Save the Date: PAONE Big Thought committee ~ July 12, 2016


We are inviting our members to join us as part of a PAONE committee to determine Toronto’s “big thought”. This is partly an extension of an event hosted by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra this year where Big Thought (a Dallas-based, not-for-profit organization) joined them and some of Toronto’s arts and cultural stakeholders to discuss what arts education in our city should look like.

We want to move this discussion forward and bring it into action in our own context. While we will be using Toronto as our focus at this point in time, the hope is that we will be able to extend our learning more broadly. To that end, we encourage our members who are not Toronto-based to participate – we value your insights.

We will meet twice over the summer to create a plan together for an event in the fall where we can address some of the key questions we feel we are facing as a community. We will have a few guiding questions prepared to guide our conversations.

The first meeting date will be on Tuesday, July 12th from 6-8pm at Betty’s at 240 King St. East.

Please RSVP by Thursday, July 8th at noon if you’d like to join the conversation:

WATCH: Highlights from our Outreach Beyond Your Organization conference

On Thursday, April 28, 2016, PAONE hosted a conference with the Shaw Festival and Carousel Players that examined appropriate and respectful communication with new communities, and how to best approach outreach in communities that are not necessarily reflected within current audience, staff or board.

Watch highlights from the day, featuring guest speakers, Jessica Carmichael of Carousel Players and independent multi-disciplinary artist, Brian Solomon.

Meet the PAONE board

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patty_jarvis bwPatty Jarvis: Board Chair

Patty has been a member of the Toronto arts community for over 30 years and is deeply committed to arts education and community engagement.  Her diverse experience includes working with Second Look Community Arts, Theatre Passe Muraille, Studio 180 Theatre and b Current Performance as well as 17 years with Canadian Stage where she developed numerous arts education programs as the Director of Audience Development and Education. In 2010, in partnership with Creative Trust, Patty developed the PAEO (Performing Arts Education Overview) Report, a first time analysis of educational programs delivered by arts organizations in Toronto. A founding member and the current Chair of PAONE (Professional Arts Organizations Network for Education), Patty is also a Board member for Ontario Presents and an Advisory Committee member for both CNAL (Canadian Network for Arts and Learning) and CPAMO (Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement of Ontario). Patty teaches Arts Education as part of Centennial College’s Post-Graduate Arts Management Program. She has been the Executive Director for Prologue to the Performing Arts since 2010.

Faeron&Cameron-61 bwFaeron Pileggi
Faeron Pileggi (B.A., B.Mus, M.Mus) is the Director, Education (Interim) and Manager, Education & Pops for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.  Faeron programs and manages the TSO’s Young People’s Concerts, Student Concerts, Exposed series, and Pops series.  Faeron is a member of CNAL (The Canadian Network for Arts & Learning) and was recently awarded an Orchestras Canada “Next Generation Leader” bursary.

LA headshot bwLois Adamson
Lois Adamson (OCT, BAH, MA) is the Member Schools & Education Manager for Young People’s Theatre, Canada’s oldest and largest professional theatre for young audiences. She sits on the boards of PAONE and the Paprika Festival and is a founding company member of Shakespeare in the Ruff. Lois works with artists, theatres and not-for-profit organizations across the country as a consultant, researcher, writer and arts educator.

Katherine Semcesen Headshot bwKatherine Semcesen

Katherine Semcesen’s love of opera and welcoming others to the art form runs deep, and she applies this passion to her work as an educator, administrator, collaborator, and community connector at the Canadian Opera Company for the last decade. Currently, Katherine is the Associate Director, Education and Outreach at the COC and a PAONE Board Member.

Sept2010-620Amber Ebert 
Amber Ebert is the School & Community Programs Manager at Young People’s Theatre where she facilitates educational programming for students and teachers. Amber has a background in professional theatre and music performance, management and education.




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LISTEN: Full audio of PAONE’s Conference on Community Arts and Arts Education

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LISTEN to the full audio from PAONE’s Conference exploring Community Arts and Arts Education here!

At our February 10, 2016 Conference we asked: How do we define “community arts” and “arts education”? What are the differences? Where and how do they intersect? While the terms are often interchanged, each practice is characterized by unique approaches, methodologies, and goals. How can we examine these distinct practices, so that we can move forward authentically in our programming and strengthen the focus of our work?

PAONE was joined by guests Beth Helmers, Artistic Director at the Community Arts Guild an Offshoot of Jumblies Theatre, Marjorie Chan, Artistic Director of Cahoots Theatre Company, Angie Aranda, Manager of Strategic Partnerships & Operations, and Parul Pandya, Manager of Community Engagement & Communications from the Neighbourhood Arts Network.

WATCH: Highlights from the conference here:

WATCH: The full conference here: