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2012

November

Monday, November 19, 2012
Oakville Galleries launches new elementary education partnership program with RBC Foundation

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
ArtsBuild Ontario and WorkInCulture are now accepting applications for the Arts Facilities Mentoring Network

Monday, November 12, 2012
New Logo Marks 50 Years of OAC Support for the Arts

October

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The Canadian Conference of the Arts to Close Doors after 67 Years

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
The Canada Council for the Arts announces a review period

Thursday, October 11, 2012
Canada Council for the Arts poised for change
Community Arts Ontario (CAO) is Transferring the CAO Insurance Program to Artist-Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO)

September

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Judith & Norman ALIX Art Gallery Opening in Sarnia on October 5, 2012
Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) Re-Opening in Brampton on September 30, 2012

August

Monday, August 13, 2012
Neighbourhood Arts Network: Arts & Equity Toolkit

July

Friday, July 27, 2012
OAAG Members Report: OAAG meets Peter Caldwell, Executive Director, Ontario Arts Council

Monday, July 23, 2012
Sandra Dyck named the new director of Carleton University Art Gallery

Friday, July 6, 2012
ROM Implements New Strategic Plan

June

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
World’s largest Indigenous festival comes to Harbourfront Centre

May

Monday, May 28, 2012
Review of the Flying Squad Program

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Stand-alone Board for Eldon House

April

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Ontario Nonprofit Network and Open for Business: The Third Sector’s Opportunity to Master the “Art of the Possible”

Monday, April 2, 2012
Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts - 2013
Ontario Museum Association in partnership with the Royal Ontario Museum presents the Accessibility Symposium

March

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Canada Council for the Arts speaks on the Federal Budget 2012

Thursday, March 8, 2012
Ottawa's Inuit Art Foundation closing its door, CBC News Ottawa
Independent Inuit art org abruptly shuts down, Nunatsiaq Online
RiverBrink Art Museum Welcomes David Aurandt As New Director/Curator

February

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Highlighting Heritage Week: iMuseum Symposium Proceedings Now Online

January

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Website Launched for Art Institutions and the Feminist Dialectic / Lancement du site Web pour Les institutions artistiques et la dialectique féministe

Thursday, January 12, 2012
Toronto budget: Rob Ford allies reject proposed cuts to arts and library- The Toronto Star

2011

December

Thursday, December 15, 2011
New CRA Guidelines for Charitable Status

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
CMA Now Accepting Applications for 2012-2013 YCW Programs / Faite votre demande pour les programmes JCT 2012-2013 dès aujourd’hui

Monday, December 12, 2011
New Programmer Appointed at Homer Watson House & Gallery

Thursday, December 8, 2011
The Aboriginal Curatorial Collective / Collectif des Conservateurs Autochtone (ACC/CCA) announces the new Executive Director Elwood Jimmy

November

Monday, November 28, 2011
Gaëtane Verna Appointed Director of The Power Plant
Gallery Lambton Transforms

Thursday, November 24, 2011
New Education Partnership Helps Fuel Students' Passion For Art
New gallery space opening this winter at The Varley Art Gallery

Thursday, November 17, 2011
2011 OMA Awards of Excellence

Tuesday, Novemeber 15, 2011
Gaëlle Morel Appointed First Curator of The Ryerson Image Centre

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Lecture by Philip Monk @ Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario

October

Monday, October 31, 2011
Arts Day Unites Parliamentarians in Support of the Arts / La Journée des Arts rassemble les parlementaires qui appuient le milieu artistique
2012 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts: Nominate Before December 1, 2011! / Prix du premier ministre pour l'excellence artistique de 2012  –  Nominez avant le 1er décembre 2011 !

Monday, October 24, 2011
Ontario Arts Council Board Appoints New Director and CEO

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
MAP deadline extended to November 18, 2011

September

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Brock appoints new director/curator of Rodman Hall Art Centre

Thursday, September 8, 2011
The Art Gallery of Mississauga Welcomes R. Stuart Keeler as its new Curator/Director of Programmes

July

Thursday, July 28, 2011
Debra Antoncic Appointed Interim Curator of RiverBrink Art Museum

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
The Thunder Bay Art Gallery announces the appointment of an Aboriginal Curator in Residence

Friday, July 8, 2011
Gary Essar Retires as Curator/Director of RiverBrink Art Museum
Srimoyee Mitra Joins AGW

May

Monday, May 9, 2011
Tourism and Culture Grants-Subventions du Tourisme et de la Culture 2011-12

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Announcing a Major Donation of Inuit Art by the Borins Family to Macdonald Stewart Art Centre

March

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
McMichael Canadian Art Collection Announces Appointment of New Executive Director and CEO, Dr. Victoria Dickenson

Thursday, March 17, 2011
AGO Lures Canadian Talent to Spearhead the European Art Department

Friday, March 11, 2011
The Power Plant reopens to the public March 10, 2011
New Director Announced at Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

February

Thursday, February 24, 2011
What are the OAC's New Requirements / Nouvelles exigences du CAO
CCI Workshop: Artifacts in Aboriginal Cultural Centres

Friday, February 18, 2011
New Funding Available for EnAbling Change Partnership Program 2011/2012 / l’édition de 2011-2012 du Programme InterActions pour le changement
CCI Learning Opportunity: Preventative Conservation

Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Gregory Burke, Director of The Power Plant, Toronto announces his departure

Friday February 4, 2011
The cultural sector mobilizes around copyright reform / Le secteur culturel se solidarise face à la réforme du droit d’auteur
CCI Advanced Development opportunity: Exhibition Lighting
CCI Advanced Development opportunity: Advanced Issues in Emergency Preparedness and Response

January

Monday, January 31, 2011
Architecture is All Over: Symposium February 12 in Toronto

Tuesday, January 25, 2011
ACA 2011 Annual Conference

Friday, January 21, 2011
Community Capital Fund, Pre-Application Workshop - Ontario Trillium Foundation / Fonds pour les immobilisations communautaires, Atelier préliminaire - Foundation Trillium de l'Ontario

Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Youth Participation in Arts, Heritage, Culture and Community - A National Conversation, Hill Strategies
Reminder - Young Canada Works 2011 Campaign / un rappel - Campagne 2011 de Jeunesse Canada au travail
Reminder: C-32-An Act to modernize or to expropriate copyright? / Rappel: C-32: une loi pour moderniser ou exproprier le droit d'auteur?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011
2011-2012 Fonds interactif du Canada / Canada Interactive Fund

Monday, January 10, 2011
Canadian artist brings lawyer into fight with National Portrait Gallery

Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Student jobs program gets $10M boost

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Oakville Galleries launches new elementary education partnership program with RBC Foundation

Oakville, ON – Oakville Galleries is pleased to announce the RBC Foundation as its new Elementary Education Partner.  This exciting new partnership will allow Oakville Galleries to offer select art programs at no cost to Halton-region elementary schools.
 
“The benefits of early arts education are vast. Research has demonstrated that childhood engagement with art is one of the best single indicators of creative thinking capacity, analytical dexterity and leadership skills in adulthood. Regular engagement with art has also been correlated with strong academic performance in children and teen’s developing years,” says Oakville Galleries Director Matthew Hyland. “Given the ever-shrinking funding for arts education in our public school system, Oakville Galleries is committed to ensuring local students have access to the important benefits afforded by the arts.”
 
“It is a pleasure to be working with the RBC Foundation to offer the highest-quality art programs to local elementary students” said Elizabeth Underhill, Education Officer at Oakville Galleries. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to invest in the futures of children in Halton by engaging them with dynamic arts experiences.”
 
Each year, Oakville Galleries offers a wide range of both on-site and in-school educational programs to elementary school students in Halton region. Programs are offered in both English and French, and place professional art instructors in schools to deliver curriculum-based art education that explores not only visual and media arts, but also subjects such as technology, environmental studies, literature, science, math, and history.

For more information about Oakville Galleries, our exhibitions or programs, please call 905.844.4402 or visit www.oakvillegalleries.com.
 
MEDIA CONTACT:
K. Jennifer Bedford
Communications Officer
jennifer@oakvillegalleries.com
905.844.4402 extension 28

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

ArtsBuild Ontario and WorkInCulture are now accepting applications for the Arts Facilities Mentoring Network

Apply today for this valuable learning program
 
Attend the Toronto Information Session, November 20, 3 pm – 5 pm

Centre for Social Innovation, 215 Spadina, Connector Room
ArtsBuild Ontario and WorkInCulture are collaborating on a valuable new program to bring leaders in the arts sector together with experienced topic experts.  This unique learning opportunity will strengthen the knowledge and skills you need to better manage, renew and develop your facilities.

Apply today to become one of the 15 mentoring teams that will meet for up to three hours monthly from March to December 2013 to focus on management and business skills related to arts facilities. 

Learning topics will be customized for each mentor team, and can include:
• innovation, design and environment
• technical and digital transformation and systems
• property management and leasing
• community relationships and strategic partnerships
• marketing , promotion and sales
• human resources
• financing your project
 
INFORMATION AND APPLICATION DETAILS
http://www.workinculture.ca/Our-Programs/Professional-Development

CONTACTS    
Susan Cohen: susancohen@workinculture.ca , 416-340-0086
Lindsay MacDonald: lindsay@artsbuildontario.ca, 519-880-3670, x 102

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Monday, November 12, 2012

New Logo Marks 50 Years of OAC Support for the Arts

Next April, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) will mark its 50th anniversary year. Today, OAC launches a special 50th anniversary logo and asks all OAC-funded artists and arts organizations to begin using it from January 2013 through to May 2014.

"Thanks to the Government of Ontario's long-term investment, this province has built the most robust arts infrastructure in the country," says Peter Caldwell, Director & CEO. "Our first annual report notes that we allocated 58 grants around the province. Last year, OAC grants supported the creation of over 12,000 new artistic works by the province's artists and arts organizations. In addition, we supported the direct production of 1,500 new works for broadcast on television, internet, video or radio; and 7,750 media productions for distribution."

Ontario's cultural sector contributes $20 billion to the province's economy, or 4.2 per cent of GDP. Direct employment in Ontario's cultural sector is 252,300 or 4.1 per cent of total Ontario employment. In addition to the economic contribution, a 2010 Environics survey on The Arts and the Quality of Life revealed that 95 per cent of Ontarians believe strongly that the arts enrich the quality of our lives, and that the success of Canadian artists like singers, writers, actors and painters, gives people a sense of pride in Canadian achievement.

OAC's new 50th anniversary logo was designed by Fizzz Design, who created the original OAC logo with the distinctive icon. It is meant to remind audiences of their key provincial funding partner, and is now available for downloading from the OAC website.
 
For more information:
Kirsten Gunter
Director of Communications
416-969-7403 | 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7403
kgunter@arts.on.ca | www.arts.on.ca

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Canadian Conference of the Arts to Close Doors after 67 Years

The Canadian Conference of the Arts (CCA), the largest national alliance of the arts, culture and heritage sector across Canada, announces that it will begin winding down its operations immediately. Founded in 1945 by a group of eminent artists, including painters Lawren S. Harris, of the Group of Seven, and André Biéler, the CCA has the unique mandate in the Canadian cultural sector of promoting the interests of Canadian artists and of the cultural sector at large at the federal level, and of providing a national forum where issues of common interest can be discussed and pursued. The name of the CCA  has been associated with all major cultural policy developments at the federal level, from the creation of the Canada Council for the Arts in 1957 to the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in 2005.

A year and a half ago, the CCA became aware of the Harper government’s intention to put an end to 47 years of funding. The CCA informed the Department of Canadian Heritage right from the beginning that it embraced the challenge of making the CCA financially autonomous, but that in order to do so, it would require a minimum of two years of transitional funding to implement a new business model. The CCA held a series of nation-wide public and private consultations, received unequivocal support for the relevance of its mandate and developed a comprehensive and ambitious 2012–2017 Business Plan. However, in mid-April, the CCA was informed that the government had limited its assistance to six months of funding, clearly an enormous hurdle for the organization to overcome. Despite considerable efforts and early positive results, the Board of Governors of the CCA has come to the conclusion that it is impossible to achieve the objectives of the new business model in less than two years. The Board considers that it would be irresponsible to risk the money generously offered to the CCA so far: it has therefore decided to cease operations immediately and to put the organization in a state of suspension, in the hope that in the not too distant future others will pick up the torch and relaunch this unique instrument for the good of the Canadian cultural sector.

CCA Chair Kathleen Sharpe states, “The CCA leaves a proud legacy. I would like to congratulate the Board and staff for their rigorous and aggressive approach to implement and sustain a new business model. Despite our best efforts, transitional support of six months was not enough and we have simply run out of time to develop new revenue streams. But we depart knowing we planned well for such an outcome.” National Director Alain Pineau adds, “The past seven years have been the most challenging and exciting ones of my professional life. This was not the way I was hoping to end my time with the CCA, but I leave knowing that all of us at the Secretariat have given everything we had to make this transition a success. I can only hope that someone else will pick up the challenge. The Canadian cultural sector needs and deserves a CCA if it is to be effective and thrive.”

The CCA will be leaving behind a legacy of research, archives and projects. A message to members on the closure, from both Alain Pineau and Kathleen Sharpe, is available on the CCA’s web­site at www.ccarts.ca.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Canada Council for the Arts announces a review period

The Canadian Council for the Arts announced, during a meeting of the National Arts Service Organizations (NASO), on October 22, that they have initiated a comprehensive review of their funding grant programs to Canadian artists and art organizations in anticipation of a new operational structure designed to better engage Canadians with the arts. Delegates from the Canadian Museums Association (CMA) were in attendance to hear more about the program reviews and how they would impact Canadian museums and art galleries.
 
The Council's current operating grant program has been deemed unsustainable and the Council's new Leading the Change Agenda seeks to "better support the work of the organization in serving the best interests of all Canadians," said Robert Sirman, Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts. "The Council is following a very rigorous methodology in how it approaches the transformation agenda currently underway," which includes "thoughtful consultation both inside and outside the organization to understand the implications of available options".
 
The Council is now assessing the impact of annual operating grants which many art museums and artist run centres receive. Such programs as the Flying Squad organizational assistance program and the Public Lending Right program, which presently compensates authors for free public access to their works, are presently under review. Mr. Sirman also stated that the Council will be presenting the initial results of these reviews to its Board in January 2013.
 
This new agenda is being announced as a means of taking the lead in the face of economic, demographic, technological and generational changes. The Council has seen an increase of 65% in the number of organizations receiving operating support while the per capita parliamentary appropriation in constant dollars has decreased by 4%.
 
The CMA is aware of the potential impact these reviews could have on its members and would like to encourage you to join the national conversation and provide feedback to the Council in regards to its Change Agenda. A discussion paper on Public Engagement in the Arts and information on the Council are available online at www.canadacouncil.ca.  
 
About the Canadian Museums Association
The Canadian Museums Association is the national organization for the advancement of Canada's museum community. The CMA works for the recognition, growth and stability of the sector. Canada's 2,700 museums and related institutions preserve our collective memory, shape our national identity and promote tolerance and understanding. Learn more at www.museums.ca.
 
For more information, please contact:
Julie Cormier-Doiron
Canadian Museums Association
613-567-0099 ext 243
jcormier@museums.ca

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Canada Council for the Arts poised for change

Ottawa, October 10, 2012 – In addition to allocating $157 million in financial support to professional artists and arts organizations, the Canada Council spent last year laying the groundwork for organizational and program change. Details on these activities are outlined in its 2011-12 Annual Report released today.

Holding strong to the five directions and three themes outlined in its Strategic Plan 2011-16 Strengthening Connections, the Canada Council reaffirmed its commitment to be responsive to societal change and to effectively manage its resources.
“At a time when Canada is being urged to accelerate its innovation agenda, investing in creativity should be a national priority,” stated Council Chair Joseph L. Rotman. “The Council is acutely aware of the impact of its funds on artists as well as the benefits to Canadians and will continue to demonstrate the highest possible standard in its investment of public funds.” 

“By investing $157 million in some 1,900 communities across the country, the Council connects Canadians to art and artists who stimulate and educate, challenge and entertain,” said Director and CEO Robert Sirman. “As artists move into new realms of creativity, so must the Council.  With stable funding for the next three years, Council has embarked on a significant change agenda, reviewing its programs and processes to ensure that it remains relevant.” 

General information
The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s national arts funder. Its grants and payments to artists and arts organizations benefit Canadians by ensuring a vibrant arts sector in Canada. Its awards celebrate creativity by recognizing exceptional Canadians in the arts, humanities and sciences. The Canada Council Art Bank is a national collection of over 17,000 Canadian contemporary artworks – all accessible to the public through rental, loan and outreach programs. The Canadian Commission for UNESCO operates under the general authority of the Canada Council.

Media Contacts (Canada Council for the Arts)
Heather McAfee
Public Relations Officer
1-800-263-5588 or
613-566-4414, ext. 4166
Email: http://www.canadacouncil.ca/contactus/emfrm.htm?contactID=382

Grace Thrasher
Manager, Public Relations Team
1-800-263-5588 or
613-566-4414, ext. 5145
Email: http://www.canadacouncil.ca/contactus/emfrm.htm?contactID=262

For more information: http://www.canadacouncil.ca/news/releases/2012/kw129938565625800420.htm

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Community Arts Ontario (CAO) is Transferring the CAO Insurance Program to Artist-Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO)

Community Arts Ontario
As was announced, Community Arts Ontario (CAO) regrets the suspension of operations at its 401 Richmond St. West location effective October 31, 2012.  However, the good news is that the Halpenny Insurance program which offers discounted liability insurance to CAO member arts organizations in Ontario will continue.  CAO has negotiated an agreement with Artist-Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO) to continue the delivery of this service.
 
Halpenny Insurance has confirmed:
All members who renewed their Community Arts Ontario membership in 2012 will qualify for the upcoming January 2, 2013 – January 2, 2014 renewal term under the new Halpenny Insurance ARCCO Insurance Program.
 
The transfer to ARCCO is effective November 22, 2012.  Any CAO members who wish to continue their participation in the Halpenny insurance program can renew their membership with CAO until November 21, 2012.  For membership renewals due in September & October 2012, notification will be sent by CAO.  From November 22, 2012 forward, to qualify for participation in the Halpenny Insurance program, organizations must be members in good standing with ARCCO, at minimum at their affiliate membership level.  (Note: some rganizations are already ARCCO members and should follow their renewal timetable.)
 
To become a new ARCCO member, please contact ARCCO at 519-672-7898 or by email at axl.at.arcco@gmail.com.  For renewing members, ARCCO will be sending out notices/reminders as your membership becomes due.
 
Thank you to everyone for your support.  We will be available via email at cao@communityartsontario.ca to answer your questions.
 
Artist-Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario
Artist-Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO) regrets that we are losing a great provincial partner Community Arts Ontario (CAO).  Community Arts Ontario has cared about continuing the Halpenny Insurance Program.  The ARCCO Board is both saddened and honoured to be asked by CAO to continue the delivery of the Halpenny Insurance Program to arts organizations in Ontario.  Effective November 22, 2012 ARCCO will be delivering this program to Ontario-based arts organizations.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Judith & Norman ALIX Art Gallery Opening in Sarnia on October 5, 2012

Sarnia, ON – After much anticipation, the ART's UP! at the Judith & Norman ALIX Art Gallery and the doors will open to the public on Friday October 5, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., kicking off with downtown Sarnia’s First Friday cultural walkabout. 

Lochiel Street will be closed to traffic and under a giant tent, bands including Lake Effect, Marty O'Black, and the Sun Parlour Players will play, sponsored by Paddy Flaherty's Irish Pub in Sarnia. Inside the gallery, visitors will be able to tour the opening exhibitions with volunteers ready to engage guests and answer questions about the art. The first 500 visitors to the gallery will receive a limited edition wristband designed by Ben Skinner, one of the artists featured in the gallery's opening exhibitions. 

Join us in celebrating the opening of the new gallery! Admission is free and everyone is welcome! Grand Opening Hours:
First Friday, October 5: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 6: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 7: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

For more information about the Judith & Norman ALIX Art Gallery’s public opening events, or to register for our All About Youth Day, on September 29, please visit our new website www.JNAAG.ca or find us on Facebook and Twitter. 

