The Research Club begins – A summary of our first event!

Summary of PAONE’s First Research Club Meeting:

We had a wonderful first meeting of our research club! Here are some highlights of our discussion last week. We hope you can join us on December 16th  for our next meeting.

Why a Research Club?

We began the session discussing what we hope to get out of this group together – why are we here? Participants discussed wanting to get the following:

  • research from a Canadian context – where are our stories about our work?
  • how can research be really and truly practical and useful for us day to day?
  • how can we do it? what should the process of research look like and include?
  • how can we be a research club that looks at rigorous research without being academic in our approach?

We then moved into a discussion of the different components of research and what they are each meant to do. Following this short discussion in pairs we analysed the research for the evening: the Performing Arts Education Overview.

Patty Jarvis, one of the key researchers, discussed the rationale for this research: that it came out of a need for the education and arts and culture worlds to be better connected. She said that we knew then, in 2004 when the research was completed, that advocating together was what was needed to make us stronger but it was puzzling that arts education was positioned outside the conversation on audience development.

We finished our discussion by asking how we create research/information that people are going to use. Looking toward the next meeting of the Research Club, we aim to think about this work as a creative process. We will informally reflect on how engaging in research affects our work day-to-day as creative workers?

This is such a small glimpse into our conversation – we hope you will be able to join us for the next one on December 16th (at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Tarragon Theatre).

We will be looking at the following two pieces on arts education and management:

Managing applied theatre

Taking care and playing it safe: Tensions in the management of funding relationships

Please read both before you come. We are lucky to have Molly Mullen, the author of these two research pieces, Skyping into our discussion that evening!

Please RSVP to by noon on December 14th if you are able to attend!

PAONE Mini-Conference: February 6, 2014

PAONE Mini-Conference: The Questions of Cultural Appropriation in Arts Education

Thursday, February 6, 2014

All events will take place at:

Daniels Spectrum

585 Dundas St. East, Toronto, ON

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Mini-conference

charles smith – CPAMO (Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario) Project Leader – continues the discussion on cultural representation and appropriation within artistic work in schools and communities. This topic was the focus of the mini-conference held in Stratford in May 2013 and delegates felt that there were many questions left unanswered and practices unexplored. In response to this, PAONE is offering another opportunity for arts administrators to gather and share experiences in order for us to build towards a common understanding of this complex and important aspect of our work.

Room: COBA, Collective of Black Artists, rehearsal spaces (please see signs for directions)

Cost: PAONE Members are eligible to send up to two delegates to the mini-conference free of charge. Additional delegates and non-members can attend for a $10 fee per person. Cash or cheque (made payable to “Professional Arts Organizations Network for Education”) payment will be accepted at the mini-conference.  

8 p.m.: Performance – Once On This Island, Acting Up Stage Company

Room: Ada Slaight Hall

Tickets: $17. The full price of the ticket is $34, but PAONE is happy to cover 50% of the ticket cost for mini-conference delegates. Additional tickets for guests are available for purchase for $44. 

RSVP no later than Tuesday, February 4 to Please indicate: whether or not you will attend the mini-conference and/or performance and please indicate how many tickets you will need. Please bring the payment for the tickets (cash or cheque made out to “Professional Arts Organizations Network for Education”) to the mini-conference. 

Toronto Arts Council announces new partnerships and funding opportunities

Toronto Arts Council (TAC) is pleased to announce the creation of three exciting new partnerships that will support artists working outside the downtown core. In keeping with TAC’s vision of building a Creative City: Block by Block, these new programs will respond to local needs in neighbourhoods across Toronto.

The three new opportunities are for artists and arts groups working in all disciplines. Created in partnership with Toronto Public Library, City Museum Services, and Toronto District School Board, these programs include the following funding opportunities:

  • Up to $20,000 grants for the Artist in the Library program, which will see five artists or arts organizations create workshops, events, and activities at five library branches outside the downtown core;
  • Up to $30,000 grants for the Animating Historic Sites program, which will see programming and related events and activities at 3 – 5 of the City’s historic sites;
  • Up to $5,000 grants for researching future programming and community engagement at one of five of the city’s historic sites;
  • Over 30 opportunities for artist residencies and mentorships as part of the Dare to Create Festival, in partnership with TDSB, and administered by Prologue to the Performing Arts.

