

Election of Directors to fill vacancies on the Board
(Matthew Hyland, Vice President)

Presentation of Slate of Nominees to Board 2016
(see attached)

                  Robert Steven, Art Gallery of Burlington
                  Wanda Nanibush, Art Gallery of Ontario
                  Christian Bernard Singer, Tom Thomson Art Gallery

Call for nominations from the Floor (Repeat Three Times)

Motion to Elect Directors (Members vote by show of hands)

Moved_________________Seconded________________

 

Change in Bylaws

The current by-law:

Qualifications of Directors 286(1) 2. a) "No person shall be a director unless he or she is a member of OAAG. If he or she ceases to be a member, he or she thereupon ceases to be a director"

Proposed Change:
A director must be either i) an employee of an organization that is an Institutional member of OAAG, or ii) an individual who is a Colleague member of OAAG. If he or she ceases to be an employee of an Institutional member and is not an individual Colleague member, he or she thereupon ceases to be a director.

286(2) Any person qualifying as a Colleague who is elected to the Board is deemed to be admitted as a Colleague member.

That this be removed from the by-laws as under 286(1) 2.a states clearly the Qualification of Directors

Motion to approve change in by-law 286 (1) 2. a and 286 (2) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­____________________________

Seconded ___________________________________

Treasurer’s Report
(Jan Allen, Treasurer)

Motion to approve the 2015-2016 Financial Statements (Jan Allen)

Seconded_________________

Motion to appoint the Board to appoint the new David Burkes  as Auditors for 2016-2017 (Jan Allen)

Seconded _______________

Membership Report
(Matthew Hyland, Vice-President)

Motion to approve the Membership Report________________ Seconded______________

Leadership and Cultural Pluralism Reports
(Charles Smith and Judy Wolfe)

Motion to approve the Reports________________ Seconded______________

Motion to set the date for the next Annual General Meeting


Moved________________ Seconded______________

Motion to Adjourn (
Melanie Townsend, President)

Moved_________________ Seconded_____________________

See Attachments to the Agenda Below:

1. Minutes and OAAG Annual Report 2015
2. Slate of Board Nominations
3. 2016 Audited Statements
4. 2016 AGM Proxy Assignment Form

April 6, 2016

Employment Opportunity at OAAG: YCW Student Communications & Development Assistant

Application Deadline: Friday, April 29, 2016, 5pm

Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) is a non-profit charitable organization serving and representing 114 public art galleries in 62 municipalities across Ontario. Through network-building, professional development and advocacy, OAAG fosters sustainable, healthy, diverse public art galleries, furthering the visual arts as a key component of cultural life in Ontario. OAAG is located in the culturally rich 401 Richmond building in downtown Toronto. To learn more about OAAG, please visit http://oaag.org/.

POSITION SUMMARY

Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) is accepting applications for one summer student contract position as Communications and Development Assistant which will be based in the OAAG secretariat at 401 Richmond St. W in Toronto, ON from 9:30am – 5:30pm, Monday – Friday. This is a 3-month contract starting Monday, June 6, 2016 and ending September 2, 2016 (12 weeks for 35 hours per week). The position is compensated at $12 an hour. The Communications and Development Assistant may occasionally be required to work outside regular business hours to attend meetings and events. This time will be deducted from the time they are required to be in the OAAG office. This summer student position is funded through the Young Canada Works (YCW) program through the Government of Canada and applicants must be eligible and registered for YCW as a current student, in order to apply.

PRIMARY DUTIES

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) seeks a YCW Communications and Development Assistant to work with accomplished staff in the OAAG Secretariat on three province-wide initiatives that provide visibility, service and benefit to Ontario’s public art galleries. The Communications and Development Assistant will assist in the development of OAAG Awards sponsorship proposals, fund development, and coordination of nomination packages; assist in the development of the OAAG Silent Auction program through strong communication and marketing skills, and gather and collate research and assist in the collection of data to produce a preliminary final report for the OAAG Leadership & Cultural Diversity project. The Communications and Development Assistant will also assist with other administrative tasks as necessary. The Communication and Development Assistant can expect to learn key skills in arts and project administration, corporate communications and fund development.

QUALIFICATIONS

• Currently enrolled as a student in a visual arts, arts administration, arts, non-profit management or related program;
• Declared interest in a career path in the visual arts and heritage sector;
• Possesses some knowledge about OAAG, and the organizations membership and programs;
• Highly motivated to learn about project coordination and administration, fund development and communications in the arts & culture sector;
• Well-organized with a keen attention to detail and ability to take initiative and produce desired results; some experience in project management or coordination desired;
• Superior time-management and organizational skills: Ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment and possess the ability to work independently as well as work collaboratively with staff and volunteers in a shared work environment;
• Must be an effective communicator with excellent oral, written and research skills: must have a pleasant and patient telephone manner; must be able to analyze problems and communicate solutions clearly. Will be comfortable with speaking to small groups; prior experience in digital media is an asset (audio/photo/video/html/CMS); intermediate comprehension and speaking skills in French considered a significant asset;
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills: Able to act independently and make sound decisions within the framework of established programs and direction to produce results; able to research and collect, collate and analyze data;
• Strong interpersonal skills: Able to interact effectively with staff, volunteers, partners and the general public; must contribute to a collegial, productive office team atmosphere;
• Proficient information management skills, particularly with databases: will handle sensitive information and situations with tact and diplomacy;
• Will have strong computer and Internet literacy skills: Knowledge of MS Office Suite, particularly word and excel spreadsheet. Some familiarity with Survey Monkey, Adobe Creative Suite, Google docs and WordPress is highly desirable. Must be proficient in social media platforms. Ideal candidate will be comfortable and efficient working on a Mac operating
system;
• Driver’s license and willingness to drive is an asset, but not required.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

This job is funded through the Government of Canada’s Young Canada Works (YCW) Program. To be eligible for the position you must qualify for the YCW program. You are eligible if you:

• Are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada; Note: Non-Canadian students holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible;
• Are legally entitled to work in Canada;
• Will be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
• Are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment; Will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with OAAG;
• Have been a full-time student (as defined by your educational institution) in the semester preceding the job;
• Intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW job. Note: Students with a disability are eligible for part-time work.

For more information about the Young Canada Works Program and eligibility please visit: http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1359484003285/1359484079115#a1.

HOW TO APPLY

Before applying directly to OAAG for this position, please register for the Young Canada Works program at www.youngcanadaworks.gc.ca, by Thursday, April 28, 2016.

Please send your application in one pdf document saved as ‘YourLastName_FirstInitial_Application_CommunicationsDevelopmentAssistant.pdf’ which includes cover letter highlighting your eligibility for the position (including YCW eligibility), a resume detailing qualifications, and three references (including one current school reference) via email to: hr@oaag.org. Please ensure email subject line stipulates “Communications and Development Assistant Application”.

Applications must be sent to hr@oaag.org no later than Friday, April 29, 2016 at 5pm.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted by early May 2016. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for May 11-13 in the OAAG secretariat at 401 Richmond in Toronto.

OAAG is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusiveness. For more information on OAAG’s human resource policies, including Ontario Association of Art Galleries Anti-Racism, Access and Equity Policy & Human Rights Complaints Procedure, please visit http://oaag.org/policies.html#antiracismpolicy.

To learn more about OAAG, its members and activities, please visit http://oaag.org/.

March 28, 2016

OAAG Workshop: Caring for Collections, Caring for Work: Engaging, Recruiting &Training Collection Caretakers

One-day professional development workshop/symposium
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Museum London
421 Ridout Street North
London, ON

Image: Pedro Reyes: Sanatorium. Installation view: The Power Plant,
Toronto, 2014. Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid.

Join the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG), its members and its partners, as we delve into the complexities, successes and potentials of training collection caretakers through experiential, practical and informative presentations and discussions.

While volunteering in large institutions through docent programs has become a regular aspect of public art galleries, how are such programs transforming and evolving? What other dynamic models of collections engagement, care and training do public art galleries and other art institutions employ to maintain their collections and animate their exhibitions? How are such programs building future audiences and collection custodians, emerging cultural workers and art gallery leaders?
 
The workshop will assess successes and future growth associated with implementing dynamic collection care-taking programs and animating exhibitions with care, and also assess best practices and key requirements for designing such programs.

To reserve a spot, email this completed registration form to cmelville@oaag.org.

OAAG gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, Museums Assistance Program. Thank you to Museum London for providing venue accommodations and support.

February 29, 2016

CCI Workshop: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness for Cultural Institutions, February 24-25, 2016

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) and the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) presented Emergency & Disaster Preparedness for Cultural Institutions, a Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) Worksho on February 24-25, 2016 at The Robert McLaughln Gallery in Oshawa. This workshop discussed the importance of preparing for emergencies; informed participants how to form and train an emergency response team; provided guidance in creating an effective emergency plan; and offered training in the salvage of water-damaged collections. The workshop was highly interactive and included lectures, demonstrations, discussions, group exercises and hands-on activities.

 

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Participants received and learned how to use the digital CCI Emergency Response Planning Workbook, which included an associated emergency plan template, worksheets, salvage information and related resources. These materials provide a step-by-step guide to assist participants in creating an emergency response programme on their own after the workshop that is customized to the needs of their institution.

OAAG and OMA gratefully acknowledge Irene Karsten and Crystal Maitland from the Canadian Conservation Institute, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery for providing venue accommodations; and funding from Canadian Heritage and the Government of Canada.

February 9, 2016

OAAG Workshop: Transportation of Cultural Property & Artwork Inside & Outside of Canada

Presented by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries with the Art Museum at the University of Toronto.

On February 8, 2016 at the University of Toronto, OAAG explored professional knowledge, skills and practices needed for managing collections and exhibitions while they travel with 38 registrants and 10 presenters from across Ontario. Participants assessed transporting artworks from collections within Canada and to/from Canada, including customs procedures. The workshop addressed the complexities of cultural property and looked into how to handle a variety of artwork so that the conservation of high value Canadian artwork is maintained during transportation, ensuring Canadians continued access to these artworks. The workshop provided case-by-case studies of touring exhibitions and registrants had the opportunity to ask questions and share their own experiences.

For more information about OAAG's past and upcoming workshops, please visit our Programs Page.

 

 

December 16, 2015

Ontario Association of Art Galleries Welcomes Program and Development Coordinator, Crystal Melville

OAAG is pleased to welcome Crystal Melville to the position of Program and Development Coordinator in January 2016.

Crystal brings experience working across arts administration in program coordination, communications, marketing, publishing and fund development. Previously, she worked at Visual Arts Nova Scotia (a provincial arts service organization) as the Programming Coordinator (2009-2011), Acting Executive Director (2011-2012) and Publisher (2011-2012) of the organizations in-house magazine Visual Arts News. Since leaving Nova Scotia, she has pursued graduate studies at York University and continues to work independently in community and cultural development.

Welcome Crystal.

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November 11, 2015

Announcement: New Director and CEO appointed to the ROM

Royal Ontario Museum Announces Josh Basseches as Director and Chief Executive Officer

Deputy Director of Peabody Essex Museum to join ROM in 2016

TORONTO, November 7, 2015 — Bonnie Brooks, Chair of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
Board of Trustees, announced today the appointment of Josh Basseches as the new Director and
CEO, following an extensive international search. A museum leader for more than two decades,
Basseches brings an extraordinary depth of global museum knowledge and experience to his new
role at the ROM.

“Josh is a proven leader with a strong vision for museums in the 21st century. We look forward to
welcoming him to the ROM and its passionate community, and working with him to realize our
ambitious and exciting plans to grow this important institution,” said Bonnie Brooks.

Basseches joins the ROM from the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, Massachusetts, where
he is Deputy Director. He played a central role in the decade-long transformation of PEM into one
of America’s leading museums, with a reputation for innovation and creativity, as well as in PEM’s
recent capital campaign, helping to raise more than $600 million (CDN). Prior to joining PEM,
Basseches was Executive Director at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and held senior roles
at TDC, a nonprofit management consulting firm and research firm serving museums and
educational institutions, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He holds an MBA from Harvard
University and is a PhD Candidate in the History of Art & Architecture at the Boston University’s
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

“I am tremendously excited to join the ROM. The Museum is an exceptional Canadian cultural and
educational institution that inspires visitors from around the globe. The ROM is one of a few major
museums in the world with encyclopedic collections spanning across art, culture, and nature. My
vision is to continue to enhance the relevance and impact of the Museum, strengthen our visitor
experience, and transform us into one of the top ten museums in the world,” said Basseches.

Basseches is expected to begin his new role in 2016, following the completion of immigration
proceedings. He joins the ROM at a dynamic time, with Pompeii set to deliver strong attendance
numbers, and an exciting schedule of exhibitions, including Tattoos and Chihuly, scheduled for the
coming year.

Contact:

Marnie Peters, AVP PR & Publications
marniep@rom.on.ca
416-562-1635

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October 22, 2015

Notice of OAAG's Annual General Meeting

Ontario Association of Art Galleries
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Wednesday November 18, 2015 at 2:00 pm
The Ballroom, Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1J6

RSVP members@oaag.org or phone 416-598-0714

Designated representative who cannot be in attendance may choose to assign a proxy. Proxy form is attached below.

2:00 pm ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE MEMBERS

Call to order
(Shirley Madill, President) Time:

Declaration of Quorum
(Jan Allen, Secretary)

Approval of Agenda (Shirley Madill, President)
Motion to approve the Agenda ____________________Seconded ______________

Approval of Minutes of the 2014 Annual General Meeting

(Shirley Madill, President)
Motion to Approve the minutes of November 5, 2014_______________Seconded____________
Attached below.

President’s Report
(Shirley Madill, President)
Motion to approve the President’s Report___________Seconded__________________

Election of Directors to fill vacancies on the Board
(Melanie Townsend, Vice President)

Presentation of Slate of Nominees to Board 2015
(see attached)
Dawn Owen, Art Gallery of Guelph
Alex Maeve Campbell, W.K.P. Kennedy Gallery
Call for nominations from the Floor (Repeat Three Times)
Motion to Elect Directors (Members vote by show of hands)
Moved_________________Seconded________________
Announcement of 2015-2016 Executive and Standing Committees

Treasurer’s Report (Carol Podedworny, Treasurer)
Motion to approve the 2014-2015 Financial Statements
OAAG concludes the 2015 financial year in a position of modest accumulated surplus
Motion to Approve the Financial Statements (Carol Podedworny)
Seconded_________________
Motion to appoint the Board to appoint the Auditors for 2015-2016 (Carol Podedworny)
Seconded _______________

Membership Report
(Jan Allen, Secretary)
Motion to approve the Membership Report________________ Seconded______________

Executive Director’s Report (Zainub Verjee)
Motion to approve the Executive Director’s Report________________ Seconded______________

Motion to set the date for the next Annual General Meeting

Moved________________ Seconded______________

Motion to Adjourn (Shirley Madill, President)

Moved_________________ Seconded_____________________

See attachments to the agenda below:

  1. Minutes and OAAG Annual Report 2014
  2. Slate of Board of Nominations
  3. 2015 Audited Financial Statements
  4. 2015 AGM Proxy Assignment Form

Ontario Association of Art Galleries' Mentorship Program in Progress

From left to right: Suzanne Smoke, Naomi Johnson, Tina Chu, Astrid Ho, Patrick Macaulay, Mark V. Campbell, Pamela Edmonds, Johnson Ngo. December 2014. Photo by Calvert Quach.

TORONTO, ONTARIO—The Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) is pleased to announce its Mentorship Program, as part of its Leadership and Cultural Pluralism Project, is in progress.
 
The new mentorship program provides six culturally diverse mentorees with the opportunity to accelerate their careers by connecting them to senior arts leaders in public galleries in Ontario.  Each mentoree is paired with a mentor. The mentorees are given the freedom to determine their own mentoring agenda, which can include regular meetings and activities that focus on building leadership skills in the public arts sector.
 
The program addresses the development of skills in leadership, governance, change management, cultural pluralism, strategic planning and personal skills. By addressing these areas it serves to benefit individuals and organizations within the public art gallery sector.
 
Mentorees include:

  • Mark V. Campbell, Executive Director, Nia Centre for the Arts
  • Tina Chu, Independent
  • Astrid Ho, Print Sales Manager and Archivist, Open Studio
  • Johnson Ngo, Assistant, Adult Program/Public Programming & Learning, Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Suzanne Smoke, Independent 

Mentors include:

  • Emelie Chhangur, Assistant Director/Curator, Art Gallery of York University
  • Deepali Dewan, Senior Curator, South Asian Arts & Culture, Royal Ontario Museum
  • Pamela Edmonds, Curator/Co-Director, Third Space Art Projects
  • Naomi Johnson, Artistic Director, Woodland Cultural Centre
  • Patrick Macaulay, Director, Visual Arts, Harbourfront Centre
  • Srimoyee Mitra, Curator of Contemporary Arts, Art Gallery of Windsor

Some participants in the program have chosen to remain private.
 
The project, which received funding in December 2013, was born out of the identification of significant gaps in culturally diversity at the executive level in the arts sector. The project consists of this Mentorship Program, workshops and a project website.
 
All project information – including mentorees’ and mentors’ biographies, consultant information and other resources – is available at http://www.ontarioartsleadership.com/. The project website is currently in development.
 
About OAAG
 
Through network-building, professional development and advocacy, the Ontario Association of Art Galleries fosters sustainable, healthy, diverse public art galleries, furthering the visual arts as a key component of the cultural life of Ontario. OAAG serves and represents 102 public art gallery and visual art organization members in 61 municipalities across the province.
 
Contact Information:
Veronica Quach
Assistant Director 
(416) 598-0714
communications@oaag.org

Farewell Announcement for OAAG's Assistant Director

TORONTO, ONTARIO— The Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) regretfully announces that Veronica Quach, Assistant Director, will no longer be at the organization after December 31, 2015.

Veronica has been employed at OAAG for five years. She started as the Program Assistant, was promoted to Communications and Events Coordinator and has been Assistant Director for the past three years.

Veronica will be moving on to other opportunities. She plans to move to Switzerland with her partner in the new year.

OAAG is moving ahead with the search process to fill the staffing gap. Please visit the OAAG Jobline page to view the Program and Development Coordinator job opportuntiy with OAAG.

For more information, please contact:

Zainub Verjee 
Executive Director
(416) 598-0714
zverjee@oaag.org
 
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July 15, 2015

Ontario Association of Art Galleries appoints new Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries is pleased to announce the appointment of Zainub Verjee as the new Executive Director of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries.

“Over the past decade, under the leadership of Demetra Christakos, OAAG has grown and progressed to its current position as a major organization engaging its membership of public art galleries in Ontario through significant programming initiatives and advocacy for the arts in Ontario” says Shirley Madill, President of OAAG. “As OAAG enters the next phase in its future development, we are delighted to welcome Zainub Verjee to lead the organization. We are confident that her cultural vision and leadership will guide the Association, develop bold programming in new and exciting ways and expand its reach.”

Verjee was selected from a diverse and high profile pool of individuals and encapsulates many qualifications necessary to take the organization forward.

Zainub Verjee, an accomplished leader and senior executive in the art and culture sector, brings over 25 years of experience to OAAG. Her work has shaped culture policy at all levels of government as well as growth of cultural institutions and organizations.

As the inaugural Director, Office of Arts and Culture at Mississauga, Verjee set up the city’s first Culture Division and developed the first comprehensive Culture Master Plan. As Senior Policy Advisor, Arts Policy Branch, Department of Canadian Heritage and Program Officer at the Canada Council for the Arts, she served on cross-sectoral portfolios and developed initiatives in Digital Culture and Artist as Researcher. Prior to her work with the Federal government, she was the Executive Director at the Western Front, Vancouver, and co-founder and Co-Director of In Visible Colours. She was engaged by Gordon Campbell, Canadian diplomat and the 35th Mayor of Vancouver on his landmark Vancouver Arts Initiative, and among many appointments to Boards, she is proud of her work at the B.C. Arts Board that led to the formation of the B.C. Arts Council.

