Upcoming Conference & AGM: October 16th, 2017

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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.
Schedule:
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.

Upcoming PAONE Conference – April 28th in St. Catherine’s/Niagara-on-the-Lake

Save the following dates for our upcoming Conference in April! Check back soon for more details.

April 28th – Hosted jointly by Carousel Players and the Shaw Festival, St. Catherine’s/Niagara-on-the-Lake

Outreach Beyond Your Organization

Arts education administrators are often tasked with providing outreach to communities that are not necessarily reflected within their current audience, staff or Board. This raises questions about organizational leadership and appropriate and respectful communication with new communities.

 

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

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13569783.2015.1059260

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

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/intellect/jaac/2012/00000004/00000003/art00004?token=005618faa8bd5aea41333c4a2f7a6c38762c6b415d7a7434704f6d62222c227e3725303329760476614244

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 info@paone.ca by noon on December 14th if you are able to attend!

AGM and the first PAONE mini-conference of the 2013/2014 season!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 – 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

 

How do we stand up for the “greater good”?

Arts education programs are the first to be heralded on grant applications and marketing pieces, but are often at the risk of being influenced by funding, artistic vision, and human resources. These undeniable forces not only affect the way we do our programming, but also how we work with one another. This mini-conference will focus on Competition vs. Collaboration, the “Bums-in-Seats” approach to education vs. creating meaningful arts education experiences for the greater community, and what it takes to make education programming both effective and responsive to your organizational limitation. Bring stories to share and ideas to consider. Get in touch with rob@paone.ca if you would like to contribute to the planning.

2 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Mini-conference

5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Annual General Meeting

7:30 p.m. – 10:45 p.m. (approx.) – Student Dress Rehearsal of Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten

Hosted by the Canadian Opera Company, the events will take place at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON) in a meeting room located directly behind the Box Office. The entrance to the Box Office is located at the SE corner of University Avenue and Queen St. W. or via Osgoode Station on the TTC University/Spadina line.

Participants are invited to attend the dress rehearsal of the COC’s production of Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten at 7:30 p.m. The opera is approximately three hours and 15 minutes with two intermissions. One complimentary ticket only will be offered per attendee. Please note that individuals MUST attend the mini-conference or the AGM to be eligible for a dress rehearsal ticket.

Cost: The mini-conference is FREE for all paid Individual Members and paid Organizational Members (up to two delegates; $10 plus applicable taxes and fees per additional representative). Non-members can attend for $10 (plus applicable taxes and fees) per person. Not sure if your organization is a member? Email info@paone.ca to find out! Or learn about how to become a member at paone.ca.

 The deadline to RSVP is 10 a.m. on September 30, 2013. REGISTER TODAY!