Upcoming Event: PAONE Networking @ Harbourfront Centre




Hosted by our colleagues from Harbourfront Centre, we’ll begin with a guided tour of the current exhibitions at the Harbourfront Centre and The Power Plant. Members will then have the opportunity to meet other arts administrators and arts educators through “speed networking”. Light refreshments will be provided.

Location: Harbourfront Centre.  The main entrance is through the north doors at 235 Queens Quay West.  Look for Loft 1 (signage will be provided) when you enter the building.

Fee: Pay what you can; Suggested $10.00 per person

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 
3:45pm – 4:00pm: Registration
4:00pm – 5:00pm: Tour of current exhibitions, lead by Melanie Egan, Director Craft & Design.
5:00pm-6:00pm:  Networking session with light refreshments

Current exhibitions at Harbourfront Centre include:

  • Voices:  Artists on art
  • The Mobile Ruin
  • Le Labo: New Perspectives on Jewelery in Quebec
  • Working It Out
  • The Deer of Nine Colours.

Current exhibitions at The Power Plant include:

  • Amalia Pica’s ears to speak of
  • Michael Landy’s Demonstration
  • Sammy Balogi and Filip De Boeck’s Urban Now:  City Life in Congo


RSVP by Friday, November 24 by emailing us at: info@paone.ca.
Please note: PAONE is currently reviewing it’s membership policy. All arts education professionals are invited to attend; suggested $10 donation per participant (receipt to be provided upon request).

Upcoming Conference & AGM: October 16th, 2017


Save the Date for PAONE’s AGM and Conference!
Monday, October 16, 2017 from 10:00am-1:00pm

Living Arts Centre, (4141 Living Arts Dr, Mississauga) in the Rogers Theatre

Audience & Capacity-Building
Co-hosted by PAONE Member Third Monday Collective
We will be examining how to engage new audiences with a particular focus on reaching out to communities identified as marginalized or invisible, and those individuals or communities furthest from access. This conference will include a panel discussion with working groups, and lunch will be provided.
9:45am: Registration
10:00am – 10:30am: PAONE AGM
10:30am: Welcoming Remarks for the Conference                                                     10:40am: Panel Introductions                                                                                     11:00am – 11:20am: Breakout Sessions                                                                     11:20am – 11:45am: Group Discussion
11:45am – 12:15pm: Lunch (will be provided)
12:15pm – 1:00pm: Panel/Group Discussion on Strategies/Solutions to Challenges


RSVP by Monday, October 9 by emailing us at info@paone.ca.                        Please note: PAONE doesn’t currently have a formal member policy, so consider yourself invited and welcome to join us on the 19th!*

Panelist Details:

Michael Prosserman (UNITY Charity) found his passion for break dancing at a very young age. By the time he was three, Michael was already standing on his head while watching Saturday morning cartoons. Since then, he has performed for over 300 audiences, has spoken at over 100 schools, and has taught hundreds of workshops all over the world from Canada to Italy to Asia to the Arctic. Michael has competed world-wide, placing first in over 22 competitions. Michael is the founder and Executive Director of UNITY Charity, an organization that empowers youth to be role models and leaders in their communities through after school programs in break dancing, graffiti art, spoken word poetry and beat boxing. UNITY has reached over 100,000 young people across Canada. In the past year UNITY was featured in over 50 major media outlets in Canada including Maclean’s, Toronto Star, CBC, CTV, Citytv, and many more. UNITY teaches youth to use urban arts as a powerful outlet to relieve their stress and anger in a
positive way.

Anu Radha Verma (QTBIPOC Sauga) (BA, MES) has lived, worked, studied, played, struggled and agitated in both Canada and India. Her work has cut across sectors and places, but always focused on the intersections of social justice, community and creativity. She has been focused on the suburbs as a place of brilliance, organizing and social change – having organized various queer and trans, racialized community spaces including Pride Week in Peel and QTBIPOC sauga. She originated brOWN//out, the south asian queer and trans stage at Pride Toronto. As a recovering-writer and a hesitant-curator, Anu Radha has been fortunate to support the creativity of folks who are typically unwelcome, under-represented or invisibilized from mainstream arts spaces, such as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of colour) communities, queer and trans folks, youth, women, and all sorts of weirdos. Her current commitments include working in cancer research at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, coordination a project on Inclusive Leadership at the Association of Ontario Health Centre, charing the board of Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre, and providing consulting expertise to various community-based organizations across the GTA. Anu Radha is a queer, diasporic, sometimes-femme, a survivor, and someone who lives with mental health struggles. Find her (sometimes) on Twitter @aradhaverma.

Leslie Page (Art Gallery of Burlington) Leslie Page is motivated by laughter, a sense of order and a desire to inspire meaningful dialogue. Her nonlinear career path includes retail management, volunteer coordination, event planning and communications administration which led to coordinating the Education programs for the AGB, formerly the Burlington Art Centre. Having earned her degree in English (minor in Art history) from McMaster University, it is the eclectic mix of education and experience that she brings to her role as Creative Programs Advisor with the Art Gallery of Burlington.

May 31st 2017 Conference: Community-Engaged Work

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Exploring the Practice of Community-Engaged Work

On May 31st, a group of thirty artists and arts administrators came together for PAONE’s second member-initiated conference of 2017.

Co-hosted by PAONE member Mixed Company Theatre, the conference became a platform for a highly interactive dialogue about the everyday challenges encountered in engaging communities.

Some of the key challenges that were identified and explored included: 

  • Unequal Access
  • Resource Management and Allocation
  • Community Needs Assessment
  • Communication of Value
  • Commitment to/by Communities and Audiences
  • Privilege and Identity Recognition

The conference began by engaging participants in the use of Image Theatre or non-verbal modes of expression to step back and analyse these common roadblocks faced in community-engaged arts. Facilitated by Simon Malbogat and Swetha Ranganathan from Mixed Company Theatre, the vibrant discussions that followed began to reveal simple strategies to work with these challenges that we are not always able to uncover in day to day work in the arts sector. Participants talked about the importance of connecting resources, balancing power structures, opening doors and having honest conversations.

The second half of the conference was comprised of two case study discussions. The first one, led by Dallas Bergen from the Regent Park School of Music, focused on his growth and learning  working with diverse communities, especially Syrian refugee children, in the context of an expanding organization. Second, Brandy Leary from Anandam Dancetheatre presented her Audience in Residence program that engages participants as co-creators, recognizing the active and disciplined practice of being an audience member.

Learn more about the facilitators from Mixed Company Theatre:

Swetha-RanganathanA computer engineer by training, Swetha Ranganathan discovered her passion to work with communities towards creating social change, in 2010 in India. After attaining a Masters degree in Social Entrepreneurship, she went on to co-found Apni Shala Foundation with the vision to enhance the Indian education system. Trained as a Theatre of the Oppressed facilitator, Swetha is passionate about facilitating participatory and collaborative learning and changing the way people and/or communities think about self-development and growth. She is the General Manager at MCT.

Simon 2Simon Malbogat has been a key player in Canada’s popular theatre scene for over 30 years now. He has studied with some of the greatest contemporary popular theatre practitioners including Augusto Boal and blended Forum Theatre with the Sweet Medicine Teachings (SMT) of the Deer Tribe Metis Medicine Society for an innovative theatre and teaching approach. Simon has directed and acted in over 60 new Canadian works, many of which many are now seen as important benchmarks in the development of Canadian theatre. As MCT’s Artistic Director has worked extensively in engaging the community including street youth, children, seniors, educators, parents, mental health professionals and artists through Forum Theatre and the interactive arts approach. His vision has been to create positive social change through community-engaged theatre across a wide range of social themes including mental wellbeing, education, HIV awareness, diversity and inclusion, as well as relationships. Simon’s recent successful community-engaged productions have been Out of the Illusion (2015), Day on the Shore (2015), Shelf Life (2016), Spring Moon (2017).

Learn more about the case study presenters:

Dallas Bergen 1Dallas Bergen is an active singer, choral conductor and clinician from Toronto.  Prior to settling in Toronto, Dallas received his Bachelor of Music in Secondary Education from the University of Victoria.  He is a past member of The Canadian Chamber Choir and The Nathaniel Dett Chorale and appeared with the Elora Festival Singers for the 2008 festival choir.  He is the founding member of Univox Choirs Toronto, a community choirs organization for young adults founded on the principles of relationship building, social responsibility and musical excellence.  He is music director at First Unitarian Congregation. Dallas’ service to the choral extends to his work with Regent Park School of Music where he is the founding director of the Parkdale satellite choir, and co-director of Nai Syrian Children’s Choir.  He recently completed nine years of service on the music committee of the Toronto Arts Council as juror and co-chair.  Dallas strives to use his passion for choral music to foster empathy and human connection through the vulnerability of shared artistic expression.

BrandyBrandy Leary creates contemporary performances through the body: active as a dancer, choreographer, aerialist, writer, arts advocate, community cultivator, space maker, Artistic Director, educator and curator. Her performance works have been produced and performed in Canada, Europe, India, South Africa and the USA in theatres, urban environments, festivals, museums, art galleries and isolated landscapes. She founded Anandam Dancetheatre as an umbrella structure for her performance projects (www.anandam.ca) and is its Artistic Director. She is a founder and Co-Director of Collective Space (an alternative performance and rehearsal venue in Toronto’s west end), Founder and Co-Artistic Director of CCAFT (Contemporary Circus Arts Festival of Toronto), developer of Anandam’s Audience In Residence Program and curator/co-producer of the Body Brake dance series at Theatre Passe Muraille. She is a driving force in the evolution of contemporary circus practice in Toronto as a choreographer, performer, curator and festival director working from values of experimentation, discourse development, curiosity and collaboration.

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 info@paone.ca 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