Zainub Verjee pursued her graduate research interests in Interdisciplinary Studies from York University and holds a B.A. in Business Administration and Economics from Simon Fraser University. She is published widely and is invited to speak nationally and internationally on culture policy, contemporary art and cultural diplomacy. Her art work has been shown nationally and internationally including at the Venice Biennale on its 100th anniversary and Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York and resides in private and public collections such as Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada.

On her new appointment Verjee says, “I am delighted to be joining OAAG, a significant cultural institution, steadfastly empowering Ontario’s public art galleries. I look forward to working with the team in building capacities, strategizing interventions to create new synergies and developing a distinct public interface recognizing the vitality of the visual arts.”

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About the Ontario Association of Art Galleries
Through network-building, professional development and advocacy, the Ontario Association of Art Galleries fosters sustainable, healthy, diverse public art galleries, furthering the visual arts as a key component of the cultural life of Ontario. OAAG serves and represents 102 public art gallery and visual art organization members in 61 municipalities across the province.

Media Information
Veronica Quach
Assistant Director
communications@oaag.org
Phone: (416) 598-0714


Zainub Verjee

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July 8, 2015

Saying farewell to OAAG's outgoing Executive Director Demetra Christakos

Please drop by on Friday, July 17, 2015, 12 noon to 1:30 pm, if you can, to the OAAG Secretariat, Suite 395, 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto.

Say so long to our outgoing ED
Demetra's home is Sudbury
To wish her the best
goodbye with a jest
Stop in for limericks and tea
(sandwiches).

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June 3, 2015

The Canada Council for the Arts announces its new funding model

Visit the Canada Council's website for more information regarding the six new programs announced.

Esteemed OAAG Colleague and gallery director Mary Misner retires from the Idea Exchange

Cambridge – After over twenty-seven years as Gallery Director of Cambridge Galleries, now Idea Exchange, Mary Misner will retire in September 2015. Idea Exchange is a pillar of arts and culture throughout the city of Cambridge; Misner has been responsible for significant transformation in the gallery, overseeing numerous successes during her time as director.

For more information please visit www.exchangemagazine.com

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May 15, 2015

Message from the OAAG President: Executive Director, Demetra Christakos', resignation

PRESS RELEASE

MAY 15, 2015

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

(Toronto)…With mixed emotions the Board of Directors of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries accepts the resignation of long-standing Executive Director Ms. Demetra Christakos, who has graciously served the organization since September 2001.

During her 14 years with the Ontario Association of Art Galleries, Ms. Christakos has been an outstanding employee whose dedication has resulted in organizational stability, outreach, continuity, service and professional excellence throughout the province of Ontario and beyond.  Her stewardship of the Association’s Annual Awards ceremonies, for example, has been exemplary as has her ability to connect the sector and champion the visual arts in Ontario.  She will be missed by her colleagues at the Association and throughout the province.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and the Association please join me in wishing Demetra much success as she embarks on her new role as Director/Curator of the Art Gallery of Sudbury later this summer and in thanking her for her dedication to the Ontario Association of Art Galleries.

In due course we will be moving ahead with the search process for a new Executive Director for the Association and will keep members apprised of our developments as these become available.
 
For more information please contact me through the Secretariat at:
 
Shirley Madill
President
Ontario Association of Art Galleries
Suite 395, 401 Richmond Street West
Toronto ON M5V 3A8

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April 28, 2014

Canadian Heritage announces Canada 150 Fund.

The Department of Canadian Heritage (PCH) is the lead department for the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada and has created the Canada 150 Fund, a funding initiative that aims to promote Canadian values, culture and history, generate national pride and bring citizens together to celebrate Canada 150.

Contact a Canadian Heritage program officer for an application kit.

ArtsBuild Ontario announces Energize Microloan Fund for the Arts.

Energize Microloan Fund for the Arts provides arts nonprofits with the opportunity to apply for small loans from $2,500 to $5,000 at an interest rate of 3.5% to be used for funding projects, reports or plans that make their creative spaces more energy efficient.

Download the Energize Microloan Fund for the Arts Application Form.

OAAG Colleagues in the News

Matthew Teitelbaum appointed Director of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Robert Steven appointed President and CEO of the Art Gallery of Burlington

Thank you to our wonderful Humber College Arts Administration Interns!

Melina Sevilla, PASO Advocacy Intern (left) Tabinda Khan, OAAG Fundraising Intern (centre) Lindsay Earnshaw, OAAG Advocacy Intern (right)

For more information on Humber College's Arts Administration and Cultural Management program visit their webpage.

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June 12, 2014

Ontario General Election: PASO 5 Election Questions and the five party response

Ontario General Election takes place on June 12, 2014. Please take a moment to read the PASO 5 Election Questions and the five party responses, received to date:

PASO is a Coalition of Provincial Arts Service Organizations that strives to strengthen the environment for the individuals and institutions that create and disseminate the arts in this province and for public access to the arts. Our collective memberships are made up of individual artists as well as the performance and exhibition organizations that create and support artistic expression.

In the interest of providing the sector with answers to make informed decisions in the upcoming provincial election we would like to know your party's platform regarding arts and culture in Ontario, if available. We also have five key questions below that are directly related to the priorities the arts community has articulated.


FIVE QUESTIONS FROM THE ARTS COMMUNITY FOR THE 2014 ONTARIO PROVINCIAL ELECTION


The arts community would like to know:

1. How will your party support youth employment in the Province through a robust community-driven training/internship strategy?

Young people in Ontario - especially Toronto - are among the least employed in the country, according to a report prepared by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. It shows the province's unemployment rate is higher than the national average. In addition, for those under 24 years of age, joblessness is more common in Ontario than anywhere in Canada, aside from Atlantic Canada.

In light of this, the arts community provides a fertile training ground for countless recent graduates. This occurs within the many arts-oriented facilities that operate throughout the Province be they artist-run centres, galleries, performance venues or studios.

Would you consider working with the educational sector to create a comprehensive apprenticeship program for real-world arts training that will help launch Ontario's next generation of arts professionals to the forefront of the creative industries?

2. Can you confirm your party's commitment to the arts sector by increasing investment in the arts through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport - and key agencies such as the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) and the Ontario Trillium Foundation - to bring Ontario to the national average, a minimum of $89 per capita?

Ontario has nearly twice as many artists as any other province. Artists represent 0.81% of the overall provincial labour force, slightly higher than the Canadian average (0.77%).

In 2009-10 Ontario had the second lowest per capita provincial government expenditures on culture. At $62 it was $27 less than the $89 per capita national average, with only British Columbia dedicating less resources to culture.

3. How will your party strengthen the Status of Ontario's Artists Act through a consultative process to better address the financial challenges of artistic creation?

Artists are independent entrepreneurs and small business generators, hugely important to the vital creative economy. In 2007, the Ontario government took the bold step of introducing legislation that hoped to better recognize artists in this Province. The time has come for the next government to commit to consulting with the arts community and updating the Act so that it better guarantees reasonable compensation for the professional services that artists provide.

