Save the Date! May 31, 2017


PAONE’s Second Member-Led Conference of 2017:
Exploring the Practice of Community-Engaged Work

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
At the SONY Centre

The arts community in the GTA has for a long time advocated for the use of arts while engaging with communities including schools, residential areas, community centres, workplaces and many others. Having said that, there are many practical difficulties we face as facilitators or arts organizations while engaging with diverse and intersecting communities.

This conference, led by PAONE member, Mixed Company Theatre, will create an open platform for dialogue between arts administrators, educators and artists.

Through theatre exercises and conversation circles, conference participants will: identify the common blocks or difficulties faced by arts sector individuals and organizations while working with intersecting communities; share and explore successful strategies leading to deal with these situations; interact with established organizations and learn from their experiences in similar contexts.

The conference will also include community engagement case studies presented by the Regent Park School of Music and Anandam Dancetheatre.

More details to come. Please check back here for the most up-to-date information.

PWYC: $10 suggested donation
RSVP by: Friday, May 26 by noon to

Resources: Examining Resilience in Arts Education Programming (March 28, 2017 Conference)

On March 28, we held our first member-facilitated conference of 2017. Led by PAONE member Carrie Hage, we explored building resilience in youth through arts education programming.

If you weren’t able to join us or would like to revisit what we discussed, you can take a look at her presentation: PAONE – March 28 Conference.

Noorin Fazal (Program Director, Story Planet), one of the guest speakers at the conference, has also shared her self-reflection questions:

•Who am I placing at the heart of all decisions?
•Do I have a growth mindset? Am I constantly testing and iterating? How do I view failure?
•Do the volunteers, staff, and facilitators reflect diverse lived experiences? Do we reflect the communities that we serve?
•What balance of structure and flexibility allows for creative risks in my context?
•Is 1:1 mentorship possible in my context? How?
•How can I capture the creative process in a tangible way?

We hope these will be valuable tools to you all in your respective practices!

Complementary inDANCE DanceWorks tickets for PAONE members


PAONE is thrilled to announce six complementary DanceWorks tickets for its participants and members.

inDANCE, Holy Cow(s)! (presented by DanceWorks)
Friday, March 24 & Saturday, March 25 at 8pm
Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto

If you’re interested in a ticket, please RSVP to by noon on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 and indicate which date you’d like tickets for. Note: tickets will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

More about the show:

Bessie and Dora nominee, Hari Krishnan, co-creates an evening of solos and ensemble work in collaboration with guest choreographers Sean Curran (New York City), David Brick (Philadelphia), and and Jay Hirabayashi (Vancouver), with a commissioned world music score by Niraj Chag (UK).

Holy Cow(s)! run rampant, toppling taboos of gender, identity, sexuality and cultural (mis)appropriation, provoking desire and derision through humor and eroticism infused, confused and diffused via a global dance lens.

Photo credit: Miles Brokrenshire

Join PAONE’s members-only Facebook group

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Responding to your feedback for a desire for the PAONE board to create more opportunities for dialogue around arts education, we’ve set up a closed Facebook group for PAONE members.

Moderated by the PAONE board, the group will provide a forum for discussion and dissemination of information focused on pertinent issues across artistic disciplines.

Join the conversation!

Please note: this is intended to be a place for dialogue. If you would like to share information about specific programming or events, please do so through our newsletter.

March 28, 2017: PAONE Conference ~ Examining Resilience in Arts Education Programming


PAONE is hosting its first conference of 2017: Examining Resilience in Arts Education Programming.

Join us as we discuss how the arts, and arts education programming contributes to building resilience in youth. Lead by PAONE member Carrie Hage, we will learn more about resiliency, and of best practices of arts education programming that support building resilience in youth.

Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Location: OCADU MCC 525 in the Annex Building at 113 McCaul St., Toronto
Timing: 9-11:30am (Registration: 8:45-9am)
PWYC: Suggested donation: $10
RSVP by: Friday, March 24 by noon to

Guest speakers:
Connie Chisholm from CoDesign
Julian Diego from SKETCH
Noorin Fazal from Story Planet (note: updated March 27)

About the facilitator:
Carrie Hage is an actor, storyteller, educator and facilitator. An acting graduate from Dalhousie University (Double Honours in Theatre and Spanish), Carrie began her professional career in Toronto in theatre, film, and TV (founding member of WORKhouse Theatre). Years later, in pursuit of even more adventure, Carrie moved to London, England to pursue a Masters in Applied Theatre at Goldsmith’s University. Following her studies, she worked in London as an applied-theatre practitioner with Mencap, Ovalhouse Theatre, Cardboard Citizens, and Corali Dance Company. Carrie specializes in working with youth at risk of social exclusion and has developed numerous community projects and school programs with a focus on building resilience, self-confidence and community.

About the guest speakers:
Connie Chisholm is the principal of CoDesign, a social enterprise that organizes and facilitates collaborative projects between marginalized communities and post-secondary design students.These projects produce tangible objects/products that directly benefit the participating community. Connie has worked for eighteen years as a self-employed furniture designer/maker and currently teaches design and craftsmanship at Sheridan College and OCAD University. She started CoDesign in 2010.

Julian Diego is a Community Arts practitioner and passionate advocate for access and inclusion in art-making. He believes that everyone has creative aspects that can be encouraged and developed, and that as they do, communities develop and deepen their understanding of members and themselves.

Julian has facilitated arts programming, with a focus on marginalized youth, for over a decade in Toronto. He is fascinated by different ways to increase the palette of expressive options available to people who may not be able to afford or access traditional opportunities.

Julian is an experienced screen printer, a highly trained kung fu practitioner and performer, and is certified as a Mentor Artist-Educator through the RCM. Julian has worked with youth in a variety of contexts for over 25 years, including homeless shelters, community drop ins, and  at SKETCH,  and has worked abroad in Belize for the Dept. of Human Development, Woman’s Department.

Noorin Fazal is a learning experience (LX) designer and educator. She is driven by human-centred curriculum, community activation, arts- and technology-based literacy, and equity and inclusion practices. With over 8 years in the field, Noorin has taught more than 650 students aged 12-18. In addition to teaching, Noorin has consulting on LX design for various companies and organizations, including the National Film Board for Canada, the Aga Khan Museum, and the Feminist Art Conference.

Noorin entered the education field in 2007 as part of the Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP). STEP is a double Master’s program at the Institute of Education, UCL, currently ranked 1st in the world for Education. For her graduate work, Noorin conducted action research at the intersection of critical thinking, ethical literacy, and creative expression in Muslim religious education. She centred her studies on the question, ‘What does it mean to be human?’ For Noorin, this question lies at the heart of all artistic and educational practice.

Currently, Noorin directs programming, training, and LX design at Story Planet, a non-profit storymaking community, focusing on under-resourced parts of Toronto. Story Planet creates spaces for kids and teens to discover and develop their voice through visual art, digital media, theatre, and writing. The Story Planet team believes that through the making and sharing of stories, we can reach our potential for empathy and interconnection. Creative portfolio: