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Programs: Past Programs

Past Programs:

How to Diversify Your Board

One-day workshop for Board and professional staff of Ontario’s public art galleries

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, 101 Queen Street North, Kitchener
Presented by OAAG in conjunction with Maytree and CPAMO

OAAG Members
$130
for first registrant
$75 for more than one registrants from same organization
Organizations receive one copy of the CPAMO Toolkit publication. All registrants will receive a copy of Diversity of Governance toolkit.

General $150
General registrants receive one copy of the CPAMO Toolkit publication and one copy of Diversity of Governance toolkit.

Workshop Leaders:
Charles Smith, Project Lead, Cultural Pluralism in the Art Movement Ontario (CPAMO)
Cathy Winter, Manager, DiverseCity OnBoard, Maytree

Charles Smith will examine Ontario-based artists, arts organizations, presenters, associations and other members who committed to advancing cultural pluralism in the arts. He will discuss how to successfully integrate culturally diverse values and principles in operations, planning, audience development, marketing, programming and decision making processes. He will look into the CPAMO Toolkit: Evidence-based Strategies to Promote Pluralism in the Arts and how it can be applied in the public art gallery sector in Ontario.

For Cathy Winter’s session, the workshop will provide comprehensive tools and good ideas for executive directors, board chairs, and board directors, particularly in the nonprofit sector, for increasing diversity on their organizations’ boards of governance.  It will also share the ideas and success of DiverseCity onBoard, a project of the Maytree Foundation, which aims to transform the leadership landscape by connecting qualified candidates from minority and under-represented immigrant communities to agencies, boards and commissions in the public and nonprofit sectors. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the current composition of their own board and strategize on ways to make it more representative of the community it serves. She will demonstrate the use of Maytree Foundation’s toolkit Diversity in Governance: A Toolkit for Nonprofit Boards.

Learning Objectives

  • Improving decision-making by engaging diverse perspectives.
  • Legitimizing the mandate of the organization for the whole community.
  • Building social capital and cohesion among diverse populations.
  • Becoming more responsive to the community and clients.
  • Supporting fundraising, marketing and reaching out to your markets effectively.

OAAG gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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Standards & Organizational Coaching and Mentoring for Improved Collections Care of Art Collections

One-day workshop for art museum professionals

Monday, February 10, 2014
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, 101 Queen Street North, Kitchener
Developed and presented by OAAG

OAAG Member $100 | General $150

Morning Program: Review ofProfessional Standards for Collections Care
Museum Standards
Catherine Blackbourn, Museum & Heritage Advisor, Culture Programs Unit, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Simon Lambert, Preservation Development Advisor, Preservation Services, Canadian Conservation Institute

Art Gallery Care and Use of Collections
Olinda Casimiro, Director of Finance & Administration, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa
Heather Fullerton, Executive Director, Georgina Arts Centre and Gallery

Afternoon Program: Use of Coaching and Mentoring in Enhanced Collections Care

Coaching for Peak Performance
Warren Garrett, Executive Director, CCI-Presenting Network
Dr. Greg Evans, The Happiness Institute

Designing a Successful Mentoring or Coaching Program
Susan Cohen, Program Director, Cultural Careers Council of Ontario
Pat Bradley, COMPASS Program Officer, Ontario Arts Council

Building a Voluntary Mentoring and Coaching Bank
Shirley Madill, Director, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

This one-day workshop will review provincial standards for art museum collections and apply mentoring and coaching techniques to help collections managers to maximize their strengths in managing art museum collections on limited resources.

OAAG gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, Museums Assistance Program.

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Curating From Permanent Collections

One-day workshop for art museum professionals
Monday, January 27, 2014
Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, 147 Lochiel Street, Sarnia, Ontario 
Developed and presented by OAAG

OAAG Member $100 | General $150

Presenters
Jon Davies, Associate Curator, Oakville Galleries
Patricia Deadman, Visual Artist, Independent Curator and Writer
Darryn Doull, Curatorial Assistant, Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, Sarnia
Aaron Guravich, Registrar|Consultant, Art Gallery of Mississauga
Jaime-Brett Sine, Curatorial Assistant and Registrar, Thunder Bay Art Gallery
Georgiana Uhlyarik, Associate Curator, Canadian Art, Art Gallery of Ontario

Our speakers will cover working in different sized institutions that have collections of Canadian, First Nations and/or international artworks. 

This workshop is an excellent opportunity for participants to visit the newly built Judith & Norman Alix Gallery (JNAAG) in Sarnia. It is a purpose-built, Category A facility that houses JNAAG’s permanent collection and displays premier exhibitions.

Morning Program

Perspectives on Permanent Collections
Darryn Doull, Aaron Guravich and Jaime-Brett Sine will examine access, care and management of permanent collections. They will discuss staff roles, institutional procedures, storage systems, databases and documentation, insurance, and accession. 

Tour: On-Site Case Study 
Darryn Doull will lead participants through The 70s in Ontario. He will discuss how works from the permanent collection are incorporated into the exhibition.

Afternoon Program

Curating Exhibitions from Permanent Collections 
Jon Davies, Patricia Deadman and Georgiana Uhlyarik will speak to how to curate exhibitions from permanent collections:

  • Curatorial themes using the permanent collection 
  • Curating permanent vs. temporary exhibitions 
  • Working with in-gallery vs extra-institutional exhibition spaces
  • Loans and acquisitions in exhibitions
  • Circulating permanent collection exhibitions 
  • ??mmunications with curatorial teams 
  • Thinking about annual exhibitions cycles (staff time/resources)
  • Community outreach or partnerships related to permanent collection exhibitions 
  • Benefits and challenges associated with working in small, mid-sized and large institutions

OAAG gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, Museums Assistance Program.

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36th Annual OAAG Awards

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries announced its 36th OAAG Awards winners on Friday, September 27, 2013 at the University of Toronto Art Centre.

Twenty-one awards and one honourable mention recognized 14 galleries from nine cities across Ontario:

Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Art Gallery of Windsor
Art Gallery of York University, Toronto
Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga
Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto
Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph
Oakville Galleries
Ottawa Art Gallery/Galerie d'art d'Ottawa
Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa
Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto
Thames Art Gallery, Chatham-Kent

The OAAG Awards are annual, province-wide, juried art gallery awards of artistic merit and excellence. They recognize the new exhibitions, publications, programs and community partnerships that have been commissioned by and produced by Ontario's public art galleries over the previous year.

The OAAG Awards are highly regarded by public art galleries across the province.

“We applaud OAAG for its work over the past three decades in recognizing excellence in Ontario’s public art galleries,” said National Gallery of Canada’s Director and CEO Marc Mayer. “Art museums in Ontario and across the country are enriched by the talent, passion and dedication of the many professionals working to bring art to the public. This is a celebration of the creativity and innovation of the people behind the scenes at the museum.”

“The Art Gallery of Hamilton has had the great honour of receiving OAAG Awards in Exhibition, Design, Education and Partnership categories,” said Tobi Bruce, Senior Curator of Canadian Historical Art at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. “What makes the OAAG Awards so coveted within the art gallery community is the peer recognition element. Receiving an award based on the judgment of your colleagues adds to the significance of the award and is a great source of pride for both the institution and our community.”

This year, Awards are presented in nine major categories: Exhibition of the Year, Curatorial and Art Writing, Public Program, Education, Art Publication of the Year, Design, Partnership, Colleague and Volunteer.

Twenty-nine member galleries in 20 cities across Ontario were nominated this year.

The 2013 OAAG Awards ceremony was part of Culture Days, an annual three-day cultural celebration in Canada.

Special guest presenters included Darth Vadar and ceremonial guard Storm Troopers from the Canadian Garrison of the 501st Legion and Mars-expedition nominee Madison Boratto. Other Awards presenters included Olinda Casimiro, Virginia Eichhorn, Mela Constantinidi, and Demetra Christakos.

Samantha Schwind’s photograph, “The 4th of May,” inspired the theme of this year’s ceremony, “The Succeeding Generations.” Rap artist Deshawn Williams gave a beautiful performance. Other artist contributions animating the evening included a performance by University of Toronto student actor Catt Filippov and a chalk-based wall mural by Zephyr Christakos-Gee. The 2013 OAAG Award, a black tote bag produced in a limited edition of 30, was designed by donderdag.

Demetra Christakos read aloud the statement released by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries calling for the immediate release of John Greyson and Tarek Loubani. “The Ontario Association of Art Galleries continues to be extremely concerned for the safety and well-being of Canadian artist and filmmaker John Greyson and Dr. Tarek Loubani, who were detained in Cairo on August 16, 2013, and continue to be held in prison. In the 43-year history of our organization, the Association knows of no other circumstance where a Canadian artist has been detained abroad in this manner.”

The University of Toronto Art Centre is home for three permanent collections of art belonging to the University of Toronto: the Lillian Malcove Collection, the University College Collection of Canadian art, and the University of Toronto Art Collection.

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

OAAG recognizes support for this initiative from its members, the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, donors and sponsors.

2013 OAAG Awards Winner Highlights

  • Winning cities include: Chatham-Kent, Guelph, Kingston, Mississauga, Oakville, Oshawa, Ottawa, Toronto, Windsor.

  • Srimoyee Mitra, curator, Art Gallery of Windsor, was in attendance to receive the Exhibition of the Year Award (Budget over $20,000).

  • Blackwood Gallery in Mississauga was cited in four awards, including Exhibition of the Year (Budget under $20,000). Director/Curator Christof Migone was in attendance to receive the awards.

  • Carleton University Art Gallery was cited in three awards. CUAG Director Sandra Dyck travelled from Ottawa to be in attendance to receive the awards.

  • Alicia Boutilier, Stuart Reid and Diana Nemiroff won the Curatorial Writing Awards. The awards recognize original art texts written by Canadian curators and writers in relation to exhibited artwork or a visual art exhibition, contemporary or historical. The Curatorial Writing Awards were instituted as cash awards by OAAG in 1991 to recognize, support and encourage curatorial writing. The Curatorial Writing Awards were presented by Virginia Eichhorn, OAAG’s new president.

  • Judith Nasby was recognized with the Colleague Award for Lifetime Achievement. Mela Constantinidi [Lifetime Achievement recipient 2010], in attendance from Ottawa, made the presentation. This award is intended to recognize artistic merit and professional service by individuals who have provided a “sustained and extraordinary professional contribution over at least 25 years of active service”.

  • Ann Posen won the Volunteer Award. She was nominated by the Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto. Ann spoke movingly about the depth of commitment volunteers bring to art galleries and museums. “Love your volunteers,” she advised, “ because they love you.” The Volunteer and Partner Awards were presented by Olinda Casimiro.

  • American Express won the Partner Award as a signature partner for the Conservation Program at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).

Nominated Galleries / Galeries mises en nomination

Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Art Gallery of Windsor
Art Gallery of York University, Toronto
Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga
Burlington Art Centre
Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa
Diaz Contemporary, Toronto
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto
The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
Living Arts Centre of Mississauga
Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph
MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie
McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg
McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton
Museum London
Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), Toronto
Oakville Galleries
Ottawa Art Gallery/Galerie d'art d'Ottawa
Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa
Rodman Hall Art Centre, Brock University, St. Catharines
Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto
Thames Art Gallery, Chatham-Kent
Thunder Bay Art Gallery
University of Toronto Art Centre (UTAC)
University of Waterloo Art Gallery
Varley Art Gallery of Markham
Woodstock Art Gallery

Thank You

Donors / Donateurs:

Gesta J. Abols, David Aurandt, Mela Constantinidi, Rosemary Donegan, Sandie & Dennis Geden, Gary Genosko, Sharon Godwin, Dale and Pamela Krueger, Veronica Quach, Liz Wylie, Joyce Zemans, Harex Inc.

Jurors / jurés:

Daniel Cockburn, Mela Constantinidi, Stuart Keeler, Donna Raetsen-Kemp, Yana Tzanov, Tim Whiten, Leonard Wyma Interns | Volunteers / Stagiaires | Bénévoles :

Samantha Bryan, Katriina Campitelli, Rosa Cantiller, Alice Chen, Katarzyna Czarniecka, Brendan Coughlin, Vanessa Dutra, Marie-Claire Eylott, Jacqueline Hung, Allison Karakokkinos, Duncan Links, Amanda Prisciak, Moshiur Rahman, Kim Szutu, Victoria Wells, Nicholas Whitehead

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Koffler and OAAG @ the CNE: Artist Trading Cards

August 16 to September 2, 2013 | 10 AM to 10 PM
Canadian National Exhibition, Exhibition Place, Toronto
Arts, Crafts and Hobbies Building
FREE (with admission to the CNE
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Throughout this year’s Canadian National Exhibition, the Koffler Centre of the Arts and the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) will have a special arts booth where the whole family can get creative using mixed media techniques such as collage, drawing and mixed media techniques to make your one-of-a-kind Artist Trading Card (ATCs)!

ATCs are original, miniature pieces of art created on small cards that are based on the traditional sports trading cards. We provide the art materials like stamps, decorative papers, ink, crayons and other decorations to make your card. You provide the inspiration and the imagination! When you have finished creating your one-of-a-kind ATC, you can trade it with other cards at our booth, or take it home to trade later. 

Come visit the Koffler/OAAG Arts Booth in the Arts, Crafts and Hobbies Building to join in and learn more about ATCs. We will also offer special weekend workshops featuring Koffler artist instructors teaching unique techniques that you can use for your ATC!

Presented together with: 

Koffler Centre of the Arts

Additional support provided by:



Above Ground Art Supplies

ABOUT THE CNE
The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is Canada’s largest annual community event. Taking place over the 18 days leading up to and including Labour Day, the CNE offers a wide variety of entertainment and events including Bandshell concerts, celebrity chef demonstrations, an aerial acrobatics and ice skating show, a dog show, a working farm, parades and a three-day Air Show, all of which are FREE with admission to the CNE. Midway rides and games, wacky fair food as well as international food and shopping are also popular highlights of this major Toronto event. Over the course of its 18 day run, the CNE attracts more than 1.3 million people each year.In 2012, the CNE attracted 1.39 million people over the 18 days of the fair. Paid attendance was up 13% over 2011.

For more information: theex.com

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2013 Venice-Florence-Rome Exchange

A unique professional development opportunity developed and presented by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) in Venice, Florence and Rome, Italy

Thank you to all our members for making this years excursion a great success!

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

COST PER PERSON (ESTIMATED)

OAAG Member $3,925 CAD
General $3,975 CAD

A deposit of $625 CAD is required by March 25, 2013 to hold your spot.

Estimated costs include:

  • Travel insurance
  • Flight from Toronto to Venice
  • Return flight from Rome to Toronto
  • Accommodations in Venice, Florence, and Rome
  • Travel in Italy by train from Venice to Florence, and from Florence to Rome
  • Mandatory registration fee
  • Maximum registration: 16

DESCRIPTION

This 15-day professional exchange is an immersive, intensive program in Venice, Florence, and Rome, Italy. It has been timed to coincide with the opening of the 55th Venice Biennale.

It is developed for public art gallery directors, curators and arts professionals.

It is also valuable for gallery directors who have been hired into the gallery and museum sector from the larger charitable sector, and who are also charged with developing new museum assets in their communities.

The organization of this project is based on economy and mutual benefit. It will be fine-tuned in response to participants' needs.

  • OAAG will deliver a very economical, efficient, concentrated (and safe) learning experience for up to 16 art museum directors, curators, and other visual art professionals that will strengthen peer-to-peer resource-sharing relationships for their institutions.
  • OAAG intends to commission a post-event evaluative report, one from each program participant, for publication online.

OAAG is developing an extensive curriculum that will provide outstanding examples of preservation and presentation of collections within heritage buildings (challenges of exhibiting within a heritage site, climate considerations, HVAC systems and storage, best practices of international colleagues) from museums and galleries, cathedrals and the Vatican Museums.

This year's intensive two-week program of professional meetings and activities also underscores three other themes: contemporary art presentation strategies in the context of historic settings; the value and role of civic art and architecture in tourist economies; and the exponential value of the hand of the artist and craftsperson in public and domestic architecture.

The first week of the program is spent in Venice at the 55th Venice Art Biennale. The Biennale exhibition's theme is Il Palazzo Enciclopedico / The Encyclopedic Palace curated by Massimiliano Gioni. According to the Biennale's website, Gioni's theme evokes an imaginary museum initially conceived by self-taught artist Italian-American Marino Auriti. On November 16, 1955, Auriti filed a design with the US Patent office depicting his Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace), an imaginary museum that was meant to house all worldly knowledge, bringing together the greatest discoveries of the human race, from the wheel to the satellite.

This is OAAG's second time taking a group to Italy. The previous program (2011) included artist and curator guided tours of pavilions and invitations to private receptions during the Venice Biennale Preview, as well as meetings with institutional directors, curators and exhibition managers in Venice and Florence. OAAG has re-shaped this year's program based on feedback from past participants.

BURSARY OPPORTUNITY

The first four confirmed program registrants who are employed by a public, non-profit museum or related organization in a full-time capacity with no less than five years of accumulated museum work experience may be eligible for a Canadian Museums Association bursary in advanced specialized studies. The maximum bursary value is $1200 CAD each. Click here to learn more about the CMA bursary program: http://www.museums.ca/?n=14-100-240

ITINERARY

Departing May 26, 2013, returning June 10, 2013 (15 days)

Activities could include visits to and meetings with professionals at the following institutions:

7 Nights in Venice, Italy

  • La Biennale di Venezia (Giardini, Arsenale)
  • Peggy Guggenheim Collection
  • Palazzo Grassi
  • Instituto Veneto di Scienze
  • Ca' Pesaro

3 Nights in Florence, Italy

  • Uffizi Gallery
  • Galleria dell'Accademia
  • Palazzo Pitti
  • Le Murate
  • Museo Nazionale Alinari della Fotografia

4 Nights in Rome, Italy

  • MAXXI - Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo
  • Vatican Museums
  • Galleria nazionale d'arte moderna e contemporanea
  • MARCO – Museo d'arte Contemporanea Roma
  • Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Roma Capitale

PROGRAM GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

  • Support heritage institutions and workers in the preservation and presentation of heritage collections.
  • Improve knowledge, skills and practices related to key museum functions.
  • Strengthen professional standards related to key museum functions for collections management.
  • Support organizations in the development and delivery of resources or services that will benefit multiple museums.

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Critical Dialogues: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Curating and Artistic Practice

Image Credit From left, Critical Dialogues panelists Andrea Fatona, Pamela Edmonds, Sally Frater and Vicky Moufawad-Paul. (Photo: Bard Azima. Thanks to the Ontario Arts Council)

Presented by the Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Association of Art Galleries

Monday, March 18, 2013
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. symposium
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. reception

The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon
Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario

This free professional development event brings culturally diverse curators and artists together with directors and curators of Ontario's public art galleries and artist-run centres to engage in critical dialogues about cultural difference and curatorial practice.

Keynote address: Dr. David Dibosa, Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London

Image Credit Dominique Fontaine and keynote speaker Dr. David Dibosa in discussion at the Critical Dialogues symposium. (Photo: Bard Azima. Thanks to the Ontario Arts Council)

Join us for:
- Panel presentations from culturally diverse curators and artists on research, residencies, projects and exhibitions they’ve undertaken.
- Presentation of a diverse range of art works/artistic practices.
- Networking and discussion on how institutions are responding to diverse artistic practices and audiences through their collections and exhibitions.

Space is limited. Please RSVP by Monday, February 25 at 5 p.m.

Dr. Dibosa is the co-author of Post-Critical Museology: Theory and Practice in the Art Museum
Post-Critical Museology’s arguments concerning art institutions and cultures of difference will be of interest. In his keynote address, he will take the discussion forward to ask how we strike a balance between political imperatives, advocating greater cultural representation for people of colour, and the demands of institutional practice, calling for closer attention to the details of art practice and exhibition-making

Simultaneous French Interpretation
OAC is committed to ensuring French language access. Please let us know if you require simultaneous interpretation. All documentation will be available in French and English.

Accessibility
The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon is a barrier free location. Presentations will be visual, verbal and accompanied by handouts. If you are disabled and need accommodation, please contact us by Monday, February 25th.

Travel Subsidies
Limited travel and accommodation subsidies are available for independent curators and artists and organizations with limited resources. (Travel and accommodation subsidies are for those who live at least 100 kilometers outside Toronto, with priority given to participants from small, rural Ontario communities. We cannot consider requests for travel subsidies received after thedeadline of Monday, February 25, 2013).

About Hosts

The Ontario Arts Council 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.

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries was incorporated in 1970 to serve and represent Ontario's public art galleries, which it does with professional development, a juried awards program, an online members' directory and a weekly event digest.


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OAAG Workshop: Condition Reporting: Foundation for the Care of Collections

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One-day Workshop
Monday, February 25, 2013, 9 am to 5 pm
The Bata Shoe Museum
327 Bloor Street West, Toronto ON M5S 1W7

Topic organized by Amanda Tamul for the Ontario Association of Art Galleries

Registration (includes lunch & workshop resources)
OAAG members: $95
General: $125
Students: $45 (must present valid student card)

To register, contact:
Veronica Quach, Assistant Director
programs@oaag.org, (416) 598-0714

Click here for Registration Form

Content Contributors:
John McElhone, Senior Conservator, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Heather Darling Pigat, Collections Manager, University of Toronto Art Centre
Ada Hopkins, Conservator, The Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto
Keith Bantock, Conservator, Art Conservation Services Inc., London

Description:
This practical one-day workshop will thoroughly address the significant role and value of sound condition reporting practice in the care of collections in both routine and crisis situations for art galleries and museums. Registrants are required to commit to all units and will have the opportunity to practice their skills.

Target Audience
Directors, curators, conservators, art technicians, collectors and volunteers involved in collection management including its storage and access.