4. How will your party address the value of the arts through increasing arts education in schools?

In 2013, a report by People for The Arts showed strong evidence that arts education fosters student engagement and achievement. Arts programs in school help children learn to express themselves, to work with others, to take risks, and to learn about cultural traditions- their own and others. When publicly-funded schools are adequately resourced, they are the best place to ensure every child has regular access to the arts, both through curriculum and enrichment.

An interesting example of how arts funding is being eroded in schools can be gleaned from looking at music education. In 2013, in elementary schools:

  • 44% had a specialist music teacher, compared to 49% the year before ; the lowest level since 2005, and far from peak levels of 58% in the late 1990s.
  • 40% of music teachers were part-time.
  • 32% of schools had neither an itinerant, nor a specialist music teacher.
  • 62% of schools in the GTA had music teachers, compared compared to 26% of elementary schools in northern Ontario, and 32% in eastern Ontario.

5. How will your party invest in adequate and affordable facilities for artists and arts organizations?

With increasing costs for the rental and purchase of space across the province, particularly in urban centres, what is your plan to support adequate and affordable facilities including housing for artists and arts organizations?

IMPACT OF ARTS AND CULTURE ON THE ONTARIO ECONOMY


The impact of arts and culture on the Ontario economy is significant. PASO would like to draw attention to research commissioned by the Ontario Arts Council that highlights this impact:

  • 252,300 Ontarians are directly employed by the cultural sector. This represents 4.1% of total Ontario employment
  • Ontario's cultural sector contributes $19.7 billion to the province's Gross Domestic Product, or 4.2% of our total GDP
  • 4.5 million Ontarians participated in arts education activities offered by organizations funded annually by the Ontario Arts Council (OAC); of these 4.5 million, 2.1 million were children and youth
  • 43% of Ontarians, 15 years or older, attended a performing arts event; 36% visited a museum or gallery

Arts and culture are a key driver of Ontario's tourism industry. In 2010:

  • Arts/culture tourist spending generated:
    • $3.7 billion in GDP province-wide
    • 67,000 jobs and $2.4 billion in wages
    • $1.7 billion in taxes.
  • 9.5 million overnight tourists participated in arts/culture activities during their trips. This is 22% of all of Ontario's overnight tourists.
    • 66% were Canadians, 23% were Americans, and 11% were from overseas.
      • 39% of all American overnight visitors to Ontario were arts/culture tourists.
      • 63% of Ontario's overseas visitors engaged in an arts/culture activity during their trip.

If you could please send your responses to the following address: kc(at)carfacontario(dot)ca by June 2, 2014, it will give us an opportunity to send to our various constituents in advance of the June 12th election.

We look forward to hearing from you. What follows is a list all of the Coalition members.

Submitted by:
Kristian Clarke, Co-Chair and Demetra Christakos, Co-Chair


View the Responses:

Communist Party of Canada (Ontario) (.pdf)

Green Party of Ontario (.pdf)

Ontario Liberal Party (.pdf)

The People's Political Party (.pdf)

Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario (.pdf)

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December 11, 2013

Ontario Association of Art Galleries recieves funding for diversity and leadership project

December 11, 2013 - The Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) has received a grant of $133,300 over 32 months to provide diversity training to strengthen governance, leadership and change management in Ontario's public art gallery network from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF).

This province-wide project will create opportunities for six culturally diverse arts professionals to design their own mentoring relationships with senior arts managers to help them accelerate their transition into leadership positions in public art galleries across Ontario. Other aspects of the project, which are accessible to all galleries across the province, include workshops and a resource website.

“OAAG developed this project based on feedback from OAAG member public galleries and organizations. The OAAG Board and staff are excited to start work on this innovative new project,” says Virginia Eichhorn, President of the OAAG Board of Directors. “OAAG is committed to the development of visual arts centres in Ontario.”

OAAG is a registered charitable organization that serves and represents Ontario's dynamic public art galleries as valued and essential centres of art and learning.

OTF announced investments in 324 not-for-profit and charitable organizations across Ontario on November 26 as well as 27 grants that will support larger, province-wide projects – including the grant to OAAG.

By working with not-for-profit organizations at the local level, and other groups that operate on a larger scale, OTF is maximizing the impact of our investments and helping to build a healthy and vibrant Ontario.


About OAAG

OAAG’s vision is to be a vital and effective advocate for Ontario's dynamic public art galleries, serving and representing our members across the province as valued and essential centres of art and learning.

OAAG's membership consists of over 200 art museums, public art galleries, artist-run centres, visual arts organizations, and professional colleagues across Ontario.

OAAG is a registered charitable organization.

More information about OAAG can be found at oaag.org.


About OTF

OTF is the largest granting foundation in Canada, and our participatory model of grant making means that local volunteers in each of 16 areas are responsible for selecting successful grants.

OTF is a provincial agency that awards about 1300 grants every year, and more than one in five organizations that receive OTF grants are run solely by volunteers. The Foundation has a mandate to fund across four sectors: social services, environment, arts and culture, and sports and recreation.

More information about OTF can be found at www.otf.ca.


Quotes from OTF

“The Government of Ontario is proud to partner with our diverse and dynamic not-for-profit and charitable organizations through our lead agency the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Our support for innovative local initiatives helps to build healthy and vibrant communities across the province and enrich the quality of life for Ontarians.” - Michael Chan, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“The Ontario Trillium Foundation has the unique opportunity to partner with a diverse range of not-for-profits and charities, all of whom are passionate and committed to helping their communities. I am excited to see what this round of grantees will accomplish with our support.” - Andrea Cohen Barrack, CEO, Ontario Trillium Foundation

OAAG Media Contacts

Demetra Christakos
Executive Director
(416) 598-0714
oaag@oaag.org

Veronica Quach
Assistant Director
(416) 598-0714
communications@oaag.org

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December 4, 2013

President and CEO of the Art Gallery of Hamilton Announces Departure End of 2014

December 4, 2013 – Charles P. Criminisi, Chair of the Art Gallery of Hamilton Board of Directors announced today that Louise Dompierre, President and CEO of the AGH has informed him and the Gallery’s Board of Directors of her intention to leave the Gallery at the end of 2014.

“After 15 years at the helm of the AGH and 35 years working in art museums, I have decided it is time for me to enter a new phase of my life,” said Louise Dompierre. “This was not an easy decision to make as I have thoroughly enjoyed my years at the Gallery and the great opportunities I was given to work with so many talented and committed individuals. But, the AGH Centennial is a turning point for the institution and, I believe, it is an ideal moment to find a successor,” she said.

“The Board of Directors is deeply indebted to Louise Dompierre for her leadership of the AGH and accepts her decision with enormous regret,” said Charles Criminisi. “Louise is a brilliant visionary with the rare talent of being able to execute new directions. She has been a great asset for both the AGH and the City of Hamilton.