Libraries and Heritage sites are located outside the downtown core. The deadline for the Artist in the Library program and TDSB Call for Artists is January 15, 2014; the Animating Historic Sites deadline is January 24, 2014. More information and application forms can be found at

INFO SESSION: TAC will be hosting an interactive information session on Thursday, December 12, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 26 Grand Truck Crescent, 2nd Floor. To RSVP please email

PAONE Mini-Conference at the Stratford Festival – May 21, 2013

Our colleagues in Education at the Stratford Festival have kindly offered to host the third and final mini-conference of the 2012/2013 season!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Discovery Centre (across from the Festival Theatre)

55 Queen St., Stratford, ON

10:30 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m.  – Mini-Conference: The Questions of Cultural Appropriation in Arts Education

Facilitated by charles smith – CPAMO (Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario) Project Leader – this session will begin an informal dialogue about cultural representation and appropriation within our work in schools and communities. We are often met with questions and uncertainties as artist educators and arts education administrators about how we explore and exploit practices from many cultures. This is our opportunity to share our experiences and begin a common understanding.

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – lunch, generously provided by the Stratford Festival

2 p.m. – The Three Musketeers presented by the Stratford Festival

Cost of the mini-conference: The mini-conference is FREE for PAONE member organizations (up to two delegates; $10 for each additional representative); $10 per person for non-members. Please bring the payment to the mini-conference. Cash or cheque only. Please make all cheques payable to “PAONE.”

Tickets: Mini-conference participants can purchase tickets to The Three Musketeers for a discounted rate of $22. A portion of the original ticket price has been jointly subsidized by the Stratford Festival and PAONE. A limited number of subsidized tickets are available. Please bring the payment to the mini-conference. Cash or cheque only. Please make all cheques payable to “PAONE.”

RSVP: When RSVPing, please provide us:  your name, organization, email, phone #, the names and job titles of any other delegates coming from your organization, any dietary concerns, if you would like a ticket to the performance of The Three Musketeers, if you would like to join a car-pool, if you have access to a car and if so, you would be willing to drive a car-pool. RSVP to no later than 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

Effects of Teacher Job Action on Arts Organizations – Survey

Dear Arts Education Colleague,

As professional artists and arts organizations committed to working with schools and communities, most probably, you are deeply aware of the current challenges within the education community in Ontario.

While the impact of teachers’ job action varies according to the specific degree of arts education programming and/or projects that you or your organization deliver, the current situation raises some questions and provides opportunities for us to learn from each other.

The Professional Arts Organizations Network for Education (PAONE) is mandated to provide support, professional development and networking opportunities for our members and associates in order to ensure the quality and sustainability of our arts education programs. In support of our sector we would like to gather as much information as possible about the impact that this job action is having on your practice and/or your organization.

We hope that gathering and sharing this information will enable us to have informed and meaningful conversations amongst the professional arts and education communities. It will also help to create together positive strategies to address these types of challenges in the future.

We ask that you please complete and submit this short online survey and take a few minutes to share your experience and insights regarding the Ontario teachers’ job action. Please complete the survey no later than Friday, March 15, 2013.

PAONE will host an informal gathering in Toronto on Monday, March 25, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. (location TBC) to share the results and discuss actions moving forward. We encourage you to also “host” these conversations within your community.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at

Warmest regards,  

PAONE Board of Directors:

Chair – Patty Jarvis, Prologue to the Performing Ars

Advocacy – Caroline Hollway,Independent Arts Education Consultant and Producer

Programming – Rob Kempson, Theatre Passe Muraille

Research – Lois Adamson, Young People’s Theatre

Membership – Amber Ebert, Young People’s Theatre

Communications – Katherine Semcesen, Canadian Opera Company