Skills Gained
Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:
• Examine and evaluate works of art utilizing the same standards upheld in national art institution conservation departments
• Utilize the methods of conservators with the basics of required materials, the proper use of tools, ideal examination conditions, and storage
• Understand protocol for condition reporting on artworks during routine and crisis situations, ranging from works in the institution’s collection, works on loan, or from a circulating exhibition
• Learn new strategies for managing condition reporting in your institution from administering best practices to training of technicians and volunteers
• Assess the condition of paintings, as well as three-dimensional objects, such as shoes, sculptures, ceramics, and furniture
• Continue to hone and improve care of collections skills
• Access resources, conservators and technicians with expertise in condition reporting

Agenda of Activities

9 am Condition Reporting: Institutional Methods and Practices
John McElhone, Senior Conservator, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, will introduce the institution’s approach to condition reporting as one of the foundations of the care of collections. This unit will survey the variety of approaches to condition reporting, terminology, tools, examination techniques and recording techniques used by a national institution.

10:45 am Condition Reports: Routine Practices, Circulating Exhibitions, and Crises
Heather Darling Pigat, Collections Manager, University of Toronto Art Centre, will describe the role of curator/collections manager in conservation as well as best practices under differing circumstances. She will address condition reporting as it pertains to installation, loans, traveling exhibitions, crises due to environmental causes, and public interaction with artwork. In this unit, we will also look at types of condition reports, such as acquisition reports, collection records, inspection record, and travelling condition reports.

1:15 pm Condition Reports for Objects: Examination through Evaluation
Ada Hopkins, Conservator, The Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, will address how to condition report objects other than paintings such as shoes, ceramics, glass, fur, metals and mechanical parts by examining the proper protocol for handling, examining, and assessment.

3:00 pm Put it into Practice! Group Assessments (Case Studies)
Keith Bantock, Conservator, Art Conservation Services Inc., London, will lead an opportunity for participants to practice their skills and techniques during a case study for a hands-on segment of the workshop where participants are invited to prepare a condition report from an art piece. The group will then perform an assessment facilitated by a professional art conservator.

Biographies

Keith Bantock is the Fine Art Conservator/Owner of Art Conservation Services Inc., which independently operates out of the conservation laboratory in Museum London in London, Ontario. Prior to founding ACS Inc. in 1985, Keith worked as the Fine Art Conservator at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. He also worked in conservation at the Canadian Conservation Institute in the Mobile Laboratory Programme and at the National Archives of Canada. He has a Masters of Art Conservation from Queen's University and a Bachelor of Arts, Art History and Studio Art, from the University of Toronto. 

Ada Hopkins attended the Conservation Program, at Algonquin College, in Ottawa, Canada. She interned at the provincial conservation lab of the Ministry of Citizenship & Culture, in Toronto, executing a project in conjunction with the Textile Museum of Canada. For several years Ada worked at local Toronto museums and for the past 25 years at The Bata Shoe Museum.

John McElhone is Chief Conservator at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Trained first in science (biochemistry), he moved into museum work and obtained a Masters degree in art conservation in 1985. He has spent most of his career as photograph conservator for Canada’s national art collection; during that time he has written extensively on photographic technology and preservation. In recent years he has translated two major publications on photography from French into English.

Originally trained as a conservator, Heather Darling Pigat has worked in the private and in the not-for-profit sector for nearly two decades. After graduate study and internships in Italy and the United States, she has spent her career in Canada managing private and public collections of fine art and artefacts. After a decade as a senior fine art specialist for a leading auction house, Mrs. Pigat returned to the museum world, as Assistant Curator at the Royal Canadian Air Force Museum at 8 Wing, Trenton. Since 2006, Mrs. Pigat has had the privilege of serving as Collections Manager of the University of Toronto Art Centre. As steward of three collections held in public trust by the University of Toronto, she manages nearly 6000 objects, in all media, ranging in age from late Antiquity to the present day. In this role, Mrs. Pigat oversees and coordinates all the physical, legal and administrative aspects for the care of and access to the Permanent Collections. As well, she is responsible for the management of the extensive loans and exhibition program at the Art Centre, including the administration of an extensive loan program of over 1000 works of art from the Permanent Collections on display throughout St. George campus. Her current research is focused on the pigments used in medieval manuscripts.

You may be eligible for a Canadian Museums Association bursary to attend.
Click here for information about the CMA's Travel Bursary Program.

Acknowledgements

Images courtesy of the University of Toronto Art Centre.

Sincere thanks to The Bata Shoe Museum.

Sincere thanks to the National Gallery of Canada.

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Packing and Shipping of Cultural Property

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Photo Credit: CCI

Two-day OAAG Workshop for Visual Art Professionals
February 4 & 5, 2013, 9 am to 5pm
Varley Art Gallery
216 Main St Unionville, Ontario L3R 2H1

A Canadian Conservation Institute workshop facilitated by Paul Marcon and Eric Hagan.

This workshop provides an awareness of important issues to consider when crating fragile works of art. It begins with a practical overview of shipping hazards and the susceptibility of artwork to these hazards. Packaging concepts and theory are taught with presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Participants have an opportunity to apply their knowledge by designing a protective package for several highly fragile test items and conducting drop tests on their designs. Test results provide examples of packaging principles in action and ways that damage can take place. Participants are encouraged to bring objects for discussion and to share their questions, concerns, or experiences in packaging and exhibitions.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
• estimate the intensity of shipping hazards, as well as when and where they occur
• evaluate the risk that shipping hazards pose to museum objects
• understand how damage occurs
• reduce the susceptibility of museum artifacts to shipping hazards
• understand shock and vibration concepts and how they apply to protective packaging
• choose the best cushion materials for a given packaging requirement
• gain familiarity with cushioning and crate design information and tools
• identify important features of a protective package
• duplicate the packaging system used to transport and test objects during the workshop
• design better packages for highly fragile or valuable objects

Units
• Shipping hazards
• How things go wrong during shipment
• Susceptibility of art objects to shipping hazards
• How to deal with complex object shapes and fragile surfaces
• Cushion design
• Environmental control during shipment
• Crating: design alternatives and performance criteria
• International regulations for wood packaging materials
• Case studies: an overview of actual package designs
• Shock and vibration monitors
• What makes a good shipper
• Contracts 101
• Package performance evaluation
• Information and resources

Who should attend?
Staff and volunteers involved in collection management including its storage and access.

Registration
OAAG members: $195 (includes lunch & workshop resources both days)
Non-members: $250 (includes lunch & workshop resources both days)

To register, contact:
Veronica Quach, Assistant Director
programs@oaag.org, (416) 598-0714

Click here for Registration Form

You may be eligible for a Canadian Museums Association bursary to attend.
Click here for information about the CMA's Travel Bursary Program.

Sincere thanks to the Varley Art Gallery.

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries would like to gratefully acknowledge the Canadian Conservation Institute, Department of Canadian Heritage.



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OAAG Workshop: Web Tool Evaluation for Galleries and Museums

Monday, October 22, 2012, 9 am to 5 pm
National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9N4

Coordinated by Veronica Quach for the Ontario Association of Art Galleries

Registration:
OAAG members $95
General $125
Students/volunteers $40

Lunch and breaks included in registration costs.

To register, please contact:
Veronica Quach, Communications and Events Coordinator
Ontario Association of Art Galleries
communications@oaag.org
phone: 416-598-0714

Click here for Special Hotel Rate

Presenters:
Ashish Bhagrath, Manager, Web and New Media, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Allegra Burnette, Creative Director, Digital Media, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Sonya Jones, Assistant Curator/Curator of the Thomas Bouckley Collection, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa
Jacquie Severs, Manager, Communications & Social Media, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa
Greg Wilson, Associate Creative Director, Mouth Media Inc., Toronto

Learning Objectives:
Public art gallery and museum websites now present detailed information about acquisitions, research, collections, exhibitions, and education online. They use web tools including photo galleries, videos, podcasts, games, polls and social media.

This workshop will outline practical strategies for small- to large-sized galleries and museums to evaluate web tools, reporting on making collections usage accessible to their peers and to the public.

Participants will review the existing standard for online collections content, and how they as individuals and as an organization can develop their skills and practices of evaluating their web tools.

The workshop aims to tackle the evaluation of web tools from a variety of perspectives. Mouth Media Inc. will look at the tools from a web development perspective; the National Gallery of Canada will serve as the viewpoint of a large, national Canadian organization; The Robert McLaughlin Gallery will talk from a position of a small to medium sized organization; and The Museum of Modern Art will talk about it from an international standpoint.

The workshop will be held at the National Gallery of Canada, one of Canada’s leading institutions for best gallery practices and standards. Its recent website updates makes it a prime location for the speaker to show real examples.

Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Determine what collections information should be placed online;
  • Establish which web tool(s) can best present the information;
  • Understanding the pros and cons of certain web tools;
  • Understand the standard for web tools for museums and galleries;
  • Set goals for their web tools;
  • Evaluate the success(es) or failure(s) of presenting their collections information online;
  • Use assessments to modify web tools to better achieve its goals;
  • Optimize web tool potential with search engine optimization and other methods;
  • Understand costs and staffing needs associated with web tools;
  • Understand and interpret online content from their peers’ websites, which could help them ameliorate their own key museum functions.

Target audiences: directors, curators, communications officers, marketing officers, administrators, IT staff, web development officers, students, volunteers

More about the Presenters:

Ashish Bhagrath is the Manager, Web and New Media at the National Gallery of Canada, a Crown Corporation under the Federal Government of Canada. Ashish is responsible for managing and assuming overall responsibility for the design, development and implementation of web based systems, applications. He manages both technical and non-technical employees who are responsible for content, architecture, hardware, software, design and standards. He also oversees and manages all software and hardware infrastructure related to delivering online products. Previous to the National Gallery of Canada, Ashish worked with Nortel Networks as a Business and Network Analyst. He was responsible for designing and implementing mobile, wireless and internet services for ILECS and TLECS. National Gallery of Canada: http://www.gallery.ca/en/

Allegra Burnetteis the Creative Director of Digital Media at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, overseeing design and production for the museum's website, MoMA.org, as well as mobile devices, interpretive kiosks and digital displays. Online projects include two complete site redesigns, creating the online collection and audience-specific sites for teachers, teens, and kids, overseeing an ongoing series of award-winning exhibition sites, and extending the reach of MoMA’s content through iTunes U, YouTube, mobile web and apps, and elsewhere. Offline projects include lobby display screens and the launch of MoMA.guide, a series of interactive kiosks. Prior to working at MoMA, Ms. Burnette created and ran a media department at the renowned museum exhibition design firm Ralph Appelbaum Associates. She has an MFA in museum exhibition planning and design from the University of the Arts, where she has also taught graduate courses in museum media. She is included in the book, Mobile Apps for Museums: The AAM Guide to Planning and Strategy, currently teaches in the online graduate program for Museum Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and also serves on the board of the Museum Computer Network. The Museum of Modern Art: http://www.moma.org/

Sonya Jones completed her BA Honours in Art History at Carleton University in Ottawa, where she also worked at the Carleton University Art Gallery. Upon graduation she accepted a position with the Canadian Heritage Information Network. Sonya then obtained a post-graduate certificate in Museum Management and Curatorship at Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario. Sonya began working at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG) in 2008 following two years working for a private art dealer in Toronto. She is the RMG's Assistant Curator as well as Curator of the Thomas Bouckley Collection. In her role at the RMG, Sonya oversees the collections management database, M3Online, which is searchable online. The Robert McLaughlin Gallery: http://www.rmg.on.ca/

Jacquie Severs obtained a four-year design diploma from The School of Design at George Brown College, Toronto. Upon graduation she worked for a number of years in commercial arts, in roles such as Product Development, Communications, Marketing Manager and Graphic Design. She is a freelance writer and marketing consultant with a specialty in content delivery for social media channels in various cultural fields such as art, design and fashion. Jacquie began working at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG) in 2010 as the Manager of Communications and Social Media. In this role Jacquie oversees the RMG’s graphic design, web and print media, public relations and social media voice. The Robert McLaughlin Gallery: http://www.rmg.on.ca/

Greg Wilson is the Associate Creative Director at Mouth Media Inc., a Toronto-based boutique design agency with a focus on the design and development of digital spaces across a number of industries. With an academic background in Psychology/Communications and Creative Advertising, Greg strategically leads a team of designer/developers utilizing a hands-on approach to meeting big-picture communication goals. Recent website projects launches include those for the Gardiner Museum, Canada's Walk of Fame, Mirvish Productions, Inside Out Film Festival, and Goodspeed Musicals with additional design/web/social media projects for recognizable brands such as Reese, Oh Henry, Rogers, Aerospatiale, Sears and dozens of other local and international businesses and organizations in arts & entertainment, not for profit, small to medium business and online social communities. Greg also sits on Durham College’s Advisory Board for the Web Development and Multi-media Design programs where he provides feedback on course curriculum and the employability of new web design and development graduates. Mouth Media Inc: http://www.mouthmedia.com/

Special Hotel Rate:
OAAG partnered with The National Hotel and Suites Ottawa to provide you a special discounted hotel room rate for the night of October 21, 2012 (the night before the workshop day).

Canadian Museums Association bursary:

You may be eligible. Click here for information about the CMA's Travel Bursary Program.

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OAAG Booth at the Creativ Festival

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Join OAAG and the Koffler Centre of the Arts at Creativ Festival in Toronto. We will be celebrating Ontario public art galleries!

October 12-14, 2012
Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building
222 Bremner Blvd. Toronto, ON M5V 3L9

Booth #831

The Creativ Festival is an expo that features workshops and booths on sewing, knitting, stitching, quilting, scrap booking, beadwork and more. It attracts 20,000 arts-interested people from Toronto and the GTA over three days.

OAAG and the Koffler Centre of the Arts a will present a free print making workshop led by Molly Grundy, artist and visual arts faculty member at Koffler. Participants will make custom stamps and print them onto fabric or paper.

Molly Grundy is an award winning costume designer, fibre artist and illustrator who graduated from OCAD with a focus in material arts. Always a patient and energetic artist and teacher, Molly strives to give her students the skills they need to realize their own fabulous fabric dreams. Working in everything from !lm and television to fashion styling and puppet building, Molly pushes her materials to their limits. Her work has been featured in numerous shows, commercials and most recently the with Canadian Opera Company and the Much Music Video Awards. Molly is very excited to join the faculty at the Koffler centre of the Arts and anticipates an action packed year of stupendous sewing!

OAAG partnered with Koffler Centre of the Arts following an open invitation to all OAAG members to help animate the OAAG booth.

Get in touch for free tickets!
We have a limited number of complimentary tickets that we are giving away to interested members.

Have your promotional materials at the festival!
Members may send your brochures, cards or pamphlets to OAAG prior to the festival so that they may be displayed on our booth table.

OAAG contact:
Veronica Quach
Communications and Events Coordinator
communications@oaag.org
phone: (416) 598-0714

Special thanks to:

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Koffler Centre of the Arts: www.kofflerarts.org/

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Program for Friday, September 21, 2012

12 p.m. Members Lunch: Keynote Address by Peter Caldwell, Director & CEO, Ontario Arts Council
1:45 p.m. Artsbuild Ontario Report to OAAG Membership
2:30 p.m. Annual General Meeting
4 p.m. Tour of Blue Cloud: Ohotaq Mikkigak & Jack Bush, curated by Nancy Campbell, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
4 p.m. Joint reception for the 35th Annual OAAG Awards and for Blue Cloud: Ohotaq Mikkigak & Jack Bush
6 p.m. 2012 OAAG Awards

Event Location:
The Great Hall, Hart House
University of Toronto
7 Hart House Circle
Toronto, ON M5S 3H3

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About the Members Lunch: Keynote Address by Peter Caldwell, Director & CEO, Ontario Arts Council

Peter Caldwell is Director & CEO of the Ontario Arts Council.

From 1994 to 2011 he was Vice President of Finance & Administration at OCAD University, Canada’s oldest and largest university devoted to advanced art and design education. Peter was delighted to receive an honorary doctorate from OCADU in 2011 and to be appointed an honorary lifetime alumnus in 2009. Among his accomplishments, Peter transformed OCAD from two buildings that were several blocks apart into a coherent, urban campus with 12 buildings. One is the acclaimed Sharp Centre for Design by British architect Will Alsop – a Toronto landmark that “floats” 10 storeys in the sky, atop brightly coloured steel legs.

As an arts administrator, Peter was Executive Director of the Arts Foundation of Greater Toronto, Program Director for the Toronto Theatre Alliance, Theatre Consultant for the Ontario Ministry of Culture and Recreation, and Coordinator of Training Programs for Theatre Ontario. Prior to that, he worked as an actor, singer and dancer.

In 2006 Peter completed an executive MBA at the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario. Before joining OAC, Peter was an active board member with numerous organizations, including Toronto Artscape, Laidlaw Foundation and the Design Exchange.

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OAAG Booth at the CNE: Tuesday, August 21, 2012, noon to 10 p.m.

Join OAAG at our Canadian National Exhibition booth! We will be promoting OAAG's dynamic members across the province of Ontario.

We will be located in the Better Living Centre "The Farm" building on the CNE grounds from noon to 10 p.m.

In response to our open invitation to the OAAG membership, the Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery (Sutton West, Ontario) is partnering with OAAG to animate the booth.

Free Family Activity: Soapstone Necklace Carving

Join the Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery’s artists to make your own necklace with soapstone, sand paper, gimp and emery board.

About the Artist

The soapstone is provided by David Ruben Piqtoukun, an Inuit artist who lives in Sutton, Ontario. For many years, he has provided the Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery’s art programs with pieces of soapstone, which he chips off when creating his sculptures. He has been an instructor at the centre’s classes and has also taught its instructors on the art of soapstone carving.

About the Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery (GAC)

The Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery is a unique gallery, which provides space for music & meetings, a Gallery Shoppe that features contracted local artists and four in house exhibition spaces, as well as off site satellite spaces. The Centre is a teaching facility that offers various art classes, workshops and lectures for all ages. The GAC works with local groups and schools to help with education and hands-on experiences and is sanctioned by the York Region Board of Education. The GAC is a registered charity. It is located in Sutton, Ontario.

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OAAG and AGM at the Creativ Festival in Mississauga

Friday, April 27 & Saturday, April 28, 2012
International Centre, Halls 1 & 2, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga, ON
http://www.csnf.com/s12_index.html

Join OAAG and the Art Gallery of Mississauga at the Creativ Festival in Mississauga. The Creativ Festival is an expo that features workshops and booths on sewing, knitting, stitching, quilting, scrap booking, beadwork and more. It attracts 12,000 arts-interested people who make their own crafts at home from the Mississauga, Toronto and surrounding areas over two days. Parking is free.

OAAG is partnering with the Art Gallery of Mississauga on April 27!
http://www.artgalleryofmississauga.com/

Following an open invitation to all OAAG members to help animate the OAAG booth, the Art Gallery of Mississauga will present a free paper folding workshop led by artist Joe Vinski on Friday, April 27. Participants will learn unique ways that paper can be used to convey message and meaning. They will make origami wallets, envelopes and other simple forms.

The artist: Joe Vinski

Joe Vinski is a graduate of the University of Toronto & the Ontario College of Art & Design.  As an art instructor, consultant and independent curator he brings experience with professional teaching and art consultant practice.  Recent courses, workshops and affiliations include: Art Gallery of Mississauga, City of Mississauga, Living Arts Centre, Cambridge Galleries, Mississauga International Children’s Festival and various outreach programmes in the Peel Region.

Get in touch for free tickets to the Creativ Festival!

We have 25 complimentary tickets that we are giving away to interested members. If you would like a ticket, email Veronica Quach, the Communications and Events Coordinator, at communications@oaag.org.

Or save $1 on online tickets.

Everybody can save $1 on online tickets with OAAG's promo code: 402OA. Feel free to pass this discount code along to interested parties or in email newsletters.

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NOW AVAILABLE

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

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. More Information


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. Plus d'information

Highlighting Heritage Week: iMuseum Symposium Proceedings

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. More Information

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Blue Soup Seminar: Contemporary Art for the Young Collector (An Introduction)

Sunday, March 4, 2012, 1 pm – 2 pm
Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place, Toronto

OAAG is offering a guided tour of The Artist Project to empower young collectors. The tour will introduce the process of collecting art: defining & selecting, researching, and purchasing. A small group of emerging collectors will be led through the show, featuring over 200 independent and contemporary artists from a variety of geographic and creative backgrounds. This intimate tour will provide opportunities to engage directly with the artists, learn about collecting and ask questions in an informal gathering.

Amanda Tamul will lead the group. She is the Secretariat Coordinator of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts from OCAD University in Criticism & Curatorial Practice and a Master of Arts from the University of Toronto in Art History, Amanda is also the recipient of numerous awards, including the OCADU Medal of Excellence in 2007. Amanda has several years experience in Toronto galleries and auction houses, including art consultancy and coordinating independent educational workshops and curatorial projects.

This program is part of OAAG’s Blue Soup Series that offers educational programs for emerging arts professionals.

Registrant price: $15

OAAG has partnered with The Artist Project. For more information about The Artist Project visit www.theartistprojecttoronto.com/.

Registration
If you are interested in registering, please fill out and return the Registration Form. You may fax it to (416) 598-4128 or email members@oaag.org.

If you have any further questions or comments, please contact:
Amanda Tamul
Secretariat Coorindator, OAAG
Tel: (416)-598-0714
members@oaag.org

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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.


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Past Programs: Current Year

Life Long Learners Roundtable
Focus Group Session 1 & 2

November 23, 2011 and December 15, 2011

Ontario Association of Art Galleries
111 Peter Street, Suite 617, Toronto, Ontario M5V 2H1

The goal of these focus groups was to determine the usefulness of, and potential functionality to an iPhone
application for recording and journaling life – long learner’s experiences in museums and galleries.
We chose two focus group sessions – the first involved talking with museums professionals who make extensive
use with mobile technologies in their daily lives. The second group was geared towards non-professionals and
‘life long learners’ – people who engage with museums and galleries and artwork in a non-professional or nonwork
related way. Participants were picked through networking, and narrowed down by time commitment
availabilities by Ginger Scott (who assisted with this process).
We were particularly interested if all participants would find the proposed application useful, and also how users
of all ages and backgrounds journal their experiences with art works, galleries and museums.

Key Points - Session 1
• Usefulness of note taking apps for personal and professional life
• Use of photography on mobile phones important for journaling experience
• Desire to take note of the situated works of art in exhibit – layout, design etc.
• Agreement that email journaling is important for memory purposes
• Desire to incorporate a shared or social networking function to the App

Key Points - Session 2
• A general interest in questions of intent, material construction and artist background above all.
• Use of key words instead of full sentences was prevalent.
• Intent on recording dates, title of work, and artist names for label information.
• Emphasis on mode of display evident.

Registration
To Register, please contact Ginger Scott, Web Projects Coordinator at webprojects@oaag.org



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The Museum Professional Network: Careers, Connections and Community
Three-day ICTOP Annual Conference

October 24-27, 2011

Toronto, Markham, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Professional education for the museum and heritage sector has developed dramatically in recent decades, at least in some regions of the world. What changes are now being demanded of our museology pedagogies? In surveying the past and present of museum professional education, this conference will identify current communities of practice and promising ideas for the future development of the museum and heritage professions and the building of an international learning community through the auspices of organizations such as ICTOP-ICOM.

Keynote Speakers

Lynda Kelly, Manager Web and Audience Research. Museums and Social Media: Professional Challenges.
Emlyn Koster, Director, Institute for Innovative Learning, Annapolis, Maryland. President Emeritus, Liberty Science Center, New Jersey.
Collette Dufresne Tassé, Université de Montréal.
George Jacob, Khalsa Heritage Complex, Amritsar, India.

And a workshop by Phyllis Hecht and Deb Howes of Johns Hopkins University: The Community
Building Approach to Supporting Online Learning.

Keynote Presentations

*The Museum and Social Media: Implications for Professional Futures
*The Museum Field's Ultimate Accountability
*Revisiting Visitor Studies to Orient and Train Exhibition Designers More Adequately
*Cultural Resource Professionals: On the Cusp of a Generational Shift in Developing Nations

Other Presentations

* Designing Professional Development Curriculum for Emerging Trends: Diversity and Inclusion in the 21st Century
* Engaging Aboriginal People in the Preservation of Traditional Knowledge
* Methods and Tools for Fostering Cross-Pollination
* Bridging the Gap: Addressing Leadership within the Museum Sector
* Making Museum Managers: Case Study of Global-Minded Training Program
* What is it we do when we teach exhibitions?
* Building on Our Strengths: An Immersive Program for Educating Museum Professionals
* The Museum Professional Development and Training in Taiwan
* Challenges and Prospects for Chinese Museum Professional Education and Training
* Research Report on the Study of Museum Professional Development: A Global Perspective
* Collections Management as a Vehicle for Understanding
* Teaching Collections 101
* Museology versus Museography or Museology and Museography? Innovative training at the University of Ferrara, Italy.

Registration
Please register online at: http://uofttix.ca/view.php?id=?796


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Environmental Guidelines
Two-day OAAG Workshop for Visual Art Professionals

October 17 & 18, 2011, 9 am to 5pm

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
72 Queen Street, Oshawa, ON L1H 3Z7

A Canadian Conservation Institute workshop facilitated by Jean Tétreault.

This is an introduction to the strategic preservation of the collection against agents of deterioration, especially those environmental ones, such as light, relative humidity and atmospheric pollutants. The module will be in the form of a traditional presentation, group exercise, visit to a storage facility and/or exhibit and exercises using computerized equipment.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, participants will be able to:
• understand preservation principles;
• understand the effects of relative humidity, temperature, light and pollutants on objects;
• quantify the degree of preservation of objects in a given environment; and
• implement a preservation strategy based on an analysis of priorities, costs and benefits.

Units
Preservation principles and assessment

Background and examination of the notion of standards versus guidelines. Preservation parameters such as object integrity, its current access (visibility) and its future access (preservation).Notion of preservation target and assessment of the degree of preservation of collections by using risk management concepts.

Light

Sensitivity of objects to light and UV rays. Notion of dose. Preservation assessment of objects against radiation. Guidelines on lighting levels. Reflection and glare problems.

Relative humidity and temperature

Sensitivity of objects to humidity and temperature fluctuations. Preservation assessment of objects against humidity. Guidelines. Control strategies.

Pollutants

Sensitivity of objects to various airborne pollutants in buildings. Preservation assessment of objects against pollutants. Guidelines. Control strategies. Preservation assessment of a collection Preservation assessment using a simple computer program. Introduction to preservation indexes.

Improved preservation through a costs and benefits analysis.

Set action priorities based on preservation assessment results. Select strategic options based on a costs and benefits analysis. Prepare a preservation plan.

Who should attend?
Staff and volunteers involved in collection management including its storage and access.

Registration
OAAG members: $195 (includes lunch & workshop resources both days)
Non-members: $250 (includes lunch & workshop resources both days)

To register, contact:
Amanda Tamul, Secretariat Coordinator, OAAG
members@oaag.org, (416) 598-0714
Registration Form

You may be eligible for a Canadian Museums Association bursary to attend.
Click here for information about the CMA's Travel Bursary Program.

Sincere thanks to The Robert McLaughlin Gallery.

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries would like to gratefully acknowledge the Canadian Conservation Institute, Department of Canadian Heritage.

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Art Box: New (Short) Manifestos for the Visual Arts in Ontario
Boîte des arts : Nouveaux manifestes (courts) pour les Arts visuels en Ontario

Co-presented by ARCCO, CARFAC Ontario and OAAG
Coprésenté par l’ARCCO, le CARFAC Ontario et l’AOGA

Friday, September 30, 2011, 12 noon to 3 pm The Great Hall, Hart House, University of Toronto
Le vendredi 30 septembre 2011, de 12 h à 15 h Grand Hall, Hart House, Université de Toronto

WHAT THIS WILL BE: A (short) congress of provisional speakers VS an open plenary of ARCCO, CARFAC Ontario and OAAG members and representatives!
EN QUOI CECI CONSISTERA : Un court congrès d’orateurs provisoires VS une assemblée plénière ouverte composée de membres et représentants de l’ARCCO, du CARFAC Ontario et de l’AOGA.

* This event is free. Lunch will be served from 12 noon to 1 pm. Presentations from 1 to 3 pm (hard stop).
* Cet événement est gratuit. Un dîner sera servi de 12 h à 13 h. Les présentations se tiendront entre 13 h à 15 h (arrêt immédiat).

THE CHALLENGE: What is your vision for the visual arts in Ontario in 20 years time: tell us in five minutes or less!
LE DÉFI : Quelle est votre vision pour les arts visuels en Ontario dans 20 ans : exprimez vos idées en cinq minutes ou moins!

WANTED: Your new ideas for dynamic cross-pollination, dream-visioning together for a positive future for the visual arts!
RECHERCHÉ : Vos nouvelles idées en ce qui a trait à une pollinisation croisée dynamique, nos rêves et visions en commun aux fins d’un avenir positif pour les arts visuels!

SPEAK AT THE MIC Book your time: artbox@oaag.org.
PARLEZ AU MICRO Réservez votre créneau de temps : artbox@oaag.org.

Or just RSVP. Let us know you are coming so we have enough food: artbox@oaag.org.
Ou RSVP tout simplement. Laissez-nous savoir si vous planifiez participer afin que l’on puisse s’assurer d’avoir amplement de nourriture : artbox@oaag.org.


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Embedding Cultural Diversity in Toronto’s Arts, Cultural and Heritage Sector: The Way Forward
September 28, 2011, 9 am to 5pm

Columbus Centre
901 Lawrence Avenue West North York, ON M6A 1C3 

A Seminar facilitated by Lynne Teather and Clara Arokiasamy.

This one day seminar will focus on the sharing of best practice in embedding cultural diversity in services and workforce across the public sector. We are bringing together best practice models from Toronto’s arts and heritage agencies as well as from the health sector, academic institutions, community/NGO organisations and the City Hall.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, participants will get an opportunity to discuss candidly key issues relating to implementing cultural diversity in their own organisations within a safe environment. 

Key Objectives

(i) To share best practice through the presentation and discussion of case studies in  the delivery of race equality and cultural diversity in the public sector in Toronto, Canada and London, UK;

(ii)  To explore capacities  among current approaches to collections, archives, engagement and audience development to facilitate the embedding of minorities cultural rights into the national story; and identify areas where improvements are needed;

(iii) Explore the extent of representation of minorities in the cultural sector and how the existing recruitment and selection and retention processes and training and development  programmes could be improved to  diversify the workforce and governance further to reflect Toronto’s growing minority population; 

(iv) To establish a standing working group on cultural diversity to take forward the ideas and recommendations from the proceedings of the day, as a key outcome of the seminar.

Who should attend?
Museum, library and archive professionals, academics, advocates, community members, politicians, and practitioners in the areas of collections, archives, community engagement, development and human resources.

Registration
$60.00 (includes breaks and lunch)
$40.00 for students or unwaged cultural/heritage or community workers.

If you are interested attending this unique and ground breaking seminar please respond via email to: jackie.armstrong@utoronto.ca.

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries would like to gratefully acknowledge the Department of Canadian Heritage.


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The Place of the Arts: A Province-wide Priorities Webinar
September 13, 2011, 1 pm to 3 pm

A Webinar facilitated by PASO/OPSA, Lynn Eakin of the Ontario Nonprofit Network, and Micheline McKay.

The purpose of the webinar information meeting is to share information, and provide an environmental scan of key messages relating to the arts community and broader not-for-profit sector.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, participants will better understand government structure, share priorities for the arts and not-for-profit sector, and align our messaging to our various networks. The meeting will be non-partisan in nature, and designed for information exchange only.

Key Objectives
* The position of the arts in Ontario.
* Examine and evaluate Ontario's support of the arts.
* Public affairs insight and strategic advice for the cultural and not-for-profit sector (advocacy and government relations, policy analysis & research, organizational development).
* Raising awareness of the contributions of the arts in Ontario; Top Four Issues: Partnering with the government, funding reform, amend the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Art, and social finance innovation.
* Awareness of the position of PASO in regards to provincial funding to the arts: establishing a sustainable arts and culture policy framework, and acting as an advocate for the arts in matters of federal and inter-ministerial jurisdiction.

Who should attend?
Art service orgainization professionals, ASO colleagues, and key stakeholders.

Registration
To register in the webinar, please follow this link:
http://ontariononprofitnetwork.onefireplace.org/generalregistration2

Please complete your registration by Monday, September 12, 2011 at 5 pm.

Now Online! For access to the webinar: http://tasc.adobeconnect.com/p5bggs5daf6/

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries would like to gratefully acknowledge the Department of Canadian Heritage.

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Professional Development Excursion, Venice & Florence

May 29 to June 9, 2011

Venice & Florence, Italy

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries is facilitating a professional development and networking opportunitiy for public art gallery directors and curators from across Ontario to the 54th Venice Biennale, which features contemporary artwork from artists representing 87 countries. The delegation will also visit with other art institutions/organizations in Venice as well as Florence such as:

* Venice Biennale – Giardini, Arsenale, Archives
* Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
* Centre of Contemporary Culture, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence
* Florence Biennale, Florence

Learning Outcomes
The purpose of the trip is to introduce attendees to directors, curators and other arts professionals from Italy and abroad in promoting the exchange of information, peer-to-peer professional development, and opportunities for research and collaborations.

This 10-day trip in early June is designed to enable art gallery directors and curators to reach new audiences provincially, nationally and internationally. The goal is to raise their individual and organizations’ profiles in Italy, as well as build new relationships and partners for future exhibitions.

Attendees will be provided opportunities to participate in gallery tours, meetings, and forums where they will meet key arts and culture contacts in the Italian and international arts community. They will have the opportunity to represent their own institution and programs at our Showcase reception.

Key Objectives
We anticipate that this opportunity could enable Ontario visual art professionals:

* to represent their organization/ institution in an international contemporary art practice setting
* explore new or differing practices displayed by other countries
* foster new networking partnerships leading to collaborations
* enhance international dialogue between institutions
* develop audiences and education opportunities for Ontario art institutions in a provincial, national and international framework.

Who should attend?
Directors, curators, academics, advocates and other arts professionals from public galleries and museums in Canada.

Registration
An estimated cost per person is anticipated to be $2500 CAD (including air travel from Toronto to Venice and return air travel from Florence to Toronto, six nights accommodation in Venice (shared apartment), four nights accommodation in Florence (shared apartment), group travel from Venice to Florence (bus or train), as well as admissions to selected museums).

If you are interested in participating in this unique and ambitious excursion, please respond via email to:
Amanda Tamul, Secretariat Coordinator, at members@oaag.org.

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries would like to gratefully acknowledge the Department of Canadian Heritage.

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2010/2011

40th Anniversary

iMuseum: New Tools for New & Traditional Audiences
March 24 & 25, 2011
Brigantine Room Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
Facilitated by M. Christine Castle for OAAG/OMA

This symposium is scheduled just after March Break, to give museum and gallery educators an edge on the latest audience and technological research. Come learn from leaders in the field of museum education, share your success stories, meet colleagues and expand your knowledge.

Who should attend?
Museum and gallery staff with responsibility for public programming and exhibitions.

Registration
OAAG and OMA members: $195.00 + $25.35 HST= $220.35 (includes lunch & workshop resources both days)
Non-members: $250 + $32.50 HST = $282.50 (includes lunch & workshop resources both days)

What Do We Know About Our Audiences? What Can They Tell Us About Their Expectations of Us?

Confirmed Speakers:
• Nina Simon, author, The Participatory Museum and Museums 2.0 blog (via Skype) on participation
• Vishnu Ramcharan, Ontario Science Centre, on community engagement
• Judy Koke, AGO “How Do We Put the Audience At the Centre of Everything We Do?
• Syrus Marcus Ware, AGO Youth Council

Roundtable Discussions:
• What do we want from museums? What do teachers, students, and families need from museums?
• What do we want from online resources both in the museum and at a distance?
• Does generation matter? How does adult education and life-long learning come into play?
• Falk’s identity-related motivations
• Growing up in a digital environment

New Tools: How Are Educators Using Technology to Create New and Meaningful Experiences for Visitors both On and Off Site? What Have They Learned?

Confirmed Speakers:
• Patricia Bentley, Textile Museum of Canada, on the In Touch web project
• Dr. Kevin Kee, Brock University’s Centre for Digital Humanities on augmented reality
• Wendy Thomas, CHIN
• Doris Van Den Brekel, AGO

Roundtable Discussions:
• the Young Curators Project
• Podcasts
• Online docent training
• Geocaching
• Videoconferencing
• Smart Phones and their applications as educational tools
• Digital Storytelling
• Niagara 1812: Return of the Fenian Shadow iPhone gaming app
• youth-driven community mapping

Networking, idea-sharing, and much more! Register today to reserve your place at this important event.

OMA oaag

The Ontario Museum Association and Ontario Association of Art Galleries gratefully acknowledge the financial support provided by the Museums Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage

CanadianHeritage

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Effective Mentoring with Shawna Dempsey
One-day Workshop for Visual Art Professionals

February 23, 2011, 12 noon to 5 p.m.
Art Gallery of Peterborough, 250 Crescent Street, Peterborough, Ontario
OAAG Member Professionals $75, Students $40, General $95 (includes lunch)

12 noon Lunch
1-5 p.m. Workshop

In this four-hour workshop, Shawna Dempsey will explore the ins and outs of visual art mentorship: what is mentoring; what makes an effective mentorship program; sample structures; how to select good mentors; how to make effective pairings with trainees; ingredients of a productive mentorship; pitfalls and how to avoid them; managing expectations (realistic and unrealistic); and negotiating conflict and closure.

Led by experienced mentor and Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA) Co-Executive Director Shawna Dempsey, this workshop is an excellent how-to for anyone considering setting up a mentorship program, anyone who will be mentoring, or anyone who works in peer-based arts education.

To register, contact:
Veronica Quach, Program Assistant, OAAG
members@oaag.org (416) 598-0714
Registration Form

You may be eligible for a Canadian Museums Association bursary to attend.
Click here for information about the CMA's Travel Bursary Program.

Sincere thanks to the Art Gallery of Peterborough. Funded in part by the Museums Assistance Program, Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada.

Biography

In 1989 Shawna Dempsey began an artistic collaboration with Lorri Millan that has continued, full-time, to the present. This duo creates performance art, video, film, and print projects. Their artworks have been presented throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan, in venues as far-ranging as women’s centres in Sri Lanka to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Dempsey and Millan also curate exhibitions and projects, and have organized exhibits for Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Centre (Buffalo), Herland Feminist Film and Video Festival (Calgary), Gallery YYZ (Toronto), Gallery 1C03 (Winnipeg) and the Winnipeg Art Gallery, where they were employed as Adjunct Curators of Contemporary Art for three years.

Dempsey volunteers on numerous art-related boards and committees, and has formally mentored twelve individuals through various artist-run centre programs. She is currently co-Executive Director of Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art.

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Curating Historical Canadian Art Today

OAAG Workshop for Visual Art Gallery Professionals

February 16, 2011, 9:30 am– 3:30 pm
Art Gallery of Hamilton
123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON L8P 4S8

The day will revolve around four questions as they pertain to collecting and programming Canadian historical art, raising issues and questions for discussion. Four topics: two in the morning, two in the afternoon. Panelists have been invited to present for up to 30 minutes, followed by 30 minutes for questions/discussion. Case studies will be incorporated throughout all topics.

Contributing Curators:
• Cassandra Getty (Curator of Art, Museum London)
• Katerina Atanassova (Chief Curator, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection)
• Tobi Bruce (Senior Curator, Canadian Historical Art, Art Gallery of Hamilton)
• Alicia Boutilier (Curator of Canadian Historical Art, Agnes Etherington Art Centre)
• Linda Jansma (Curator, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery)
• Georgiana Uhlyarik (Assistant Curator, Canadian Art, Art Gallery of Ontario)
• Anik Glaude (Curator, Varley Art Gallery)
• Catherine Sinclair (Assistant Curator and Curator of the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, The Ottawa Art Gallery)

Registration
OAAG Member Professionals $75, Students $40, General $95 (includes lunch)

To register, contact:
Veronica Quach, Program Assistant, OAAG
members@oaag.org, (416) 598-0714
Registration Form

You may be eligible for a Canadian Museums Association bursary to attend.
Click here for information about the CMA's Travel Bursary Program.

Program

9:30 am Registration

10 am “Who are our audiences?”
Panelists: Cassandra Getty and Georgiana Uhlyarik
Focus: How do we identify potential audiences and how do we reach them? Are the audiences for historical and contemporary exhibitions different? How do we attract younger visitors?

11 am “How, why and what do we collect?”
Panelists: Catherine Sinclair and Alicia Boutilier
Focus: Address issues of research, process and challenges with respect to collecting and displaying art from permanent collections in museums/galleries and the ideas and politics behind the “permanent” collection exhibition. When does “historical” become historical?

12 noon to 1:30 pm Lunch and Gallery Tour

1:30 pm “Who drives exhibition programming?”
Panelists: Katerina Atanassova and Anik Glaude
Focus: Address issues of systems and structures used to create exhibitions, from idea generation to marketing and public programming. Where does the curator fit into this process? How is the decision made as to what we put on our walls?
• Marketing pressures, curatorial focus and audience development
• Who drives the programming both practically and institutionally, and who believes they know their audiences?
• Where are curators located in the decision-making process?

2:30 pm “How and why do we collaborate?”
Panelists: Tobi Bruce and Linda Jansma
Focus: Using case studies, this panel will address potentials for collaborations. What focus is there for collaborations? Which innovative models can be applied? Can contemporary and historical art intermingle—how and why? Touring, co-productions and funding will be addressed.

Sincere thanks to the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

Funded in part by the Museums Assistance Program, Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada

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Can’t make it to Banff?
Come to Oakville!

Dynamic Curating in the Age of Anxiety
Organized by Laura Paolini for the Ontario Association of Art Galleries

November 22, 2010
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Oakville Galleries
Gairloch Gardens
1306 Lakeshore Road East
Oakville, ON, L6J 1L6
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Registration: $40 OAAG members, $45 non-members, includes lunch

Dynamic Curating in the Age of Anxiety offers emerging curators insights into the production of curatorial projects within, without, and around the cultural institution.

The goals of this workshop in the Blue Soup series is to offer emerging professionals (including students) insights into how to produce projects, with various relations to institutions (with, without, in opposition, etc) and exploring new innovative ways to be active cultural contributors, especially as previous modes of production (i.e. publishing, writing, etc) are equally at risk in the cultural sector.

What is dynamic curating? How does one 'curate dynamically?' What does it mean to be a dynamic curator? These questions are explored through lectures given by select professional curators.

Who should attend?
Dynamic Curating in the Age of Anxiety is useful for undergraduate and graduate students, emerging curators, visual arts administrators, and emerging artists who want to enhance their vocabulary of contemporary curating. In fact, many schools and particular graduate level professors have expressed interest in this program and feel their students can benefit from attending.

Speakers:

Lisa Daniels has been involved in a range of independent and private curatorial projects as well as with contemporary corporate art collections. Daniels is currently the Curator/Director at Gallery Lambton in Sarnia, Ontario.

Christof Migone is a multidisciplinary artist and writer. He lives in Toronto and is a lecturer at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Director/Curator of the Blackwood Gallery.

Maiko Tanaka is a Toronto-based curator interested in contemporary art and its multifold relationship to pedagogy. In 2009-2010 she participated in a Curatorial Residency at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto

TO REGISTER:

1. download the registration form and fill it in
2. fax it to (416) 598-4128
3. OR email it to Barbara Gilbert: members [ at ] oaag [ dot ] org

Thanks to:

CanadianHeritage

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oakvillegalleries

C Magazine

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OAAG celebrates 40 years on Friday, September 24, 2010.
The Great Hall, Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto
Join us. $75 (voluntary contribution). Luncheon seating for 80 people.
Please confirm your reservation: Barbara Gilbert members@oaag.org (416) 598-0714

9:30 am Continental Breakfast

10 am Smackdown: Historical VS Contemporary
Lisa Daniels, Moderator
Book Launch The Group of Seven Project 1920-2005

12 noon Luncheon.
Honouring OAAG’s Past Presidents.
Recalibration: Ontario’s Top 10 for the Next 40
Carol Good, Good Consulting, Facilitator
Picking up where the Visual Arts Summit left off, this focus session will generate roundtable reports on the top ten burning issues for Ontario’s public art galleries.

3 pm Annual General Meeting of Members.
Free.

4 pm 2010 Legendary OAAG Awards.
Access backstage all areas

6 pm Reception.
She King live on stage
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L’AOGA célèbre ses 40 ans le vendredi, 24 septembre, 2010.
La grande salle, maison Hart, 7, cercle Hart House, Toronto
Soyez des nôtres. $75 (contribution volontaire). Il y a 80 places pour le déjeuner.
RSVP Barbara Gilbert, members@oaag.org (416) 598-0714

9h30 Petit déjeuner continental

10h00 Smackdown: Historique contre Contemporain
Lisa Daniels, Modératrice
Lancement du livre Le Projet du Groupe des sept 1920-2005

12h00 Déjeuner.
En l’honneur des anciens présidents de l’AOGA
Recalibrage : Les Top 10 pour les prochaines 40 en Ontario
Reprenant là où le Sommet sur les arts visuels nous a laissé, cette séance de discussion enregistrée identifiera les 10 questions brûlantes pour les galeries publiques de l’Ontario.

15h00 Assemblée générale annuelle des membres.
Gratuit

16h00 Remise de prix édition classique 2010 de l’AOGA
Accès en coulisses.

18h00 Reception.
She King en direct sur scène

Taking Stock: Museum Studies and Museum Practices in Canada

International Conference
Museum Studies Program, Faculty of Information,
University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
April 22-24, 2010
Special student rate: $50
All others: $150

takingstockmuseumstudies.ischool.utoronto.ca/

Robert R. Janes, author of Museums in a Troubled World, will provide the
keynote address, "Museums and the End of Materialism," on Thursday, April
22, 2010.

On April 23 and 24, presenters from across Canada and around the world, from
academia and the professional sphere will meet in panels to consider

- Museology in Canada
- Curating Nation
- Exhibition Pedagogy/Historical Consciousness
- Objects/Collections
- Citizen Museology
- Partnering
- Revisiting "Creating Partnerships: An Inquiry into the 1992 Task Force
Report in Museums and First Peoples"
- Research and its implications in the Museum
- Museum Management
- Professional Development
- Community Development
- Dialogues: Museum Studies & Professional Pracices
- New Museology: Civics and Sustainability

See takingstockmuseumstudies.ischool.utoronto.ca/Programme.asp for
the complete programme.

Only a few spaces remain for this exciting undertaking. Visit
takingstockmuseumstudies.ischool.utoronto.ca/Registration.asp to
register online today.

Special student rate: $50
All others: $150

For more information takingstockmuseumstudies.ischool.utoronto.ca/

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2009/2010

Facilitating Adult Learning in the Gallery
with Jack Cunningham
March 26 & 27, 2010
Toronto

Organized by Barbara Gilbert for the Ontario Association of Art Galleries
This course has been developed by Cultural Careers Council Ontario to serve the training needs of the cultural sector.
Funded in part by the Museums Assistance Program, Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada.

Registration
$195 OAAG Members
$250 General
To register:
Download this registration form, fill it in and email it to Barbara Gilbert at members(at)oaag.org
or fax it to 416-598-4128

You may be eligible for a Canadian Museums Association bursary to attend.
Click here for information about the CMA's Travel Bursary

This 2-day learning workshop, created by a specialist in adult education, will give you the skills to plan and develop learning modules that appeal to and motivate adults, as well as to develop activities and experiences to meet your anticipated learning outcomes. Approaching the gallery’s unique context for lifelong education, this workshop will explore the challenges of changing audience needs, understanding and planning for the needs of adult users, including different learning styles and cross-curricular opportunities.

The course takes place over a full day Friday and a full day Saturday. The syllabus covers the principles of adult education, the variety of instructional techniques that engage adults as well as practical tips on designing learning relevant to their needs. The workshop itself has been designed to model best practices with lots of opportunities for group work, presentation and practice.

• planning and developing workshops that appeal to and motivate adult learners
• developing activities and experiences to meet learning outcomes
• tips on group behaviour issues, organizing content, and learning styles
• how we learn, course outlines, course design and lesson planning
• writing goals and outcomes
• classroom setup and management
• tips on facilitation, teaching aids, and evaluations

Expect an interesting, useful and experiential workshop with room for discussion.

What is gallery education?
Gallery education is a new and changing body of practice that exists to broaden understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts (…). Gallery education continues to develop in response to changes in art practice, changes in audience needs, and changes in formal and informal education. Many galleries and art museums around the world now have gallery education departments, and gallery education programmes organised and delivered by gallery education staff, working with artist-educators, artists, teachers, professional partners and community leaders.

Gallery education includes:
• promoting visual literacy - helping people develop the tools and vocabulary to experience and respond to art
• unlocking creativity - stimulating people to explore their own creative potential, to make art themselves, and to pursue careers in the creative industries
• cultural empowerment - building people's confidence with and understanding of artists, galleries, arts centres, art museums.

(www.engage.org/about/whatis.aspx)

Jack Cunningham is a writer, performer, arts business coach and adult educator. Jack has over 25 years experience in Education and Training as well as an arts career as a playwright, producer and performer. He has designed adult training programs for Centennial College and Humber College where he also taught Organizational Management and became a training consultant to business and industry with the College’s Business Services division. He has taught at George Brown College in the Adult Instruction Certificate program and designed professional development workshops for the Toronto District School Board. Most recently he has designed and delivered workshops for The Cultural Careers Council of Ontario: The Business of Art – Career Planning for Artists and also Facilitating Adult Learners. Jack has a BA in English Literature from Concordia University, a Diploma in Counselling, Advanced Accreditation from the Canadian Society for Training and Development, and certificates in: Adult Instruction, Instructional Design, Myers-Briggs, Personality Dimensions/True Colors, and Life Skills Coaching.

Artist-Run Centres & Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO) Presents:
By Whose Definition, and by What Standards? A Panel on Cultural Diversity
Friday, March 19th, 3:30 - 6:00 pm
The Cameron House, 408 Queen Street West, Toronto

This panel will explore the use, meaning and affect of the phrase "cultural diversity" as it applies to the arts. The presenters will attempt to establish a working definition of "culture" that encompasses the term's origins, as well as current and ongoing applications. Alternatives to our understanding of "diversity" in the arts will be discussed; exploring aspects such as language, gender, geography, economics, and even disciplines, in order to place the term in an artistic context that reflects a variety of practices and mandates. Finally, the panel will discuss the efficacy of the term's use. Specifically, how does the use of this language encourage artists and curators in their programming to provide greater access to, and deeper understanding of, the diverse and marginalized within their reach?

Registration
Individual Rate: $18
Organizational Rate: $35 - 2nd person $15
ARCCO Members Rate: $30 - 2nd person $10

Register via email: arcco@bellnet.ca
Include in Subject Line: CDP Registration
Include in Body: Number of registrants, name(s), organization name (if applicable) and contact information (phone and email)
Or contact the ARCCO staff at the programming office: 519-672-7898

Please make all cheques payable to ARCCO and mail registration to:
Artist-Run Centres & Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO)
388 Dundas Street, 2nd Floor, Suite 205
London, Ontario N6B 1V7
*Please note spaces are limited and only reserved once you pay, so register ASAP to guarantee a spot. Light snacks will be provided. Refreshments available at the bar.*

You may be eligible for a Canadian Museums Association bursary to attend.
Click here for information about the CMA's Travel Bursary

Presenter Bios

Iga Janik, Moderator
Iga Janik is a visual artist, curator and Executive Director of Artspace, Artist-Run Centre in Peterborough Ontario. Her practice includes work in performance, photography and video. She holds a fine arts degree from Concordia University, Montreal, with focus on studio production and contemporary art theory and criticism. Her administrative interests extend to her work in cultural policy and alternative governance.

Suzanne Carte-Blanchenot, Panelist
Suzanne Carte-Blanchenot is the Assistant Curator at the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) with prime responsibilities for exhibition coordination and student outreach. Previously she held the positions as outreach programmer for the Blackwood Gallery and the Art Gallery of Mississauga and as professional development and public programmes coordinator at the Ontario Association of Art Galleries. She sits on the Board of Directors for C Magazine and contributes to fundraising committees at the Art Gallery of Ontario and CANFAR. Suzanne is an artist and the former undefeated Pillow Fight Champion of the World.

Leanne L'Hirondelle, Panelist
Leanne L'Hirondelle is the Director/Curator at Gallery 101, Artist Run Centre. Previously, she worked under fellowship (Martin Mullins) at the Chicago Field Museum, Department of Anthropology. Prior to this, she was Collections Curator at the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre; Director of Urban Shaman Inc, Artist Run Centre (Winnipeg) and taught at the First Nations University of Canada and the University of Saskatchewan. She has done independent curatorial projects and exhibited her work internationally. She completed a BFA Honours (University of Manitoba), MFA (University of Saskatchewan) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Art Theory and Criticism (The School of the Art Institute of Chicago).

Vicky Moufawad-Paul, Panelist
Victoria Moufawad-Paul is a video artist and the Programming & Exhibitions Coordinator at A Space Gallery. She earned a Masters of Fine Arts from York University in 2005 and is the former curator and executive director of the Toronto Arab Film Festival. Currently she is a member of Visual and Media Arts Committee of the Toronto Arts Council and sits on the board of directors at Trinity Square Video. As a curator and cultural critic she has published with Fuse Magazine, the Arab American National Museum, E-Fagia, the Journal of Canadian Peace Research, and YYZ Books. Moufawad-Paul's time-based artwork deals with anti-colonial struggle, diaspora and (mis)representation and has been exhibited in Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

Sanjay Shahani, Panelist
Sanjay Shahani is an arts professional with experience creating and producing documentaries such as Don't Pity Me, Jaromír Skr(ivánek, the series Different, Yet the Same: A Look at Canadian Cultures Today and the popular science docu-drama, A Journey Through the Universe. He has also produced theatre and is especially proud of his contribution to Twisted Metal and Mermaids Tears, a community-engaged, professional theatre work that represented the social and cultural plurality of the South Riverdale neighbourhood in Toronto. He founded a number of media arts organizations in South Asia and North America, and continues to act as volunteer advisor to culturally diverse performing arts organizations across the country, and as an educator, Sanjay has taught courses in the humanities and social sciences at post-secondary institutions in North America. At present, Sanjay manages the arts and culture portfolio for the Province-Wide Program at the Ontario Trillium Foundation. He has worked as a Theatre Officer at the Canada Council for the Arts and as Community and Multidisciplinary Arts Officer at the Ontario Arts Council.

ARCCO gratefully acknowledges its programming committee and the support of CARFAC Ontario, The Cameron House, Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG), and the financial support of the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

International Conference
EXTRA-CURRICULAR: BETWEEN ART & PEDAGOGY
Part Two: Beyond Institutions
March 8 - 13, 2010

Organized and curated by Maiko Tanaka, Curator-in-Residence, JMB Gallery
JMB Gallery, Hart House, Toronto
For more information: extra-curricular.info

Free admission but pre-registration is required.
To register, send an email to info@extra-curricular.info with your full name, organization/position, phone number and sessions you plan to attend. Generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Hal Jackman Foundation, Centre for the Study of the United States at the Munk Centre for International Studies, Ontario Association of Art Galleries, and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

OAAG is contributing to the following components:

KEYNOTE LECTURE
Annette Krauss (Utrecht) “Towards critical links between art, education and activism”
Monday, March 8
7:00–8:30pm
(Hart House, Music Room)

This lecture will discuss and investigate the relation between art, education and activism – and whether the power of the conjunction “AND” (e.g. between art “AND” education “AND” activism) could provide a space for social participation, and ideally become a site for political and social negotiations. Through her practice, she attempts to formulate questions and generate practices that engage the social imagination towards critical links between art, education and activism; and, at the same time, tries to avoid being bracketed within these themes; to move towards synergizing these areas, and out of this develop specific ideas, cases, alliances and practices. Co-presented by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries

Extra-curricular: Between Art & Pedagogy
Part I. Between Institutions (February 15 – 19, 2010)
Part II. Beyond Institutions (March 8 – 11, 2010)

Location: Hart House, University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Circle
Open to the public, with registration
Free admission

Presented by the JMB Gallery Organized and curated by Maiko Tanaka, Curator-in-Residence, JMB Gallery

Extra-curricular: Between Art & Pedagogy, is an international conference and curatorial project exploring the relationship between art, education, audience development, and activism. The conference will take place in two parts: I. Between Institutions (February 15–19, 2010) and II. Beyond Institutions (March 8–11, 2010). It will be accompanied by special projects, installations, workshops, and residencies with internationally renowned artists, educators, and researchers, with keynote guests Annette Krauss (Utrecht, Netherlands), Xu Tan (Guangzhou, China), and Carmen Mörsch (Zurich, Switzerland). Collaborating organizations include Gendai Gallery (Toronto), Gallery TPW (Toronto), Vitamin Creative Space (Guangzhou, China), and Toronto Free Gallery.

The event will bring together practitioners working at experimental, critical, and radical crossings of art and education. Propelled by research on pedagogical art practices by Maiko Tanaka (Curator-in-Residence at the JMB Gallery), the conference and exhibition aim to develop new and critical models of exchange between the two fields and cultivate dialogical, affective, physical confrontations and meetings between artists, learners and publics. The two-part conference will be held at Hart House, at the University of Toronto. Focusing on “supplemental,” “extra-curricular,” and “in-between” spaces of the formal curriculum of academic institutions, the project will explore the various ways critical and radical pedagogy is employed by artists working through these spaces and beyond.

The conference includes art installations by Xu Tan and Adrian Blackwell, as well as performances, workshops, and film screenings at Hart House and off-site locations. Guangzhou-based artist Xu Tan will be developing a new phase of his ongoing participatory project Keywords School, scheduled to take place during Part I: Between Institutions. His project will be followed by an experimental architectural installation, Model for a Public Space (Speaker), produced by Toronto-based architect and artist Adrian Blackwell. The latter project will function as a site for the roundtable discussions and presentations for Part II: Beyond Institutions, and continues as a platform for open-ended public forums by student and community groups through to the end of March 2010. Part II also takes place in conjunction with Utrecht-based artist Annette Krauss's Visiting Artist Residency at the JMB Gallery. (Stay tuned information on Part II, coming soon).

Part I: Between Institutions (February 15-19, 2010) Presented in conjunction with Visiting Artist Xu Tan’s Keywords School installation and participatory project (February 15–19, Times TBA) as well as a book launch for Documenta 12 Education, the first part of the conference will focus on practices by artists, curators, researchers and educators moving within, between, and across institutional structures. It will include the following lectures and panel discussions:

February 16, 7:00–8:30pm, (Debates Room)
Keynote Lecture: Carmen Mörsch "extra-curatorial? documenta 12 education and its research between autonomy and assignment"
Carmen Mörsch is the Art Director of the Institute for Art Education (Zurich). She will give an overview of the Documenta12 Education Programme, its advisory board and research projects. Discussing the development of the Documenta 12 Education books, the talk will touch on the project’s achievements and challenges.

Wednesday, February 17, 10:00am–12:30pm (Debates Room)
"Between Classroom and Studio": Artists who blur the lines between their teaching and art practice within the traditional and extended notions of the classroom.
Panelists: Amos Latteier, Stephanie Springgay (on the work of Diane Borsato), Daisuke Takeya
Moderator: Carmen Mörsch

2:00pm–4:30pm "Between Art and Knowledge": Art as knowledge production addressing questions of what, why, and for whom.
Panelists: Rodrigo Hernandez-Gomez, Srimoyee Mitra, Darren O'Donnell
Moderator: Rubén A. Gaztambide-Fernández

Thursday, February 18, 10:00am–12:30pm (East Common Room)
"Between Curating and Curriculum": Curators working with artists to create "educational curriculum" as exhibition, or curators on creative ways of working through institutional structures to support/produce pedagogically-oriented exhibitions.
Panelists: Andrew Hunter, Christine Shaw, Milena Placentile/The Pinky Show
Moderator: Maiko Tanaka

1:30pm–4:00pm
"Between the Gallery and Imagined Audience": A variety of perspective on "learning outcomes" - how they differ in the educational and art contexts and the ways of negotiating the contradictions, difficulties, and challenges of reaching "desired audiences/students" and outcomes expected from both instituting and individual bodies.
Panelists: Carmen Mörsch, Srimoyee Mitra, Kim Simon
Moderator: Michelle Jacques

The Extra-curricular conference, installations, screenings, and events will be open to the public and free for all with registration required for specific events. For more information on Part I. Between Institutions, (including updated schedule, registration info, the various discussions and events, guest speakers, panelists and their presentation abstracts) please visit http://extra-curricular.info/ or contact: Maiko Tanaka JMB Gallery, Curator-in-Residence maikotanaka@rogers.com 416-520-2855

To register, send an email to info@extra-curricular.info with your full name, organization/position, phone number and sessions you plan to attend.

STAY TUNED for information on Part II. Beyond Institutions (March 8–11, 2010) coming soon! Extra-curricular: Between Art and Pedagogy is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Hal Jackman Foundation, Centre for the Study of the United States at the Munk Centre for International Studies, Ontario Association of Art Galleries, and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

The Gallery is currently closed for renovations from January 4 to March 31, 2010. Please refer to the Gallery website for updates. Hart House is wheelchair accessible.

Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
Hart House, University of Toronto 7 Hart House Circle Toronto, ON M5S 3H3
Tel: 416-978-8398
Fax: 416-978-8387
Email: jmb.gallery@utoronto.ca
Web: www.jmbgallery.ca

Queer, Feminist & Postcolonial Perspectives and Gallery Education
A special meeting: Carmen Mörsch with OAAG members
Friday, February 19, 2010
10:00 am – 11:30 am
North Dining Room, Hart House
University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto

A contribution of $15 is required for this special event (includes catering)
To register contact Barbara Gilbert at members [at]oaag[dot]org or call 416-598-0714

Professor Carmen Mörsch is in Toronto for four days only as Keynote speaker at Extra-curricular: Between Art & Pedagogy Part I. Between Institutions (February 15 – 19, 2010)

Prof. Carmen Mörsch is head of the Research Institute of Art Education (IAE) at the University of the Arts, Zurich, Switzerland. A selection of projects that she has been involved in include: Kunstcoop© (1999-2001), a group of seven artists developed a programme of “artistic art mediation“ for the art association NGBK in Berlin, Germany (www.kunstcoop.de); KunstKur (2000-2002) a participatory art projects in Lohmen, a small village in Mecklenburg, Germany; Art for Change (2004-2005) Loraine Leeson; retrospective exhibition (1975 – 2005) and catalogue (www.ngbk.de); Interface Art (2005 - 2007) Mediation pilot project initiated by the Association of Free Art Schools in Lower Saxony, Germany (www.kunstschulen-nds.de) and a research on documenta 12 education programme.

Gallery Education informed by queer, feminist, post-colonial thinking

The presentation explores possible approaches towards gallery education as critical practice and research informed by queer, feminist and postcolonial thinking.

Participants will:

Understand educational process as a producer of such concepts as:
• Male and female
• Identity and alterity
• Educated and uneducated
• Included and excluded

Recognize contextual determinants for gallery education practice such as:
• Role of the market
• Working conditions
• Cultural capital
• Distinction, inclusion and exclusion

Gain awareness of gallery education as a direct result of institutional relationalities, including power relations, and how gallery education is able to temporarily shift the prescribed relations and rituals of the art space.

A PASO* Networking Event
Spring Forward!
A RESOURCE (SHARE) FAIR FOR EMERGING ARTS PROFESSIONALS

DATE: Wednesday, February 3, 2010
LOCATION: Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa
TIME: 12 noon to 4 pm

FREE ADMISSION

Career in transition? Launching in the professional arts? Write your own forecast for the future!

A rainbow of arts professionals in dance, theatre, new media, music, writing, graphic design, visual arts, fine crafts and the applied arts want to meet you!

• Bring your business cards and distribute freely!
• Meet over 100 successful professional arts independents!
• Connect with arts service organizations in your community where you can get assistance and inspiration to move forward in your arts career!
• Engage with your peer emerging professional arts workers!
• Explore the rich resources of ArtsCourt!

Confirmed Participants
Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Ontario ARCCO+ Bureau des regroupements des artistes visuels de l'Ontario BRAVO + Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists - Ontario CADA-ON + Canadian Artists’ Representation / Le front des artistes canadiens CARFAC Ontario+ Canadian Music Centre Ontario Region + Club SAW + Dance Ontario + Gallery 101 / Galerie 101 + The Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa IFCO + Ontario Association of Art Galleries OAAG + Ontario Council of Folk Festivals OCFF + Ontario Crafts Council OCC+ SAW Gallery + SAW Video + The Ottawa Art Gallery / La Galerie d'art d'Ottawa

*PASO is a budding coalition of Ontario provincial arts service organizations.

For more information on this event and to register (it’s totally free!)
CONTACT Demetra Christakos + Barbara Gilbert
Relentless Optimists, Authentic Arts Advocates, Practical Professionals, Experienced Ecstatics

Ontario Association of Art Galleries
111 Peter Street, Suite 617
Toronto ON M5V 2H1
Phone (416) 598-0714
Web www.oaag.org

Un évènement de réseautage de la coalition OPSA *

En avant le printemps!
UNE FOIRE DE RESOURCES POUR LES PROFESSIONNELS ÉMERGEANTS DANS LE DOMAINE DES ARTS

DATE: mercredi, le 3 février, 2010
LOCATION: Cour des Arts, 2, avenue Daly, Ottawa
HEURE: de midi à 16h

GRATUIT!