For more information about Lambton County, visit www.lambtononline.ca

Contact Lisa Daniels 
Curator - Supervisor 
Judith & Norman ALIX Art Gallery 
Telephone: 519-336-8127 
email: lisa.daniels@county-lambton.on.ca 

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) Phase One Re-Opening in Brampton on September 30, 2012

The first phase of the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) opening kicks off with the highly anticipated opening of the Art Gallery. There will be free activities for the public, a chance to see the Art Gallery's inaugural exhibitions, and a free performance piece, The Cube, by Peter Jarvis.

The Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) is making history this year through a $16-million restoration and construction project that commenced in 2010 to enhance the land and buildings that hold the Region of Peel's museum, archives and art gallery. When PAMA re-opens there will be expanded exhibition space and state-of-the art collection storage. PAMA will re-open in three stages, with the Art Gallery opening on Sept. 30, the grand opening on Nov. 24-25, and the Family Day Archives opening on Feb. 18, 2013.

PAMA collects, preserves and displays art, artifacts and archival documents significant to Peel's culture and heritage. Operated by the Region of Peel, PAMA is located at 9 Wellington St. E. in Brampton. 

Call 905-791-4055 or visit www.pama.peelregion.ca for more information.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Neighbourhood Arts Network: Arts & Equity Toolkit

The Neighbourhood Arts Network is pleased to announce the release of the Arts & Equity Toolkit, a brand new resource for community-engaged artists. Designed to provide artists and groups with practical tools to reduce barriers to community participation in the arts, the Arts & Equity Toolkit is a comprehensive document that includes case studies, worksheets, resource links, and quotes from Toronto-based artists and groups. Created by Leah Burns and Skye Louis, the Arts & Equity Toolkit shares innovative ideas and models from over one hundred Toronto-based artists and organizations.

The Arts & Equity Toolkit is available for free through the Neighbourhood Arts Network. Excerpts from the toolkit are also included in the recent Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives publication, Pluralism in the Arts in Canada. Edited by Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement of Ontario’s charles c. smith, this book will be a core text for Arts Management students at the University of Toronto this fall.
The Arts & Equity Toolkit is an initiative of the Neighbourhood Arts Network, with support from Manifesto Community Projects. The project was made possible through the Ontario Ministry of Culture’s Cultural Strategic Investment Fund.

To learn more, please contact Neighbourhood Arts Network Coordinator Skye Louis at skye@torontoarts.org, or call 416 392.6802 x212

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Friday, July 27, 2012

OAAG Members Report: OAAG meets Peter Caldwell, Executive Director, Ontario Arts Council

On Thursday, July 12, an OAAG committee (Olinda Casimiro, Virginia Eichhorn, Celeste Scopelites, Yves Théoret, Demetra Christakos) met with Peter Caldwell, Director & CEO, and Carolyn Vesely, Visual Arts Officer, of the Ontario Arts Council.  OAAG's purpose for the meeting was to welcome Peter Caldwell to his new role and to introduce him to OAAG and to our members. 

Our key messages touched upon:
• Ontario's public art galleries as dynamic organizations.
• OAAG members play a key role in community infrastructure.
• Many OAAG members serve a charitable mandate.
• OAAG members reach beyond their walls.
• OAAG members actively serve regional visual artists.
• OAAG members support the core principles of arms-length governance and peer assessment intrinsic to the OAC.
• OAAG's priorities for OAC funding are:

- Operation funding for public art galleries-> Multi-year operating funding;
- COMPASS;
- Research.

Peter Caldwell's comments during the meeting related to the letter he sent in mid-May to all OAC operating clients outlining funding changes for 2013. He also relayed that the government is in a mode of severe constraint; the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is expected to continue in an austerity mode for the next few years. Times are changing; from his perspective, things are going to get tougher. (Peter made reference to the Drummond Report; it recommended protection for health and education, but cuts of 2.6% every year for the next five years for all other ministries.) Wages have been frozen for government employees, including performance increases. 

The Ontario Arts Council survived cuts this year; it is credited as a model agency and with spending money wisely. The Ontario Arts Council is in Year 5 of its current Strategic Plan. It will be working on its next plan over the coming year, and expects to be soliciting feedback for the Plan, with an eye to producing a new Plan for 2014/15. 

Overall, the meeting was positive. Discussion was informative and I believe we accomplished our objectives in a timely manner - we had one hour!

If you would like more details or have questions, we are happy to address them.

Thank you,

Olinda Casimiro
Demetra Christakos

ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF ART GALLERIES
111 Peter Street, Suite 617
Toronto ON M5V 2H1
PHONE (416) 598-0714
EMAIL oaag@oaag.org

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Sandra Dyck named the new director of CUAG

Sandra Dyck has been named the new director of the Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG).  Dyck, who has a long history at Carleton University,  received her M.A in Canadian Art History from Carleton in 1995 and has been working in the CUAG in a variety of capacities ever since.  She has curated 50 and coordinated over 150 exhibitions over the course of her career, and most recently served as CUAG’s curator.

For more information, please visit: http://www2.carleton.ca/fass/2012/sandra-dyck-named-the-new-director-of-cuag-2

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Friday, July 6, 2012

ROM Implements New Strategic Plan

Museum to become an essential destination for people wanting to make sense of the changing natural and cultural worlds

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is implementing a new strategic plan that will transform the Museum into a more public-focused institution, in particular giving better access to its research and curatorial expertise. Part of the first phase of implementation is a reorganization of the ROM’s staff that will see the creation of a new stream dedicated to visitor engagement, headed by a new Deputy Director position. A reduction in the ROM’s staffing costs will contribute to savings that will be used to reduce debt, give greater financial flexibility and provide additional funds to be invested in initiatives that will support the strategic plan such as strengthening the quality of the onsite experience for visitors and enhancing the technological infrastructure of the Museum.

For more information, please visit:http://www.rom.on.ca/news/releases/public.php?mediakey=9acii1562t

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

World’s largest Indigenous festival comes to Harbourfront Centre

It’s a festival so big, it only happens once every three years: Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce the return of the world’s largest multi-disciplinary, contemporary, international Indigenous arts festival. Planet IndigenUS, co-produced by Woodland Cultural Centre, is a ten-day region-wide celebration, August 10-19, bookended by festival weekends at Harbourfront Centre.
 
The festival celebrates the future of Indigenous culture while honouring the past by presenting international artists steeped in local traditions and devoted to pushing their art forms into new realms. An amazing array of talent will be on display at Harbourfront Centre and at dozens of partner sites across the region.

For more information, visit: http://harbourfrontcentre.com/planetindigenus/

Media Contact: Jon Campbell | jcampbell@harbourfrontcentre.com | 416 973 4655

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Review of the Flying Squad Program

The Canada Council today announced that the October 2012 competition of the Flying Squad program will be suspended while the program undergoes a comprehensive review. The Flying Squad offers grants up to a maximum of $10,000 to arts organizations for organizational or skills development projects.

"The Flying Squad was innovative in its design and intent when it was created in the 1990s and it has had a very positive impact on the milieu. We know, however, that the context for arts organizations has evolved," said Director and CEO Robert Sirman. "This review is an opportunity to chart a future course that retains the best successes and learnings of the program. Our objective is to benefit the arts sector with a well integrated approach to organizational support."

"With our financial situation stable for the next three years, we can move forward with this review as part of our ongoing efforts to ensure our programs continue to be relevant, cost-effective and responsive to the changing needs of the community."

Applications submitted to the April 2012 program deadline will follow the normal assessment process and successful applicants will be funded from the existing budget.

For more information: Email Caroline Lussier, Head, Dance Section, Arts Disciplines Division 

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Stand-alone Board for Eldon House

Museum London is very pleased by City Council’s approval of a plan to create a separate board to manage Eldon House beginning January 1, 2013.

“We have been proud to be stewards in the development of Eldon House as a museum over the years and we are delighted that it has evolved to the point that it now warrants its own board,” says Museum London Executive Director Brian Meehan. “The last few years of activities at the House have been phenomenal: Museum London was able to create a full-time position to manage the day-to-day operations of the House, and our staff and volunteers, along with our community partners, did amazing job of programming the 175th Anniversary of the House and 50th Anniversary of its gift to the City. The House has never been more vibrant and is very well-positioned to take the next step in its evolution.”
Virtually unchanged since the last century, Eldon House is London's oldest residence and contains family heirlooms, furnishings and priceless treasures of the Harris family as well as a beautiful 19th-century style garden. Built in 1834 for John and Amelia Harris, this historic home remained in the family until 1960 when it was donated to the City of London. Although surrounded by the city today, the house and its gardens are a place of beauty and tranquility for the community to enjoy.

Located at the Fork of the Thames in downtown London, Ontario, Museum London inspires human experience through art and historical exhibitions, public and educational programming, and special events. As Southwestern Ontario's leading establishment for the collection and presentation of visual art and material culture, Museum London's collection has more than 5,000 regional and Canadian artworks and 45,000 artifacts which reflect the history of the City of London. 

Media Contact:
Brian Meehan, Executive Director
519.661.2500 x 4241, bmeehan@museumlondon.ca

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Ontario Nonprofit Network and Open for Business: The Third Sector’s Opportunity to Master the “Art of the Possible”

Background: Open for Business was established by Premier Dalton McGuinty, under the Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation, to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of doing business in Ontario.

How it Works: The Ministry has invited input from representative industries (such as forestry, construction, etc.) to come forward and give feedback to the provincial government identifying areas of administrative red tape that impede sector efficiency.  After submission, the Open for Business Secretariat meets again with each industry to discuss the ways in which the provincial government plans to address identified issues.
For the first time in history, and for a very short window (6 weeks), through the efforts of the Partnership Project, the nonprofit sector has been invited to engage in the Open for Business process to give feedback and direction on administrative issues that affect the nonprofit sector.

ONN’s Role: ONN is working with the Open for Buisness Secretariat to put forward 5 sector opportunities and priorities.  While we are prohibited from making financial and legislative overhauls, we are working to master the “Art of the Possible” to develop concrete outcomes based on sector collaboration, feedback and evidence. ONN is working to maximize our impact and get the sector’s voices heard.

Visit the Ontario Nonprofit Network for more: http://www.theonn.ca/open-for-business-ontario/

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts - 2013

The Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts are Canada’s foremost distinctions for excellence in visual and media arts. The deadline for nominations is June 1, 2012.

These awards were created in 1999 through a partnership of the Canada Council for the Arts and the then Governor General of Canada, Roméo LeBlanc, who committed Government House to hosting the gala ceremony to honour the laureates at Rideau Hall, in perpetuity. The Canada Council funds and administers the awards.

Up to eight awards will be given annually:

• up to six awards of $25,000 each will be available for distinguished artistic achievement in the visual (including architecture and photography) and/or media arts
• one award of $25,000 will be presented as the Saidye Bronfman Award for excellence in the fine crafts, and
• one award of $25,000 will be given to recognize the outstanding contribution to the visual (including architecture and photography) and media arts or to fine craft of an individual or group in a volunteer or professional capacity, through philanthropy, board governance, community outreach activities, or as a director of an organization, curator, programmer, educator, critic or dealer/distributor

Visit Canada Council for the Arts for more: http://www.canadacouncil.ca/prizes/ggavma/ic127235956842343750.htm

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Ontario Museum Association in partnership with the Royal Ontario Museum presents the Accessibility Symposium

Royal Ontario Museum | April 5, 2012  

Coming Soon: Presentation Videos, Slides and Photo Albums

Presented by the Ontario Museum Association (OMA), in partnership with the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario (ADO - Ministry of Community and Social Services), this symposium, will bring together museum practitioners, students, and organizations that work to improve accessibility in the community to share best practices and innovative programming in museums that meet and exceed the accessibility standards of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

This is your opportunity to learn from your colleagues, network with other organizations, and ask those burning questions about how compliance with the standards of the AODA affect your institution and its audience.

Visit the Ontario Museum Association for more: http://www.museumsontario.com/en/Accessibility_Symposium_2012_97.html

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Canada Council for the Arts speaks on the Federal Budget 2012

"The Canada Council for the Arts is enormously heartened by the positive message sent by the 2012 budget and the support of the government in recognizing the Council's leadership role," said Canada Council Board Chair Joseph L. Rotman. "This vote of confidence in the Council is a clear signal of support for the arts as the creative heart of the nation. This government and the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Hon. James Moore, clearly appreciate the sector's positive contribution to the economy and identity of this country. It makes it all the more important that we continue to demonstrate the highest possible standard in our investment of public funds."

Throughout its 55-year history, the Council and its programs continue to evolve, keeping pace with changes in both the practice of art and the demographic realities of the country. Its strong focus on demonstrable results has been repeatedly highlighted, most recently in the Special Examination by the Auditor General of Canada (2008) and Strategic Review (2010) and its most recent strategic plan, Strengthening Connections 2011-16. In 2011 the Council established a process to assess current and future program options against its highest level objective: a vital and diverse arts sector that enriches the lives of Canadians.   

"The government's decision to maintain the Council's funding gives us the opportunity to independently take actions that will generate savings that we can reinvest back into the professional arts sector. It will also enable us to ensure our programs continue to be relevant, cost-effective and responsive to the changing needs of the community," said Director and CEO Robert Sirman. "Over the next three years we will implement a number of changes that are already in development, including reducing the cost of our office space, streamlining operational processes and adjusting programs."

In the coming months, the Council will review options that address its traditional commitment to the core of creative arts practice while reflecting areas of increasing priority, including equity, public engagement, and national and international market access.  

The Canada Council for the Arts is an arms-length Crown corporation that strengthens Canadian arts practice and connects the public to the arts using a parliamentary appropriation of roughly $5.25 per capita. Through its grants, awards, prizes and payments, the Council supports over 20,000 artists and arts organizations annually. It also houses the Canada Council Art Bank with over 17,000 works of contemporary Canadian art and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Governed by an 11-person board, the Council reports to Parliament through the Minister of Canadian Heritage and is audited annually by the Auditor General of Canada.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Ottawa's Inuit Art Foundation closing its doors, CBC News Ottawa

Artist-run centre that markets Inuit work cannot pay its bills

The Ottawa-based Inuit Art Foundation plans to close its doors at the end of the month, saying it can't bring in enough money to sustain its rising costs.

The charitable foundation formed in 1985 to promote and market Inuit art worldwide is run by a volunteer board of artists.

It is selling off its art and emptying its offices at the end of the month. Inuit paintings and sculptures in the Inuit Art Foundation shop have red slashes across the price tags, and in their office, the walls are being stripped of artwork.

Visit CBC News Ottawa for more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2012/03/02/ottawa-.html

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Independent Inuit art org abruptly shuts down, Nunatsiaq Online

Staff selling off shop's art stocks

After 25 years of work in support of Inuit art and artists, the Inuit Art Foundation will close its doors March 31 after selling off stock left inside its Inuit Artists’ Shop at Merivale Rd. in Nepean, an Ottawa suburb.

IAF’s long-time executive director Marybelle Mitchell could not be reached for comment about the closing, which will see shop stock sold at discounts of up to 50 per cent.

But media reports have suggested that money problems prompted the decision to close the foundation, whose board of directors which, according to information on the IAF website, includes well-known artists like Mattiusi Iyaituk of Ivujivik and Mathew Nuqingaq of Iqaluit.

Visit Nunatsiaq Online for more: http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674independent_inuit_art_org_abruptly_shuts_down/

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RiverBrink Art Museum Welcomes David Aurandt As New Director/Curator

The Weir Foundation is pleased to announce the arrival of David Aurandt, as the new Director/Curator of RiverBrink Art Museum. Mr. Aurandt started his position with the museum on Monday, March 5th.

"We are gratified that a distinguished and respected museum director, curator, and arts educator of Mr. Aurandt's stature has accepted the position of Director/Curator," states Linda Fritz, President of the Board of Directors. "Mr. Aurandt brings with him a wealth of experience, knowledge and professionalism that will enable RiverBrink Art Museum to rise to a new level of excellence."

David Aurandt was born in Connecticut, took permanent residence in Canada in 1965 and became a Canadian citizen in 1971. In addition to full-time study at the New School of Art in Toronto, he has a B.A. from Fairfield University in Connecticut, an M.A. from the University of Toronto, and an M.F.A. from the Milton Avery School of Graduate Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. During the past twenty-five years he has taught literature, writing, art history and studio courses at several Canadian universities, including University of Prince Edward Island, Algoma University College, Lakehead University, Brock University, Trent University, and University of Toronto Scarborough. From the early 1980's he has been involved in curatorial work as well as in arts administration, including as Director of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, consultant for Eastman Kodak at the Creative Imaging Centre in Camden, Maine, Director of Rodman Hall Arts Centre, St. Catharines, Ontario, and Executive Director of The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario. He is also an artist whose work has been shown in a number of exhibitions in Canada and the U.S. He is Past President of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries, and a member of the Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization.

"RiverBrink Art Museum has a truly unique contribution to make to the stories of Canadian art and history," notes Mr. Aurandt. "I am very pleased to now have a part in telling those important stories as we aim to reach a wider audience."

RiverBrink Art Museum is located at 116 Queenston Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake (on the Niagara Parkway halfway between Niagara Falls and "Old Town" Niagara-on-the-Lake). For more information, please contact RiverBrink Art Museum by phone at 905-262-4510 or by email at info@riverbrink.org.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Highlighting Heritage Week: iMuseum Symposium Proceedings Now Online

Toronto, February 21, 2012 –The Ontario Museum Association (OMA) and the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) symposium proceedings of iMuseum: New Tools for New & Traditional Audiences are now available online at

http://www.museumsontario.com/en/handbooks_&_reports_37/0/17.html

Last March, over 100 museum and gallery staff gathered together at Harbourfront Centre to share the latest information on audience research and technology; they heard from special guest speakers, shared opinions, and participated in roundtables where representatives of museum and gallery audiences and the technologies that connect with them.

OMA and OAAG are pleased to present the proceedings of iMuseum online, which will be accessible from both the OMA and OAAG websites. OMA and OAAG are particularly proud to present the roundtable summaries from the symposium in both English and French.

The Proceedings feature presentations, papers, roundtable summaries and handouts about podcasting, videoconferencing, digital storytelling, interactive whiteboards and audience response systems, Virtual Museum of Canada lab projects, cultural mapping with youth, audience participation with Nina Simon, and much more.

Online content contributors include Sarah Beam Borg and Nicole Cahill, Cathy Blackbourn, Pierre Bois, Allan Busch and Paul Kortenaar, Jack Cunningham, Karin Davidson Taylor, Antoinette Duplessis, Barbara Gilbert, Sheila Knox, Steve Mavers, Erin McDonagh, Nina Simon, and Wendy Thomas.

OMA and OAAG gratefully acknowledge the participation of all presenters, participants, and volunteers who made the event a success, as well as the financial support of the Museums Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage.

For more information, please contact:
Ontario Museum Association www.museumsontario.com
Mary Collier, Professional Development Program Manager
416-348-8672/Toll-free in Ontario 1-866-662-8672
pd@museumsontario.com

OAAG would also like to recognize the contributions of Christine Castle, symposium moderator, editor and contributor, Cathy Blackbourn and Barbara Gilbert, symposium coordinators, and the Ontario Museum Association for taking the lead on the publication of the proceedings (thanks Mary Collier!).

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Website Launched for Art Institutions and the Feminist Dialectic

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries is pleased to announce the website launch of Art Institutions and the Feminist Dialectic.

FeministDialectic.ca features 10 women arts professionals speaking on the challenges and opportunities presented by the exhibition, acquisition and preservation of feminist art work by Ontario public art galleries and institutions.

Presentations by these curators, museum professionals and artists include academic research as well as anecdotal stories.

Video, audio recordings and transcripts are available online.

“In recent years, artworks that arose from the activism and social consciousness of the late 1960s, and works that addressed anti-war, civil rights and feminism have been entering public collections,” says Carla Garnet, the curator who helped organize the presentations. “Consequently, a new discussion of how feminist work performs in the public space becomes timely.”

“The website allows a wider audience to engage in a conversation that may not have been accessible outside of specific forums or classes,” says Demetra Christakos, Executive Director of Ontario Association of Art Galleries.

The website aims to reach arts professionals through the content and continued public discussion on the topic. Each presentation has a comment section.

The 10 women art professionals are:

• Carla Garnet, Curator at the Art Gallery of Peterborough
• Dr. Christine Conley, Professor of art History at the University of Ottawa and independent curator
• Pamela Edmonds, independent visual and media arts curator
• Johanna Householder, performance artist and Professor in Integrated Media at the Ontario College of Art and Design
• Dr. Kristina Huneault, Associate Professor of Art History at Concordia University
• Sophie Hackett, Assistant Curator of Photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario
• Suzy Lake, world renowned Canadian Artist
• Emelie Chhangur, Assistant Director/Curator at the Art Gallery of York University and artist
• Dr. Allyson Mitchell, artist, curator and Assistant Professor at the School of Women’s Studies at York University
• Prof. Carmen Mörsch, Head of the Institute of Art Education at Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland

Talks by all speakers, except for Mörsch, were originally presented in December 2008 for a symposium that was also named Art Institutions and the Feminist Dialectic. The symposium was a collaboration between the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) and Carla Garnet, an independent curator at the time, currently Curator at the Art Gallery of Peterborough. Mörsch’s talk was presented in February 2010.

Users can download the transcripts in English and French. The video and audio recordings are available in English. Online access to the website content has been licensed from the content providers until 2016.

The project is generously supported by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries, Canada Council for the Arts, Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Museums and Technology Fund, Ministry of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Enhancement of Official Languages Assistance for Interpretation and Translation, and Young Canada Works.

http://feministdialectic.ca/en/

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For more information contact:

Veronica Quach
Communications and Events Coordinator
Ontario Association of Art Galleries
communications@oaag.org
416-598-0714

Presentations

Carla Garnet, Introduction to Symposium
Christine Conley, Curatorial Conundrums: Feminism and Practices of Collection and Display
Pamela Edmonds, B(l)ack to the Drawing Board: Re(Envisioning) Art, Identity Politics, and African Canadian Feminisms
Johanna Householder, Five (Failed) Attempts at a Feminist Revolution
Kristina Huneault, Practice and Method in the Canadian Women Artists History Initiative.
Sophie Hackett and Suzy Lake Rhythms of a True Space: Feminisms, Resistances, Collaborations
Emelie Chhangur, Concrete Curating –no. it is opposition.
Allyson Mitchell, Deep Lez.
Carmen Mörsch, Gallery Education Informed by Queer, Feminist, Post-Colonial Thinking.

Web Portal

• Organized by Hannah Turner for the Ontario Association of Art Galleries
• Demetra Christakos, Executive Director
• Barbara Gilbert, Secretariat Coordinator
• Veronica Quach, Program Assistant
• Web Development: Miles Storey, Rigent Inc. and Simone Abel, Lab403
• Video and Audio Editing: Stephanie Kittell, Veracity films
• Copy Editing: Taryn Sirove
• Transcription: Daniel Cockburn
• Translation: Colette Tougas; Babar Khan
• Video Documentation: Miklos Legrady

Symposium

• Organized by Carla Garnet for the Ontario Association of Art Galleries
• Demetra Christakos, Executive Director
• Barbara Gilbert, Project Coordinator
• Kohila Kurunathan, Administrative Intern
• Miriam Boruchova, Administrative Intern
• Partners: 918 Bathurst Cultural Arts & Education Centre, Li Koo, Project Manager
• Editing and Program Assistance: Katy McDevitt
• Video Documentation: Miklos Legrady

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Lancement du site Web pour Les institutions artistiques et la dialectique féministe

L’Association ontarienne des galeries d’art a le plaisir d’annoncer le lancement du site Web pour Les institutions artistiques et la dialectique féministe.

FeministDialectic.ca met en vedette 10 professionnelles des arts qui discutent des défis et des occasions découlant des expositions, acquisitions, et préservation des œuvres féministes dans les galeries d’art publiques et les institutions de l’Ontario.

Les présentations par ces conservatrices, professionnelles des musées et artistes incluent de la recherche académique ainsi que des histoires anecdotiques.

Des vidéos, enregistrements audio et transcriptions sont disponibles en ligne.

« Au cours des dernières années, les œuvres d’art qui ont émergé de l’activisme et de la conscience sociale de la fin des années 1960, et des œuvres qui ont porté sur le mouvement contre la guerre, les droits civiques et le féminisme se sont infiltrées dans les collections publiques, dit Carla Garnet, la conservatrice qui a aidé a organiser les présentations. Par conséquent, une nouvelle discussion visant à examiner comment les œuvres féministes prennent leur place dans l’espace public devient pertinente. »

« Le site Web permet à un plus grand public à s’engager dans une conversation qui n’était peut-être pas possible à l’extérieur de forums de discussion ou de classes spécifiques, » dit Demetra Christakos, Directrice générale de l’Association ontarienne des galeries d’art.

Le site Web vise à atteindre les professionnels artistiques à l’aide de son contenu et de ses discussions publiques continues sur le sujet. Chaque présentation comporte une section de commentaires.

Les 10 professionnelles des arts sont :

• Carla Garnet, Conservatrice du Art Gallery of Peterborough
• Dr Christine Conley, Professeure d’histoire de l’art à l’Université d’Ottawa et Conservatrice indépendante
• Pamela Edmonds, Conservatrice indépendante des arts visuels et médiatiques
• Johanna Householder, Artiste de la scène et Professeure de médias intégrés au Ontario College of Art and Design
• Dr Kristina Huneault, Professeure agrégée d’histoire de l’art à l’Université Concordia
• Sophie Hackett, Conservatrice assistante en photographie au Musée des beaux-arts de l’Ontario
• Suzy Lake, Artiste canadienne de renommée mondiale
• Emelie Chhangur, Directrice assistante / Conservatrice au Art Gallery of York University et Artiste
• Dr Allyson Mitchell, Artiste, Conservatrice et Professeure adjointe à L’école d’études des femmes de l’Université York
• Carmen Mörsch, Chef de l'Institut de l'éducation d'art au Zurich University of the Arts, la Suisse

Des exposés de toutes les présentatrices, sauf Mörsch, étaient originalement présentées en décembre 2008, lors d’un colloque aussi appelé Les institutions artistiques et la dialectique féministe. Le colloque était une collaboration entre l’Association ontarienne des galeries d’art et Carla Garnet, qui était Conservatrice indépendante à l’époque, et qui est maintenant Conservatrice du Art Gallery of Peterborough. L’exposé de Mörsch a été présenté en février 2010.

Les utilisateurs peuvent télécharger les transcriptions en anglais et en français. Les enregistrements audio et vidéo sont disponibles en anglais. L’accès en ligne au contenu du site Web a été autorisé sous licence par les fournisseurs de contenu jusqu’en 2016.

Le projet est généreusement appuyé par l'Association ontarienne des galeries d'art, le Conseil des Arts du Canada, le Conseil des Arts du Canada, le ministère du Tourisme et de la Culture, le Fonds pour les musées et la technologie, le ministère du Patrimoine canadien, le Programme de mise en valeur des langues officielles de l’Appui à l'interprétation et à la traduction, ainsi que Jeunesse Canada au travail.

http://feministdialectic.ca/fr/

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Pour plus d’information, veuillez contacter :

Veronica Quach
Coordonnatrice des communications et des évènements
Association ontarienne des galeries
communications@oaag.org 416-598-0714
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Présentations

Carla Garnet, Introduction
Christine Conley, Curatorial Conundrums: Feminism and Practices of Collection and Display
Pamela Edmonds, B(l)ack to the Drawing Board: Re(Envisioning) Art, Identity Politics, and African Canadian Feminisms
Johanna Householder, Five (Failed) Attempts at a Feminist Revolution
Kristina Huneault, Practice and Method in the Canadian Women Artists History Initiative.
Sophie Hackett and Suzy Lake Rhythms of a True Space: Feminisms, Resistances, Collaborations
Emelie Chhangur, Concrete Curating –no. it is opposition.
Allyson Mitchell, Deep Lez.
Carmen Mörsch, Gallery Education Informed by Queer, Feminist, Post-Colonial Thinking.

Web

• Organisé par Hannah Turner pour l'Association ontarienne des galeries d'art
• Demetra Christakos, Directrice générale
• Barbara Gilbert, Secrétariat Coordinatrice
• Veronica Quach, Assistante de Programmes
• Réalisation Web : Miles Storey, Rigent Inc. et Simone Abel, Lab403
• Montage vidéo et audio : Stephanie Kittell, Veracity films
• Réviseure de textes : Taryn Sirove
• Transcription : Daniel Cockburn
• Traduction : Colette Tougas; Babar Khan
• Documentation vidéo : Miklos Legrady

Colloque

• Organisé par Carla Garnet pour l'Association ontarienne des galeries d'art
• Demetra Christakos, Directrice générale
• Barbara Gilbert, Coordonatrice des projets
• Kohila Kurunathan, Stagiaire à l'administration
• Miriam Boruchova, Stagiaire à l'administration
• Partenaires : 918 Bathurst Cultural Arts & Education Centre, Li Koo, Gestionnaire des projets
• Adjointe à la rédaction et aux programmes : Katy McDevitt
• Documentation vidéo : Miklos Legrady

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Toronto Budget: Rob Ford allies reject proposed cuts to arts and library

Mayor Rob Ford and his allies voted Thursday to reject or soften several of the most controversial proposed budget cuts.

The changes by Ford’s executive committee do not fully address the criticisms of other councillors, some of whom said council would force further adjustments at its budget meeting next week. They do, however, significantly narrow the gap between the mayor and his opponents.

“We are close,” said Councillor Shelley Carroll, a Ford critic and former budget chief.

The committee voted to:

 •  Reject a $1.9 million cut to arts grants

 •  Shrink the demand cut to the library system by $3.1 million

 •  Spend $928,000 to preserve sidewalk snow-clearing in the suburbs.

It also endorsed previous proposals to avoid cuts to student nutrition programs, two school pools and 12 community centres.


For the entire article, visit The Toronto Star website: http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1114640--toronto-budget-slew-of-services-restored-thanks-to-building-boom?bn=1

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

New CRA Guidelines for Charitable Status

The Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) is looking closely at arts organizations, including museums, to implement a set of new guidelines for charitable status. These proposed guidelines will have a significant impact on the number of arts organizations recognized as charities. As a result, the Canadian Museums Association is undertaking an analysis of the various elements within the proposed guidance and will submit its recommendations to the CRA early in the new year. Contact us at info@museums.ca for more information.

If you would like to know more, you can find the Proposed Guidance on Arts Organizations and Charitable Registration at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/chrts/plcy/cnslttns/rts-eng.html

The CMA will share its findings with the sector when the analysis has been completed. Museums and galleries are encouraged to familiarize themselves with these proposed guidelines and submit any comments that they may have directly to the CRA before January13, 2012 at consultation-policy-politique@cra-arc.gc.ca or by fax at 613.948-1320.

More background:

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/chrts/plcy/cnslttns/rts-eng.html

Consultation on proposed guidance (en français)

Arts organizations and charitable registration under the Income Tax Act

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is inviting comments on its proposed Guidance on Arts Organizations and Charitable Registration.

All submissions will be considered. To make it easier for us to review your submissions, we recommend the following format:

General comments: These comments could include general observations such as whether the guidance is helpful, suggestions for improving the document's readability, and any relevant issues that should be added.
Specific comments: When you comment on specific aspects of the guidance, include the following:
the paragraph number of the section you are commenting on;
the issues with the paragraph in question; and
a solution or alternative that could be considered, if possible.
The CRA also welcomes questions that could be used to build a list of Questions and Answers to supplement the guidelines.

Please note that we cannot answer questions through this consultation process. If you are seeking answers to questions about charities, please contact our Client Service Section at 1-800-267-2384.

We will consider all the comments that we receive by January 13, 2012.

Where to send your comments

Send all comments in writing to the address or fax number listed below, or by email to: consultation-policy-politique@cra-arc.gc.ca.

Mailing address

Charities Directorate
Canada Revenue Agency
Ottawa ON K1A 0L5

Fax
613-948-1320

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Consultation au sujet des lignes directrices proposées

les organismes dans le domaine des arts et leur enregistrement comme organisme de bienfaisance selon la Loi de l’impôt sur le revenu

L'Agence du revenu du Canada (ARC) vous invite à lui faire part de vos commentaires sur ses lignes directrices proposées sur les organismes dans le domaine des arts et leur enregistrement comme organisme de bienfaisance.

Tous les commentaires seront pris en considération. Afin que nous puissions évaluer vos recommandations plus facilement, nous vous recommandons d'adopter le format suivant :

Commentaires généraux : Ces commentaires peuvent inclure des observations d'ordre général (p. ex. si les lignes directrices sont utiles) ou des suggestions en vue d'améliorer la lisibilité du document ou d'y ajouter des points utiles.
Commentaires spécifiques : Lorsque vous commentez un aspect précis des lignes directrices, veuillez :
indiquer le numéro de paragraphe sur lequel porte votre commentaire;
résumer le problème concernant le paragraphe en question;
s'il y a lieu, suggérer une solution de rechange qui pourrait être prise en considération.
De plus, l'ARC accepte volontiers des questions qui pourraient l'aider à préparer un document de questions et réponses pour accompagner les lignes directrices.

Veuillez noter que nous ne pouvons pas répondre à vos questions dans le cadre de ce processus consultatif. Pour obtenir une réponse à des questions au sujet des organismes de bienfaisance, veuillez communiquer avec la Section du service à la clientèle au 1-888-892-5667.

Nous tiendrons compte de tout commentaire reçu avant le 13 janvier 2012.

Où envoyer vos commentaires?

Veuillez nous faire parvenir vos commentaires par écrit à l'adresse postale ou au numéro de télécopieur indiqués ci-dessous, ou encore par courriel à consultation-policy-politique@cra-arc.gc.ca.

Adresse postale

Direction des organismes de bienfaisance
Agence du revenu du Canada
Ottawa ON K1A 0L5

Télécopieur

613-948-1320

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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CMA Now Accepting Applications for 2012-2013 YCW Programs

The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) is pleased to announce its renewed commitment to delivering the Young Canada Works (YCW) summer jobs and internship programs for 2012 – a shared initiative with the Department of Canadian Heritage (PCH).

The CMA will be accepting applications for the YCW summer jobs and internship programs until February 1, 2012.

A substantial portion of the summer jobs program funding is reserved exclusively for small and medium-sized museums.

Visit the CMA’s updated YCW program web page for current information on application procedures and eligibility criteria.

Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations:
http://www.museums.ca/Sevices/Young_Canada_Works/YCW_In_Heritage_Organizations/?n=14-102-248
· Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage:
http://www.museums.ca/Sevices/Young_Canada_Works/YCW_at_Building_Careers_in_Heritage/?n=14-102-247

Applications must be submitted online at www.youngcanadaworks.gc.ca.

For more information, visit www.museums.ca or contact:
ycw@museums.ca
613-567-0099

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Faite votre demande pour les programmes JCT 2012-2013 dès aujourd’hui

L'Association des musées canadiens (AMC) a le plaisir d'annoncer le renouvellement de son engagement envers la prestation des programmes d’emploi d’été et de stages Jeunesse Canada au travail (JCT) pour 2012, en partenariat avec le ministère du Patrimoine canadien.

L'AMC acceptera les demandes pour les programmes d'emplois d'été et de stages JCT jusqu'au 1er février 2012.

Veuillez noter qu’un pourcentage considérable des fonds du programme d’emplois d’été est réservé aux petits et moyens musées.

Veuillez consulter la section JCT du site Web de l'AMC pour connaître les informations les plus récentes, les modalités du programme, les procédures et les critères d'admissibilité :

Jeunesse Canada au travail dans les établissements du patrimoine :
http://www.musees.ca/Services/Jeunesse_Canada_au_travail/Jeunesse_Canada_au_travail_dans_les_etablissements_du_patrimoine/?n=14-102-248
Jeunesse Canada au travail pour une carrière vouée au patrimoine :
http://www.musees.ca/Services/Jeunesse_Canada_au_travail/Jeunesse_Canada_au_travail_pour_une_carriere_vouee_au_patrimoine/?n=14-102-247

Les applications doivent être soumises en ligne au www.jeunessecanadaautravail.gc.ca.

Pour plus d’informations, visitez www.musees.ca ou contactez :
jct@musees.ca
613-567-0099

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Monday, December 12, 2011

New Programmer Appointed at Homer Watson House & Gallery

It is with mixed emotions that Homer Watson House & Gallery announces the resignation of Chandra Erlendson as Public Program and Education Director.  Chandra leaves Ontario to pursue a position as Manager of Public Programming with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, in Winnipeg Manitoba.  This is a great achievement, and it is with a sense of pride that we wish her well in her new position, beginning in the New Year.
 
Homer Watson House and Gallery is pleased to advise that Helena Ball has accepted the position of Public Programs and Marketing Coordinator.  Helena joined the Gallery in 2008 and has worked with the Gallery in many capacities including Program Assistant, Administration Assistant, Interim Development Officer and Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator.  Along with education in Business and Marketing Helena brings with her experience as a teacher in the arts (music) and mentor for the Not-for-Profit Service Learning Project in conjunction with Conestoga College and Public Relations degree program.  Helena is a member of the Canadian and Ontario Museum Associations and the Arts and Culture Advisory Committee for the City of Kitchener.  Helena will assume her new position on January 16, 2012.

For Immediate Release: December 9, 2011

Media Contact: Faith Hieblinger, Executive Director/Curator 519-748-4377 ext. 223

Homer Watson House & Gallery
1754 Old Mill Road, Kitchener, ON N2P 1H8

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Aboriginal Curatorial Collective / Collectif des Conservateurs Autochtone (ACC/CCA) announces the new Executive Director Elwood Jimmy

The Aboriginal Curatorial Collective /Collectif des Conservateurs Autochtone (ACC/CCA) would like to announce the results of their recent nationwide search for an Executive Director. After a lengthy and rigorous selections process reviewing many excellent candidates and two months of careful deliberation, the ACC/CCA Board of Directors is proud to announce the appointment of Elwood Jimmy.

Over the last decade, Elwood Jimmy has worked as an arts administrator, curator, writer and artist. Originally from the Thunderchild First Nation in northwestern Saskatchewan, Elwood has played a leadership role in several arts and community projects and organizations. His work as an artist and curator has been presented in venues from British Columbia to Ontario, as well as the Northwest Territories. As a writer, his work has been published in anthologies relating to arts, culture, race, and Canadian history. For the last 14 years, he has been involved with Sâkêwêwak Artists' Collective, an organization that supports the production and presentation of contemporary Aboriginal art in southeastern Saskatchewan. Elwood will bring his skills and experiences as Director of that organization from 2008-2011 to his new role with the ACC/ CCA.

Aligning with the best practices of the ACC/CCA, Elwood's projects within the arts have been almost exclusively collaborative in nature, working with several artists, and/or communities in the creation and production process. From 2000-2007 he and collaborator Lynn Acoose worked on a number of projects including video, installation, text, & performance works, as well as a number of interdisciplinary projects in collaboration with diverse communities within the plains region.  While having collaborated with different Aboriginal communities in different parts of the country, the majority of Elwood's work has been inspired by, produced with, and presented within north central Regina, home to one of the country's largest urban Aboriginal populations, and the community he grew up in. Elwood is excited to have the opportunity to expand upon this strong foundation and is looking forward to taking up his new position as Director of the ACC/CCA, where he will work closely with the Board of Directors and with the Aboriginal curatorial community at large. Elwood is currently in the process of relocating to Toronto, and will be joining the organization in January of 2012.

The ACC/ CCA is a national arts service organization that supports, promotes and advocates on behalf of Canadian and international Aboriginal curators, critics, artists and representatives of arts and cultural organizations. The ACC/CCA develops and disseminates curatorial practices, innovative research and critical discourses on Aboriginal arts and culture. By fostering collaboration and exchange the ACC/CCA builds an equitable space for the Aboriginal intellectual and artistic community.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Gaëtane Verna Appointed Director of The Power Plant

William J.S. Boyle, Chief Executive Officer of Harbourfront Centre and
Shanitha Kachan, President of the Board of Directors of The Power Plant
Contemporary Art Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, are pleased to
announce the appointment of Gaëtane Verna to the position of Director,
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre.
Verna is scheduled to begin her new position as Director of Canada’s
leading non-collecting contemporary art gallery on 1 March, 2012.

Gaëtane Verna is currently Executive Director and Chief Curator of the
Musée d’art de Joliette, in Lanaudière, Quebec. From 1998 to 2006, she
was the curator of the Forman Art Gallery of Bishop’s University. In her
more than fifteen-year career, she has gained invaluable experience in
presenting and organizing many exhibitions by emerging, mid-career
and established Canadian and international artists such as Vasco
Araújo, Luis Jacob, Kimsooja, François Lacasse, Oswaldo Maciá,
Ed Pien, Gabor Szilasi, Javier Tellez, Denyse Thomasos, and Bill Viola
among others.

“Gaëtane Verna comes to Toronto with an outstanding set of
achievements, exemplifying her competence in all capacities of
museum operations,” said Shanitha Kachan. “As a successful fundraiser,
a notable curator and proven strategic leader, she will steer The Power
Plant in a new direction at an exciting time in its twenty-five year history.
With enthusiasm and excitement, we look forward to a new day at the
gallery with Gaëtane at the helm.”

"After an extensive international search, I am extremely pleased to
welcome Gaëtane Verna to Harbourfront Centre as the new Director of
The Power Plant,” said William Boyle. “Gaëtane possesses all the skills
and expertise to lead The Power Plant to a new level of achievement
and recognition."

Verna holds a DEA and a Masters degree from the Université Paris |
Pantheon Sorbonne as well as an International Diploma in Heritage
Administration and Conservation from the Ecole National du Patrimoine
(France). Since 2006, she has served a Board member of the Montréal
Arts Council as well as the President of the Visual Arts Committee.
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For more information on exhibitions and all public programs at The
Power Plant, call +1.416.973.4949 or visit www.thepowerplant.org

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre
231 Queens Quay West, Toronto

Admission:
FREE Members
$6 Adults
$3 Students / Seniors
BMO FREE Wednesday Evenings from 5 – 8 PM

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday 12 – 6 PM
Wednesday 12 – 8 PM
Open holiday Mondays

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Media Contact:
Robin Boyko
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
The Power Plant
+1.416.973.4927
rboyko@thepowerplant.org

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Gallery Lambton Transforms

Gallery Lambton in Sarnia is closing its doors on December 4th, 2011 as preparations for the opening of the Judith & Norman ALIX Art Gallery in 2012 ramp up. How the 'old' Thom Building will meet the 'new' Judith & Norman ALIX Art Gallery in Downtown Sarnia was unveiled last week.

Large windows are featured along the gallery's first floor, allowing those passing by the opportunity to catch a glance of the featured heritage staircase in the foyer of the gallery, or to watch an art class underway. The building returns to its origins, as the entrance returns to the corner of both Christina and Lochiel Streets.

The red-brown brick is heavily featured on the second floor, where visitors will find the Permanent Collection Gallery and the lecture hall with smaller windows providing access to natural light. A light filled ramp links the new building to the 2nd floor of the CIBC where the gallery administration, research library, volunteer work room and the members lounge, offering a stunning view of the St. Clair River, are located. The third floor will feature old meeting new once again, as the red-brown brick tower is joined to stainless steel cladding to form the third floor, where visitors will find the two main exhibition galleries.

"There has been a great concentration of effort and energy on the restoration of the important historical features of the building," said Lisa Daniels, Gallery Lambton Curator & Supervisor. "The decorative features of the brick work, the masonry, and re-locating the entrance to its original location were all important to this design. We wanted to communicate that art anchored the downtown, and through this design we feel that we have not only communicated that, but also articulated that the function of the building is an Art Gallery."

Work is progressing at a steady rate at the construction site where the $9.1 million art gallery is taking shape. Stay tuned for the announcement of the inaugural exhibitions and enhanced community programming early in the new year.

The artist's rendering is now on display at Gallery Lambton and can be found at
www.artgallerylambton.ca.

Contact:

Lisa Daniels
Curator/Director, Gallery Lambton
County of Lambton
Telephone: 519 336-8127
email: lisa.daniels@county-lambton.on.ca

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

New Education Partnership Helps Fuel Students' Passion For Art

Art Gallery of Ontario

MEDIA OPPORTUNITY

TO ALL ASSIGNMENT EDITORS/EDUCATION EDITORS
For immediate release

Toronto, ON, Nov. 24, 2011 – Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) representatives will gather in the Weston Family Learning Centre on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at the AGO to celebrate a new education partnership.

This partnership will allow students to experience:

Special full-day programs at the AGO: Up to 500 high-priority TDSB classes will visit the Gallery in the 2011-12 school year;
The AGO’s installation of 13 key paintings from the TDSB’s art collection in the Weston Family Learning Centre;
Specialized curriculum and resources for teachers and students online and at the AGO; and
Free access to the Weston Family Learning Centre for students, teachers, parents and the community.
Students, teachers and AGO and TDSB representatives will be available for interviews. Students will be observed participating in the specialized curriculum programming and a ceremonial drumming by students from the First Nations School.

Who: AGO Director and CEO Matthew Teitelbaum, TDSB Chair Chris Bolton, TDSB Director of Education Chris Spence, Coun. Gary Crawford, Ward 36 Scarborough Southwest, two classes of TDSB Grades 7 & 8 students and teachers.

When: Monday, Nov. 28, noon to 1 p.m.

Where: Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W., Toronto

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For more information, please contact:

T.J. Goertz
Acting Communications Officer
Toronto District School Board
416-397-3314
t.j.goertz@tdsb.on.ca

Antonietta Mirabelli
Deputy Director, Communications
Art Gallery of Ontario
416-979-6660, ext. 454
Antonietta_Mirabelli@ago.net

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New gallery space opening this winter at The Varley Art Gallery

After a short construction delay, the Varley will open its new $2.5 million gallery space this winter. The expansion has been made possible thanks to a major contribution from Mr. Wallace Joyce to the Varley-McKay Art Foundation in 2008. The Varley Art Gallery also wishes to thank the Town of Markham, the Government of Ontario and the Varley-McKay Art Foundation for their generous support of this project.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

2011 OMA Awards of Excellence Backgrounder
 

Ontario Museum Association
2011 Awards of Excellence Backgrounder

The purpose of the Ontario Museum Association Awards of Excellence is to
1. recognize outstanding contributions to the Ontario museum community, with emphasis on innovation;
2. advance the museum profession in Ontario;
3. encourage high standards of excellence in the museum field.

The 2011 recipients are:

Award of Excellence for Lifetime Achievement
Bev Dietrich

Bev began her career at the Wellington County museum and Archives in 1983 and became the Curator at Guelph Museums in 1991, a position she continues to hold today. Bev has always worked with the local community to create relevant and engaging exhibits, and is one of the leading authorities on poet John McCrae. Bev has been a leader in the Ontario museum sector as the Course Director for the OMA’s Collections Management Certificate in Museum Studies course and with her award winning Policy Manual for Guelph Museums. Bev has always made time for supporting her colleagues and for mentoring countless other professionals with laughter and enthusiasm.

“When looked at in its totality, Bev’s work in the museum field has had, and will continue to have, positive effects at museums across Ontario – all for the betterment of the entire province. I can’t think of a more deserving person to be honoured with an Award of Excellence by the Ontario Museum Association.” – Tom Reitz, Manager/Curator, Waterloo Region Museum

Award of Excellence
Haldimand Museums
 for Haldimand Museums Educational Resources - WWI

During a major Our Ontario Community Digitization Project, Haldimand Museums staff began discussing how to make this significant body of work into something more than just a digitized collection. Haldimand Museums staff approached the four history department heads of Haldimand County’s secondary schools to discover what web resources they were using and what type of resources would be helpful in teaching WWI history in the classroom. They discovered that there was both a need and an interest in sharing local connections with students.

Using the digitized material on the Our Ontario website as a foundation, Haldimand Museums created a “one-stop-shop” educational resource for educators, students and other researchers that showcases the contributions of Haldimand County individuals and organizations involved in the Canadian war effort on a national and international level. In addition to the online resources, a printed manual was provided to all six branches of the Haldimand County Libraries and made available to the County’s twenty-one primary and secondary schools.

“By far the most powerful appeal is the focus on local heritage. This has always been a weak spot in history teachers’ delivery of curriculum and your work toward beefing that up is most welcome. The fact that this local material is online makes it most convenient for classroom teachers.” – Victor Cassano, History Head, Cayuga Secondary School.

Award of Excellence
The National Gallery of Canada and The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art for The National Gallery of Canada at The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (NGC@MOCCA)

The exciting three year partnership between the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), NGC@MOCCA, began in 2010. Working in close collaboration, the two institutions co-organize and present a series of exclusive exhibitions at MOCCA drawn from the NGC’s extensive Contemporary Art collection. The project has fostered an extensive level of resource sharing and creativity through its emphasis on collaboration, bringing together leading contemporary art curators from both partner organization and the Toronto area.

In addition to securing corporate sponsorship, MOCCA has developed a new patronage program, THE ART DEPT, a leadership circle of MOCCA patrons whose donations are allocated exclusively to the project. These creative funding initiatives allow NGC@MOCCA to be financially independent and highly sustainable.

“Through NGC@MOCCA, the NGC has brought important contemporary artworks out of its vault and to the largest urban centre and one of the most engaged audiences in Canada…by extending their ability to deliver new programs to new audiences and increasing the Canadian public’s access to exceptional contemporary art, I consider this partnership and its achievements truly excellent.” – Shirley Madill, Executive Director, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

 Award of Excellence for Corporate Service
Corporation of the City of Peterborough 
for the Peterborough Museum & Archives partnership with the Arts and Heritage Programs of Fleming College

The City of Peterborough’s municipal museum, The Peterborough Museum & Archives (PMA), is the only museum in Canada that serves openly as a college campus. The opportunity for Fleming College students to learn museological and conservation theory and practice in situ is an unmatched and extra-ordinary asset. The PMA has served as the primary host site for Fleming College’s Museum Management and Curatorship and Collections Conservation and Management programs since 1994, with ad hoc partnerships going back to the 1970’s. The value of learning in a museum setting; interacting and engaging with museums audiences, collections, and staff, is invaluable to the students.

“The Corporation of the City of Peterborough: Peterborough Museum & Archives stands out in our provincial museum sector because it functions both as a stellar site for visitors…but also as a teaching institution that has graduated a series of well prepared, conscientious and ethical heritage workers.” – Sarah Beam-Borg, Exhibition Manager/Assistant Curator, Bata Shoe Museum

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Gaëlle Morel Appointed First Curator of The Ryerson Image Centre

The Ryerson Image Centre is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Gaëlle Morel as the gallery's first curator. Dr. Morel's exhibition history to date has been international in scope, including numerous shows in Paris, Montreal and Toronto. Her exhibition projects and publications bring together a solid understanding of historical and contemporary art practices, with a strong focus on photography and photojournalism, while developing thematic approaches that speak to modern audiences in new and exciting ways. Gaëlle Morel's role as curator will significantly influence the development of the Ryerson Image Centre.

Gaëlle Morel will share the responsibility for developing a challenging and relevant long term exhibition plan with Ryerson Image Centre Director, Doina Popescu. In addition to developing and executing exhibitions, installations and educational programs, Ms. Morel will curate and co-curate exhibitions, and collaborate with organizers, guest curators, and a variety of local, national and international institutions.

"A curator is a link between the artist and the audience," says Dr. Morel, "It's important to help people to understand the images; their creation and dissemination; and the links between archival material and contemporary art. The role of curator at the Ryerson Image Centre presents an opportunity to show materials that are rarely exhibited, to take curatorial risks, and to experiment. I am looking forward to doing things that have not been done before or not done in this way before, and creating something new in the city of Toronto."
Ryerson Image Centre

The Ryerson Image Centre will open its doors in September 2012 with dynamic public exhibitions in new gallery spaces, extraordinary research opportunities, and a significant photography collection with the famous Black Star collection of approximately 292,000 photojournalistic prints at its core.

International in scope, focusing on photography, new media, and film, this cutting-edge centre will offer an exciting combination of public exhibition of innovative work by professional Canadian and international artists, and inspiring academic research and educational opportunities.

The Ryerson Image Centre is located in the Ryerson University Image Arts building at 33 Gould Street, in the heart of downtown Toronto.

www.ryerson.ca/ric

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Lecture by Philip Monk @ Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario

9 November 2011
7 PM


 
And you thought that Philip Monk was apologizing to General Idea for his past critical injustices with his 2009 exhibition at the AGYU. Well, you’re wrong. That was all a fiction. So step back and get ready for his push back. He’s taking advantage of his public platform, having been invited to deliver the free McCready Lecture on Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, to undermine General Idea. Or, at least, to undermine their system. Maybe he’s just undermining prevailing interpretations of General Idea’s work. But it’s also the back story to that famous story General Idea told so well: “This is the story of General Idea…” The underground story really. Or perhaps just the ungrounding story.
 
Mr. Monk has been invited by the AGO to lecture on Marshall McLuhan and General Idea, but showman that he is, he couldn’t leave himself out. Hence the title: “Marshall McLuhan, General Idea, and Me!”
 
Here’s the text he supplied to the AGO:
 
Most people think of The 1984 Miss General Idea Pavillion as the architectural foundation on which General Idea’s enterprise was built. But the Pavillion was erected on an unstable fault line. As seen through the “collide-oscopic” lens of Marshall McLuhan, Monk will explore General Idea’s cosmology as a system that was a perpetually changing, constantly colliding, collage conjunction of words and images.
 
Does that sound like the General Idea you know? If not, come out. The lecture takes place Wednesday November 9 at 7:00 in Jackman Hall at the Art Gallery of Ontario and it’s free.
 
 
Philip Monk has just been announced winner of the 2011 Hnatyshyn Foundation Visual Arts Awards for curatorial excellence in contemporary art. He is Director of the Art Gallery of York University and has served as a curator at both the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Power Plant. A published writer since 1977, he currently is finishing his eighth book Glamour is Theft: A User’s Guide to General Idea, a book as if written in the 1970s and by Roland Barthes (in English translation).

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Arts Day Unites Parliamentarians in Support of the Arts

Artists and arts workers from coast to coast to coast gathered in Ottawa on Tuesday October 25th to discuss the key role arts investment plays in the economic and social health of Canada. With one hundred participants and 120 scheduled meetings, it was the best attended Arts Day yet.

Recognizing the Government’s goal to reduce Canada’s deficit by 2014, members of the Canadian Arts Coalition presented a more modest set of priorities than in previous years. Parliamentarians were asked to maintain investment in the Canada Council for the Arts, integrate arts and culture in the government’s foreign policy initiatives, and to maintain funding levels to key arts, culture and heritage programs delivered by the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Members of Parliament across all parties signaled their support. Steering Committee members who met with Heritage Minister, James Moore reported a very positive dialogue, Moore assured the Coalition that the Government intends to find savings with minimal impacts to artists or the stability of the arts ecology, though the potential effects of future spending reductions remains an ongoing concern for the arts community. Moore addressed participants at the closing reception saying he was so pleased with the positive tone of the day and stressed that government and the arts sector must continue working together to find solutions to the challenges ahead. “Supporting culture isn’t a left wing issue or a right wing issue, it’s the right thing to do,” said Minister Moore.

Canadian actress, Cynthia Dale, also addressed participants. “We are an arts nation who create, perform and bring Canada to the world,” she said. The reception, hosted by Deputy Speaker Denise Savoie, was well attended with appearances by Parliamentary Secretary for Heritage, Paul Calandra; Minister of National Revenue, Gail Shea; NDP Heritage Critic, Tyrone Benskin; Liberal Heritage Critic, Scott Simms and other art supporting MPs such as Charlie Angus and Justin Trudeau. The meetings reflected a balance of members of Parliament from all parties with 40% of meetings with Conservative members.

“The MPs we met with understood the contribution the arts make to the life, vibrancy and economy of their communities and recognized the need to protect the most vulnerable elements of the sector’s ecology,” said Coalition spokesperson Shannon Litzenberger. “We hope to build on this success to create ongoing positive communication with MPs in all ridings and keenly await the results of the deficit reduction action plan.”

At the same time, the potential effects of future funding reductions remain an ongoing concern for the arts sector. The Coalition will continue to be watchful of forthcoming government decisions, and work with MP's across all parties in support of increased investment in arts and culture over the long term.
 
www.canadianartscoalition.ca
 
La Journée des Arts rassemble les parlementaires qui appuient le milieu artistique

Des artistes et des travailleurs du monde des arts venus de partout au Canada se sont réunis à Ottawa le mardi 25 octobre pour débattre du rôle essentiel que les investissements dans les arts jouent quant à la santé économique et sociale du pays. Avec une centaine de participants et 120 rencontres planifiées, il s’agit de la plus forte participation à une Journée des Arts à ce jour.

Conscients de l’objectif gouvernemental consistant à réduire le déficit du Canada d’ici 2014, les membres de la Coalition canadienne des arts ont mis de l’avant un ensemble de priorités plus modeste que les années précédentes. Il fut demandé aux parlementaires d’insister pour que l’investissement au Conseil des Arts soit maintenu, que les initiatives de politique étrangère intègrent les arts et la culture, et que soit maintenu le niveau de financement fourni par le ministère du Patrimoine canadien aux secteurs clés des arts, de la culture et du patrimoine.

Des députés de toute obédience politique ont promis d'apporter leur soutien aux demandes de la Coalition. Suite à la rencontre avec le ministre du Patrimoine, James Moore, les membres du Comité directeur ont rapporté que le dialogue avait été très positif. Le ministre Moore a assuré la Coalition que le gouvernement compte trouver le moyen de faire des économies tout en heurtant le moins possible les artistes ou la stabilité de l’ « écosystème des arts ». Lors d'une réception à la Chambre des Communes à la fin de la journée, James Moore s’est adressé aux participants, se disant extrêmement satisfait du ton de cette Journée; il a insisté sur le fait que le gouvernement et le secteur des arts doivent continuer de travailler ensemble afin de trouver des solutions aux défis qui s’annoncent. « Appuyer la culture n’est pas un enjeu de droite ou de gauche, c’est simplement la bonne chose à faire », a-t-il affirmé. L’actrice canadienne Cynthia Dale s’est elle aussi adressée aux participants. « Nous sommes une nation favorable aux arts qui crée, performe, et amène le Canada à l’avant-scène mondiale », a-t-elle dit.
La réception, animée par la vice-présidente de la Chambre, Madame Denise Savoie, a connu un taux élevé de participation ; y participaient, entre autres, le secrétaire parlementaire pour le Patrimoine canadien, Paul Calandra ; la Ministre du Revenu national, Gail Shea ; le porte-parole du NPD en matière de patrimoine, Tyrone Benskin ; le porte-parole du Parti Libéral en matière de patrimoine, Scott Simms, ainsi que d’autres députés sympathisants de la cause des arts, tels Charlie Angus et Justin Trudeau. Les rencontres reflétaient la représentation au Parlement de l’ensemble des partis, 40 % des rencontres ayant eu lieu avec des membres du Parti Conservateur.

« Les députés que nous avons rencontrés comprennent la contribution des arts à la vie, à l’effervescence et à l’économie de leur collectivité, et ils reconnaissent le besoin de protéger les éléments les plus vulnérables de l’“écosystème” de ce secteur, a dit la porte-parole de la Coalition, Shannon Litzenberger. Nous espérons bâtir sur cette réussite afin de créer une communication constante avec des députés de toutes les circonscriptions, et nous anticipons avec optimisme les résultats du plan de réduction du déficit. »
Toutefois les effets potentiels des réductions futures des dépenses demeurent une préoccupation constante pour le milieu des art et la Coalition demeurera vigilante quant aux décisions gouvernementales à venir et continuera ses démarches auprès du gouvernement pour favoriser un investissement accru en arts et culture à long terme.
 
www.lacoalitioncanadiennedesarts.com

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2012 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts: Nominate Before December 1, 2011!