“Having served the AGH for more than 15 years with great distinction, commitment and wisdom, Louise leaves the Gallery with a brilliant multi-faceted legacy and a glowing future. One of the most significant of her long list of achievements is her leadership in developing acclaimed thought provoking and inspiring exhibitions which engage people of all ages. In 2012 the AGH experienced record breaking attendance of 290,000, a gigantic leap from 20,000 when she joined the Gallery in 1998.”

To read more information in regards to AGH’s announcement on Louise Dompierre’s departure please visit the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s website here: http://www.artgalleryofhamilton.com/images/aa/AGH_LouiseDompierre-release.pdf

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December 4, 2013

2013-2014 OAAG Board of Directors

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) is very pleased to announce the 2013-2014 Board of Directors as elected by OAAG membership on September 27, 2013 at the Annual General Meeting.

The Board of Directors is responsible for establishing policies that govern the Association, overseeing that these policies are followed, and delegating responsibilities to the Executive Director and Committees. The Board maintains a moral and ethical responsibility to the profession and to the Association.

The Board of Directors is currently composed of ten voting members, who are elected from the general membership. Board members are elected for a three-year term and may serve for a maximum of two consecutive terms.

Virginia Eichhorn [2008-2011] [2011-2014] AG
OAAG President & Board Member
Director + Chief Curator
Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound

Shirley J. Madill [2010-2013] [2013-2016] AG
OAAG Vice-President & Board Member
Executive Director
Kitchener - Waterloo Art Gallery

Melanie Townsend [2010-2013] [2013-2016] AG
OAAG Treasurer & Board Member
Head of Exhibitions and Collections
Museum London

Matthew Hyland [2010-2013] [2013-2016] AG
OAAG Secretary & Board Member
Director
Oakville Galleries

Olinda Casimiro [2008-2011] [2011-2014] AG
OAAG Past President & Board Member
Director of Administration and Finance
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa

Jan Allen [2012-2015] AG
OAAG Board Member
Interim Director and Chief Curator
Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Queen's University, Kingston

Heather Fullerton [2012-2015] A
OAAG Board Member
Executive Director
Georgina Art Centre and Gallery, Sutton 

Francine Périnet [2011-2014] AG
OAAG Board Member
Principal
Francine Perinet Projects
 
Carol Podedworny [2012-2015] AG
OAAG Board Member
Director & Curator
McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton
 
Karen Tait-Peacock [2012-2015] AG
OAAG Board Member
Director
Art Gallery of Sudbury

Ex-Officio:
 
Demetra Christakos 
OAAG Executive Director

Veronica Quach
OAAG Assistant Director

Short Biographies

VIRGINIA EICHHORN, PRESIDENT & BOARD MEMBER

Virginia Eichhorn is the Director & Chief Curator of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Billy Bishop and Owen Sound Marine and Rail museums. She has worked in the visual arts field for over 25 years. As an independent curator she has presented exhibitions at numerous prestigious venues including the XII Biennale of Art at Villa Nova Cerveira in Portugal. She has worked with artists from across Canada and abroad, including Carl Beam, Judy Chicago, Vessna Perunovich, Jane Ash Poitras and Peter Von Tiesenhausen, developing exhibitions for high profile Canadian galleries and museums. In 2009, she won the Ontario Crafts Council Award for Curatorial Excellence. She has written numerous catalogue essays and has contributed articles to Canadian magazines including Artichoke, Canadian Art, Border Crossings, ESPACE Sculpture and international magazines such as Ceramics Monthly.  She is a member of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, the International Association of Art Museum Curators, the Canadian Art Museum Directors’ Organization and the Association of Art Museum Curators. She previously served as Vice President and Treasurer of the OAAG Board of Directors. She is a graduate of the Art History program at Queen’s University and continued her studies at the University of Toronto. 

SHIRLEY MADILL, VICE-PRESIDENT & BOARD MEMBER

Shirley Madill is the Executive Director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery. She is a graduate from the University of Manitoba whose post-graduate studies focused on International and Cultural History as well as Art History. Shirley has held many positions in the public art gallery sector throughout her career, including Curator of Contemporary Art and Photography at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Chief Curator/Director of Programming and later Vice-President/Chief Operating Officer at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, CEO at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, and Director at the Rodman Hall Art Centre/Brock University. Shirley is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Council of Museums, Vice-President of Canadian Association of Museum Directors Organization and former member of the Board of Directors of Hamilton Entertainment and Convention Facilities Inc. Her publication record is extensive and she has also served on numerous Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council juries, and presented papers on photography, performance art, women’s art issues and First Nations art across Canada and the United States.

MELANIE TOWNSEND, TREASURER & BOARD MEMBER

Melanie Townsend is the Head of Exhibitions and Collections at Museum London. She holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Windsor, and is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, where she serves as Adjunct Professor in the department of Visual Arts. Most recently, she produced Incognito, a retrospective exhibition and publication on the work of Canadian performance artist Colette Urban. She has served on the board of the Ontario Association of Art Gallery since 2010.

MATTHEW HYLAND, SECRETARY & BOARD MEMBER

Matthew Hyland is Director of Oakville Galleries, where he is currently working on a series of exhibitions that examine key themes in contemporary feminist art practices. Prior to joining the staff at the Galleries in 2006, Matthew held positions at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre and the City of Toronto. He was nominated for the 2009 Lorenzo Bonaldi Art Prize, an international award for curators under 30.

OLINDA CASIMIRO, PAST PRESIDENT & BOARD MEMBER

Olinda Casimiro is the Director of Administration and Finance of The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa. She is an innovative and strategic-thinking program leader with specialized expertise in operational planning and business development and over 15 years of experience providing strategic direction for The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa. In her role, she combines big-picture thinking with insightful analytical skills to develop effective programs and plans towards achieving organizational goals. Olinda has contributed extensively to the life of the community through her professional and volunteer work, including with the Friends of the Oshawa Public Library, Doors Open Oshawa, Canadian Federation of University Women, Oshawa, and the Literacy Council of Durham Region. Olinda is a graduate of Carleton University and her other professional qualifications include Certificates in Human Resource Management from UOIT, Queens University, and Durham College

JAN ALLEN, BOARD MEMBER

Jan Allen is an award-winning curator, a writer and an assistant professor in the Department of Art History and Art Conservation and in the Cultural Studies Program at Queen's University, Kingston. As the long-standing Chief Curator/Curator of Contemporary Art at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, she developed numerous exhibitions, publications and programs since 1992. She became Acting Director in 2012. Her research has focused on art policy in Canada, electronic media, and socially and politically engaged contemporary art practices. Allen serves on the Advisory Committee of the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, and the Arts Advisory Committee of the City of Kingston. She joined the Board of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries in 2012.