Carrière en transition? Vous vous lancez dans les arts professionnels? Écrivez votre propre prévision pour l’avenir!

Un véritable arc-en-ciel de professionnels en danse, theatre, médias, musique, littérature, design, art visuel, et métiers d’art veulent vous rencontrer!

Enregistrez-vous (c’est complètement gratuit!) pour obtenir votre sac (gratuit!) de “friandises”.

• Distribuez vos cartes d’affaires!
• Rencontrez 100 professionnels des arts!
• Faites des connexions avec les organismes dans votres communauté qui peuvent vous aider à aller de l’avant dans votre carrière!
• Rencontrez vos pairs!
• Explorez les riches resources de la Cour des Arts!

Participants confirmés :
Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Ontario ARCCO+ Bureau des regroupements des artistes visuels de l'Ontario BRAVO + Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists - Ontario CADA-ON + Canadian Artists’ Representation / Le front des artistes canadiens CARFAC Ontario+ Canadian Music Centre Ontario Region + Club SAW + Dance Ontario + Gallery 101 / Galerie 101 + The Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa IFCO + Ontario Association of Art Galleries OAAG + Ontario Council of Folk Festivals OCFF + Ontario Crafts Council OCC+ SAW Gallery + SAW Video + The Ottawa Art Gallery / La Galerie d'art d'Ottawa

*OPSA est une coalition bourgeonnante d’organismes provinciaux au services des arts.

Pour de plus amples renseignements
CONTACTEZ Demetra Christakos + Barbara Gilbert
Association Ontarienne des galeries d’art
111, rue Peter , Suite 617
Toronto ON M5V 2H1
Tel (416) 598-0714
Web www.oaag.org

 

FROM INCEPTION TO COMPLETION: A Capital Planning Workshop
Designed by ArtsBuild Ontario for OAAG Members

Monday, December 7, 2009 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Station Gallery, 1450 Henry Street, Whitby, ON
Registration Fee: $90 per person OAAG Members
Registration in advance: members[at]oaag[dot]org

This one-day workshop is designed for public art galleries in Ontario that are considering or currently managing a facility project. Presentations and discussions will address such questions as:

  • Is your organization ready and adequately prepared to take on a facility project?
  • What is the project’s impact on programming and operations?
  • What are the major project decisions that you need to make?

This workshop offers an overview of the project planning cycle, the role of feasibility studies, real estate and building code issues, sources of support, volunteer management and use of consultants.
Staff and Board members are encouraged to attend together.

Fees and Logistics
Workshop cost of $90 per person includes GST, a $45 fee to ArtsBuild Ontario for licensed workshop content and 44 page capital project planning booklet, and lunch and all breaks.

To register:
Contact Barbara Gilbert at members[at]oaag[dot]org.
Download the registration form here.
Mail cheque for $90 payable to:
OAAG
111 Peter Street
Suite 617
Toronto ON
M5V 2H1

Workshop Leaders:
Janis Barlow
Principal, Janis A. Barlow & Associates

Janis Barlow has led a dynamic arts consulting practice in Ontario since 1981, specifically in the areas of strategic planning, feasibility studies and capital project management. She has facilitated over 100 strategic planning workshops for artist-run organizations, emerging community arts boards, arts councils, theatres and associations.

Adele Dobkowski
Executive Director, ArtsBuild Ontario

Adele Dobkowski has over 20 years of not-for-profit management experience. She has consulted and worked as an executive with organizations in a wide range of sectors, including arts, health, international development and education advising small and large organizations on strategic, marketing and development issues.

About ArtsBuild Ontario
ArtsBuild Ontario provides EDUCATION to build capital project management capacity, INFORMATION to assist stakeholders and funders to quantify the scope and prioritize the status of potential capital projects and SOLUTIONS to address the acute capital infrastructure crisis facing Ontario's small and mid-sized performing and visual arts organizations. Recognized leaders from Ontario’s performing and visual arts organizations established ArtsBuild Ontario to address the long-standing need for cultural infrastructure. ArtsBuild’s Board have demonstrated expertise in public and private sector finance, in real estate development, in the arts and in facilities management. ArtsBuild Advisory Committee members collectively represent 700 organizations across the province. www.artsbuildontario.com

Two-day workshop - Ontario Association of Art Galleries

Shake, Rattle and Roll: Meeting Shipping Challenges in the Post ETS Environment
Monday October 5 & Tuesday October 6, 2009
Presented at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, Ontario
In conjunction with the Canadian Conservation Institute, Canadian Heritage

Registration Fee: $195 OAAG Members, $250 General
Registration Deadline: September 20, 2009 (There is a maximum of 20 participants)
Registration form: click here to download.

For more information or to register:
Contact Barbara Gilbert, Secretariat Coordinator (416) 598-0714, members [at] oaag.org

The workshop is designed to assist registrars, preparators, and operations managers in museums, galleries, and historic sites in making cost-effective choices in the planning and management of fine art and artifact shipment. Following a format that includes discussion, case studies, demonstrations, and hands-on group exercises, it will examine and offer practical solutions to art shipping and transportation issues.
There will be ample opportunity for participants to share information and expertise.

The workshop is being sponsored in part by PACART.
PACART

You may be eligible for a Travel Bursary from the Canadian Museums Association. Please visit the CMA website for details and application forms. For more information about this bursary, contact:

Veronique Chikuru
vchikuru@museums.ca
613-567-0099 x228

Workshop Content

  • The Shipping Landscape in Canada
  • Transportation options
  • Shipping hazards and carriers
  • How to assess shipping hazards
  • How Things Go Wrong
  • Susceptibility of art objects to shipping hazards
  • Avoiding unnecessary hazard exposures
  • Temperature and RH control
  • Protective Packaging
  • Basic protection and primary packaging
  • Protective Packaging
  • Shock isolation
  • Vibration control methods
  • Common concerns and how to deal with them
  • Types of boxes and crates
  • Design features on shipping crates
  • Lightweight crating
  • Double case systems
  • Package design examples
  • Cushion Design methods and tools
  • International shipment phytosanitary issues
  • Shock and vibration loggers
  • Package performance evaluation

And:

  • What makes a good shipper?
  • Questions to ask when hiring a shipper
  • Contracts 101
  • Greenware Challenge (drop testing)
  • Looking Forward – tools and resources

Course Instructor
Paul J. Marcon, P.Eng.
Conservation Scientist (Engineer) |Scientifique en conservation (ingenieur)
Canadian Conservation Institute | Institut canadien de conservation

 

REVISITING ART GALLERY FUNDAMENTALS: SECURITY PLANNING, EVALUATING ART OBJECTS, AND INSURANCE
April 22, 23, 24 2009
Ontario College of Art & Design

Art Gallery Fundamentals
April 22, 23, & 24, 2009
Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto
Registration fee: NOTE - corrected fees
OAAG members ($95/day or $50/half day)
General ($125/day or $70/half day)

You may be eligible for a Canadian Museums Association bursary to attend.
Click here for information about the CMA's Travel Bursary
Click here to find out about the CMA's Canadian Museum Studies Bursary.

Funded in part by the Museums Assistance Program, Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada.

AGENDA – Day One
Museums should take all practical steps to preserve and minimize the physical deterioration of all collections entrusted to its care, regardless of their financial value. While preventive conservation is acknowledged as a primary responsibility, museums must often make an informed decision and attempt to strike a balance between the need to use and the need to preserve, in some cases, considering the original purpose of the object. As part of their overall conservation practice, museums should develop specific and comprehensive plans to deal with all types of emergencies that might affect the collections and the facilities, both those that can be anticipated as well as unexpected crises. In all cases, however, the well-being of museum workers and visitors must be given priority.

- Canadian Museums Association, Ethics Guidelines

April 22, 2009
10:00 am
SECURITY PLANNING FOR YOUR GALLERY OR MUSEUM
Mike Ferguson, Director of Protection Services, Art Gallery of Ontario
Security paradigms for art institutions

• Security infrastructures for small, medium, and large institutions
• The process of security planning
• Balancing public access with collection security: protecting art objects yet still making them accessible to the public

Chris Ruhig, Emergency Management Coordinator, City of Toronto
The impact of a crisis on an institution

• Setting priorities for emergencies
• Training front line staff in emergency preparedness
• Managing the public in a crisis – evacuation procedures
• Preparing for Natural Disasters: flood, fire, earthquake, tornado

(Lunch 12:15)

1:00 pm
OBJECT LOSS: PREVENTION AND RECOVERY
Alain Dumouchel & Sylvie Dubuc, Sergents Enquêteurs en oeuvres d'art, Sûreté du Québec Art Theft in Canada, an overview (statistics)

• Interpol Canada’s new unit on Art Theft
• Art thieves: who are they? what motivates them?
• Recovery of stolen art objects
• Preventing art theft: the Art Loss Register (www.artloss.com) and the Virtual Museum of Canada

Bonnie Czegledi, Art and Cultural Heritage lawyer
Legal Issues Surrounding Art Theft

• The paper trail
• The institution’s obligations to the public: the legal framework
• Recovery of stolen art objects

(Coffee 3:00)

April 22, 3:30 pm
Charles Reeve, Curator, OCAD Professional Gallery
Tour of Roger Ballen exhibition, Boarding House, OCAD Professional Gallery

April 22, 5:00 pm
Mike Ferguson, Director of Protection Services, Art Gallery of Ontario
Visit of AGO Galleries and Highlight of Emergency Systems in Place

April 23, 10:00 am
VALUING WORKS OF ART – part 1
Dennis Reid, Director, Collections and Research, Art Gallery of Ontario
Donating Works of Art to a Public Art Gallery

• Gifts of Certified Cultural Property
• Valuing Art in Canada: setting the context
• Soliciting Donations
• Accepting Donations: what to look for

(Lunch 12:00)

April 23, 1:00 pm
VALUING WORKS OF ART – part 2
Siegfried Rempel, Canadian Conservation Institute
Designated Institutions and Public Authorities

• ASHRAE Handbook requirements for Category A & B Designated Institutions
• How to upgrade your gallery to meet the requirements
• Maintaining your Category A or B Designation

April 24, 10:00 am
INSURANCE FUNDAMENTALS
Scott Dormer, Marsh Canada Limited, Canadian Museums Association Group Insurance Plan
Anton Antonov, XL Insurance

Insuring permanent collections

Christine Braun, Collections Manager, Art Gallery of Hamilton
Realities of Collection Care and Insurance

 

2008 / 2009

A PASO* Networking Event in collaboration with The Emerging Arts Professional Network

Spring Forward! A Resource (Share) Fair for Emerging Arts Professionals
Monday, March 30, 2009
10 am - 4 pm
FREE ADMISSION
401 Richmond Street West, Toronto, Ontario

Career in transition? Launching in the professional arts? Write your own forecast for the future! A rainbow of arts professionals in dance, theatre, new media, music, writing, graphic design, visual arts, fine crafts and the applied arts want to meet you! Bring your business cards and distribute freely! Win prizes from Bloor Cinema, Musicworks, Soulpepper, Visual Arts Ontario, and many more! Meet over 100 successful professional arts independents! Connect with arts service organizations in your community where you can get assistance and inspiration to move forward in your arts career! Engage with your peer emerging professional arts workers! Explore the rich resources of 401 Richmond Street West, one of the great arts buildings in Toronto.

Did we mention that it is totally free? Join us!

Confirmed to date
ARTIST-RUN CENTRES AND COLLECTIVES ONTARIO (ARCCO) · CANADIAN ALLIANCE OF DANCE ARTISTS, ONTARIO CHAPTER (CADA-ON) · CCI - ONTARIO PRESENTING NETWORK · CANADIAN MUSIC CENTRE - ONTARIO REGION · COMMUNITY ARTS ONTARIO · DANCE ONTARIO · CARFAC ONTARIO · EMERGING ARTS PROFESSIONAL NETWORK · ONTARIO ARTS COUNCIL · ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF ART GALLERIES (OAAG) · ONTARIO CRAFTS COUNCIL · ONTARIO MUSEUM ASSOCIATION · VISUAL ARTS ONTARIO (VAO) · and many more

Happenings
10 – 11:30 am
Meet and Mingle
UrbanSpace Gallery (Main Floor)
The Emerging Arts Professional Network www.eapnetwork.ca

MEET Ella Cooper MEET Fayiaz Chunara + Marie Lalonde + Pierre Bois + Kim McBrien + Avril Loreti + Demetra Christakos + Barbara Gilbert + Alison Lindsay + Jewell Goodwyn + Kristian Clarke + Sarah Nasby + Kohila Kurunathan + Jason van Eyk + Stephanie Kervin + Zorica Krasulja + Amanda McKinney + Sara Lyn Potter + Richard Underhill + Jessica Volpe + Warren Garrett + Tammy Moorse + Rosslyn Jacob Edwards

11:30 am - 1 pm
Professional Meet-and-Greets
401 Open Door

Consultants Hosted by Meta Strategies (Suite 206)
MEET Liz Rykert MEET Diane Davy + Carol Good + Arlene Singh + Charles C. Smith
Composers and Musicians Hosted by Musicworks (Suite 358) MEET David McCallum MEET Allison Cameron MEET Jason van Eyk + Richard Underhill
Architects Hosted by Lundholm Associates Architects (Suite 369) MEET Michael Lundholm
Graphic Designers Hosted by Lisa Kiss Design (Suite 435) MEET Lisa Kiss MEET Sarah Nasby + Kohila Kurunathan

1 - 2 pm
Career Clinics
Visual Arts CARFAC Ontario (Suite 440)

MEET Kristian Clarke CARFAC ONTARIO MEET Jewell Goodwyn ARCCO
New/Avant-garde Music (UrbanSpace Gallery, Main Floor)
MEET Jason van Eyk
CANADIAN MUSIC CENTRE ONTARIO REGION
MEET David McCallum MUSICWORKS MEET Warren Beck Richard Paul Concert Artists

2 - 4 pm
We're Talking About...
UrbanSpace Gallery (Main Floor)

2 pm Grant Programs for Emerging Arts Professionals
MEET Janice Lambrakos Ontario Arts Council
2:30pm Current Issues in Dance
SOCAN
MEET Rosslyn Jacob Edwards Dance Ontario
PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS FOR DANCE
MEET Elizabeth Chitty Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists, Ontario Chapter (CADA-ON)
3 pm Working in the Artist-Run Centre Environment
MEET Derek Liddington Xspace MEET Iga Janik Artspace MEET Barbara Gilbert Visual Artist
3:30 pm Online Marketing in the Arts
MEET Kim McBrien Visual Arts Ontario (VAO)

Contributing Sponsors 401 Richmond Street West, A Space, Bloor Cinema, GardenPhotos, Soulpepper, Toronto Image Works, Vtape, WilBe Bloomin

*PASO is a budding coalition of Ontario provincial arts service organizations.

For more information on this event CONTACT
Demetra Christakos + Barbara Gilbert + Alison Lindsay
Relentless Optimists, Authentic Arts Advocates, Practical Professionals, Experienced Ecstatics
Ontario Association of Art Galleries 111 Peter Street, Suite 617 Toronto ON M5V 2H1 Phone (416) 598-0714 Web www.oaag.org

"There could be balloons."

Best of all, admission is FREE!


2008 Fall Focus Session
December 3 and 4, 2008, Toronto
Art Institutions and the Feminist Dialectic

Visit the website : Art Institutions and the Feminist Dialectic (http://feministdialectic.ca/en/)

Full program available here

Registration Fees: $195 OAAG Members / $250 General
Organized by Carla Garnet for the Ontario Association of Art Galleries
Funded in part by the Museums Assistance Program, Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada

Emelie Chhangur
Christine Conley
Pamela Edmonds
Carla Garnet
Sophie Hackett
Johanna Householder
Kristina Huneault

Suzy Lake
Allyson Mitchell
Camilla Singh

Looking back over the past 35 years, Art Institutions and the Feminist Dialectic aims to explore through working groups and a series of dialogues the unique challenges and opportunities presented by the exhibition, acquisition and preservation of feminist art work by Ontario public art galleries, archives, universities and other public institutions. In an immersive, retreat-like environment, registered delegates will actively contribute to the symposium in working groups, leading to analysis of the following questions:

• How is the art museum a gendered space?
• How does feminist work affect new reading(s) of the public museum?
• What strategies have art curators developed for the presentation, housing and maintenance of feminist art?
• What challenges and opportunities does performance-based work present to public art institutions?
• Can the art museum successfully re-enact performance-based work?
• How do public institutions gain from a conversation with artists about works made as activism?

The symposium is funded in part through the Museums Assistance Program, Canadian Heritage. Participation by eight unaffiliated delegates including post-graduate students and professional artists is being supported by sponsorships received from the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Pacific Art Services (PACART), the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art (CCCA), the Rivoli and the Queen Mother Café.

To see the video by VJane Gordon, click here.

Storage Planning for Cultural Facilities
MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, ON
October 6 & 7, 2008
Registration Fees: $195 OAAG Members/ $250 General
The presentation of this workshop is supported by the Candian Conservation Institute and in part by Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada

This workshop discusses the process of storage planning and design, including space analysis, layout, structural requirements, scheduling, and costing processes. Damaging agents such as temperature, relative humidity, light, pollution, contaminants, fire, theft, pests, and water are addressed. Information on determining appropriate storage techniques for different collection types, choosing suitable storage materials, and selecting appropriate storage furnishings and finishes is also provided.

Upon completion of this module, participants will be able to:

- understand the importance of drafting written preservation and storage plans for their institutions
- identify and understand the causes of deterioration of museum or gallery collection materials
- create plans for new or upgraded collections storage areas
- determine appropriate storage techniques for different collection types, choose suitable storage materials, and select appropriate storage furnishings and finishes
- work through the process of storage planning and design, including scheduling, space analysis, layout, and structural requirements

Units:

Preliminary Considerations
General and introductory considerations for choosing locations for storage. Various equipment options for different types of objects.

Storage Planning
Importance of a collections care plan. Steps required for a successful storage plan that accommodates future needs. Advantages and disadvantages of various types of equipment, methods, materials, and supports.

Preventive Conservation
Damaging effects of temperature, relative humidity, light, pollution, contaminants, fire, theft, pests, and water. Some protection or control measures.

Storage Concepts
Prefabricated versus custom-designed equipment. Visual/open storage versus compact storage. Examples.

Project Design
Phased approach to a storage project. Security, fire, responsibilities of outside professions/trades and staff, building design, space layout, and storage equipment. Group exercise in planning/designing the upgrade of two storage areas in museum or gallery contexts as appropriate.

Upgrading Project
Grant process, collection relocation, and construction materials.

Post-project Activities
Monitoring space and equipment, warranties and performance bonds, resolution.

Target Audience
Staff and volunteers of cultural facilities who are responsible for improving or renovating existing collection storage, or for planning and developing new storage facilities or furnishings.

Facilitator

Siegfried Rempel graduated from Carleton University in 1973 with a B.Sc., and joined CCI in 1975. From 1981 to 1985 he worked as a Conservation Scientist in Photography at the University of Texas (Austin). Then he was the Manager of Conservation and Preservation at the Canadian Centre for Architecture until 1989, when he moved to Heritage Services/CCI to act in an advisory capacity. His current area of specialization is collections preservation.

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Blue Soup Topic
Government Regulation and Emerging Visual Arts Professionals
Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, ON
Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Registration Fees: $40 OAAG Members/ $45 General (lunch not included)
Organized by Darryl Bank for the Ontario Association of Art Galleries
The presentation of this workshop is supported in part by Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada

Program Summary
How does government legislation and regulation like Ontario’s Film Classifications Act impact on public art galleries? The day begins with knowledge and skills exchange in a workshop environment from 10 am to 3 pm, followed by a panel discussion that will also be open to the public. Registered participants will gain practical skills from attending the workshop, including information on how provincial and federal government legislation is written. The day culminates in an open panel discussion where audience members will have the chance to discuss these critical issues with the speakers.

Blue Soup
Through case studies and presentations by established professionals, the Blue Soup series creates professional development and network opportunities for recently graduated and underemployed emerging arts professionals.

Content Contributors:

Taryn Sirove, PhD candidate, Queen's University
Taryn Sirove will present a historical overview of provincial legislation as it relates to Canadian media/video artists, and in turn, how this history informs her academic research.

Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, Canadian Civil Liberties Association
Director of Freedom of Expression project, Noa Mendelsohn Aviv will discuss her organization's function as it pertains to artists and art organizations.

Linda Feesey, Board President, PleasureDome
Linda Feesey will discuss Pleasure Dome's history, focussing on the organization's stated non-compliance policy and their ongoing support of freedom of expression.

John Mitsopulos, Director, Policy Branch, Policy and Consumer Protection Services Division, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

John Mitsopulos will present a technical primer on how legislation is written and enforced in Ontario, and how individuals and organizations can impact that process.

FREE PANEL!

Following the speakers' presentations, the workshop is open to the public at 3:30 pm for a free panel discussion entitled Censorship, The Arts and Government Impact, which will run to 5:00 p.m. All are welcome. This panel will provide the audience with a chance to discuss a number of critical issues with the speakers, including censorship, prior review, and regulatory/legislative precedents.

Moderator: Aubrey Reeves, Programming Director at Trinity Square Video, Toronto.

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An Evening of Networking and Conversation
EAP Connects
Hotshots (181 Augusta, Kensington Market), Toronto
Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 6:00 p.m. tp 8:30 p.m.

The Emerging Arts Professional Network brings you a fun way to meet new people and network with established & emerging arts professionals.

The Emerging Arts Professional Network cordially invites you to the third monthly EAP Connects event in partnership with the Ontario Association of Art Galleries. EAP Connects is a monthly opportunity for members of the arts community to meet and network in an informal setting. EAP CONNECTS facilitates new connections between senior and emerging arts professionals, administrators, artists and creative minds from all disciplines.

Each EAP Connects event includes a little icebreaker to make you comfortable to meet and greet, so bring a friend or come by yourself and make a new connection.

Music, art, and refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by Hotshot

All proceeds from this event help to support the Emerging Arts Professional Network and its programs.

The Emerging Arts Professional Network www.eapnetwork.ca is a not-for-profit and community network of over 2,000 arts administrators, managers and artists at the start of their careers from across Canada. The EAP Network provides an online community network, career resource, subsidized management services and informal professional development opportunities for arts administrators, managers and artists. The EAP Network is supported by the Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council and sponsored by Spin Globe. For more information contact info@eapnetwork.ca.

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From Red Ink to Rethink:
Approaches to deficit reduction
Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, ON
Monday, June 16, 2008, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Registration Fees: $150 OAAG Members / $195 General (lunch included)
The presentation of this workshop is supported in part by Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada

Content Contributor
Heather Young, Accountant, Young Associates

Who Could Attend
Curators, managers, board members of galleries who are experiencing a deficit, or who foresee financial challenges for their institution. Managers of other arts and heritage organizations seeking practical, hands-on solutions to a deficit.

What You Will Gain from the Day

Essential accounting vocabulary, including definitions of:
- Deficit (operating, accumulated)
- Net assets (restricted, unrestricted)
- Other relevant financial statement terminology

Techniques for analyzing and reporting your institution’s situation:
- Technical (grant application forms, financial statements)
- Anecdotal (communications strategies for board, staff, stakeholders)

Financial analysis of your organization’s deficit
- Prepared by you using calculation tools that will be taught during the day

A kit containing calculation templates, checklists, definitions and other key content

Your next three steps towards eliminating your institution’s deficit, based on analysis and discussion.

Workshop Agenda

9:30 Registration (Coffee and muffins)
10:00 What Is a Deficit?
11:15 Coffee break
11:30 Defining Your Deficit
12:45 Lunch
1:45 Deficit Reduction Planning: Taking On Your Deficit
3:00 Coffee break
3:15 Communicating the Problem
4:30 Wrap-up: draft your 3 next steps
5:00 Adjourned

Workshop Topics

What Is a Deficit?
- What’s the difference between an operating and an accumulated surplus/deficit?
- Where are these figures represented on my financial statements?
- How do I report them on grant application financials? (We will use the OAC operating grant application, and practice completing the form using specific scenarios.)

Defining Your Deficit
- How severe is my organization’s situation? How can I tell if it’s a crisis?
- Measure your deficit: Use a worksheet to calculate balance sheet and operating statement ratios
- What does it cost to carry a deficit? Use a worksheet to identify, estimate where needed, and sum your organization’s potential carrying and opportunity costs.
- How long does it take to eliminate a deficit? Use two worksheets to identify, estimate where needed, and sum your organization’s potential capacity to repay debt, using balance sheet and operating statement information.

Deficit Reduction Planning: Taking On Your Deficit
- Bottom line fixes: methods for solving the problem
- Cashflow fixes: methods for managing the situation
- Financial statement fixes: using accounting strategy and accounting policy to your advantage
- What are the key issues facing your institution, and which strategies offer the most appropriate approaches?

Communicating the problem
- Who needs to know ­ and when?
- What potential consequences might I expect once I release information on the deficit?
- How can I communicate disappointing financial results in an effective way?
- How much detail do I need to release?

Presenter Background

Presenter Heather Clara Young has worked in the field of arts management for close to twenty years. Her experience includes leadership roles with a variety of arts service organizations, theatre and dance producing companies, facilities, festivals and community organizations, in both professional and volunteer capacities.

Heather teaches accounting and financial management to diploma and continuing education students in Humber College’s Arts Administration programs. Heather was a 2004 recipient of Humber College’s Continuing Education Award of Excellence for Outstanding Academic Contribution.

Her company, Young Associates, founded in 1992, provides consulting, financial management and bookkeeping services to both not-for-profit and commercial arts and cultural organizations.

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Skills Development Workshop
Archiving the Exhibition:
Techniques in Documentary Photography

Art Gallery of Hamilton (123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON)
Monday, April 28, 2008, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Registration Fees: $195 OAAG Members / $250 General (lunch included)
Maximum Registration: 15

Content Contributor: Isaac Applebaum, Photographer

Program Summary
This practical workshop provides professional skills enhancement for photographic documentation of visual art exhibition installations of all media. The workshop will focus on exhibition documentation approaches, including difficulties presented by certain exhibition scenarios. A review of film-based and digital formats will be presented as well as post-production approaches available with digital files.

Requirements
Registrants must submit three photographs which illustrate their own challenges when documenting exhibitions. On the day of the workshop, each participant is asked to bring his/her own camera with its corresponding guide book. (Please note that most guide books are available for download from manufacturer web sites.)

Program Goals
- Provide participants with enhanced knowledge of photographic exhibition documentation
- Cover both film-based and digital cameras
- Provide in-gallery scenarios
- Introduce Photoshop / Post Production Methods
- Improve the capacity of OAAG member galleries to document their temporary visual art exhibitions
- Create awareness about the need for proper exhibition documentation

Intended For:
Curators, Assistant Curators, Gallery Assistants, Preparators, Installation Technicians, Registrars, Exhibition Coordinators, Photographers, Archivists, Visual Arts and Heritage Professionals.

Agenda

9:00 am - Introductory Plenary
9:30 am - Basic Exhibition Installation Photography
10:45 am - Coffee Break
11:00 am - Exhibition Walkthrough / Lighting Analysis
12:30 pm - Lunch
1:30 pm - Post Production: Exhibition Photo Review
2:45 pm - Break
3:00 pm - Group Critique & Problem Solving
4:45 pm - Question & Answer
5:00 pm - Adjourn

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2007 / 2008

Blue Soup Series For Emerging Arts Professionals
Bringing Art to the Streets:
Visual Arts Programmers and Municipalities

Monday, March 31, 2008, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Gallery 1313, Toronto
Registration Fees: $45 OAAG Members / $55 General (Lunch not included)
Coordinated by Scott Sawtell for the Ontario Association of Art Galleries
The Blue Soup Series is supported in part by the Museums Assistance Program, Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada

Program Description:
This symposium will explore the role of the curator in taking visual art out of the gallery and into the municipal arena. Topics will include:

- Successful projects & how they started: curators from Dyan Marie Projects, UrbanVisions and Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener & Area (CAFKA)
- Issues regarding working with municipalities beyond the gallery doors
- Integration Strategies
- Involving the community / Revitalization through art
- Promotional Strategies
- Benefits / Obstacles
- The Municipal Perspective: A representative from the progressive City of Kitchener will discuss the city's relationship with CAFKA and how the arts vitalize the City of Kitchener.

A kit will accompany the series.

Bringing Art to the Streets is useful for graduate students, emerging curators, visual arts administrators, municipal representatives and emerging arts professionals who want to gain insight and perspective into the possibilities of partnerships between arts organizations and municipalities.

Agenda

10:00 am - Introductions

10:10 am - Presenter - Sarah Beveridge, Curator, The MacLaren Arts Centre

11:00 am - Presenter - Dyan Marie, Director and Curator, Dyan Marie Projects
Initiating Artist - Nuit Blanche '"Bloor Nightlight", 2007

12:00 pm - Lunch Break

1:00 pm - Presenter - Rob Ring, Artistic Director, CAFKA

2:00 pm - Presenter - Brian Scott, Economic Development Officer, City of Kitchener

3 - 4:00 pm - Plenary

To register please complete the registration form available for download here and fax or email it to:

Ontario Association of Art Galleries
111 Peter Street, Suite 617
Toronto ON M5V 2H1
Tel: 9415) 598-0714
Fax: (416) 598-4128
Email: members@oaag.org

Registration fees are non-refundable.
Contact: Shay Gibson, Membership and Publications Coordinator
Tel: (416) 598-0714 Email: members@oaag.org

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Audience Development and Evaluating Audience Experience
A one-day working session for professional outreach and gallery programmers in Ontario public art galleries
Facilitated by Barbara Soren Ph.D.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008, 10 am to 4 pm
Conference Suite, 111 Peter Street, Toronto, ON

Participation Fee: $150 OAAG Members (Lunch included); $200 General
Register by Friday February 29, 2008: Contact Shay Gibson, Membership and Publications Coordinator, members@oaag.org
Funded in part by the Museums Assistance Program, Canadian Heritage

The key to the participation cycle is the arts experience….The key to this participation model, for all types of participants, is the intensity of engagement—mental, emotional, and social—in the arts experience. Only those that are capable of high levels of engagement in the arts experience become frequent participants. The implication of this insight is that occasional participants must be introduced to compelling arts experiences if they are to be converted into frequent arts participants.

McCarthy/Ondaatje/Zakaras/Brooks, Gifts of the Muse: Reframing the Debate about the Benefits of the Arts. The Rand Corporation: Santa Monica, 2004. pp. 62-63

Program Description:

This one-day session facilitated by museum consultant Barbara Soren will bring together up to 20 professional outreach and programmers from a range of gallery models across Ontario. Together we will define and capture what each participant sees as critical issues of audience development and participation facing gallery programming today.

The day will have both a workshop & working-group structure. Using a template on how to develop audience-based measures of success, participants will develop a plan for evaluating an exhibition or gallery program in their own institution. We will ask participants to bring with them materials that they currently use to help them to develop this plan. Roundtable discussions will contribute to a report that the consultant will write with quantitative and qualitative approaches already in use by programmers to describe their audiences. The report will recommend strategies for broadening, diversifying, and deepening audience participation in public art galleries. In addition to providing examples from the work undertaken in this area by the galleries participating in the project, the report will also recommend next steps for research in this important area.

Agenda

10:00-10:30 am
Introductions
Model for broadening, diversifying, and deepening audience participation
Audience-based measures of success template

10:30-11:30 am
Working groups
Mission/Mandate of Gallery
Aims/Goals of exhibit, education or public program
Description of exhibit, education or public program
Target audiences
Web presence

11:30-12:00 am
Large group
Reports, issues, questions from working groups

12:00-1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 to 1:30 pm
Objectives and Outcomes for audiences
Evaluation strategies and Success indicators

1:30-2:30 pm
Working groups
Objectives and Outcomes to ensure your exhibit, education or program
broadens, diversifies, and deepens audience participation
Developing Evaluation strategies and Audience-based measures of success

2:30-3:00 pm Break

3:00-4:00 pm
Large group
Reports, issues, questions from working groups
Personal action plan: next steps for developing audiences and evaluating audience experience at your Gallery

How to prepare for the Audience Development and Evaluating Audience Experience working session …

1. Think about audiences you want to develop and evaluate for one of your exhibits, education or public programs.

2. Gather the following materials to bring with you to the OAAG working session (if they are available):

- Your Gallery ’s mission or mandate
- Aims or goals for audiences visiting the exhibit or participating in the education or public program
- A written description of the exhibit or program and related images
- A Web page describing the exhibit or program
- Target audiences that are attending or you expect to attend or use the website
- Evaluation tools or strategies that you currently use to evaluate audiences who
attend exhibits or participate in programs (e.g., attendance forms, surveys, program
evaluation forms, web metrics)
- Approaches you use to measure the success of your exhibits or programs for audiences who attend.
- Anything else that you think would be important to bring with you.

Consultant
Barbara J. Soren is an independent consultant who specializes in working with cultural and community organizations. As an educator, she has been working with museums and science centres, performing arts organizations, community organizations and health care facilities, and schools since the mid-1970s. Her work focuses on how people grow and learn throughout their lives in rich and meaningful contexts. Her consulting work, research, and teaching have focused on lifelong learning, how individuals develop and grow throughout their lives, and developing or building audiences across the arts. She has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Teaching from McMaster University. Both graduate degrees have focused on Arts/Museum Education. Barbara Soren also teaches a course called Museums and their Publics in Museum Studies/Faculty of Information Studies and is Coordinator of the Knowledge Media Design (KMD) Collaborative Program at University of Toronto.

To register please contact Shay Gibson, Membership and Publications Coordinator, by telephone at (416) 598-0714 or through email at members@oaag.org.

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Blue Soup Series For Emerging Arts Professionals
Agents of Change: Talks with Gallery Directors
Two days: February 20 and March 13, 2008
Two guided one-day walking tours
Registration Fees, Two days: OAAG Members/Students $50; General $60
Registration Fees, One day: OAAG Members/Students $25; General $30
The Blue Soup Series is supported in part by the Museums Assistance Program, Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada.

Program Description:
A series of six talks will be presented by Toronto art gallery directors in their working environments over two days in February. Responding to the question, "How has your art gallery changed and where is it going?", the talks will reflect on gallery histories, their changing positions, and the challenges directors face today. Tours of current exhibitions will be provided (as available) and a kit will accompany the series.

Agents of Change is useful for graduate students, emerging curators, visual arts administrators, and emerging arts professionals who want to gain insight and perspective into the public art gallery sector in Ontario.

Agenda

Day 1- Wednesday, February 20, 2008

10:00 am - Vtape, 401 Richmond St. West, Suite 452
Presenter - Lisa Steele, Creative Director

11:30 am - Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, 401 Richmond St., Suite 124
Presenter - Scott McLeod, Director/Curator

12:45 pm - Lunch Break (The Grange - Lunch is not included in registration)

2:00 pm - Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West
Presenter - Matthew Teitelbaum, The Michael and Sonja Koerner Director & CEO

Day 2- Thursday, March 13, 2008

10:00 am - Susan Hobbs Gallery, 137 Tecumseth Street
Presenter - Susan Hobbs, Director & Principle

11:30 am - Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, 952 Queen St. West
Presenter - David Liss, Director/Curator

12:45 pm - Lunch Break (Participants can break for lunch at the Golden Turtle - Lunch is not included in registration)

2:00 pm - Gallery TPW, 56 Ossington Avenue
Presenter - Gary Hall, Executive Director

To register please complete the registration form available for download here and fax or email it to:

Ontario Association of Art Galleries
111 Peter Street, Suite 617
Toronto ON M5V 2H1
Tel: 9415) 598-0714
Fax: (416) 598-4128
Email: members@oaag.org

Registration fees are non-refundable.
Contact: Shay Gibson, Membership and Publications Coordinator
Tel: (416) 598-0714 Email: members@oaag.org

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Atelier
Jeudi 17 janvier et vendredi 18 janvier 2008

De la genèse à l’aboutissement : la planification des projets d’infrastructures - 1re et 2e partie
Hôtel Chimo (1199, rue Joseph-Cyr, Ottawa, Ontario, K1J 7T4)
Membres de l’AOGA : pour vous inscrire, contacter Shay Gibson, coordonnateur des membres et des publications, members@oaag.org
Frais d’inscription : 95,00 $ (maximum de 10 personnes)
Date limite : le mardi 8 janvier 2008

Présenté en partenariat par Réseau Ontario, l’Association ontarienne des galeries d’art (AOGA) et ArtsBuild Ontario.
L’atelier aura lieu en français.
Cet atelier bénéficie du soutien de Patrimoine canadien, dans le cadre du Programme d’aide aux musées.

Pour les diffuseurs pluridisciplinaires et spécialisés
Jeudi 17 Janvier, 14 h à 16 h 45 (1re partie)
Salle Baffin-Cabot ­ Hôtel CHIMO
Vendredi 18 Janvier, 8 h 30 à 11 h 15 (2e partie)
Salle Baffin-Cabot

Présenté en partenariat avec ArtsBuild Ontario et Ontario Association of Arts Galleries, De la genèse à l’aboutissement est conçu à l’intention des petits et moyens organismes qui envisagent d’entreprendre un projet d’amélioration de leurs infrastructures. Les présentations et les discussions aborderont des questions telles que: Votre organisme est-il prêt à entreprendre un tel projet? Quels en seront les effets sur la programmation et les opérations? Quelles décisions clés devront être prises en relation au projet? L’atelier présentera également un survol du rôle des études de faisabilité, abordera les questions liées à l'immobilier et au code du bâtiment tout en se penchant sur les sources de soutien, la gestion des bénévoles et le recours aux consultants. Les participants y seront appelés à faire part de leurs expériences et de leurs principaux objectifs d’apprentissage.

L’hébergement à l’hôtel Chimo est disponible au tarif spécial de 99,00 $ par nuit (plus taxes). Pour obtenir ce tarif, les réservations doivent être faites avant le 10 janvier 2008, sous le nom de groupe « Contact ontarois », en composant le 1-800-387-9779.

Cet atelier est présenté dans le cadre de Contact ontarois.

Présentateurs

François Morrison, Trizart Alliance
Depuis 2000, François dirige l’équipe multidisciplinaire de Trizart Alliance dont le portfolio inclus le design, la construction et la réhabilitation de plus de 200 salles et lieux d’assemblées publiques, répartis sur 3 continents. Diplômé de l’Université McGill, François a œuvré dans le monde corporatif pendant plus de 15 ans, à titre de premier responsable des fonctions de gestion des ressources humaines, des relations de travail ainsi que de l’amélioration continue. Musicien et passionné de culture, François change de cap et devient entrepreneur en 2000. Chez Trizart, il est responsable de la stratégie d’entreprise, des relations avec les clients et partenaires, de l’administration ainsi que des modèles d’affaires des projets.

Louise Poulin, ArtExpert.ca
Expert-conseil en analyse stratégique, gestion organisationnelle et études de faisabilité, Louise Poulin possède plus de vingt cinq ans de carrière dans la gestion des arts et des industries culturelles. Elle a dirigé plus d’une vingtaine d’études et de projets d’implantation et conduit plusieurs exercices sur les états de situation, analyses et projets d’infrastructure. Elle est détentrice d’une formation sur l'orientation de programmation à Disney University à Orlando. Elle a assumé la direction d'événements culturels majeurs tels le Festival de théâtre des Amériques, le Festival international de mime, le congrès annuel sur l'industrie du disque et la programmation des arts au 350e anniversaire de Montréal. Pour la Société des casinos du Québec, elle a vu à l'implantation du divertissement dans les trois casinos. Louise Poulin est présidente du groupe de travail sur le Mentorat culturel à Montréal, membre fondatrice du Arts Canadian Consultant, membre des conseils d’administration de la Conférence canadienne des arts et de Culture Montréal.

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2007 Fall Focus Session
Vital Engagement:
The Public Art Gallery and Effective Change in the Visual Arts

Monday October 22, 2007 and Tuesday October 23, 2007
W132, Schulich School for Business and Executive Learning Centre
York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario click here for map

Four intuitive conversations over two days for gallery directors, curators, educators, artists, independent visual arts professionals, and people who care about exhibiting visual art in public institutions.

Full Registration $195 OAAG Institutional Members; $260 General; $140 Professional Independents; $75 Students
Daily Registration $100/day OAAG Institutional Members; $135/day General; $75/day Professional Independents; $40/day Students
All registration fees include delegate resource kit, lunch and health breaks.
Register by Friday October 19: Shay Gibson, Membership and Publications Coordinator, members@oaag.org
Project Coordination Pamila Matharu

Monday October 22, 2007

9 am – 10:45 am
The Public Gallery and the Public Sphere
Kevin Dowler, Graduate Program of Communication & Culture, York University
Dax Morrison, Visual Artist, Details of Canada’s Public Art Galleries
Stuart Reid, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, on New Performance Measures for the Public Gallery

Welcome to New Canada: A critic, artist, and gallery director/curator evaluate how the public art gallery nourishes and negotiates its core mission (and serves its burgeoning multivalent audiences) in an ever-changing climate of variable funding paradigms, regulatory intervention, new patronage, and shape-shifting public and private interests.

11 am
Susan Bloch-Nevitte
, Public Relations, Art Gallery of Ontario

Over the summer of 2006, the Art Gallery of Ontario encountered first-hand the impact of regulatory language in Ontario’s re-instated Film Classification Act (2005). Susan Bloch-Nevitte shares how the gallery managed the process, their subsequent research on museum practice concerning the exhibition of moving image works of art, and potential next steps for OAAG members.

11:45 am

OAAG Annual General Meeting of Members
(Free admission)

12:30 pm
Lunch Break


1:30 – 4:30 pm
Community in Focus: Part One
Mary-Ellen Heiman, Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, on A Sense of Space: The Blind Culture
Allyson Adley, Art Gallery of York University, & Sandeep Kler, Team Leader, The Spot, Jane-Finch Community Centre
Dana Samuel, Media artist/curator/writer, on The Networked City

Developing new initiatives, reaching out in new partnerships beyond visible limits: three thought-provoking projects undertaken in the past year by Ontario public art galleries.

Tuesday October 23, 2007

9 – 10:45 am

Change Makers: Fire from Ice
Ryan Rice, independent artist and curator
Haema Sivanesan, SAVAC
Christina Zeidler, Gladstone Hotel

Three arts producers—recognized catalysts for effective change in the visual arts—talk about how they made something new happen in Ontario: working outside of the institution, creating new possibilities of interaction, experience and collaboration.

11 am – 12:30 pm
Community in Focus: Part Two
Bonnie Devine, visual artist/curator, & Celeste Scopelites, Art Gallery of Sudbury, on Daphne Odjig
Colin Wiginton, Community Programs, Art Gallery of Ontario, on Arts Access
Deborah Barndt, Community Arts Practice, York University

Three programs that signal major institutional shifts: opening doors, re-aligning traditional relationships, making space for the new.

12:30 pm
Lunch Break


1:30 -3:00 pm

New World Order: The Independent Life
Kim Fullerton, Curator/ Akimbo Art Promotions
Clara Hargittay, Curator
Carla Garnet, Curator / Art Historian / Former Art Dealer

Career-shifting visual art professionals share their independent points of view: building a new professional life, unveiling a new calling, how to nourish body and soul (and save for retirement) in the New World Order.

3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Curating in a New World Order: City / University
Suzanne Carte-Blanchenot, Art Gallery of Mississauga / Blackwood Gallery, UTM

You’ve been hired to make new art happen in an established super-system. Now go!

4:30 pm
Exhibition Tour
The 2007 OAAG Fall Focus Session concludes with a tour by Philip Monk, Art Gallery of York University, of the exhibition FASTWÜRMS DONKY@NINJA@WITCH.