The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2012 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts is fast approaching.  Don’t wait– nominate an artist or arts organization that deserves to be in the spotlight. Help us spread the word – let’s recognize our artists and arts organizations for their leadership, innovation, creativity and talent.

The Awards are conferred in two categories: an individual artist award of $35,000 and an arts organization award of $50,000. Nominations can recognize a candidate engaged in any professional arts practice including community arts, crafts, dance, music, opera, theatre, visual and media arts, writing or cultural industries such as book and magazine publishing, digital media, film, television and sound recording. Details about the Awards, guidelines and nomination forms are posted on the Ontario Arts Council website.

Now is the time to recognize and celebrate Ontario’s great artists and arts organizations and the role they play in Ontario’s vibrant arts and culture sector. Nominations are due December 1, 2011. 

Videos of Premier’s Awards Winners: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

For more information
The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) administers the selection process for the Awards on behalf of the Government of Ontario. For more information contact the OAC at: 416-961-1660 ext. 6666, toll free 1-800-387-0058 ext 6666 or info@arts.on.ca. 

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is the province of Ontario’s primary funding body for professional arts activity. Since 1963, the OAC has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts and artists for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians.

Prix du premier ministre pour l'excellence artistique de 2012  –  Nominez avant le 1er décembre 2011 !

La date limite du 1 décembre pour soumettre vos candidatures aux prix du premier ministre pour l’excellence artistique 2012 se rapproche.  N’attendez pas – mettez en candidature un artiste ou un organisme artistique qui mérite d'être sous les feux des projecteurs.    

Passez le mot –  faites en sorte pour reconnaître nos artistes et organismes artistiques pour leur leadership, leur  innovation, leur créativité et leur talent.

Un prix de 35 000 $ est remis à un artiste et un prix de 50 000 $ est remis à un organisme artistique. Les candidats doivent exercer une pratique artistique professionnelle, incluant les arts communautaires, les métiers d’art, la danse, la musique, l’opéra, le théâtre, les arts visuels et médiatiques, la littérature ou les industries culturelles comme l’édition de livres et de magazines, les médias numériques, le cinéma, la télévision et les enregistrements sonores. Il est possible d’obtenir plus de renseignements sur les prix et la mise en candidature et un formulaire de mise en candidature dans le site Web du Conseil des arts de l’Ontario.

Le temps est maintenant venu de célébrer les grands artistes et organismes artistiques et de reconnaître leur rôle sur la scène artistique et culturelle dynamique en Ontario. La date limite pour soumettre une candidature est le 1er décembre  2011.

Vidéos des précédents lauréats : 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

Renseignements complémentaires
Le Conseil des arts gère le processus de sélection au nom du gouvernement de l’Ontario. Pour en savoir plus sur le Conseil, il est possible de communiquer directement avec son personnel par téléphone au 416-961-1660, poste 6666 ou au 1-800-387-0058, poste 6666 (sans frais) ou par courriel à l’adresse info@arts.on.ca.

Le Conseil des arts de l’Ontario (CAO) est le principal bailleur de fonds des activités artistiques professionnelles de la province. Depuis sa création en 1963, il joue un rôle de premier plan en matière de promotion et d'aide aux artistes et aux organismes artistiques au profit de tous les Ontariens.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Ontario Arts Council Board Appoints New Director and CEO

October 24, 2011 – Martha Durdin, Chair of the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) today announced the appointment of Peter Caldwell as Director and CEO of the Ontario Arts Council.  He succeeds John Brotman who is retiring after ten years at the council’s helm.

“Peter impressed us with his personal experience as an artist, his firm understanding of the arts community and the leadership skills that he brought to the remarkable transformations at OCAD University over the past several years,” said Martha Durdin OAC Chair. “He takes over an organization that has not only thrived in the last decade but which, under John's guidance, reflects the growth and diversity of Ontario's arts community.”

“The arts have been integral to my life, and the Ontario Arts Council is integral to the arts in Ontario,” said Peter Caldwell. “I am very excited about playing a leadership role at OAC as it approaches its 50th anniversary of service to artists, arts organizations and all Ontarians. I hope to honour the legacy of the organization, while also maximizing future opportunities.”

Peter Caldwell was Vice President, Finance & Administration at OCAD University (formerly Ontario College of Art & Design) from 1994 to April 2011.  During this time, he served as chief administrative officer of Canada’s largest university specializing in art and design education. Among Caldwell’s accomplishments at OCAD, he oversaw the university’s expansion from two to 12 buildings, including the architecturally-acclaimed Sharp Centre of Design, designed by architect Will Alsop.  In 2009, Peter Caldwell was appointed a Lifetime Honorary Alumnus by the OCAD University Alumni Association. In June 2011, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by OCAD University, recognizing his contribution to the university and to the arts and culture community.

Peter Caldwell has spent his entire career in the arts. He was Executive Director of the Arts Foundation of Greater Toronto (1985-1994), where he was responsible for the programming, marketing and financial management of all activities including ArtsWeek and the Toronto Arts Awards.  Prior to that, he was Program Director at Toronto Theatre Alliance (1981-83), Theatre Consultantat the Ontario Ministry of Culture and Recreation (1980-81), and Coordinator of Training Programs at Theatre Ontario (1977-80). Peter Caldwell’s volunteer work includes the Boards of Directors of the Laidlaw Foundation, Toronto Artscape Inc., Design Exchange, Performing Arts Development Fund of Toronto and Platform 9 Theatre.  He has served on the major grants review panel for the City of Toronto’s Cultural Affairs Division.

Peter Caldwell has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at University of Western Ontario.  As an undergraduate at Stetson University in Deland, Florida, he majored in French and minored in Spanish. He will join OAC on February 6, 2012.

The search for John’s replacement was led by OAC Chair Martha Durdin with board members William Aitchison (Stratford), Albert Alexanian (Hamilton), Verlyn Francis (Toronto) and Harvey Slack (Ottawa). The nation-wide search was led by Searchlight Recruitment, included wide consultation with the arts community.

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For more information:
If you have questions, please contact Kirsten Gunter, Director of Communications atkgunter@arts.on.ca or at 416-969-7403 / 1-800-387-0058 ext. 7403 (toll-free in Ontario).

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is the province of Ontario’s primary funding body for professional arts activity. Since 1963, the OAC has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts and artists for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

MAP deadline extended to November 18, 2011

Nous désirons vous aviser par la présente que la date limite pour le dépôt
des demandes au Programme d’aide aux musées (PAM) est désormais le 18
novembre 2011.

Étant donné le délai imprévu de publication des lignes
directrices 2012-2013 sur le site web du PAM, il a été estimé réaliste
d’ajourner la date initiale du 1er novembre 2011 afin que le temps
nécessaire soit octroyé à la préparation des demandes.

Il est vivement recommandé de consulter votre agent de programme régional
afin de discuter de votre projet avant de le soumettre.

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We would like to inform you that the deadline to submit applications for
the Museums Assistance Program (MAP) has been moved to November 18, 2011.

The deadline has been extended from the original date of November 1, 2011
as a result of unanticipated delays in publishing the 2012-2013 guidelines
on the MAP website. This change in deadline to November 18 will allow
additional time necessary to prepare and submit applications.

Organizations are strongly advise to discuss their project prior to
submitting an application to ensure eligibility and best fit. For
Ontario-based organizations, the program officers are:

Northern Ontario / Nord de l'Ontario
Andrew Elgee*
Tel: (705) 671-0308
Email: Andrew.Elgee@pch.gc.ca

Eastern Ontario / l'est de l'Ontario
Patricia Howorth
Tel: (613) 547-7597
Email: Patricia.Howorth@pch.gc.ca

Central - Southern Ontario / le sud - central de l'Ontario
Ruth Biderman
Tel: (416) 954-4042
Email: Ruth. Biderman@pch.gc.ca

* Bilingual service / service bilingue

Andrew Elgee
Arts Consultant / Conseiller en arts
Department of Canadian Heritage / Ministère du Patrimoine canadien
Ontario Region / Région de l'Ontario
40 Elm Street, Suite 288 / 40 rue Elm, pièce 288
Sudbury, ON P3C 1S8
Phone / Téléphone 705-671-0308
Fax / Télécopieur 705-671-0620
andrew.elgee@pch.gc.ca

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Brock appoints new director/curator of Rodman Hall Art Centre

An internationally recognized art curator and writer with extensive experience in arts administration in Canada is the new director/curator of Brock University’s Rodman Hall Art Centre.

After two and a half years as executive director of the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Sask., Stuart Reid will assume his new position in January 2012.

“We are pleased to have someone of Stuart’s calibre join our team at Rodman Hall,” says Douglas Kneale, Dean, Faculty of Humanities, Brock University. “His experience and leadership will help to foster our region’s vibrant arts scene, and his expertise will be an asset in the development of opportunities for Brock to engage our communities.”

“The post of director/curator at Rodman Hall Art Centre holds a lot of interest for me,” says Reid in a press released issued by the MacKenzie Art Gallery. “I’m eager to continue my curatorial work and writing. I’ll also have teaching opportunities at Brock University. This move also takes me back to Ontario and my family.”

Reid is a Past President of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries. He has served as director and curator of the Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery in Owen Sound, Ont., is an alumnus of the J. Paul Getty Trust’s Museum Leadership Institute at the University of California at Berkeley, and is also an elected member of the International Curators of Contemporary Art Network based in Luxembourg.

Born in Dundee, Scotland, Reid immigrated to Canada in 1967. He studied art and art history at York University (BFA 1986) in Toronto. From 1990 to 1992, Reid was an associate curator at The Craft Gallery of the Ontario Crafts Council in Toronto. From 1992 to 2001, he was curator at the Art Gallery of Mississauga. In 1997, he was a guest of the British Council on a study tour of contemporary art in Northern Ireland.

Brock University assumed ownership of Rodman Hall, the Walker Botanical Gardens and the Centre’s permanent art collection in 2003.

Rodman Hall Art Centre is committed to excellence in visual arts programming and education, providing services and resources to students and faculty of Brock University and the Niagara region. Nationally, the Centre supports the development of artists and cultural workers in southern Ontario through the dissemination of contemporary art.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Art Gallery of Mississauga Welcomes R. Stuart Keeler as its new Curator/Director of Programmes
 
The Executive Director/Curator, Robert Freeman, and the Board of Directors of the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) are pleased to announce the appointment of R. Stuart Keeler to the position of Curator/Director of Programmes with the Art Gallery of Mississauga.

“Stuart has tremendous energy and a wealth of ideas he is eager to implement in his new capacity as Curator/ Programme Director for the Art Gallery of Mississauga. He has extensive knowledge and experience in the arts and has a proven record of working closely with arts communities, and realizing ambitious projects. I believe he will be a great addition to our staff team and a welcome catalyst to increasing the AGM’s profile in the Mississauga arts community and beyond.” - Robert Freeman

R. Stuart Keeler is an artist who organizes exhibitions and multi-platform projects with the collaborative role of “curator” as the conceptual identity of his practice.

Keeler is based in Toronto, and holds an MFA from The School at The Art Institute of Chicago.

He is a regular contributor to Sculpture Magazine, Public Art Review, ArtPapers, Arcade, and Drain Magazine, this fall, Green Lantern Press (Chicago) will launch Service Media, an anthology edited by Keeler featuring 17 essays by leading cultural practitioners that question community and socially based art practices globally.

In 2009/2010, in Atlanta, Keeler co-founded and directed Le Flash, an exhibition that brought together a community with a dynamic landscape of contemporary art.

In Chicago, Keeler developed ART/44-46 a nationally award winning exhibition project partnering artists with civic agencies and residents. Recent projects include: Interiority with The Contemporary Art Council at The Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago); PORTABLE – Projects (Toronto); and Americans For The Arts – Salon des Refuses (Baltimore).  Forthcoming projects are LEITMOTIF, and Independent Project with Scotiabank Nuit Blanche and the Parkdale Village BIA in Toronto. 

His work has been featured and presented internationally as well as presented on numerous panels at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, The Atlanta Contemporary Art Centre, The College Art Association in New York City, the Public Art Network and has worked as a community arts consultant and grant writer with civic agencies internationally.

“I am eager to become a member of the regional art community and expand the programming and recognition that AGM has already built upon.  This is an exciting time to be participating in the history of Mississauga as the city evolves into a truly urban centre with an inspiring culturally diverse population. I look forward to listening, learning and in making important contributions to the field, as well as create innovative opportunities for learning and discovery.” - Stuart Keeler

Keeler begins at the AGM on September 6th and there will be an informal meet and greet in the fall (dates to be announced).
 
Robert Freeman
Executive Director/Curator
Art Gallery of Mississauga 
 
Art Gallery of Mississauga                                     
300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, ON L5B 3C1
Media Contact: Jaclyn Qua-Hiansen, Gallery Assistant
Telephone: (905) 896-5088    Fax: (905) 615-4167   
Email: jaclyn.qua-hiansen@mississauga.ca

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Debra Antoncic Appointed Interim Curator of RiverBrink Art Museum

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ontario. The Weir Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment, as of July 12, 2011, of Debra Antoncic to the position of Interim Curator at RiverBrink Art Museum. Ms. Antoncic’s appointment will be in effect while the search for a permanent Director/Curator is undertaken.

“We are very gratified that a curator of Ms. Antoncic’s stature, experience and knowledge has accepted the position of Interim Curat or,” stated Linda Fritz, President of the Board of Directors. “Ms. Antoncic’s appointment assures the high standards of curatorship that has become a hallmark of RiverBrink.”

Ms. Antoncic possesses an extensive background in art history and curatorial/museum studies. She has a PhD in Art History from Queens Universityspecializing in Canadian Art History and a combined Master of Arts in Art History and Curatorial Diploma from York University. Ms. Antoncic has curated exhibitions for the Art Gallery of Hamilton, McMaster Museum of Art and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. She has published numerous articles and presented at conferences such as the Universities Art Association of Canada and Associacion Mexicana de Estudios Sobre Canada inMe xico City. Ms. Antoncic has been a Sessional Instructor at the University of Guelph and McMaster University. She will be a Sessional Instructor teaching curatorial studies for Brock University this upcoming academic y ear.

As part of her duties Ms. Antoncic assumes responsibilities for RiverBrink’s highly anticipated 2012 exhibition. “Ms. Antoncic brings new fervor and a critical eye that will ensure that the RiverBrink 2012 exhibition will be unique, exciting and specifically designed for the RiverBrink community,” remarks Ms. Fritz. “My curatorial style is to adapt each exhibition I curate to the specific audience and community that will b e attending the exhibition,” affirmed Ms. Antoncic. “The role of a curator is not only to care for and manage the collection, but also to interpret the collection making it accessible for a broad audience. For instance,“The Battle of Queenston Heights” attributed to Major James B. Dennis, one of the most popular pieces in the RiverBrink collection, is not a depiction of a single moment in the battle, but rather an attempt to capture the flow of the battle as it unfolded over a period of time. Through further research and interpretation, and working with curatorial volunteers, I hope to expand the viewer’s appreciation and understanding of not only the painting, but also the historical significance of this work of art.”

RiverBrink Art Museum, its staff and volunteers offer Ms. Antoncic a hearty welcome and look forward to working with her.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery announces the appointment of an Aboriginal Curator in Residence

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is pleased to announce the appointment of Aboriginal Curator in Residence Suzanne Morrissette. She takes up her full-time position on July 18, 2011.

Suzanne Morrissette is a curator, artist and writer whose current research interests include: issues of identity, concepts of place, frontiers, wilderness, and geographies / cartographies and power.

Morrissette received her BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design University in Vancouver, British Columbia in 2009. She recently earned her MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario in June, 2011. In 2010, Morrissette received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant to complete her MFA thesis, titled Stories of place, location, and knowledge. This compilation of critical essays considers the significance of place and land in two exhibitions that took place at Urban Shaman Gallery: Contemporary Aboriginal Art in 2010: Writing Home - with works by Bonnie Devine - and RESERVE(d) - with works by Kevin Lee Burton and Caroline Monnet.

Morrissette has contributed to curatorial projects in Canada including You Are Here at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, and past now at the Graduate Gallery in Toronto, which later travelled to the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie, Ontario.

Morrissette comes to this position from her experience in artist run centres, specifically as former intern at both Urban Shaman Gallery and aceartinc. in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

“We are delighted to receive the support of the Canada Council for Suzanne’s position” states Nadia Kurd, Gallery Curator. “As the Aboriginal Curator in Residence, Suzanne will not only have the opportunity to reinvigoration the scholarship, accessibility and presence of the Gallery’s Permanent Collection, but also the chance to work alongside a number of artists in our region. The staff, board and volunteers all look forward to working with Suzanne at the Gallery.”

The Aboriginal Curator in Residence position was made possible through a generous and unprecedented two-year commitment from the Canada Council for the Arts.

For More Information
Alastair C MacKay
Communications and Marketing Coordinator
Thunder Bay Art Gallery
807 577 6427
amackay@theag.ca

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Gary Essar Retires as Curator/Director of RiverBrink Art Museum

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ontario. On behalf of the Board of Directors, Linda Fritz, President, regretfully announced today that after seven years of leadership, Gary Essar is retiring as Curator/Director of RiverBrink Art Museum. “Gary not only has been a dedicated champion of RiverBrink and its art collection, but also has become a well-respected member of the local art community. We shall miss his vision and dedication to opening up RiverBrink and its collection to a wider audience.”

Mr. Essar came to RiverBrink seven years ago from Winnipeg, after having served as Curator of the Pavilion Art Gallery. “I had always been interested in the Niagara Region.” explained Mr. Essar. “When I was offered the position at RiverBrink, I had no hesitation in leaving Winnipeg. RiverBrink offered me the opportunity to combine my interest in Niagara with my expertise in curating interesting exhibitions and conserving historically important artworks.” Mr. Essar cites the current exhibition “Off the Wall: Art Treasures from Niagara Collections” as an example of his curatorial style. “Have you ever thought how intriguing it would be to visit private homes and the ‘back rooms’ of museums in the Niagara area and borrow art treasures to put together an exhibit of some of the finest artworks in the area?” asks Mr. Essar. “This year’s featured exhibit does just that.” Referring to historically important works from the permanent collection, Mr. Essar mentions “The Battle of Queenston Heights” painted by Major James B. Dennis. “This is the only known painting of this important battle that was done by someone who was actually at the battle itself.”

“Gary has achieved an enormous amount during his tenure at RiverBrink,” comments Sandra Lawrence, Past-President. “Art interprets the world around us,” continues Ms. Lawrence. “Gary has significantly and judiciously expanded RiverBrink's ability to do that through increasing the level of new acquisitions, making it once again a living collection. He also initiated borrowing significant works of art and organizing them into exhibitions that complement and contrast Riverbrink’s own collection.”

RiverBrink will be operating under interim management while the Board of Directors conducts a search for a successor to Mr. Essar.

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Srimoyee Mitra Joins AGW

The AGW is pleased and excited to announce the appointment of Srimoyee Mitra to the position of Curator of Contemporary Art.

A graduate of the Master of Arts program in Art History at York University, she was recently Program Coordinator at Toronto’s South Asian Visual Arts Centre while maintaining an independent curatorial practice. With this experience, Srimoyee brings renewed energy and enthusiasm to this important position and to the Gallery.

Join me in welcoming Srimoyee to the Gallery. She will be at the Hot Nights, Cool Art event on Thursday, August 11, 7-10 pm. Hope to see you there!

Catharine Mastin
AGW Director

Art Gallery of Windsor
401 Riverside Drive West, 519-977-0013
www.agw.ca

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Tourism and Culture Grants-Subventions du Tourisme et de la Culture 2011-12

Tourism and Culture Grants

Dear Culture Partner:

I am pleased to advise you that the Ministry of Tourism and Culture is launching the 2011-12 application period for three funding programs that foster a prosperous creative economy and build vibrant liveable communities.

Applications and complete program details will be available on the ministry’s website on Friday, May 6, 2011 for the following programs:

The Cultural Strategic Investment Fund helps not-for-profit organizations working in the culture, heritage and public library sectors to undertake projects that stimulate job growth, support new, dynamic content and encourage cultural tourism.

The Museums and Technology Fund provides arts and heritage organizations that house collections, such as community organizations, art galleries and archives with support to invest in digital technology that makes Ontario's history in their collections more accessible to the public.

