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!

Hot off the Press: PAEO Report

PAONE and Creative Trust have partnered on this report on arts education. This report is well done, and a must-read for our members.

Paeo Report Final

(“Big Ups” to Patty and Caroline from the PAONE board for their contributions to this work.)

Stormy times for community opera – Beached from Opera North

Earlier this summer this community opera by Opera North (UK) was pulled because the school involved was uncomfortable with some of the subject matter (as they saw it). After the author went public, support was manifest and the project was back on. 250 young people enjoyed being part of this huge endeavour. The reasoning and the back stage negociations are all a bit unclear, but this article by Lyn Gardner (theatre critic for the Guardian) has interesting points for further discussion and many good links.