Followed by

5:30 pm
The 30th Anniversary OAAG Awards

Art Gallery of York University
Free Admission

Please join us for the 2007 OAAG Awards, our annual province-wide juried awards that recognize and celebrate excellence and achievement in exhibitions, curatorial writing, education programs and community partnership in Ontario’s dynamic public art galleries. This year, ten peer jurors recognize 18 galleries from 11 cities across the province with 21 Awards of Excellence. A complimentary Awards shuttle bus departs downtown Toronto from 100 McCaul Street at 4:30 pm. The return bus departs AGYU at approximately 8 pm for the Awards after-party at the Beaver Café, 1192 Queen Street West at Dufferin.

Media Contact Pamila Matharu, Coordinator, programs@oaag.org, (416) 598-0714

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2006 / 2007

March 20th, 2007, 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Troublemaking and Troubleshooting:
Exhibition Organization for Emerging Curators

Multimedia Studio Theatre (MiST), Ground Floor, CCIT Building
University of Toronto at Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Road
Mississauga ON L5L 1C6
Registration fee - OAAG Members & University of Toronto students: $40
Registration fee - General: $45

Through case studies and presentations by established professionals, the Blue Soup series creates professional development and network opportunities for recently graduated and underemployed emerging arts professionals. Troublemaking and Troubleshooting is a half-day workshop that will introduce the main components of exhibition organization, by identifying the resources, tools and methods of contemporary curatorial practice. Professional visual art curators Rhonda Corvese and Alissa Firth-Eagland will share expertise and provide insight into how to make curatorial projects happen from the ground up.

Rhonda Corvese will address:

The Artist Curator relationship
Negotiation and communication
Production as a curatorial model
Research strategies
Networking: local, national and international

Alissa Firth-Eagland will address:

Pitching proposals and Calls For Submissions
The Artist/Curator model
Funding opportunities, partnerships and grants
Making contact with galleries, artist-run centres and alternative venues
Cultivating impact: promotion, publication, documentation

Getting There:

Participants are responsible for their own travel to and from Mississauga. Tickets for the intercampus shuttle bus can be purchased by non-students at Hart House, University of Toronto 7 Hart House Circle. Shuttle schedule available at www.utm.utoronto.ca/shuttle.

Rhonda Corvese is a Toronto-based independent curator and an Assistant Curator at the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU). Her curatorial projects often evolve in response to situations, where she strives to challenge the role of the curator, artist and audience in the presentation and engagement of contemporary art. She is fundamentally interested in exploring the dialogue between curator and artist in the creation of new work that exists beyond the gallery space and in the examination of contemporary Canadian art within an international framework. Recent projects include: The Idea of North, a sound art group exhibition in Norway, Iceland and Halifax (2005/2006); Iris Haeussler’s site-specific installation The Legacy of Joseph Wagenbach (2006); a special project Berlin booth Berlin Constructions: Emergent Practices Today at the Toronto International Art Fair (2004); and the Berlin/Toronto Gallery Exchange (2004/2005). Three upcoming Toronto projects include: British artist Shona Illingworth’s The Watch Man, a video and sound installation at InterAccess (April 6-May 12, 2007) as part of Images Festival 2007; 25sec.-Toronto a video portrait of cultural mediators by Berlin-based German artists Angelika Middendorf and Andreas Schimanski at Prefix ICA (June/July 2007); and an AGYU project "in there", a one-night performance event on April 4/2007 in the Accolade East Building (AGYU), a series of process-based collaborative projects between Diane Borsato, Daniel Cockburn, Kristan Horton and the dance, music and theatre students at York University.

Toronto-based curator Alissa Firth-Eagland publishes, produces events, curates exhibitions and programs time-based works. Her multi-faceted approach sparks projects across a range of communities, institutions, and disciplines: single-evening performances, video screenings, multiple location shows; interventions in public spaces; and gallery exhibitions. She has coordinated projects for organizations like the TRANZ ‡ TECH 2003 Toronto International Media Biennial, Cultural Human Resources Canada, the Banff Centre, the Toronto Alternative Arts Fair International 2004, YYZ Artists Outlet and MUU Gallery (Helsinki, Finland). Through her practice, she champions creative experimentation with media. In 2005 she commissioned video artists who use their own presence in their works to perform live for the first time with her project, Feats, might. In 2006 she was awarded an Ontario Arts Council Chalmers Fellowship for independent research into print as a distinct forum for contemporary art. The inaugural issue of her curatorial publication project ALMANAC exhibited in Halifax, Nova Scotia; Melbourne, Australia; Stockholm, Sweden; Amsterdam, the Netherlands; and in Cambridge, UK. In summer 2006 she was curator-in-residence at the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art where she researched Nordic artists creating works that defy traditional artistic categories. In 2008 she will be presenting the first solo exhibition of Canadian video artist Gareth Long’s work at Oakville Galleries. Currently she’s commissioning new works for Sleepwalker Projects, her experimental window gallery on Queen St West in Toronto.

February 6 & 7, 2007
Finance for the Arts: two-day workshop
Tuesday 10am - 5 pm & Wednesday 12 pm - 5 pm
Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art
111 Queen's Park, Toronto ON M5S 2C7
Registration fee: OAAG Members $230, General $285
Fee includes a copy of Finance for the Arts in Canada (Retail value $45)

Finance for the Arts is a two-day workshop that will introduce emerging and mid-career arts administrators to bookkeeping, accounting and financial principles. Using case studies, break out sessions, and step-by-step workshops, this session will equally serve as a learning tool for senior staff members to brush up on best practices and financial management with emphasis on budgeting.

Learning Objectives:

- Review of standard accounting principles
- Prepare and analyze financial statements
- Acquire budgeting tools
- Identify direct and indirect costs for project budgets
- Clarify financial roles and responsibilities
- Overview of the financial planning cycle: organizing your fiscal agenda
- Managing cash flow

Presenter Heather Clara Young has worked in the field of arts management for close to twenty years. Her experience includes leadership roles with a variety of arts service organizations, theatre and dance producing companies, facilities, festivals and community organizations, in both professional and volunteer capacities.

Heather teaches accounting and financial management to diploma and continuing education students in Humber College’s Arts Administration programs. Heather was a 2004 recipient of Humber College’s Continuing Education Award of Excellence for Outstanding Academic Contribution.

Her company, Young Associates, founded in 1992, provides consulting, financial management and bookkeeping services to both not-for-profit and commercial arts and cultural organizations.

*This two-day workshop will also include a tour of the Gardiner Museum’s recently re-installed Permanent Collections.

10hr Online Course +
One-Day Workshop - Monday November 20, 2006

Human Resources for Cultural Managers
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
101 Queen Street North, Kitchener ON
Members $195 / Non-Members $250 (includes cost of online course)

In collaboration with The Centre for Cultural Management

Human Resources for Cultural Managers workshop is aimed at mid-career professionals in management positions to address the need for human resources information and training. In collaboration with the University of Waterloo’s The Centre of Cultural Management. Part One of the course requires the completion of an online interactive tutorial learning experience for a certificate in Conflict Management for Creative Organizations. The second part of the workshop will be a peer-to-peer discussion focusing on retaining and rewarding staff, human resource policies, training development and managing staff performance. It can be used as a learning tool to improve communication, refine staff relationships and create functional job descriptions.

Learning Objectives:
- Managing workplace change;
- Addressing changing positions with the staffing structure;
- Re-evaluating job descriptions;
- How to give critical and supportive feedback;
- Coaching and Mentoring in the cultural sector;
- Performance management.

University of Waterloo Manageculture.com
Managing Conflict in Creative Organizations
www.manageculture.com

Many cultural organizations experience difficulty in meeting some of their goals because of internal conflict. In this course you will learn that, if managed properly, conflict can be a healthy and creative force in the organization. Sources of conflict are explored, as well different conflict styles. The role and guidelines for effective communication in managing conflict are explored in depth.

November 8, 2006 6:00 - 9:00 pm
The Art of Getting Published
University of Toronto Art Centre
15 King’s College Circle, Toronto
Registration fee: $20

Content Contributors: Brian Joseph Davis, Terence Dick

FOCUS This session will be devoted to understanding the key elements of publishing reviews and critical texts on visual art and culture. Whether it is curatorial research or cultural analysis this workshop will explore the opportunities for print. By supplying an extensive list of magazine and periodical profiles, registrants will learn how to build relationships with managing editors, connect with the correct audience and the fine art of getting published.

Learning Objectives:
- Making contact;
- Pitching reviews;
- Understanding submission formats;
- Working with editors;
- Studying the market;
- Marketing your writing
- What’s on the Web: Learning about e-publishing.

Brian Joseph Davis is an artist and writer from Toronto. He was called a "genius" by Alex Ross for turning the writings of philosopher Theodor Adorno into a punk 7inch. Frieze Magazine also deemed the same project "serious hilarity...joyous and thoughtful."

In 2005 Coach House Books published Portable Altamont, his first collection of writings, which has garnered praise from Spin Magazine for its "elegant, wise-ass rush of truth [and] hiding riotous social commentary in slanderous jokes." Davis is also a columnist for Eye Weekly and recently wrote about the death of the cassette for the Utne Reader.

His other projects have included Ten Banned Albums Burned Then Played ( music made out of charred vinyl), Voice Over ( a text composed from a list of 5,000 film "taglines" which was then read by a professional voiceover artist) and Yesterduh (recordings of people trying to remember the words to Yesterday).

Terence Dick is a writer living in Toronto. His art criticism has appeared in BorderCrossings, Canadian Art, Camera Austria, Fuse, Mix, Parachute, C Magazine, Prefix Photo, and The Globe and Mail. He has written catalogue and exhibition essays for Stan Douglas, Lee Goreas, Peter McCallum, Matt Crookshank, Jennifer Murphy and Chris Rogers. He is also the editor of the online art review Akimblog (www.akimbo.biz) and music editor for Broken Pencil magazine. Terence has a Master’s Degree in Philosophy and Cultural Studies from Trent University and worked for eight years in education and public programs at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. He has given lectures and conducted workshops at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Music Gallery and Oakville Galleries.

Presented in partnership by the University of Toronto Art Centre and the Ontario Association of Art Galleries.

Monday, September 18 - Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Two-Day Workshop Environmental Agents: Strategic Preservation of the Collection
Registration fee: $195 (OAAG Members & Students), $250 (General)
Bilingual Presentation

Museum London, 421 Ridout Street North, London ON

This is an introduction to the strategic preservation of the collection against agents of deterioration, especially those environmental ones, such as light, relative humidity and atmospheric pollutants. The module will be in the form of a traditional presentation, group exercise, visit to a storage facility and/or exhibit and exercises using computerized equipment.

Learning Outcomes:
- Understand preservation principles;
- Understand the effects of relative humidity, temperature, light and pollutants on objects;
- Quantify the degree of preservation of objects in a given environment;
- Implement a preservation strategy based on an analysis of priorities, costs and benefits.

Agenda:

Preservation principles and assessment
Background and examination of the notion of standards versus guidelines. Preservation parameters such as object integrity, its current access (visibility) and its future access (preservation).Notion of preservation target and assessment of the degree of preservation of collections by using risk management concepts.

Light
Sensitivity of objects to light and UV rays. Notion of dose. Preservation assessment of objects against radiation. Guidelines on lighting levels. Reflection and glare problems.

Relative humidity and temperature
Sensitivity of objects to humidity and temperature fluctuations. Preservation assessment of objects against humidity. Guidelines. Control strategies.

Pollutants
Sensitivity of objects to various airborne pollutants in buildings. Preservation assessment of objects against pollutants. Guidelines. Control strategies. Preservation assessment of a collection. Preservation assessment using a simple computer program. Introduction to preservation indexes.

Improved preservation through a costs and benefits analysis.
Set action priorities based on preservation assessment results. Select strategic options based on a costs and benefits analysis. Prepare a preservation plan.

Visits to a collection storage room and/or an exhibit gallery
Application of concepts learned in class. Assessment of a site’s basic environment.

Target Audience: Staff and volunteers involved in collection management including its storage and access.

Facilitators:

Jean Tétreault studied at the University of Montreal, where he received a Masters Degree in Science (analytical chemistry). In 1989, he joined the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI), where he is currently working as an adviser and researcher on environmental condition directives, pollutants, exhibit and storage products and strategy on the preservation assessment of collections. Mr. Tétreault was the President of the Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property from 1995 to 1997 and the principal author of directives on pollutant concentrations in museums and archives included in the "Museums, Libraries, and Archives" chapter of the 2003 ASHRAE Application Handbook. He has also presented numerous papers in Canada and Europe on exhibit and storage products. He is currently the acting manager of the Preventive Conservation Services Division of the CCI.

Clifford Cook received a Chemical Engineering Technology Diploma from Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Sciences in Ottawa. He joined CCI in 1978 and researched methods to preserve waterlogged wood and wood/metal composites. In 1987 he moved to the Historic Resource Conservation Branch of Parks Canada as an archaeological conservator. Cliff has recently returned to CCI as a Project Development Advisor in the Preventive Conservation Services. His teaching experience includes CCI workshops and college and university courses. He has presented and published papers on a variety of conservation topics.

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Thursday June 15 & Friday June 16, 2006
OAAG Spring Focus Session Ottawa ON
Register now $150 OAAG/CMA members, $175 general

Please join us for the OAAG Spring Focus Session (followed by the 2006 OAAG Awards) in Ottawa this year, presented in conjunction with three OAAG member galleries, the Ottawa Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Canada, and Carleton University Art Gallery.

Agenda:

Thursday, June 15, 2006
Ottawa Art Gallery
2 Daly Avenue, Arts Court, Ottawa ON

4:00 pm
Annual General Meeting
Ontario Association of Art Galleries
Chair Mela Constantinidi, Director, Ottawa Art Gallery, 2005-2006 OAAG President
This meeting includes the election of the 2006-2007 OAAG Board of Directors. Those members in voting categories in good standing with the Association (2005-2006 membership fees due March 31, 2006 paid in full) are eligible to vote.

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Opening Reception
6pm Minister's Remarks
The Ottawa Art Gallery hosts a reception for OAAG members and the Ottawa community to meet the Honourable Caroline Di Cocco, Minister of Culture, Government of Ontario.

Friday, June 16, 2006
National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa ON

9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Workshop: Effective Government Advocacy & Communication
Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Canada
Content Provider Jim Everson, Director of Government Relations, Canadian Museums Association

FOCUS This information workshop identifies tools for effective advocacy and communication. From distinguishing the key politicians and public service representatives to identifying and determining policy priorities, participants will discuss governmental structures and decision-making analysis. Through defining advocacy governance, coordination and roles and responsibilities, staff and board will be able to concentrate on best practices. Presented with the assistance of the Canadian Museums Association and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

12:00 noon - 1:30 pm
Lunch with Keynote Address
Restaurant des Beaux-Arts, National Gallery of Canada
Speaking through Silence 2
Jan Allen, Curator of Contemporary Art, Agnes Etherington Art Centre

1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Status of the Artist and Ontario Public Art Galleries
Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Canada
Moderator Diana Nemiroff, Director, Carleton University Art Gallery
Content Contributors: Pat Durr, Artist, Lorraine Farkas, Director, Planning, Research and Communications, Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal (CAPPRT) and Michel Perron, Director Général, Société des musées québécois (SMQ).

This session will provide an important update for OAAG members on the development of Status of the Artist in Ontario and how it affects Ontario’s public art galleries.

Background On October 17, 2005, OAAG was invited to contribute to an Ontario Ministry of Culture roundtable consultation with other Ontario non-profit arts producers on the topic of Enhancing the Socio-Economic Conditions of Artists. This was the fourth such consultation on this topic conducted by the sub-committee of the Ontario Minister of Culture’s Advisory Council for Art and Culture charged with Status of the Artist, one of the government’s stated deliverables arising from the 2003 election.

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Curator’s Tour
Emily Carr: New Perspectives
Charles Hill, Curator of Canadian Art, National Gallery of Canada

followed by

2006 OAAG Awards
Please join us in our 29th annual presentation of the OAAG Awards, a province-wide juried awards celebration that recognizes excellence and achievement in Ontario public art galleries in seven categories: Exhibition of the Year, Curatorial Writing, Design, Exhibition Design and Installation, Education Programs, Partnerships and Volunteerism.

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Reception
Water Court Foyer, National Gallery of Canada

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
2006 OAAG Awards
Auditorium, National Gallery of Canada

followed by

8:30 pm - midnight
Awards After-Party
Galerie SAW Gallery
67 Nicholas Street, Ottawa

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2005 / 2006

October 20 - 22, 2005
Art Gallery of Ontario, Jackman Hall & University of Toronto Art Centre, Toronto.

Group of Seven Roadshow: Art and Public Culture. 1920 -> 2005

This three-day symposium for educators, curators, artists and fans will explore the Group of Seven’s role in securing a place for art in Canadian public culture. From Arthur Lismer's leading work in arts education to the establishment of public galleries across the country, the Group of Seven defined and enriched notions of Canadian identity. The symposium will bring G7 educators, historians and fans together for a multi-disciplinary round-up addressing the Group’s ideas about art in the public realm -- then and now.

The Group of Seven Project 1920->2005 celebrates the 85th anniversary of the first art exhibition of paintings by the Group of Seven in 1920, and has been organized in collaboration by 29 public art galleries, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, with the assistance of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries.

Presenters and Panelists:
David Aurandt, Emily Falvey, Simon Frank, Janna Graham, Lise Hosein, Anna Hudson, Andrew Hunter, Lynda Jessup, Ivan Jurakic, Rachel Kalpana James, Kent Monkman, Dennis Reid, Stuart Reid, Seth Scriver, Anna Stanisz, Georgina Uhlyarik, Brandon Vickered, Peter Vietgen, Colin Wiginton, Douglas Worts, Liz Wylie, Joyce Zemans.

For more detailed information visit the G7 Roadshow Symposium Website @ www.oaag.org/groupofseven/symposium/index.html

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May 27, 2005, 12 noon - 5:30 pm
Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King Street West, Hamilton

Building Now for the Future: Collections and their Facilities
2005 OAAG Spring Focus Session
Registration: $75 OAAG Members, $110 General (includes lunch)

Building Now for the Future: Collections and Their Facilities is a peer-to-peer opportunity to exchange information on public art gallery collections and their facilities.

Our guests have been invited to speak to the following questions:
How and where does your institution house your permanent collection? What strategies do you use to meet the recommended environmental and handling standards for visual art? What are the financial and physical advantages and restraints of your current location and architecture? What do these mean for your institution's future direction? How does your organization plan for and implement acquisition strategies? How much of your collection is on exhibition and how much is rotating storage?

Speakers:
- Rhona Wenger, Director, The Grimsby Public Art Gallery
- Katherine Carleton, Project Manager, ArtsBuild Ontario
- Mary-Ellen Heiman, Executive Director, Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant
- Gary Essar, Curator, Riverbrink - Home of the Weir Collection
- Celeste Scopelites, Director/Curator, Art Gallery of Sudbury
- Margaret Haugt, Head of Conservation, Art Gallery of Ontario

This will be an extended conversation of directors, curators, and conservators including case studies and direct experiences in the housing, care and handling of permanent collections throughout Ontario.

Participants will get an understanding of the excitement and costs of effecting physical change to the gallery space.

AGENDA:

12:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm Opening Address
- Louise Dompierre, President & C.E.O., Art Gallery of Hamilton

1:15 pm Building Now for the Future: Collections and Their Facilities
- Slam Session

4:00 pm Presentation of the 2003 OAAG Data Exchange
- Kelly Hill, Principle, Hill Strategies Research Inc.

4:30 pm Curator's Tours:
Heaven & Earth Unveiled: European Treasures from the Tanenbaum Collection
- Patrick Shaw Cable, Curator of European Art, Art Gallery of Hamilton
Lasting Impressions: Celebrated works from the Art Gallery of Hamilton
- Tobi Bruce, Senior Curator, Art Gallery of Hamilton
Contemporary Works from the AGH Collection: installations by John Massey, An Whitlock, Richard Serra and Arnaud Maggs
- Shirley Madill, Vice President & C.O.O., Director of Programs, Art Gallery of
Hamilton

The Spring Focus Session will be preceded by OAAG's Annual General Meeting and followed by the 2005 OAAG Awards.

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April 18, 2005
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto

In Print: Art Book Distribution and Retail Sales for the Visual Art Gallery
Registration: OAAG Members $95 / General $120

Due to the overwhelming request for a professional development learning opportunity to focus on the distribution of art gallery publications this one-day workshop will serve as a follow-up workshop for the In Print workshop held at Hart House, University of Toronto in September of 2004. The workshop will be geared to mid-career and senior gallery professionals and will feature publishers and distributors. It is being designed to meet the skill development needs of art galleries and other visual art professionals who want to know more about distributing their catalogues, alternative publications and artist books.

AGENDA:
Keynote Address: Distribution Challenges for the Art Gallery Publishers
Robert Labossiere, Managing Editor, YYZ Artists Outlet

Co-Publishing; A Case Study of Rodney Graham: A little thought:
Lisa Mark, Director of Publications, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Creative Sales & Marketing:
Denise Schon, Program Coordinator Book & Magazine Publishing, Centennial College

Appealing to Your Local Bookstore:
Marc Glassman, Proprietor, Pages Books and Magazines
Judy Wolfe, Management Consultant, Hot House

Curator's Tour:
Xandra Eden, Assistant Curator, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Dedicated to You, But You Weren't Listening

Learning Objectives
Appealing to your local book store;
Alternative forms of publishing;
Dealing with Distribution Companies: Contracts & Progress;
Publishers: The Benefits of Distribution;
Self-Distribution: Effectiveness & Costs;
Marketing: Identifying your audience;
Co-publishers / Partners; Case Studies: Successful Distribution

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2004 / 2005

Tuesday, March 29, 2005, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto at Mississauga, Studio Theatre
3359 Mississauga Road North, Mississauga

Making It Big: Coordinating Touring and International Exhibitions

Description:
Co-Presented with InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre. Making It Big was a one-day workshop that provided mid-career curators/producers and senior staff with the tools and checklists necessary to organize successful large-scale and multi-venue exhibitions, both nationally and internationally. Participants heard from experienced producers about factors relating to exporting exhibitions internationally and bringing large-scale artworks into Canada. A case study of the award winning soundtracks exhibitions provided participants with information about funding options, partnerships, curatorial themes, and how to publicize exhibitions successfully. Through panel discussions, participants gained a better understanding of the various aspects of organizing large-scale projects including; coordinating events, setting realistic timeframes, and making it big. This workshop was a must for cultural workers and curators who wished to learn the necessary skills to expand their repertoire to include successful international and large-scale exhibitions.