The Creative Communities Prosperity Fund supports municipalities and Aboriginal communities in undertaking cultural planning initiatives. The fund also supports not-for-profit organizations in carrying out specific projects that increase capacity for cultural planning in Ontario communities.

The application deadline is Monday, June 6, 2011. I encourage you to explore the opportunities available through these programs to develop new and exciting projects. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the culture program advisor for each program. Contact information is available on the program web pages provided above.

Supporting economic and creative growth in communities across our province is part of the Province’s Open Ontario plan to help the economy in Turning The Corner and create more jobs for Ontarians.

Yours truly,

Peter Armstrong

Director, Programs and Services Branch

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Subventions du Tourisme et de la Culture 2011-12

Madame,
Monsieur,

J’ai le plaisir de vous informer que le ministère du Tourisme et de la Culture va commencer à accepter les demandes présentées dans le cadre de trois programmes de subventions (2011-2012) qui favorisent une économie créative prospère et créent des collectivités dynamiques, où il fait bon vivre.

Les demandes et tous les renseignements au sujet des programmes seront mis au site Web du ministère le vendredi 6 mai 2011. Voici les trois programmes en question :

Le Fonds d’investissement stratégique dans le secteur culturel aide les organismes sans but lucratif qui sont présents dans les secteurs de la culture, du patrimoine et des bibliothèques publiques à réaliser des projets qui stimulent la croissance de l’emploi, soutiennent de nouveaux contenus dynamiques et encouragent le tourisme culturel.

Le Fonds pour les musées et la technologie permettra aux musées communautaires, aux galeries d'art et aux archives de proposer aux Ontariennes et Ontariens de nouvelles méthodes d’accès à la diversité et à la richesse de l’histoire et des récits ontariens.

Le Fonds de prospérité pour les communautés créatrices aide les municipalités et les collectivités autochtones à planifier des activités culturelles. Il aide aussi les organismes sans but lucratif à réaliser des projets particuliers, qui renforcent les capacités pour la planification culturelle dans les collectivités ontariennes.

Le lundi 6 juin 2011 est la date limite pour présenter une demande. Je vous encourage à voir les possibilités qu’offrent ces programmes pour concevoir de nouveaux projets passionnants. Si vous avez des questions, veuillez ne pas hésiter à communiquer avec la conseillère ou le conseiller en programmes culturels qui est affecté à chaque programme. Les coordonnées de cette personne se trouvent aux sites Web indiqués plus haut.

Soutenir la croissance économique et le développement de la créativité dans les collectivités de la province s’inscrit dans le plan Ontario ouvert sur le monde que le gouvernement provincial met en œuvre pour aider l’économie à remonter la pente et créer un nombre accru d’emplois pour la population ontarienne.

Je vous prie d’agréer, Madame, Monsieur, l’expression de mes sentiments les meilleurs.

Le directeur,

Peter Armstrong
Direction des programmes et des services

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Announcing a Major Donation of Inuit Art by the Borins Family to Macdonald Stewart Art Centre

Macdonald Stewart Art Centre has received a major gift of Inuit Sculpture from the collection of Beverley Ludwig Borins, Sandy and Michael Borins, and Irene Borins Ash. “We are extremely fortunate to receive this outstanding gift, which will g...reatly expand our collecting focus on Inuit Art,” said Judith Nasby, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre Director-Curator.

In 1969 Beverley Borins opened a store called Up the Wall on Jarvis Street across from the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto. She believed that the same people who liked fresh home-grown food would also like the hand-made items in her store. Up the Wall regularly featured weavings, macramé, wood carvings, steel works, and textiles, among other items. Several months after she opened the store, her focus came to include a passion for collecting and selling Inuit sculpture. Having a deep admiration and respect for the Inuit people and their values, Borins became regarded as one of Canada’s most respected Inuit art dealers.

The donation to MSAC consists of over two-hundred sculptures dating from the 1960s to the late 1990s from various arctic settlements, including a large quartz work that will be installed outdoors at the University of Guelph Arboretum. The gift includes handsome custom made museum cases that have been installed in the lecture room to create a permanent display of Inuit sculpture for the benefit of the public. “I have been very impressed with the Art Centre’s commitment to exhibiting, researching, and publishing Inuit art. I couldn’t think of a better public gallery to receive my family’s collection,” commented Beverley Borins. T

he collection also includes examples of First Nations masks by North West Coast artists and a beaded amauti (woman’s parka) that Beverley Borins made herself over two year period as a reproduction of one in the Royal Ontario Museum. The amauti will be used in educational programs for the public.

Public Talk
Tuesday, May 10 at noon
A viewing of the Borins gift and a discussion about Inuit art and the art market with Beverley Borins, Heather Beecroft (Inuit Art Consultant), and Judith Nasby. There will be a $10 lunch to follow at 12:30pm. To make a reservation for lunch please R.S.V.P. to: artshop@msac.ca | 519-837-0010 press 8 for the Gallery Shop. Those attending the May 10th discussion will have a preview of the new exhibition of Baker Lake Wall Hangings from the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre Collection.

May 12 – July 17
Opening Reception: May 12th at 7:30pm | Gallery Talk by Judith Nasby at 7:00pm
The Macdonald Stewart Art Centre unveils its collection of Baker Lake Wall Hangings for the first time publicly. This selection of 40 wall hangings is curated from the MSAC’s internationally recognized Inuit art collection (spanning 1960 to present), which includes over 900 drawings, textiles, and rare print stones representing Canadian Arctic communities. Many of the wall hangings have been purchased for the MSAC collection with funds raised by the Art Centre Volunteers. Well known for its role in researching, publishing, and touring Inuit art, an exhibition of wall hangings by Baker Lake artist Irene Avaalaaqiaq is showing concurrently St. Mary's University Art Gallery (Halifax).

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

McMichael Canadian Art Collection Announces Appointment of New Executive Director and CEO, Dr. Victoria Dickenson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 22, 2011 Kleinburg, ON – The McMichael Canadian Art Collection announced today that Victoria Dickenson, PhD, FCMA, has been appointed as its new Executive Director and CEO as well as President of the McMichael Canadian Art Foundation effective April 18, 2011.

Dr. Dickenson’s appointment was the culmination of an exhaustive search conducted in Canada, the U.S. and abroad to find candidates in the arts, culture, business or government arenas who had outstanding leadership skills.

“Dr. Dickenson is among Canada’s best known and most respected museum professionals,” said Upkar Arora, Chair of the McMichael Board of Trustees, and head of the Search Committee of eight. “Our search process identified her as the best candidate who had the requisite experience, passion and capabilities to build on the outstanding assets of the McMichael. Her previous work in gallery management, exhibition development and programming, fundraising, as well as her innovative thinking speaks for itself, and we are thrilled to have her take on this leadership role at the McMichael. She was our unanimous choice.”

Dickenson, a Canadian citizen and fluent in both French and English, is leaving her position as Chief Knowledge Officer at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to assume her new role at the McMichael. Dickenson has a distinguished curatorial and gallery-management career including serving as Executive Director at the prestigious McCord Museum of Canadian History in Montreal (1998-2009).

At the McCord she managed to increase the Museum’s operating revenues through a combination of grants, fundraising and self-generated revenues, working with all levels of government as well as the private sector. Under Dickenson’s leadership, the McCord was nominated and received numerous awards from the museum and information sectors in Canada and the U.S. Dickenson is an acknowledged leader in the application of information technology to museology and championed a multi-party project which became the foundation for the McCord’s global web presence that continues to attract over two million visits per year.

“My goal in coming to the McMichael,” said Dickenson, “is to make the institution stronger – locally, provincially, nationally and internationally – to reach our local communities, the tourists that come to the GTA and the visitors that we reach virtually, so that more people can experience for themselves what an outstanding institution the McMichael is and what an important part it plays in our Canadian history and heritage, today, tomorrow and for decades to come. The McMichael is blessed with such wonderful assets – the gift by Robert and Signe McMichael of the works of art and the stunning grounds, the dedicated and passionate employees and volunteers, an engaged Board of Trustees and the Foundation, and a committed and supportive Ministry of Tourism and Culture. I am confident we can channel these rich assets into a bold new vision for the gallery, and we can create an outstanding institution that not only speaks to Canadians, but also speaks to the world.”

ABOUT THE McMICHAEL CANADIAN ART COLLECTION

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is an agency of the Government of Ontario and acknowledges the support of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. It is the foremost venue in the country showcasing the Group of Seven and their contemporaries. In addition to touring exhibitions, its permanent collection consists of more than 5,700 artworks, including paintings by the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, First Nations and Inuit artists. The gallery is located on Islington Avenue, north of Major Mackenzie Drive in Kleinburg, and is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information about the gallery, visit www.mcmichael.com.

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MEDIA CONTACTS

Stephen Weir
Publicist
Gallery: 905.893.1121 ext. 2529
Toronto Office: 416.489.5868
Cell: 416.801.3101
sweir@mcmichael.com

Connie Febbraro
Associate Director, Marketing and Communications
Gallery: 905.893.1121 ext. 2528
connie@mcmichael.com

Victoria Dickenson, FCMA, PhD V

ictoria Dickenson initiated the post of Chief Knowledge Officer of the new federal institution, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 2009. She was formerly Executive Director, McCord Museum of Canadian History in Montreal from 1998-2009. She is a graduate of the Master in Museum Studies Program at the University of Toronto and has over thirty-five years experience working in the Canadian and international museum communities.

Dr. Dickenson has worked in collections and research, as well as public programs. She has been involved with the development of numerous exhibitions and interpretive projects, within the museum community and in the private sector. She is an acknowledged leader in the application of information technology to museum practice. She also works and writes on the relationship between museums and communities, particularly in the related contexts of diversity and globalization. In 2003, she was chosen by the Canadian Museums Association as one of the recipients of The Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee, in recognition of her significant contribution to the museum community in Canada. In 2005 she was named a Fellow of the Canadian Museums Association.

Victoria obtained her Ph.D. in Canadian history from Carleton University in 1995. Her thesis on the role of visual imagery in early science was published by University of Toronto Press in 1998 as Drawn from Life, Science and Art in the Portrayal of the New World, and was a nominee for the prestigious Klibansky Prize. Her current scholarly work continues to focus on issues around visualization and knowledge, and on the understanding of novelty. She is an Adjunct Research Professor at both Carleton University and at University of Manitoba.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

News Release | Communiqué

AGO Lures Canadian Talent to Spearhead the European Art Department

(TORONTO – March 17, 2011) The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has hired Lloyd DeWitt as its new Curator, European Art. DeWitt, an Ontario native, joins the AGO’s curatorial team on June 6.

Currently the Associate Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, DeWitt will oversee the European department and its collection, program exhibitions, elevate the Gallery’s presentation of its holdings for local and international audiences, and work with colleagues to develop synergies between collecting areas across the institution.

“Lloyd will work with the Gallery’s most prized collections of old master paintings and sculpture,” explained Matthew Teitelbaum, the AGO’s Michael and Sonja Koerner director, and CEO. “He is ideally suited to advance our commitment to presenting art in dynamic new ways.”

DeWitt is an art historian, author, and educator specializing in northern Baroque and northern Renaissance Art. Educated in Fine Arts at the University of Guelph and Art History at the University of Massachusetts, he also possesses a PhD in Art History from the University of Maryland. Prior to serving eight years at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, DeWitt was a visiting professor at Ursinus College, the Price Fellow at Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia and lectured at La Salle University. Most recently he has been visiting lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania.

“We are extremely excited to have Lloyd on board,” said Elizabeth Smith, the AGO’s executive director, Curatorial Affairs. “He will bring a deep expertise in the European field and fresh perspectives on ways to substantially engage our public’s interest in European Art and its presence at the AGO.”

During his tenure at Philadelphia Museum of Art, projects included Jacob van Ruisdael, Master of Landscape, Jan Lievens 1607-1674, a collaboration with the National Gallery of Art, David Teniers’s “Theatrum Pictorium”, Hans Memling and the Early Netherlandish Tondo, and Willem Kalf and the Sumptuous Still Life in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art. DeWitt’s exhibition Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus, co-organized with the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Musée du Louvre, will open this April in Paris.

"I'm thrilled to be joining the AGO at this exciting time in its history,” said DeWitt. “The breadth and quality of the European collection, the astonishing Thomson gift, and masterpieces by Bernini, Rubens, Hals and Rembrandt really set Toronto apart.”

DeWitt has contributed to numerous catalogues and earned the 2008 University of Pennsylvania, Penn Humanities Forum Regional Fellowship; a National Endowment for the Humanities 2007 Exhibitions Planning Grant for Fortune and Folly: Images of Alchemy in Northern European Art, in collaboration with the Chemical Heritage Foundation; and a 2003 Samuel H. Kress Foundation Travel Fellowship in History of Art.

Working alongside DeWitt is Alexandra (Sasha) Suda, Assistant Curator of European Art. Suda, who started at the Gallery on February 28, is a former Torontonian, and most recently served as Andrew Mellon Research Fellow in the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. In addition to her specialty as a medievalist, Suda is currently completing her doctorate at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts.

“Together, Lloyd and Sasha will make a great team,” said Smith. “Their significant and complementary expertise will make a mark for the AGO.”

The AGO’s European collection comprises some 3,500 works with strengths in areas dedicated to 17th-century Dutch and Flemish painting, 17th-century Italian Baroque works, 19th-century French Impressionism and key works from the early 20th century.

ABOUT THE AGO

With a permanent collection of more than 79,450 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. In 2008, with a stunning new design by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the AGO opened its doors to the public amid international acclaim. Highlights include Galleria Italia, a gleaming showcase made of wood and glass running the length of an entire city block along the Gallery’s façade; and the feature staircase, spiraling up through the roof of Walker Court and into the new contemporary galleries above. From the extensive Group of Seven collection to the dramatic African art gallery; from the cutting-edge works in the contemporary tower to Peter Paul Rubens’ masterpiece The Massacre of The Innocents, a highlight of the celebrated Thomson Collection, there is truly something for everyone at the AGO.

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For more images and more information, contact:

Antonietta Mirabelli, 416-979-6660 ext. 454, antonietta_mirabelli@ago.net

The AGO acknowledges the generous support of its Signature Partners: BMO Financial Group, Signature Partner of the Canadian Collection Program; Amex, Signature Partner of the Contemporary Collection Program; and Aeroplan, Signature Partner of the Photography Collection Program.

The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture. Additional operating support is received from the Volunteers of the AGO, the City of Toronto, the Department of Canadian Heritage, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Art Gallery of Ontario
Musée des beaux-arts de l'Ontario
317 Dundas St. West,
Toronto, Ontario Canada
M5T 1G4
Toll free: 1.877.225.4246
Local: 416.979.6648
www.ago.net

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Friday, March 11, 2011

The Power Plant reopens to the public March 10, 2011

The Power Plant will reopen to the public 10 March, 2011 with a day-long celebration. The galley will unveil a new visual identity and improved visitor services, including a new lobby, website and new exhibitions. The gallery opens to Members first for an exclusive Members only viewing. Later, from 6 – 10 PM, the gallery will be open to the public for a celebration of The Power Plant – refreshed.

The Power Plant – Refresh is the name the gallery has given to a project that aims to increase public access. It will strengthen the gallery’s identity as a leading contemporary art venue, enhance outreach efforts and increase accessibility to gallery communities onsite and online.

As part of this special celebration, The Power Plant launches three new exhibitions: Thomas Hirschhorn: Das Auge (The Eye); Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle: Phantom Truck + Always After; and To What Earth Does This Sweet Cold Belong?, on view through 29 May, 2011.

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New Director Announced at Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

The Board of Directors of the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery is delighted to announce the appointment of Shirley Madill as the Gallery’s new Executive Director, effective May 2, 2011. One of Canada’s foremost curators of contemporary art and senior administrators in the visual arts field,
Ms. Madill brings a wealth of experience, dedication to contemporary art and innovative programming approaches to her new role at KW|AG.

“Shirley is just the right candidate to continue to build on and advance the Gallery’s trajectory of success, which has been based on programming excellence, community engagement and fiscal responsibility,” notes Judith Stephens-Wells, President of the Gallery’s Board of Directors. “That the
Gallery truly has taken its place on the national stage is evidenced by our ability to attract a new Director with as high a profile and as qualified as Shirley. We know KW|AG’s future is in good hands and we look forward to seeing the Gallery’s continued progress under her leadership.”

Ms. Madill currently serves as Director of Rodman Hall Art Centre at Brock University, and is the former Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of the Art Gallery of Hamilton and Senior Curator of Contemporary Art and Photography at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. She holds a Master of Arts in International and Cultural History as well as a Bachelor of Arts in History and Art History from the University of Manitoba, and has completed the prestigious Museum Leadership Program at the Getty Institute in Los Angeles.

Teaching has always been an important aspect of her career and she has taught a variety of curatorial, museum studies, photography and art appreciation courses at Brock University, the University of Victoria, Mohawk College and the University of Manitoba. She has served the national
and international Gallery community through Board positions with the University and College Association of Canadian Art Galleries, the International Council of Museums, and the Ontario Association of Art Galleries. An active speaker and presenter, Ms. Madill regularly conducts lectures
and talks on such topics as public art, creative cities, and the role of museums and public art galleries in their communities.

“I have been impressed by KW|AG’s increasing importance on the national Gallery scene and I consider it both an honour and a wonderful opportunity to step into this position at this stage in its development. I sense a real spirit of innovation, excitement and willingness to collaborate in this community and I believe a public art gallery has a vital and central role to play in helping to shape and contributing to such an environment,” comments Ms. Madill.

101 Queen Street North,
Kitchener, Ontario, N2H 6P7
519.579.5860 www.kwag.ca

Recruitment of a new director was triggered last fall by Director General Alf Bogusky’s announcement that he would be stepping down, as of March 31, 2011, after nearly 10 years of service to KW|AG. Led by a committee of the board that included business and community leaders, the search attracted candidates from across the country, and internationally. Mr. Bogusky’s contribution to the Gallery was acknowledged at a special public gathering Friday March 4, attended by more than 150 patrons, supporters and V.I.P.s.

For more information or to arrange an interview with Shirley Madill or Judith Stephens-Wells, contact:

Caroline Oliver
Director of Development & Marketing
519-579-5860 ext 218
coliver@kwag.on.ca

About the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (KW|AG) connects people and ideas through art. The Gallery emphasizes contemporary art, has a 4,000 work permanent collection and offers experiences for adults, children and families. Established in 1956 and operating within Centre In The Square, KW|AG is the oldest and largest public gallery in Waterloo region: roots in the community, eyes on the world.

Gallery Hours and Admission

M-W 9:30am-5pm., T 9:30am.-9pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm. Open before select Centre in the Square Performances. Please view our website for current hours. www.kwag.ca

Admission to KW|AG is free courtesy of Sun Life Financial. All are welcome.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

What are the OAC’s New Requirements? Link:  http://www.arts.on.ca/Page4053.aspx

 The “duty of care” that individuals and organizations have towards vulnerable persons is established in common law in Ontario and Canada. The OAC does not impose this responsibility; it already exists.

The OAC’s intention is to ensure that artists and arts organizations are aware of their responsibility and have appropriate policy and practice in place.

For OAC project programs

Beginning with fall 2011 program deadlines, individual artists, collectives and organizations applying to OAC project programs to deliver arts programs in educational or community settings will be required to obtain a police background check or vulnerable sector verification (whichever is required by your community partner) for every artist, staff member, or volunteer involved in the programming.

This requirement will be added to the Terms & Conditions of all OAC project programs other than creation programs.

For OAC operating programs

By the end of 2011-2012, organizations receiving OAC operating support must have developed a vulnerable sector screening policy and a set of procedures, including obtaining a police background check or vulnerable sector verification (whichever is required by your community partners) for every artist, staff member, or volunteer involved in programming in education and community settings.

These requirements will be added to the Terms & Conditions of all 2012-2013 OAC operating programs. 

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Nouvelles exigences du CAO Ici:  http://www.arts.on.ca/Page4064.aspx

L’« obligation de diligence » dont les particuliers et les organismes doivent faire preuve à l’endroit de personnes vulnérables a été établie dans la common law en Ontario et au Canada. Cette responsabilité n’est pas imposée par le CAO ; elle existe déjà.

Le CAO vise à s’assurer que les artistes et les organismes artistiques sont au courant de leurs responsabilités et ont mis en place des politiques et des pratiques appropriées.

Pour les programmes de projet du CAO

À partir des dates limites de l’automne 2011, les artistes, collectifs et organismes qui font une demande aux programmes de projet du CAO pour la prestation de programmes artistiques en milieu scolaire ou communautaire devront obtenir une vérification policière des antécédents ou une évaluation pour le secteur des personnes vulnérables (l’une ou l’autre, selon les exigences du partenaire communautaire) pour chaque artiste, membre du personnel ou bénévole qui participe à la programmation.

Cette exigence sera ajoutée dans les Conditions de tous les programmes de projet du CAO autres que les programmes de création.

Pour les programmes de fonctionnement du CAO

D’ici à la fin de 2011-2012, les organismes qui reçoivent une subvention de fonctionnement du CAO devront avoir mis au point une politique et des mesures de filtrage pour le secteur des personnes vulnérables, et obtenir notamment une vérification policière des antécédents ou une évaluation pour le secteur des personnes vulnérables (l’une ou l’autre, selon les exigences de leurs partenaires communautaires) pour chaque artiste, membre du personnel ou bénévole qui participe à la programmation en milieu scolaire ou communautaire.

Ces exigences seront ajoutées dans les Conditions des demandes 2012-2013 de tous les programmes de fonctionnement du CAO.

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CCI Workshop: Artifacts in Aboriginal Cultural Centres

March 22-23
Woodland Cultural Centre
Brantford, Ont.

Contact: Janis Monture
Tel: 519-759-2650
jamonture@woodland-centre.on.ca

For more information visit: http://www.cci-icc.gc.ca/lo-od/workshops-ateliers/aborig-eng.aspx

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Friday, February 18, 2011

New Funding Available for EnAbling Change Partnership Program 2011/2012

We are pleased to launch the 2011/12 EnAbling Change Partnership Program. We encourage you to submit your innovative project idea by completing the Letter of Interest provided on our website.

The deadline to submit your Letter of Interest is Tuesday, March 1, 2011.

About the EnAbling Change Partnership Program

Ontario is looking for organizations that want to be leaders in:

• improving accessibility for people with disabilities, and
• helping organizations meet the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

Under the annual EnAbling Change Partnership Program, the government provides project funding to organizations that have the vision, leadership and commitment to improve accessibility across industries or sectors.

The Accessibility Directorate of Ontario, part of the Ministry of Community and Social Services, administers the program.

Goals of the Program

• Assist obligated organizations in complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the accessibility standards
• Develop educational tools, resources and best practices that can be distributed to businesses and organizations across the province and across different sectors
• Encourage businesses and organizations to be leaders and share their knowledge and expertise with other partners, and
• Remove barriers for people with disabilities and improve accessibility.

More information and how to apply

For complete details about the program and the application process, please visit our website at: ontario.ca/AccessON.

If you have any additional questions, please contact us at:
Phone: 1-866-515-2025
TTY: 416-325-3408
TTY Toll-Free: 1-800-268-7095
Fax: 416-325-3407
Email: enablingchange@ontario.ca

L’édition de 2011-2012 du Programme InterActions pour le changement

Nous sommes heureux de lancer l’édition de 2011-2012 du Programme InterActions pour le changement. Nous vous invitons à nous soumettre votre idée de projet novateur en remplissant le modèle de lettre d’intérêt que vous trouverez sur notre site Web.

La date limite de présentation des lettres d’intérêt est le mardi 1er mars 2011.

À propos du Programme InterActions pour le changement

L’Ontario est à la recherche d’organisations intéressées à jouer un rôle de leadership en vue :

• d’améliorer l’accessibilité des personnes handicapées
• d’aider les organisations à respecter les exigences de la Loi sur l’accessibilité pour les personnes handicapées de l’Ontario (LAPHO)

Aux termes du Programme InterActions pour le changement, le gouvernement offre une aide financière aux organisations qui font preuve de la vision, du leadership et de l’engagement nécessaires pour faire progresser l’accessibilité à l’échelle des industries ou des secteurs.

Ce programme est géré par la Direction générale de l’accessibilité pour l’Ontario, qui fait partie du ministère des Services sociaux et communautaires.

Buts du programme

• Aider les organisations tenues de se conformer à la Loi de 2005 sur l’accessibilité pour les personnes handicapées de l’Ontario et aux normes d’accessibilité qui en découlent à remplir cette obligation;
• Élaborer des outils éducatifs, des ressources et des pratiques exemplaires qui sont propres à des secteurs particuliers et qui peuvent être diffusés aux entreprises et aux organisations de la province, dans différents secteurs;
• Encourager les entreprises et les organisations à assumer un rôle de chef de file et à faire profiter d'autres partenaires de leurs connaissances et compétences;
• Éliminer les obstacles pour les personnes handicapées et améliorer l’accessibilité.

Renseignements supplémentaires et processus de demande

Pour obtenir plus de détails sur le programme et savoir comment présenter une demande, veuillez consulter notre site Web à l’adresse suivante :ontario.ca/ondonneacces

Pour toute question additionnelle, veuillez nous joindre aux coordonnées suivantes :
Téléphone : 1-866-515-2025
ATS : 416-325-3408
ATS Sans frais : 1-800-268-7095
Télécopieur : 416-325-3407
Courriel : enablingchange@ontario.ca

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CCI Learning Opportunity: Preventative Conservation

March 10-11

Hosted by:
Inuit Heritage Trust Training Institute

Location:
Winnipeg, MB Place Louis Riel

Contact

Louis Riel Ericka Chemko
Tel.: 867-979-0731 echemko@ihti.ca

http://www.cci-icc.gc.ca/lo-od/workshops-ateliers/calend-eng.aspx

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Gregory Burke, Director of The Power Plant, Toronto announces his departure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Toronto, 8 February, 2011 – Gregory Burke, Director of The Power Plant, today announced thathe will leave his position at the end of May, 2011, after close to six years in the role.

On joining The Power Plant in 2005, Burke immediately set in place the development of a five year strategic plan, adopted in 2006. Under that plan, Burke led a broad range of ambitious initiatives to develop The Power Plant and increase awareness of its internationally significant programs. In 2006, Burke launched All Summer, All Free, a program providing free admission to tens of thousands of visitors to The Power Plant. This program, combined with other new public programs, has led to The Power Plant increasing visitation by more than 250% during Burke’s tenure. The Power Plant annual commissioning program was also launched by Burke in 2006, with the aim of realizing major new projects of international significance. Since then outstanding projects have been commissioned from Rafeal Lozanno-Hemmer, Simon Starling, Lawrence Weiner, Scott Lyall, Candice Breitz, Ian Wallace and Pae White.

In 2007, Burke initiated, with the Gallery’s Board of Directors, a highly successful 20th anniversary fundraising campaign. The highlight was the record-breaking 20/20 dinner and auction that featured major donated works by leading international artists, such as Christopher Williams, Francesco Vezzoli, Stan Douglas, Liam Gillick and General Idea. Burke also implemented many other new initiatives working with The Power Plant staff and Board including the annual Face to Face fundraising dinner, the bi-annual magazine of The Power Plant SWITCH and Power Talks, which brought many leading figures from the world of contemporary art to Toronto, including Hou Hanru, Jerry Saltz, Fumio Nanjo, Iwona Blazwick, Anton Vidokle, Thea Westreich and Thomas Crow.

Over the last five years Burke’s vision has also driven the international and critically acclaimed exhibition program of The Power Plant, with many of the exhibitions being curated by Mr. Burke including Fiona Banner: The Bastard Word, Auto Emotion: Autobiography, emotion and self-fashioning, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Front: Relational Architecture 12, Francesco Vezzoli: A True Hollywood Story!, Simon Starling: Cuttings (Supplement), Scott Lyall: The Color Ball, Goldin + Senneby: Headless, LAWRENCE WEINER: THE OTHER SIDE OF A CULDE- SAC, Universal Code: Art and Cosmology in the Information Age, Candice Breitz: Same Same, Recent Snow: Michael Snow, Peter Campus: Reflections and Inflections, Ian Wallace: The Economy of the Image, and Pae White: Material Mutters.

In 2009 Burke began developing and fundraising for The Power Plant Access Project that will deliver in 2011 a new reception and lobby designed by KPMB architects, new website, new visual identity, new signage and new communications and publications programs. The project is the most significant capital development since the 1987 opening of The Power Plant. It will be launched to the public on 10 March, 2011, along with the spring exhibitions, including those Burke curated by Thomas Hirschhorn and Iñigo Manglano Ovalle. Burke will continue as Director of The Power Plant until the conclusion of these exhibitions in late May.

William J.S Boyle, Chief Executive of Harbourfront Centre and Shanitha Kachan, President of the Power Plant Board said: “Greg has made many important contributions to the growing international stature of The Power Plant during his tenure as Director. On behalf of Harbourfront Centre and the Board of The Power Plant we extend our appreciation to Greg for his significant accomplishments on our behalf and wish him well in his new endeavours.”

The Power Plant is Canada’s leading contemporary art gallery and a key component of Harbourfront Centre’s multidisciplinary arts complex at the heart of Toronto’s waterfront.

 

Media Contact:
Robin Boyko Marketing and Communications Coordinator
The Power Plant
416.973.4927
rboyko@harbourfrontcentre.com
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre
231 Queens Quay West, Toronto

Admission:
FREE Members
$6 Adults, $3 Students/Seniors
FREE Wednesday 5 – 8 PM

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday 12 – 6 PM
Wednesday 12 – 8 PM
Open Holiday Mondays

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Friday, February 4, 2011

CCA Bulletin 5/11 - The cultural sector mobilizes around copyright reform / Le secteur culturel se solidarise face à la réforme du droit d’auteur

The cultural sector mobilizes around copyright reform

Just the Facts

Earlier today, the Canadian Conference of the Arts (CCA) participated in a press conference held on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to make public Canada’s Cultural Industries’ joint statement on Bill C-32, the Copyright Modernization Act. The statement is signed by 88 national and provincial arts service organizations from all arts and culture disciplines. Bill C-32 is currently the object of study by a special legislative committee of the House of Commons.

The joint statement brings together an unprecedented coalition of organizations from the arts and culture industries representing writers, performers, actors, illustrators, musicians, composers, publishers, poets, playwrights, producers and songwriters who are all urging Parliamentarians to make changes to Bill C-32. This coalition is part of a $46 billion industry that employs more than 600,000 Canadians and that, as often stated by Heritage Minister James Moore, contributes twice as much to the GDP as the forestry industry.

On February 1, the CCA appeared in front of the committee to state its position on the bill, and over the coming weeks and months, more arts and culture organizations will have the opportunity to explain their views. This could change if this bill follows its two predecessors Bills 60 and 61, and dies on the order papers because of the launch of a federal election. Arts organizations presenting to the committee will press for specific amendments to make sure that the revised Copyright Act protects artists’ and creators’ exclusive intellectual property rights and their right to equitable remuneration for the use of their works.

The CCA recognizes that parts of Bill C-32 obviously respond to the needs of one particular market in the cultural sector – that of larger companies and multinationals - but that the same remedy cannot be applied to over 42% of Canadian artists and creators who are self-employed. This is why the CCA urges Parliamentarians to either amend the offending articles or delete them altogether so as to pass the part of the bill that suits the needs of some, without ignoring the realities and hurting the interests of so many Canadian artists.

Tell me more

The general position of the cultural sector on Bill C-32 as it stands is that it weakens the core principles of copyright law that have historically ensured a healthy environment for creators, producers, distributors and consumers of Canadian cultural content. It will compromise Canada’s competitiveness in the global digital economy and undermine the economic future of creators of Canadian content. Artists argue that the proposed changes in the bill reflect a lack of understanding of the structure of creative industries in today’s rapidly evolving digital economy. Parliament needs to amend the legislation and salvage C-32’s positive provisions. Canada’s hopes for a vibrant and innovative digital economy are only as strong as its protection of intellectual property, the raw material of the knowledge economy, and C-32 as it stands is a step back, rather than a step forward.

The financial consequences of passing Bill C-32 as it now stands will amount to a loss in revenue for Canada’s arts and culture industries of at least $126 million per year. These are losses that creators and their families cannot afford. And this figure is only based on quantifiable losses: lost opportunities to monetize re-use of content could also have a significant negative impact on the livelihood of creators.

At a minimum, the joint statement signatories would like to see the following revisions made to Bill C-32 before it passes:

Delete all sections in the bill that would eliminate existing revenue streams for creators and copyright owners, including those that:
legalize, without compensation, certain types of reproductions, e.g. broadcast reproductions, private copying onto digital audio recorders;
provide for education exceptions without compensation to the copyright owners of educational materials for primary and secondary uses of their works;
allow the exploitation of works in other ways without permission or compensation to the creator, e.g. user-generated content (i.e. the YouTube or “mash up” exception).

· Add the following:

the “three-step test”, to comply with Canada’s international treaty obligations (i.e. to qualify as an exception or a limitation to copyright protection, the use of works must be limited to certain special cases, not conflict with a normal exploitation of the work, and not unreasonably prejudice the legitimate interests of the author);
a visual artists’ resale right, to align Canada with our trade partners (i.e. ensure that visual artists share in the profits made from subsequent sales of their work);
a notice and takedown regime applicable to ISPs, to more effectively address online copyright infringements and piracy.
What can I do?

For more information on the impacts of Bill C-32 on Canadian creators, arts and culture industries and collectives, please visit www.c32jointstatement.ca to read the full statement.

What are your thoughts on this bulletin? Let us know on our blog.

http://ccarts.ca/en/advocacy/bulletins/2011/0511.htm

Le secteur culturel se solidarise face à la réforme du droit d’auteur

Les faits en résumé

Plus tôt aujourd’hui, la Conférence canadienne des arts (CCA) participait à une conférence de presse sur la colline parlementaire à Ottawa au cours de laquelle on a rendu publique la déclaration commune des industries culturelles canadiennes sur le projet de loi C-32, Loi sur la modernisation du droit d’auteur. La déclaration a été signée par 88 organismes culturels nationaux et provinciaux reflétant toutes les disciplines et toutes les régions du pays. Le projet de loi C-32 fait actuellement l’objet d’un examen détaillé par un comité législatif de la Chambre des communes.

Cette déclaration commune regroupe une coalition sans précédent d’organismes culturels et artistiques représentant les écrivains, les interprètes, les acteurs, illustrateurs, musiciens, compositeurs, éditeurs, poètes, dramaturges, paroliers et producteurs qui pressent les parlementaires de modifier C-32. Cette coalition représente un très large segment d’une industrie qui fournit de l’emploi à plus de 600 000 Canadiens et Canadiennes et contribue plus de 46 milliards de dollars au produit intérieur brut national ce qui, comme le répète souvent le ministre du Patrimoine James Moore, est plus du double de ce que contribue le secteur forestier.

La CCA a comparu le premier février devant le comité pour y présenter ses positions sur le projet de loi et un grand nombre d’organismes culturels feront de même dans les semaines et les mois qui suivront. Ce scénario pourrait bien sûr changer si C-32 connaît le même sort que ses deux prédécesseurs, C-60 et C-61, morts au feuilleton par suite du déclenchement d’élections fédérales. Les organismes qui comparaîtront devant le comité législatif recommanderont des amendements spécifiques au projet de loi afin d’assurer que la Loi sur le droit d’auteur protège efficacement les droits exclusifs des artistes et des créateurs et leur droit à une rémunération équitable en échange d’une utilisation de leurs œuvres.

La CCA est d’avis que plusieurs parties du projet de loi font de toute évidence l’affaire d’une partie du secteur culturel – notamment les plus grandes compagnies et les internationales – mais elle avance que le même remède ne convient pas aux quelque 42% des artistes et créateurs travailleurs autonomes. C’est la raison pour laquelle la CCA invite les parlementaires à soit amender soit carrément éliminer toute une série d’articles du projet de loi afin de mettre en place une législation qui, tout en convenant à une partie du secteur, ne soit pas nocive aux intérêts d’un si grand nombre d’artistes.

Pour en savoir davantage

La position générale du secteur culturel face à C-32 est que dans son état actuel, le projet de loi affaiblit les principes au cœur du droit d’auteur et qui ont historiquement fourni un environnement favorable aux créateurs, producteurs, distributeurs et consommateurs de biens culturels. Le projet de loi va compromettre la compétitivité du Canada dans une économie numérique globale et miner l’avenir économique des créateurs de contenu canadien. Les artistes font valoir que plusieurs des articles inclus dans C-32 font montre d’un manque de compréhension des structures des industries créatives dans un environnement technologique en pleine ébullition. Les parlementaires se doivent d’amender le projet de loi et d’en préserver les aspects positifs. Les chances que le Canada développe une économie du savoir forte et novatrice dépendent de la vigueur avec laquelle il défend la propriété intellectuelle qui en constitue la matière première. Actuellement, C-32 constitue un pas en arrière dans la défense de ces droits.

Adopté tel quel, C-32 aura des conséquences financières considérables pour les artistes et les industries culturelles canadiennes, avec des pertes évaluées à au moins 126 millions de dollars par année. Il s’agit ici de pertes de revenu que les créateurs et leurs familles n’ont pas les moyens d’assumer. Ce chiffre ne reflète par ailleurs que les pertes vraiment quantifiables et ne couvre pas les occasions perdues de développer de nouveaux marchés, ce qui aura évidemment un impact négatif pour nos créateurs.

Les signataires de la déclaration commune souhaitent qu’au minimum, les changements suivants soient apportés au projet de loi C-32 :

Éliminer tous les articles qui nient les droits actuels et éliminent les revenus qu’ils génèrent actuellement, incluant les clauses qui:
légalisent sans compensation certains types de reproduction, e.g. les reproductions en radiodiffusion, la copie privée sur des supports numériques, etc. ;
permettent l’utilisation pour fins éducatives de matériel protégé sans compensation pour les créateurs et les titulaires de droits;
permettent l’exploitation des oeuvres de toutes autres façons sans permission ni compensation pour les créateurs, e.g. le contenu produit par l’utilisateur (l’exception dite « YouTube »).
Ajouter ce qui suit:
Le « test en trois étapes » pour être en conformité avec les obligations internationales du Canada (selon le test en trois étapes, il ne peut y avoir d’exception que si la reproduction des œuvres est limitée à des cas spéciaux, ne porte pas atteinte à l’exploitation normale de l’oeuvre ni ne cause un préjudice injustifié aux intérêts légitimes de l’auteur);
un droit de suite permettant aux artistes en arts visuels de partager les profits gagnés sur leurs œuvres et mettant le Canada au diapason de ses partenaires commerciaux;
un régime d’avis et retrait s’appliquant aux fournisseurs de service interne afin de mieux combattre les infractions au droit d’auteur et le piratage.
Que puis-je faire?

Pour plus d’information sur les impacts du projet de loi C-32 sur nos créateurs, nos artistes, nos industries culturelles et les sociétés de gestion, veuillez consulter le site www.c32jointstatement.ca ainsi que le site Culture équitable http://www.cultureequitable.org/.

Que pensez-vous de ce bulletin? Joignez-vous à la discussion et inscrivez vos commentaires sur notre blog.

http://ccarts.ca/fr/advocacy/bulletins/2011/0511.htm

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Exhibition Lighting

CCI is pleased to offer the following Advanced Professional Development Opportunity:

Exhibition Lighting

June 14 - 17, 2011 at CCI

Exhibition lighting has experienced major transformations in the past decade. Museums must now deal with a revolution in lighting technology driven by pressures to reduce energy costs and become sustainable. This workshop will touch on the practical issues of lighting such as object sensitivity and visibility, lamps, fixtures, rooms, buildings, budgets and much more.

CCI professionals will be joined by author Kit Cuttle (Lighting by Design, Light for Art's Sake) to deliver lectures and demonstrations and guide participants through hands-on exercises and site visits.

More information about the workshop and registration is available on the CCI website.

Applications must be submitted on or before March 18, 2011.

