Performing Arts Education Overview (PAEO) – Workshop II – March 27, 2012

Creative Trust and PAONE invite you to join us on:

March 27, 2012 – Learning from Each Other: Sharing our Own Best Practices

9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Centre for Social Innovation – Alterna Room, 4th floor

215 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON

FREE. Registration is required.

How do you define a great arts education program? How do you measure its success? Who are the leaders in designing and running successful arts education programs?  How do we capture best practices in the field?

As arts education becomes an essential part of the work of arts organizations the need to answer these and other questions about best practices is on the forefront.

Join leading arts education programmers, advocates, academics and arts practitioners, including Jason Van Eyk (Executive Director, ArtsSmarts), Dr. Kathleen Gallagher (OISE, U of T), Nicole Fougère (Learning Through the Arts) and Jessica Dargo Caplan (Luminato) in a discussion on current best practices in creating, implementing, delivering and evaluating successful arts education and outreach programs.

 To RSVP: Send your name, job title, name of organization, and contact information (email and phone number) to  by Friday, March 23, 2012.

Learn more about the Performing Arts Education Overview report (2011).



PAONE Mini-Conference: Friday, May 11, 2012 in Stratford, Ontario

Our Education colleagues at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival have kindly offered to host the spring mini-conference in Stratford!

Friday, May 11, 2012

149 Centre Street, Stratford, ON

12 p.m. to 1 p.m.  – lunch, generously provided by The Stratford Shakespeare festival

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Mini-conference

8 p.m. – Each delegate will receive one complimentary ticket to see The Stratford Shakespeare Festival production of 42nd Street

Cost: FREE for PAONE member organizations (up to two delegates; $10 for each additional representative); $10 per person for non-members. Cash or cheque only. Please make cheques payable to “PAONE”.  

Mini-conference topic: Provide us with your suggestion for a topic, speaker or activity for our next mini-conference to ensure that the mini-conferences remain relevant to YOU. Submit your ideas to no later than Friday, March 16, 2012.

 It is the responsibility of each delegate to cover all transportation, meal (except for lunch) and accommodation costs. The PAONE board would be happy to help coordinate car-pooling.

 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 42nd Street or not 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 5 p.m. on Friday, April 27, 2012.

conferences, meetings and gatherings galore.

Just a heads up about a few interesting events coming up – get those calendars open and see if you can make space…

April 11 – 13, 2012
‘Are we there yet?’
Arts Education Partnership (US) annual conference in Washington

Fasten your seat belts and hit the road to Washington, DC for the AEP Spring 2012 National Forum: Are We There Yet? Arts Evidence and the Road to Student Success, April 12-13 This theme acknowledges a growing body of evidence that learning in and through the arts contributes to educational excellence. We will explore the implications and impact of research on education policy and practice and identify future directions for research.

Do we now have the research to move the needle on education policy? Do advocates and policymakers have the will to steer American education in a new direction? Can children born today expect a complete education that includes the arts? Are we there yet?

a bit nearer home:
April 11 – 14, 2012
APASO conference in Toronto (Association of Performing Arts Service Organisations)
TAPA is one of the Canadian members. US members are being reminded to get their passports ready for the trip up north…!

May 1 to 7, 2012
Youth Arts Week
The week is a project of the Arts Network for Children and Youth. Young people across Canada will join together to host the largest youth-led celebration of creative expression and community involvement this country has ever seen, from St. John’s to Vancouver and everywhere in between. Do you know someone who would like to be involved?


Post your Comments on: Environmental Experiences

At today’s PAONE Mini-Conference we delved into the question of audience development and engagement as it relates to the physical space that audiences occupy before, during, and after the (proper) performance. We heard from Lynda Hill about her work engaging young audiences at Theatre Direct and then from members of our community with other case studies.

For those of you who attended, let’s keep the conversation going…

What ideas sparked for you during the discussion?

In what ways could we better prepare audiences?

In what ways can we better listen to our audiences so they feel that they, personally, are welcomed/encouraged/engaged?