Leaders / Presenters:
Cindy Hubert, Touring Exhibitions Coordinator, Art Gallery of Ontario
Christine Braun, Registrar, Art Gallery of Hamilton
Scott Berry, Installations Coordinator, Images Festival
Natalie De Vito, Co-Director, Mercer Union
Christy Thompson, Exhibition Coordinator, The Power Plant Contemporary Art
Gallery

Catherine Crowston, Chief Curator & Director of Exhibitions and Programs, The Edmonton Art Gallery
Barbara Fischer, Director/Curator, Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto at
Mississauga

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Monday, February 21, 2005, 12:00 to 4:30 pm
Cambridge Galleries

Exhibition Organization for Emerging Curators
OAAG Blue Soup Series

Description:
This event is a plenary workshop for emerging curatorial practitioners. The workshop will cover every aspect of organizing exhibitions. Registrants will leave with a checklist of requirements and understanding best practices. The instructors "case studies" will explore an exhibition from beginning to end, including partnerships, fees, timelines, and administrative needs.

Leaders / Presenters:
Alissa Firth-Eagland, Independant Curator
Ivan Jurakicis, Artist, Writer and Curator
Jooyeon June Rhee, Independent Curator

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Tuesday, February 1 & 2, 2005
Burlington Art Centre

Financing for the Arts

Description:
Financing for the Arts was a two-day workshop that provided emerging to mid-career arts administrators with an introduction to bookkeeping, accounting, funding, and financial principles. It could be used as a learning tool for senior staff members to brush up on best practices and financial management with an emphasis on budgeting. Grant budget step-by-step information session accompanied the second day with the Ontario Arts Council to go through the operational grant requirements. Registration fee included a copy of "Finance for the Arts in Canada".

Leaders / Presenters:
Heather Clara Young
Carolyn Vesely, Visual & Media Arts Officer, Ontario Arts Council
Jonathan Smith, Curator of Collection, Burlington Art Centre

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Monday, November 22, 2004, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Royal Ontario Museum

Questioning Histories: Conversations on First Nations Art in Collections
2004 OAAG Fall Focus Session


Description:

How have public art galleries and museums been working with First Nations visual artists to stop the loss of indigenous cultures? How can we do more? Our one-day fall focus session included conversations with First Nations artists and curators from across Canada and addressed community-building initiatives such as policy development in the area of standards for the care of First Nations and Metis art collections.

Our guests were invited to speak to the following questions:
• Are public art galleries representing artists from First Nations communities in collections?
• What's changed in the exhibition of First Nations work in Canadian galleries?
• Are public art galleries sustaining a long-term commitment to co-existing generations of First Nations artists?
• What are the institution's roles and responsibilities in engaging First Nations artists and audiences?

Supported by the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Programme of the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation.

Leaders / Presenters:
Steve Loft, Director, Urban Shaman
Lorne Carrier, Community Development Manager and Chair of the First Peoples and Saskatchewan Museums Committee, Museums Association of Saskatchewan
Danis Goulet, Executive Director, imagineNATIVE
Jane Ash Poitras, artist
Virginia Eichhorn, Curator, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery

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Tuesday, November 23, 2004, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Ontario College of Art and Design, Room 284 Level 2

Information Exchange and Roundtable Meeting for OAAG Gallery Directors with John Brotman and Carolyn Vesely, Ontario Arts Council

Description:
OAAG Member Gallery Directors were each invited to present a five-minute update to the roundtable on their recent gallery programming and activities, successes and challenges. Then, John Brotman and Carolyn Vesely presented an update on the Ontario Arts Council and funding for public art galleries. The last roundtable meeting of OAAG gallery directors with the Ontario Arts Council was held June 18, 2003 at the University of Toronto Art Centre.

Leaders / Presenters:
John Brotman, Executive Director, Ontario Arts Council
Carolyn Vesely, Visual and Media Arts Officer, Ontario Arts Council

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September 27 & 28, 2004, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto, Toronto

In Print: Art Books, Catalogues and Alternative Publications in the Visual Art Gallery
Coordinated by Bridget Indelicato with the Ontario Association of Art Galleries
Registration Fees (includes lunch): $195 OAAG members, $250 general

Description:
This workshop was a two-day professional development learning opportunity for emerging and mid-career art gallery professionals that featured art gallery curators, book designers, editors, and gallery publishers from the Canadian visual art book publishing world, and an on-site tour of CJ Graphics, one of Canada's leading art book printers. This workshop was designed to meet the skills development needs of art gallery and other visual art professionals who want to know more about publishing visual art books.

This intensive learning opportunity was timed to coincide with Toronto's book festival Word on the Street (Sunday, September 26) and the Toronto International Art Fair (September 30 to October 4).

Learning Objectives:
• How to publish in collaboration with other institutions
• When to bring in contract editors, writers, designers and translators
• How to set and maximize publication budgets
• How to budget for different types of publications, from high-end productions to budget-friendly alternatives
• Key components of a production schedule, including proofing stages
• How to maximize the shelf life of art books
• Approaches to publication inserts (CDs, DVDs)
• Design alternatives for materials and bindings
• How a printing house operates

Publications discussed included:
Greg Staats: Animose (2002)
General Idea Editions 1965-1995 (2003)
Susan Kealey: Ordinary Marvel (2003)

Leaders / Presenters:
Keynote Speaker
Jessica Bradley

Presenters

Andrew di Rosa, SMALL design
Julie Bronson, Special Projects Coordinator, Art Gallery of Hamilton
Xandra Eden, Assistant Curator, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Lisa Kiss, Principal, Lisa Kiss Design
Barbara Fischer, Director/Curator, Blackwood Gallery
Greg Staats, Artist
Jennifer Rudder, Executive Director, Gallery Stratford
Petra Chevrier, Executive Director, Images Festival
Kerri Embrey, Managing Editor, YYZ Books
Maia-Mari Sutnik, Associate Curator of Photography, Art Gallery of Ontario
Syvalya Elchen, Copyright Administrator, Art Gallery of Ontario
Jay Mandarino, President and Founder, CJ Graphics Inc.
Jeremy Martin, Print Consultant, CJ Graphics Inc.

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Friday, May 28, 2004
The Atrium, Oakville Town Hall
1225 Trafalgar Road, Oakville

Sound / Resound: Visual, Media and Craft Artists Speak To Public Art Galleries
OAAG Spring Focus Session

Description:
Artists tell you what they need, want, and expect from Ontario's public art galleries. Professional visual, media and craft artists who have made their careers in Ontario were invited to the stage in free-flowing extended conversations or "soundings" to speak about their career experiences and to tell our plenary audience exactly what they need, want and expect from Ontario's public art galleries. What gallery activities meet artists' contemporary needs? How and what could and should public art galleries be doing to better address the needs of professional visual artists through the course of their careers?

Leaders / Presenters:
Mary Anne Barkhouse
Lyn Carter
Sarindar Dhaliwal
Mary Green
Susan Warner Keene
Tim Whiten
John Greyson
Marnie Fleming, Curator of Contemporary Art, Oakville Galleries

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2003 / 2004

March 22, 2004
Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto

Hyperlink: Creating and Developing Websites for Visual Arts Organizations
Coordinated by Bridget Indelicato for OAAG
Registration Fees: $115 OAAG members, $150 general

Description:
Hyperlink is a one-day interactive workshop that will inspire arts organizations to maximize the content and presentation of their websites. The workshop is intended for novice and experienced staff responsible for their gallery websites and is ideal for both organizations seeking to revamp their current sites and those starting from scath. Participants can expect to learn the key elements of successful sites in the visual arts arts sector and have a chance to get their current sites critiques by professionals.

Agenda
9:00 - 9:30 Registration and coffee
9:30 - 12:45 Show and Tell: Web designers and developers discuss their successful visual arts organizations websites
1:30 - 2:30 Inspiring and Demystifying: Professionals share favourite websites and show you how to approach yours
2:45 - 4:45 Deconstructing your website: Critique session of arts organization websites

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February 2 & 3, 2004
Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound

Emergency and Disaster Preparedness for Cultural Institutions
A Canadian Conservation Institute workshop hosted by OAAG

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Wednesday, January 14, 2004
Toronto

Crafting Your Career as a Curatorial Writer
Blue Soup Series

Leaders / Presenters:
Kathleen Pirrie Adams, Program Director, InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre
Catherine Osborne

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Monday, December 8, 2003
YYZ Artists' Outlet, Toronto

Self Promotion and Publicity
Blue Soup Series

Leaders / Presenters:
Tina Marano, Publicist, Canadian Film Centre
Jessica Goldman

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Friday, November 21, 2003
Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Breaking Out: The Changing Educational Role of the Art Museum

Leaders / Presenters:
Key Note Speaker
Sarah Schultz, Director, Education and Community Programs, Walker Arts Centre
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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Monday, November 3, 2003
Gallery 1313, Toronto

Setting Your Career Path or Inventing Your Business Practice in Visual Arts Administration
Blue Soup Series

Leaders / Presenters:
Kim Fullerton, AKIMBO Art Promotions and Consulting
Zoe Klein, Accountant, Zoe Klein and Company

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October 1, 2003
Woodstock Art Gallery, Woodstock

Public Art Galleries and Their Municipalities
OAAG Peer-to-Peer Member Roundtable
Gallery Reports and Discussion 10:30 - 12:30
Ontario Municipal Act Information Session 1:30 - 2:30
Gallery Reports and Discussion 2:45 - 4:30

Description:
This roundtable session will bring together a diverse group of gallery (and municipal) professionals from around the province to discuss their experiences with their municipalities. Pertinent questions will be raised during the keynote presentation, to be followed up by the panel of 3 speakers and a discussion by all participants.

Program content audio-taped; kits produced.

Leaders / Presenters:
Peter-John Sidebottom, Ministry of Municipal Affaires and Housing

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September 2003
Gibraltar Point, Toronto

Annual Board Retreat

Description:
The new Board (elected June 17, 2003) and Staff will meet for a one-day session to assess progress on objectives set out February 10, 2003* and to establish goals and objectives for 2004-2005.

On February 10, 2003, at our first Board/Staff Retreat since 1999, five short-term objectives were established with a view to the organization's stabilization: re-tooling OAAG's Committee structure; actively expanding membership; revitalizing OAAG's publications program; serving member needs; and developing the Web site.

Participants:
2003-2004 Board of Directors
OAAG Secretariat Staff

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June 17, 2003, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

Making Contact: Curatorial Strategies / New Collaborations
OAAG Spring Focus Session

Description:
Ten visual art curators and programmers from public art galleries, independent galleries and artist collectives were invited to consider and discuss the following questions in succinct ten-minute presentations: How do you make contact with artists? Stay in touch? Where do you get new information about artists? How do you see your role with your gallery or organization in connection with your art community? How do you define and manage your role?

Program content audio-taped; kit produced.

Leaders / Presenters:
Jan Allen, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston
Renée Baert, Ottawa Art Gallery
Alissa Firth-Eagland, Vtape, Toronto
Richard Hill, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Kineko Ivic, Greener Pastures, Toronto
Allan McKay, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
Jenifer Papararo, Mercer Union and Instant Coffee, Toronto
Zack Pospieszynski, Peak Gallery, Toronto
Ben Portis, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Sarah Quinton, Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto

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May 26, 2003
Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto

Bench Press: Building Media Relations and Effective Publicity Outreach for Visual Arts Organizations
Workshop and Plenary Session

Description:
Two professional development sessions for visual arts organizations were presented on one day. This workshop and plenary session provided strategies for building media relations and creating effective publicity outreach for organizations. These sessions were designed for small to mid-sized organizations without publicity departments.
Workshop Sixteen registrants discussed three diverse and challenging case models for institutional publicity with publicist Kim Fullerton.
Keynote Talk Gary Michael Dault spoke about how he as an arts writer takes on and researches his weekly column reviews.

Panels and Discussion
• Developing intelligent and creative story angles
• Targeting pitches to local and national press
• Building media contact lists
• Follow-up techniques
• Using email and the Web to disseminate information

Leaders / Presenters:
Topic Coordinator - Bridget Indelicato for OAAG
Workshop Presenter - Kim Fullerton, Akimbo Art Promotions

Keynote Speaker and Presenters
Gary Michael Dault, writer, Globe and Mail
David Giddens, senior producer, Media TV
Tina Marano, publicist
Catherine Osborne, Lola
Dara Rowland, publicist

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April 7 & 8, 2003
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
University of Toronto Art Centre, Toronto
Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto
Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto
City of Toronto Archives
Ontario Workers’ Arts and Heritage Centre
Multicultural History Society of Ontario

Curatorial Perspectives on Historical Research and Writing
Study Tour (Offered in partnership with the Ontario Museums Association)

Description:
This two-day session, designed as a study tour focused on researching historical collections and writing for publication, and paralleled the investigation of this focus for contemporary curators at OAAG's 2001 Fall Focus Session, Current Curatorial Research and Writing in the Art Gallery Context. The OMA took the lead on this topic. OAAG provided administrative and implementation support.

The Study Tour offered curators and cultural journalists opportunities at several Toronto museums to investigate and share the value and challenges of original historical research in the museum and art gallery. Each day started with a plenary session: Day One, a panel discussion on Writing for Publication (museum/gallery catalogues, journals) and, Day Two, Sources for Curatorial Research (where to go, how to manage materials including archives, web, oral history).

The Study Tour used site visits including tours of Toronto collections to explore the value and challenges of original historical research. Each afternoon participants participated in two of four sessions taking place at museums, galleries and archives in Toronto on the following topics:

• Researching Decorative Arts or Researching Canadian Historical Art
• Researching First Nations Materials or Researching Ceramics
• Researching Historic Textiles or Researching Historical Photographs
• Researching Tools & Agricultural Equipment or Researching “Unheard Voices”

Project Funding - Museums Assistance Program, Canadian Heritage
The OMA was the recording organization for registration revenue for this topic.
Program content audio-taped; kit produced.

Leaders/ Presenters:
Study Tour Coordinator - Cathy Blackbourn, Professional Development Project Manager, Ontario Museums Association

Presenters
Susan Burke, Manager / Curator, Joseph Schneider Haus Museum
Tobi Bruce, curator, Art Gallery of Hamilton
Rosemary Donegan, Independent, Toronto
Susan Hoffman, Waterloo County Historical Society
Karen McKenzie, Librarian, Art Gallery of Ontario
Lillian Petroff, Multicultural History Society of Ontario
Lisa Singer, Archives of Ontario

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2002 / 2003

October 28, 2002
Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton

Public Art Gallery Collections in Ontario
OAAG Fall Focus Session

Description:
This focus session will bring together senior directors, curators, and those charged with the development and maintenance of the provinces public art collections in order to discuss the role of collections in the public art gallery and the current state of those collections.
$100/130

Leaders / Presenters:
Jessica Bradley, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Ontario
Louise Dompierre, Director, Art Gallery of Hamilton
Shelley Falconer, Creative Director, McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Dennis Geden, Director/Curator, WKP Kennedy Gallery
Bill Kirby, Executive Director, Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art
Robin Metcalfe, Contemporary Curator, Museum London
Francine Périnet, Director, Oakville Galleries
Linda Street, Senior Advisor, Special Projects, Canadian Conservation Institute
Liz Wylie, Curator, University of Toronto Art Centre

Participants:
39 participants from a wide range of positions in 23 public art galleries and museums

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October 4, 2002
Oakville Galleries, Oakville

Adventures in Moving Art Across Borders
Cultural Management Series

Description:
This one-day workshop brought together experts in the field of the international movement of visual art to examine the complex issues concerning import and export in relation to the public art gallery. Recent case studies were presented and discussed.
$100/130

Leaders / Presenters:
Marcie Lawrence, Travelling Exhibitions Coordinator, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Gordon Butler, PACART, Toronto
Keith Wickens, Canada Travelling Exhibitions Indemnification Program, Ottawa
Vladimir Omazic, Canada Customs, Exhibitions and Client Services Unit, Ottawa
Judy Steiner, Canada Customs, Exhibitions and Client Services Unit, Ottawa
Ian McMartin, Broker, Federated Customer Broker

Participants:
24 curators, directors, registrars, exhibition coordinators, technical art handlers representing 19 art galleries and visual art institutions

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June 17, 2002
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto

OAAG Awards 2002

Description:
The annual OAAG Awards remains the sole juried awards program to recognize the unique and significant contributions of Ontario visual art galleries. A special OAAG Award of Merit was also presented to Glen Cumming in recognition of his long career in Ontario public galleries.
Sponsored through a unique three-year partnership with Manaca Inc. and Inco Limited.

Master of Ceremonies:
Liz Wylie, Curator, University of Toronto Art Centre

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June 17, 2002
Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

The Public Art Gallery in Ontario: Assessing the 90s, Moving Forward
OAAG Spring Focus Session

Description:
This workshop brought speakers together around the definition of the public art gallery as a "non-profit public institution that collects, preserves, and/or interprets, exhibits, and researches to advance the cause of visual arts" to discuss the status of the art gallery project in 2002.

Leaders / Presenters:
John Brotman, Executive Director, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto
Gary Hall, President, Artist Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario
Kelly Hill, Research Manager, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto
Robert Houle, Artist, Toronto
Francine Périnet, Director, Oakville Galleries, Oakville
Terry Smith, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Culture, Toronto
Robert Windrum, Director, Gallery Stratford, Stratford

Participants:
47 curators, directors, administrators, artists, and board members from 32 art galleries and visual art organizations in Ontario

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March 18, 2002, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie

Facilities Development: Successful Project Management
CULTURAL MANAGEMENT SERIES

Description:
This session centred around planning a capital project or upgrade of facilities. The content ranged from the importance of designating a suitable project manager to building design issues which impact on eligibility for federal programs, such as MAP, and stressed the need for solid planning and realistic strategies. Four case studies from recent major gallery capital projects in Windsor, Kingston, Barrie, and Burlington were presented by key personnel and offered insight into a range of decisions that need to be made throughout a complex project. Registrants were encouraged to look at an on-line component on project management offered by Cultural Management Institute, University of Waterloo.
Matching funds provided by MAP $100/120

Leaders / Presenters:
Siegfried Rempel, Canadian Conservation Institute
Dave Barr
Ian Ross, Director, Burlington Art Centre
David McTavish, former Director, Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Lois Smedick, former President, Board of Directors, Art Gallery of Windsor
Tom McBride, President, Board of Directors, MacLaren Art Centre

Participants:
23 directors, curators, administrators from museum and gallery community

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February 25, 2002, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener

The Copyright Act and the Art Gallery
CULTURAL MANAGEMENT SERIES

Description:
This very important session provided an update on recent and proposed changes to the Copyright Act as it pertains to the gallery and museum community, particularly with respect to the exhibition right and the use of digital images. Presentions focused on the difficulties in interpreting the legislation and in finding the funds to meet the recommendations put forward by CARFAC. There was consensus around the need for the art gallery community to become more involved in changes to copyright and work with other groups to reach fair and achievable fees.
Matching funds provided by MAP $100/120

Leaders / Presenters:
Loris Mirella, Copyright Policy Branch, Department Canadian Heritage
Audrey Churgin, CARFAC National
Yeti Agnew, Agnew Gladstone
Paul Hoffert, OnDisC Alliance
Richard Darroch, CMA
Martha King, Chief Copyright, National Gallery of Canada

Participants:
33 registrars, curators from museums and galleries

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February 18 & 19, 2002, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery, Oshawa

Packing and Transport of Works of Art
CCI WORKSHOP

Description:
This workshop provided information about important issues and considerations when moving works of art, including techniques to manage and solve packaging and transporation problems. Participants also used CCI's PadCAD cushion design software, which aids in three-dimensional packing solutions, and were able to assess the impact of drops on variously packaged materials. Presented by the Canadian Conservation Institute. $150/180

Leaders / Presenters:
Paul Marcon, Helen McKay, Canadian Conservation Institute

Participants:
Registration limited to 20: 19 technicians, preparators, shipping coordinators

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2001 / 2002

November 19, 2001, 12:00 - 5:00 pm
Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto

Curatorial Research and Writing in the Art Gallery Context
2001 OAAG Fall Focus Session

Description:
The fall conference brought together two panels of senior curators and directors charged with the fundamental roles of curatorial research and writing in the public art gallery. Through personal accounts from the panelists, the multi-faceted role of the curator as collector, presenter, writer, and collections maintainer was discussed. Each of the participants described their experience with the negotiation of artist's vision, curatorial voice, and requirements of the institution, with the practical limitations of assembling an exhibition. They also described their ascension through the gallery structure, noting the development of new curatorial training programs, and their observations on the major trends in contemporary curatorship. Matching funds provided by MAP. $75/95 ($20 lunch)

Leaders / Presenters:
Joyce Mason, moderator
Jessica Bradley, Curator, Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Ontario
Shirley Madill, Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Hamilton
Philip Monk, Curator, Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre
Helga Pakasaar, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Windsor

Participants:
56 curators and directors from across the province

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June 4, 2001, 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto

The Visual Arts On-Line: Getting Plugged In
2001 OAAG SPRING CONFERENCE

Description:
On-line and new media programming offer the opportunity to enhance and augment the art gallery experience. The OAAG Spring 2001 Focus Session surveyed national and international art organizations and new media curatorial projects involving characteristics specific to the Internet: interactivity, chance, discovery and anonymity. $70/80 (including lunch)
Vincent J. Varga, Executive Director and CEO, McMichael Canadian Art Collection

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Participants:
43 registrants attended presentations and panel

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