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Advanced Issues in Emergency Preparedness and Response

CCI has partnered with the Canadian Association for Conservation (CAC) to offer you the following Advanced Professional Development opportunity:

Advanced Issues in Emergency Preparedness and Response

May 24 - 25, 2011 (during the CAC's Annual Conference) in Winnipeg.

This workshop consists of three sessions:

Preparing for Collections Salvage - Salvage Planning and Triage
Preparing for Collections Salvage - Salvage Techniques for Wet and Fire-damaged Collection Material
Emergency Preparedness and Planning Within the Community

The deadline for application is April 29, 2011.

More information about the workshop and registration is available on the CAC website.

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Monday, January 31, 2011

ARCHITECTURE IS ALL OVER
A transdisciplinary symposium examining the pathology, ubiquity and negentropic potential of architecture as it is and as it could be

Saturday, February 12, 2011, 9am-5pm

TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema Two
Reitman Square, 350 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3X5

Co-presented by
OCAD University, Office of the President;
University of Toronto John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design

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REGISTRATION:

This event is free of charge and open to the public.
As seating is limited, advance registration is highly recommended.
To reserve your seat and for more information, visit www.work-books.org/events.

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Architecture is All Over is a one-day, international symposium featuring provocative papers from emerging thinkers and challenging conversations between established scholars both within and outside the discipline of architecture. All contributions will offer new ways to analyze, reimagine and foment architecture's paradoxical contraction and expansion as it both affects and is affected by a larger milieu, and is situated within a range of spatial practices.

The first of three sessions, The Pathology of Architecture will explore architecture's (in)ability to cope with the challenges and contradictions inherent in its own indeterminate identity. Mason White (University of Toronto) will discuss how other practices have poached terms and territory from architecture as a disciplinary agent. Jennifer Leung (Yale) will examine the architectural responses to existential external threats and internal weaknesses, focusing on the strategies of heraldry, camouflage and risk. A psychoanalytic conversation between the architectural theorists, K. Michael Hays (Harvard) and Andrew Payne (University of Toronto) will close the session.

The Nebulous and the Infinitesimal will survey architecture's simultaneous tendencies to both expand and evaporate. Alexander Hilton-Wood (MIT) will present the case for smallness in architecture. Olga Touloumi (Harvard) will take on the surprising power of architecture as electronic media. To conclude this session, the historian of science, D. Graham Burnett (Princeton), and architectural theorist, David Gissen (California College of the Arts), will discuss alternative architectural approaches to environmental modification that recognize our dawning apperception of our agential extension.

Finally, Negentropic Machines will feature speculative proposals for architecture as it could become. It will include a presentation by Patty Heyda (Washington University in St. Louis) arguing for architecture's emergence in the waste zones created by large-scale urban infrastructural development, and a provocation by Trevor Patt (EPFL) about the agonistic potential of a forgetful, generic architectural interface. A conversation between the architectural theorist, Sanford Kwinter (Harvard), and the historian and theorist of visual culture, Jill Casid (University of Wisconsin-Madison), will explore how architectural discourse might formulate new, critical and interpretive vantages capable of reimagining the monstrous actions we release into the world as possibilities rather than pathogens.

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PUBLICATION OF PROCEEDINGS

A selection of the discussion papers, conversations and event proceedings will become the basis for a forthcoming publication edited by Esther Choi and Marrikka Trotter, and published by Work Books.

Work Books is an independent and non-profit publisher of design research and discourse. Focused on the intersections between architecture, the fine arts and the social sciences, Work Books aims to present fresh, nuanced and informed perspectives. Previous Work Books publications include Architecture at the Edge of Everything Else (Work Books/ The MIT Press, 2010), which showcases a range of critical texts and conversations between emerging and established scholars and practitioners about projective architectural practice.

Architecture Is All Over is intended as the next publication in this series.

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SPONSORS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Organized by
Esther Choi and Marrikka Trotter of Work Books

Architecture Is All Over is co-presented by
OCAD University, Office of the President
University of Toronto John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design

We thank the generous support of
Social Sciences Humanities Research Council of Canada
Bohart

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:
http://www.work-books.org/events

Media Contact:
Esther Choi
office@work-books.org

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

ACA 2011 Annual Conference

Did you know that the ACA Conference is coming to Toronto, June 1 - 4, at the Delta Chelsea?

This is a great opportunity to network with colleagues from across Canada as well as archivists from the USA and overseas. Plan to attend some of the sessions, participate in the Trade Show, submit a proposal for a poster or student paper (students only). For the preliminary conference at a glance, visit the ACA website at http://www.archivists.ca/content/annual-conference

On May 30 & 31, there are three workshop opportunities. Tom Wilsted is presenting a 2-day session on Archives Facilities while Nancy Marrelli is conducting a 1-day session on Copyright for Archives. LAC is offering a pre-conference event on Analog Preservation.

ACA invites organizations to consider supporting the conference as a sponsor; see http://www.archivists.ca/content/sponsorship-opportunities

Firms which provide services to the archives community are encouraged to
consider exhibiting at the Trade Show; see http://www.archivists.ca/content/trade-show-exhibitors for details.

Karen Teeple,
Chair, 2011 Host Committee

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Community Capital Fund, Pre-Application Workshop

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Space is limited so register today!
NEW DATES ANNOUNCED! Register Now!

Ottawa - January 31-February 2011
United Way Ottawa. Boardroom, 363 Coventry Road (in English only)

Toronto - February 3-4, 2011
OTF Offices, 6th floor (NOTE: only 6 spaces left)

Thinking of applying for the Community Capital Fund, but need to learn more or feeling challenged to raise the 50% matching funds?

Eligible organizations can register now for a free two-day workshop, presented by ClearlySo Canada and Aperio, and hosted by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

The 2-day workshop will:

• Expose participants to strategic, multi-faceted approaches to capital project fundraising, including major gifts, commercial loans and investor partnerships
• Stimulate creative entrepreneurial thinking amongst participants
• Provide clear, concise and practical ideas and tools that participants can use to find, evaluate and make presentations to funders of various types
• Provide real-time practice of fundraising pitches.
• Receive feedback and suggestions from other participants and make valuable connections

Interested?

1. Ensure your group is eligible for CCF funding. Read the program guidelines (pdf) or visit the Community Capital Fund page on the website
2. Space is strictly limited. There are a handful of spaces remaining for the Toronto workshop and 40 spaces for Ottawa. Register for the Toronto or Ottawa workshop now
3. The Ottawa workshop is offered in English; however questions may be asked and answered in French.

Questions about the Community Capital Fund?
Raquel Batres - 1.800.263.2887 or ccf@trilliumfoundation.org

Questions about the Pre-Application Training Workshop? angela.loknath@clearlyso.ca

Fonds pour les immobilisations communautaires, Atelier préliminaire

Foundation Trillium de l'Ontario

L’espace est limité, inscrivez-vous aujourd’hui !
VOICI DES NOUVELLES DATES ! Inscrivez-vous dès maintenant :

à Ottawa les 31 janvier et 1er février 2011
Centraide Ottawa. Salle de conférence, 363 Coventry Road (en anglais seulement)

à Toronto les 3 et 4 février 2011
Bureau de la FTO, 6e étage (REMARQUE : il reste seulement 6 places)

Vous considérez la possibilité de faire une demande de Fonds pour les immobilisations communautaires mais vous avez besoin d’information, ou votre part du financement représentant 50 % du coût du projet vous préoccupe?

Les organismes admissibles peuvent s’inscrire dès maintenant à un atelier gratuit de deux jours présenté par ClearlySo Canada et Aperio, dont l’hôte sera la Fondation Trillium de l’Ontario.

Cet atelier de deux jours :

• exposera les participants à des approches stratégiques et multi-facettes au financement de projets d’immobilisations, y compris les dons importants, les prêts commerciaux et les partenariats d’investisseurs
• stimulera la créativité et l’esprit d’entreprise des participants
• fournira aux participants des idées et des outils clairs, concis et pratiques dont ils pourront se servir pour trouver divers types de bailleurs de fonds, les évaluer et leur présenter une demande
• donnera aux participants la possibilité de pratiquer en temps réel des scénarios pour obtenir des fonds
• permettra de recevoir les commentaires et suggestions d’autres participants et d’établir des liens intéressants

Cet atelier vous intéresse?

1. Assurez-vous que votre groupe est admissible au financement du Fonds pour les immobilisations communautaires. Lisez les lignes directrices (pdf) ou visitez la page Fonds pour les immobilisations communautaires sur le site.
2. L’espace est strictement limité. Il reste six places à Toronto et 40 à Ottawa.
3. L’atelier d’Ottawa est animé en anglais, cependant, des questions et réponses peuvent avoir lieu en français.

Vous avez des questions au sujet du Fonds pour les immobilisations communautaires ?
Raquel Batres - 1 800 263-2887 ou ccf@trilliumfoundation.org

Vous avez des questions au sujet de l’atelier préliminaire ? angela.loknath@clearlyso.ca

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Youth Participation in Arts, Heritage, Culture and Community - A National Conversation
Department of Canadian Heritage, March 31, 2009

http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/pc-cp/index-eng.cfm

This report summarizes the results of discussions with 100 organizations and 40 youth regarding youth engagement in artistic, cultural and heritage organizations in Canadian communities.

The report’s suggestions regarding engagement models include:
- Paying attention to process as well as outcomes, including valuing youth engagement as an experience, not simply as a means to an end.
- Providing a “continuum of opportunities” which would allow for a range of involvement and various points of entry.
- Providing authentic exchanges and two-way discussions.

Regarding incentives to participation, the report indicates that “youth are attracted to involvement that makes a difference, has a cause, or features activities that tap into their passion”. Some effective mechanisms to engage youth include:
- Having youth participate in all phases of a project, including design, delivery and evaluation. Ensuring that youth are involved and have a voice in governance issues is also noted in the report.
- Providing spaces that are safe and welcoming.
- Recognizing youth efforts and contributions via honoraria, appreciation events or a simple thank you.

The report highlights a number of challenges in youth engagement, including resource scarcity, difficulties in reaching specific groups of young people in an effective way, as well as organizational barriers regarding communications, evaluation, changing paradigms and programmatic inflexibility.

The report contains three suggestions concerning roles for the Department of Canadian Heritage in youth engagement: “operating differently as a funder”; “developing a role as connector and network-builder”; and “building capacity”.

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Young Canada Works 2011 Campaign Reminder - Application Deadline is February 1st, 2011!

The Canadian Council of Archives is pleased to be one of the Canadian heritage partners delivering Young Canada Works (YCW) program in Heritage Organizations. The 2011 Campaign is underway, and archival institutions are now able to apply online for both summer projects and internships via the YCW web site. For more information, please visit our web site (www.cdncouncilarchives.ca/YCW.html) and the YCW website at www.youngcanadaworks.ca (where you will find the program's Guidelines and application forms).

Archives in museums may also apply to the Canadian Museum Association (www.museums.ca) for their summer projects. CMA has a generous funding envelope for summer employment projects, and they support proposals prepared by archives that are part of museums.

IMPORTANT: The application deadline for Summer Jobs and Internships is February 1, 2011.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Carolina Ramirez (cca@archivescanada.ca) or Louise Charlebois (lcharlebois@archivescanada.ca).


La campagne 2011 de Jeunesse Canada au travail!


Le Conseil canadien des archives est fier d’agir comme organisme de gestion du programme Jeunesse Canada au travail (JCT) en partenariat avec le ministère du Patrimoine Canada pour les organismes du patrimoine. Nous sommes heureux d’annoncer que la campagne 2011 est lancée. Les institutions d’archives peuvent compléter leurs demandes en ligne pour des projets d’été ainsi que pour des stages sur le site officiel JCT. Nous vous invitons à visiter notre site (www.cdncouncilarchives.ca/f-YCW.html) et celui de JCT (www.jeunessecanadaautravail.ca) pour plus d'information. Vous trouverez les lignes directrices du programme ainsi que les formulaires de demande sur le site JCT.

Les services d’archives qui sont une composante d’un musée peuvent aussi faire application auprès de l’Association des musées canadiens (www.museums.ca) pour leurs projets d’été. L’AMC dispose d’une enveloppe généreuse pour les projets d’emplois d’été, et l’association supporte des projets proposés par des services d’archives qui font partie de musées.

IMPORTANT : La date limite pour la soumission de vos demandes pour emplois d'été et pour les stages est le 1er février 2011.

Si vous avez des questions, n’hésitez pas à communiquer avec Carolina Ramirez (cca@archivescanada.ca) ou Louise Charlebois (lcharlebois@archivescanada.ca).

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Reminder: C-32-An Act to modernize or to expropriate copyright?

The Canadian Conference of the Arts (CCA) invites you to the third installment of its cultural forum series, Thinking Culture.

C-32 - An Act to modernize or to expropriate copyright?

Join us for a lively debate as a panel of artists, legal experts and representatives from the education community discuss Bill C-32, the government's proposed copyright reform. The debate will focus on the bill's controversial proposal to include education exemptions, which will allow for more free use of copyrighted materials.

Date: January 25, 2011

Time: 5 pm to 6:30 pm

Location: University of Ottawa, Desmarais Building, 55 Laurier Avenue East, 12th floor, Room 110

Panelists include: Roanie Levy, General Counsel and Director, Policy and External Affairs, Access Copyright; John Degen, poet and novelist; J. Aidan O'Neill, Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP; and the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA).

Tickets cost:

· $15 for the general public

· $10 for CCA members / University of Ottawa faculty and staff

· $ 5 for students

Register now! A limited number of tickets will be available at the door (cash only).

For more information, please visit www.ccarts.ca.

Rappel: C-32: une loi pour moderniser ou exproprier le droit d'auteur?

La Conférence canadienne des arts (CCA) a le plaisir de vous inviter au troisième de sa saison de forums culturels Pensons Culture.

C-32: une loi pour moderniser ou exproprier le droit d'auteur?

Joignez-vous à nous pour un débat avec un panel d'artistes, d'experts légaux et de représentants du monde l'éducation pour discuter du projet de loi C-32. Le débat portera tout particulièrement sur les amendements concernant le monde de l'éducation. Le projet de loi propose d'ajouter des exemptions permettant une utilisation plus libre de matériel protégé pour des fins éducatives.

Date: 25 janvier 2011

Heure: 17h00 à 18h30

Lieu: Université d'Ottawa, 12e étage du pavillon Desmarais, 55,avenue Laurier Est, pièce 110

Les panélistes: Roanie Levy, avocate générale et directrice, politique des affaires extérieures, Access Copyright; John Degen, poète et romancier; J. Aidan O'Neill, associé, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin S.E.N.C.R.L., s.r.l.; un représentant de l'Alliance canadienne des associations étudiantes (ACAE).

Frais d'admission:

· 15 $ pour le public

· 10 $ pour les membres de la CCA et le personnel de l'Université
d'Ottawa

· 5 $ pour les étudiants

Inscrivez-vous dès maintenant! Un nombre limité de places sera disponible sur place (paiement comptant seulement).

Pour plus d'information, consulter www.ccarts.ca.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

2011-2012 Fonds interactif du Canada / Canada Interactive Fund

RAPPEL.........REMINDER

(English follows)

Le ministère du Patrimoine Canadien lance le second appel de propositions dans le cadre du Fonds Interactif du Canada (FIC) pour l’exercice financier 2011-2012.

Le Fonds interactif du Canada vise à soutenir la création d’applications et de contenu culturels interactifs canadiens en ligne élaborés par des communautés de langue officielle en situation minoritaire (CLOSM), des organismes autochtones et ethnoculturels et d’autres organismes à but non lucratif.

L’innovation est un élément clé du FIC. Pour être admissible au Fonds, les projets doivent :

- Proposer un contenu culturel numérique interactif ou une application numérique à contenu culturel;
- Assurer que le contenu ou l’application sera présenté dans une des deux langues officielles;
- Avoir obtenu la libération de tous les droits d’auteur/ de la propriété intellectuelle et droits de licence pour le contenu (s’il y a lieu);
- S’engager à respecter le Guide des exigences et recommandations techniques du Fonds interactif du Canada
- Demander une aide financière jusqu’à un maximum de 500 000 $ ou 60 % du total des dépenses admissibles;

Le FIC accordera du financement à des projets qui mettront en valeur le contenu culturel numérique interactif ou une application et qui le présenteront de manière originale et créative, en utilisant les technologies et les plateformes les plus récentes. Tous les projets devront offrir à leur public une expérience interactive et enrichissante, comme les applications de Web 2.0 entre l’utilisateur et le contenu. Qui peut présenter une demande ?

- Les communautés de langue officielle en situation minoritaire (CLOSM), les organismes autochtones et ethnoculturels et d’autres organismes culturels à but non lucratif;
- Les conseils tribaux des Premières nations et les organismes Inuit et métis;
- Les établissements d’enseignement canadiens; et
- Les institutions des administrations provinciales/territoriales et municipales, p. ex. musées et associations culturelles.

Les lignes directrices 2011-2012 du Fonds Interactif du Canada sont disponibles à notre site Web en bas. Veuillez noter que la date d’échéance pour soumettre une demande est le 14 février 2011.

Pour tout renseignement additionnel, veuillez communiquer avec notre bureau au :

Téléphone : 1-866-811-0055 (sans frais) ou 819-997-0055 (région de la capitale nationale)
Courriel : fic-cif@pch.gc.ca
Site Web : http://www.pch.gc.ca/fic-cif/index-fra.cfm

Nous vous remercions à l’avance de nous aider à faire de cette initiative un succès.

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The Department of Canadian Heritage is launching its second call for proposals under the Canada Interactive Fund (CIF) for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

The objective of the CIF is the support the creation of online Canadian cultural interactive content and applications developed by Official Language Minority Community (OLMC), Aboriginal, ethnocultural and other not-for-profit cultural organizations.

Innovation is a key element of the CIF. To be eligible, projects must:

- Propose interactive digital cultural content and/or applications;
- Ensure that content and/or applications are available in at least one official language;
- Involve the clearing of all applicable copyright;
- Commit to adhering to the Technical Standards and Guidelines for the Canada Interactive Fund;
- Request funding for no more than 60% of the total cost of the project, up to a maximum of $500 000;

The CIF will provide funding to projects that enhance interactive digital cultural content and applications, presented originally and creatively using the latest technologies and platforms. All projects must offer their audience an interactive and enriching experience, such as in Web 2.0, between the user and the content.

Who can apply?

- OLMC, Aboriginal, ethnocultural and other-not-for-profit cultural organizations;
- First Nations Tribal or Band Councils, Inuit organizations and Métis organizations;
- Canadian educational institutions; and
- Provincial/ territorial or municipal government institutions, e.g. museums, cultural associations.

The 2011-12 Canada Interactive Fund Guidelines are available on our Web site below. Please note that the application deadline is February 14, 2011.

If you require additional information, please contact our office at:

Telephone: 1-866-811-0055 (toll free) or 819-997-0055 (National Capital Region)
E-mail: cif-fic@pch.gc.ca
Web site: http://www.pch.gc.ca/fic-cif/index-eng.cfm

Thank you in advance for helping us make this initiative a success.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Canadian artist brings lawyer into fight with National Portrait Gallery
Globe and Mail

Canadian artist AA Bronson has brought a lawyer into his dispute with the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. over the gallery’s refusal to return to Canada one of his works currently in a controversial exhibition there.

Paul E. Bain, counsel with the Toronto firm Dickinson-Wright, sent a letter Monday to NPG director Martin Sullivan and G. Wayne Clough, head of the Smithsonian Institution, the NPG’s parent organization, demanding that the work, titled Felix, June 5, 1994, “be removed forthwith” from “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture” at the NPG.

Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/canadian-artist-brings-lawyer-into-fight-with-national-portrait-gallery/article1864981/

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Student jobs program gets $10M boost
CBC News

The federal government announced an additional $10 million in funding Wednesday for the Canada Summer Jobs program.

The announcement was made by Ted Menzies — named minister of state for finance in Tuesday's cabinet shuffle — on behalf of Human Resources Minister Diane Finley.

The program provides money for small businesses and not-for-profit groups to hire students over the summer months.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/politics/story/2011/01/05/summer-jobs-announcement.html#ixzz1AHxcY9qi

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