HEATHER FULLERTON, BOARD MEMBER

Heather Fullerton is the Executive Director of the Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery (GAC) in Sutton, Ontario.  She has worked in the visual arts field for over 30 years and has been the Executive Director at the GAC since March 2004.  She partners and volunteers with various local organizations to unite the arts with her community at a grass roots level.  Currently, she is on two Committees for the Town of Georgina (Cultural Planning & Sutton Community Hub Site), is a Board Member of the York Region Arts Council, a Volunteer Community Producer for Rogers TV, and has served on the board of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries since 2012.  Heather was Georgina’s 2005 Citizen of the Year and is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal presented to her for her work in her community.

FRANCINE PÉRINET, BOARD MEMBER

Francine Périnet is the Principal of Francine Perinet Projects. Francine was the Director of The Varley Art Gallery of Markham from 2009-2013. Francine studied History of Art at Université de Montréal and at Concordia University in Montréal. In 1980, she founded Artexte (a research centre in contemporary art) with Angela Grauerholz and Anne Ramsden and is now an Honorary Board member. She has worked at PARACHUTE magazine; directed Optica, a centre dedicated to contemporary in Montréal in 1982; was the National Spokesperson and President of the Association of the National Not for Profit Artist-Run Centres between 1981 and 1983; worked at The Canada Council for the Arts as Assistant Head and Programme Officer in the Visual Arts Section from 1983 to 1988. She directed the Department of Visual Arts from 1988 to 1992 and taught at the University of Ottawa for many years. From 1992 to 2008, she was the Director of Oakville Galleries. Her board and committee experiences include serving on the Board of Directors of FUSE magazine, the Acquisitions Committee and the Contemporary Consultative Committee at The Art Gallery of Ontario from 1993 to 2006, and the Board of Directors of C magazine since 2004 and co-vice-president from 2006 to 2009. Francine has worked in many other capacities as a specialist in the contemporary visual arts.

CAROL PODEDWORNY, BOARD MEMBER

Carol Podedworny is the Director and Chief Curator of the McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in McMaster University’s School of the Arts. Carol holds Masters in Museum Studies (University of Toronto) and Art History (York University). She has worked in the Canadian arts community since 1982 and is a member of the Canadian Art Museum Directors’ Organization and the University/College Art Gallery Association of Canada. In the past 30 years, Carol has worked for a variety of Canadian cultural institutions as staff and independent curator. She has produced over 70 exhibitions and contributed over 50 essays to journals, books and exhibition catalogues including contributing to the St. James Guide to Native North American Art (St. James Press), Contemporary Canadian Artists (Gale Canada), and the publication associated with In the Shadow of the Sun, the inaugural exhibitions in the Indian & Inuit Galleries at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Carol has taught at York University, University of Waterloo, and Queen’s University. Her research interests include curatorial and museological practice, contemporary Canadian art, and post-contact First Nations art.

KAREN TAIT-PEACOCK, BOARD MEMBER

Karen Tait-Peacock is Director of the Art Gallery of Sudbury. Throughout her 17 years of NGO and entrepreneurship experiences, she’s fine-tuned the art of fundraising, launching capital campaigns and directing communications and marketing efforts for the greater good. Karen’s work focuses around helping individuals and the communities they lived in. While completing her Masters at Laurentian University, Karen co-founded the Walden Youth for Youth Centre. Connecting kids with their local community, the centre continues to thrive under the stewardship of the City of Greater Sudbury. Brands that Karen has guided through her fundraising, marketing and communications abilities include Easter Seals, Scott Tournament of Hearts, Ontario March of Dimes, Huntington University, Active Healthy Kids Canada and Frontier College. Karen is Past Chair of Walden Community Action Network and is an active member of the Canadian Association of Museum Directors’ Organization, the Canadian Museum Association, and the Sudbury Chamber of Commerce. Born in Toronto, but raised in Sudbury, Karen returned to her roots and once again calls Sudbury home.

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December 4, 2013

Recomendation of the Canadian Arts Coalition

Because of the prorogation of Parliament, Arts 308 is replacing the Canadian Arts Coalition's regular Arts Day on the Hill. Arts advocates are encouraged to set up meetings between now and the Christmas holidays because this is when most decisions about the budget are made. If that’s too tight a timeline, any time before the budget is released in March is also helpful.

Recommendations of the Canadian Arts Coalition

Arts 308 is advocating the three recommendations made by the Canadian Arts Coalition in their pre-budget submission:

Recommendation One: Stimulate job creation and local economic development by increasing the annual Parliamentary allocation to the Canada Council for the Arts by a minimum of 10% in 2014-15.

Recommendation Two: We recommend that the government renew investments in the Canada Funds first announced in 2009, including the Arts Training Fund, the Arts Presentation Fund, the Cultural Spaces Fund and the Cultural Investment Fund. We further recommend that the impact of these programs be sustained by indexing the investment to the annual cost of living.

Recommendation Three: Align Canada’s cultural diplomacy strategy with Canada’s Global Commerce Strategy, and capitalize on opportunities to promote Canadian values as well as business and cultural interests in key markets by investing $5 million per year over 5 years in support of artistic and cultural market development initiatives in Canada and abroad.

For more information please visit www.canadianartscoalition.com/2013/10/24/arts-308

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May 1, 2013

Painting Stolen From The Jewish Public Library Of Montreal

Attention!
Peinture volé de la Bibliothèque publique juive de Montréal
/Painting stolen from the Jewish Public Library of Montreal.

INFORMATION:
Peinture par : Rita Briansky, Montreal, 1946
Sujet : Portrait, Ida Maze (Ida Massey)
Dimensions : Environ 20”x30” (dans cadre)

S'il vous plaît communiquer avec la Bibliothèque publique juive ou la police si vous voyez cette peinture


POLICE
Cst. Lépine, Station 26
Tel. 514-280-0126
email pdq26@spvm.qc.ca
File number is MTLEV1300376789

Bibliothèque publique juive de Montréal
Service des Archives
(514) -345 à 2627, ext. 3015

INFORMATION:
Painting by : Rita Briansky , Montreal, 1946
Subject: Portrait, Ida Maze (Ida Massey)
Dimensions : App. 20” x 30” (in frame)

PLEASE CONTACT THE JEWISH PUBLIC LIBRARY OR THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY SHOULD YOU SEE THIS PAINTING.

POLICE
Cst. Lépine, Station 26
Tel. 514-280-0126
email pdq26@spvm.qc.ca
File number is MTLEV1300376789

Bibliothèque publique juive de Montréal
Service des Archives
(514) -345 à 2627, ext. 3015

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April 10, 2013

Alexandra Montgomery Steps Down as Gardiner Museum Executive Director

TORONTO – February 8, 2013 – After 14 years serving as the Gardiner Museum’s Executive Director, Alexandra Montgomery will be stepping down from the position effective February 28.

She will be replaced by Rachel Gotlieb, Chief Curator at the Museum who will take on the additional role of Interim Executive Director, effective March 1.

Alexandra’s decision to step down was related to her upcoming move to Vancouver where she will be able to join her husband Howard Jang and also assume the role of VP Philanthropy at Tides Canada.

Alexandra will continue to provide valuable counsel to the Gardiner Museum as a volunteer Special Advisor to the Board, to ensure the gallery continues to build on the evolution and tremendous momentum created during her term.

Throughout her time as Executive Director, she oversaw the physical transformation of the Gardiner Museum, and attracted significant gifts to the collection. She worked closely with the Board, and led a team that ensured a strategic plan was in place to see the Museum thrive financially, as a result generating better than breakeven budgets. In addition, she helped attract operating grants from all three levels of government, and facilitated bringing in high quality programming.

An exciting 2013 exhibit schedule is already under way and continues with a landmark exhibit Transformation by Fire, set to open February 7– running through April 28.

“We are pleased Rachel Gotlieb will be filling in on an interim basis,” said Karen Sheriff, Chair, Gardiner Museum Board of Trustees. “Rachel is an integral part of the institution and beyond her curatorial duties welcomes the opportunity to lead the day to day Museum operations at this time. The Board will be working closely with Rachel to ensure a seamless transition.”

“The Board of Trustees wholeheartedly thanks Alexandra for her exemplary efforts and outstanding contribution to the Museum. We wish her well in her future endeavors and as she settles into her new home at Tides Canada in Vancouver.

“Her significant and lengthy contribution has had a remarkably positive impact. During Alexandra’s tenure, the Gardiner has grown to become one of the world’s most respected ceramic museums,” Sheriff added. A Board-led search will be conducted to fill the permanent Executive Director position.

Opened in 1984 by George and Helen Gardiner to house their collection of ancient American artifacts and European pottery and porcelain, The Gardiner Museum has matured into a rare, specialized institution with a uniquely committed family of staff, volunteers and Board of Trustees, who continue to work together to fulfill the important and growing role the institution plays in Toronto's cultural community.

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About the Gardiner Museum

The Gardiner Museum connects people, art and ideas by offering an intimate look at one of the world’s oldest and most universal art forms - ceramics. The Museum’s collections span continents and time, giving a glimpse into the development of ceramic processes, decoration and form. Year-round, the Museum mounts special exhibitions, events, lectures and clay classes to complement its permanent collection.

The Museum also features a casual café that serves delicious fare, and the Gardiner Shop, which specializes in artist-designed, artist-made merchandise. More information about the Museum and its exhibitions can be found online at www.gardinermuseum.com. Members of the media can register to access the Gardiner Museum’s online media room (www.gardinermuseum.com/mediaroom) where they may download images and additional media materials.

For more information please contact: Lisa Raffaele PUNCH Canada o. 416.360.6522 x239 c. 647.896.0743 lisa@punchcanada.com

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The Mississauga Arts Council Honours The Memory of Robert Freeman

MISSISSAUGA, ON- The Mississauga Arts Council (MAC) honours the memory of Robert Freeman. Freeman was the Executive Director of the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) and one of the city’s integral arts advocates. MAC Board, members, and Staff wish to extend its deepest sympathies to Robert Freeman’s family, the AGM, its Board, and members. Robert Freeman peacefully passed away on December 22, 2012, following complications due to lung cancer. Robert joined the Art Gallery of Mississauga as Curator in 2001. Robert was appointed the Executive Director and Curator in 2007. Since then, his vision and patient leadership with the Staff and Board has inspired many – and he will be greatly missed by the Mississauga arts community, its citizens and the arts community at large.

Robert’s support and encouragement of artists is evidenced with noteworthy curatorial contributions such as: Shaman’s Dreams: Abraham Anghik Ruben (2009); One Step at a Time: Libby Haque (2009); Passages: Julie Andreyev (2008); and Vessna Perunovich (2009). Robert will be remembered as a vital contributor to the progress of art and culture in the City of Mississauga as a true collaborator and confidant to many.

In lieu of cards and flowers, his family has requested that donations in Robert's memory be made to the Art Gallery of Mississauga. An informal remembrance for Robert will be held at the Art Gallery of Mississauga (300 City Centre Dr.), this upcoming Saturday, January 12, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m, with the public ceremony starting at 3 p.m. The public is invited to bring photos, mementoes, and stories to share in celebration of Freeman.

MAC President, Bohdan Shulakewych expresses his memories of Freeman. “Robert was a man who spent his last years trying to make Mississauga a better place for the artists and the community at large. He sought to increase the profile of the arts through various exhibits and special installations, all the while believing that these moments will help enlighten and enrich people’s lives. He sought to nurture and engage through art and culture and make it part of every Mississaugan’s life, not just a luxurious piffle but something that should be intrinsic to all of us.” The Mississauga Arts Council and its members mourn the passing of a friend of the arts.

For more information about the service, please contact the Mississauga Arts Council at info@mississaugaartscouncil.com or call 905-615-4278. You can also contact the Art Gallery directly at 905-896-5088 or email agm.connect@mississauga.ca. The Art Gallery of Mississauga is located at 300 City Centre Dr., Mississauga, Ontario, L5B 3C1.

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Frances K. Smith 1913-2012
Curator Emeritus, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University at Kingston

Frances Smith was curator at the “Agnes” from its inception in1957 to her retirement in 1980.

Her death at age 99 occurred on 22 December in Calgary following a brief illness.

Her amazing career paralled the growth of museums in Canada and during it she contributed to the depth of professionalism which the museum community now enjoys. For these efforts she was recognized by both the CMA and OAAG.

Under her curatorial and editorial supervision the Art Centre published in 1968 one of the country’s first and model permanent collection catalogues. Frances went on to make significant contributions to Canadian Art History writing foundational monographs on Daniel Fowler, Andre Bieler, Fritz Brandtner [with Helen Duffy], George Harlow White, Kathleen Moir Morris, and John Herbert Caddy. All of this was accomplished while building the permanent collection, soliciting donors, sourcing funds, researching and organizing curatorial files and an art library.

‘Retirement’ was a word whose meaning escaped her. She golfed more often but she continued her researches, assisted fellow curators in their projects, established acquisition and programming funds through generous donations to the Art Centre. As ‘volunteer extraordinaire’ she was a force behind the establishment and organization of the MacLaughlin Woodworking Museum just outside of Kingston.

Beyond these weighty professional obligations her style, intelligence, energy, and fastidiousness infused her rich life which also included being a wife to a busy professor, mother of two talented daughters, hostess, woodcarver, athlete, world traveler, photographer and, not least, because she was very good at it, bird woodcarver.

More than most she deserves the accolade, ‘she made a difference’.

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