Recap: AGM/Morning Mixer


On Wednesday October 19, 2016 from 9-11am, PAONE hosted its AGM/Morning Mixer at OISE, University of Toronto, 252 Bloor Street West in Toronto.

Thanks to all those who were able to attend. For those unable to attend, we’re hoping you’ll be able to add your voices into the mix and answer the four questions we posed to attendees. Please find those questions here.

We are also opening up our 2016/17 Conference content to our members/participants and have put out a request for proposals. Please find information about the RFP here. (Note the deadline is Dec. 1, 2016).

Please find below a recap of the morning’s AGM and the minutes from the meeting:

Excerpt of Chair, Patty Jarvis’ opening remarks:

It was a year of challenges for the PAONE Board as we continue to struggle as a volunteer-run organization with what was, this year, a group of over-extended volunteers. We have looked honestly at our processes over the past several years and realized that we have not really created opportunities that easily invite participation beyond attending our conferences. In order to build on our strengths we need to work more meaningfully with our members. This means being more inclusive and open and also representing disciplines and types of arts education work equitably. We will be looking to our members to help us do that in the coming year.

The climate for arts education is changing. As the Ontario Arts Council merges its Arts Education and Community Engagement offices, as the Toronto Arts Council explores its role in supporting arts education, as the Canada Council and Ontario Trillium Foundation’s strategic plans emphasize “impact” and community support – we are all involved in a period of great change within the arts community. Artist educators and the practice of arts education from the professional arts community has a huge role to play in where arts organizations are going.

Recap of our year’s activities:

Conferences: The goal of our one-day conferences is to provide support for individuals responsible for the development and implementation of arts education programs for their respective organizations. We aim to: provide meaningful networking and PD opportunities, address specific challenges and successes in the field, broaden PAONE’s reach to arts educators and administrators beyond the GTA, build support for increased resource sharing/best practices within the field, support new and emerging arts education administrators. (Watch highlights from our conferences here.)

Research Club: We started a research club, because we think this is the next step in terms of professionalization in our industry. Our hope was that participation in the Research Club would not only bolster the work our members do every day, but will have an impact on our field as a whole, allowing us to advocate collectively by engaging in research. We looked at the following questions: What makes good research? How can research inform our practices? What are the gaps in the field? How might these be addressed? What are the questions that are emerging for you? What are you curious about?

Social: Holiday Drinks – December 10, 2015 (Distillery District)

Administration: We hired Lindsay Zier-Vogel to support PAONE in the administration of our programming and resources. Her work has allowed us to build a much stronger website, solidify our communication and build our membership, particularly with those outside of the GTA.

Videos: We also hired Nicholas Bradford-Ewart, a filmmaker, to document our conferences in February and April to help us engage our members who were unable to attend in person and provide all of us with a reference point to which we can return. (Watch videos here.)

Please find the full AGM minutes here: 2015.16 AGM – Oct 19 16 Meeting minutes

2016 PAONE Morning Mixer & AGM, Oct. 19


The 2016 PAONE Morning Mixer & AGM is coming soon. Meet your colleagues and friends in the arts education sector over coffee and treats!

Wednesday October 19, 2016 from 9-11am (Rooms 5-210 and 5-220)
OISE, University of Toronto, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto

We’ll be launching out 2016/2017 season together. Come learn and be a part of the plans for this year!

*Please note: PAONE doesn’t currently have a formal member policy, so consider yourself invited and welcome to join us on the 19th!*

Please let us know at if you’re able to join us by noon on Monday, October 17.

Check out the day’s agenda here: 2015.16 PAONE AGM – Oct 19 16 Agenda

Meeting minutes from our 2014-15 AGM: PAONE – 2014.2015 AGM Oct. 14 2015 – Meeting Minutes

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 earlier this year by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (in partnership with the Toronto Arts Council) 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 could 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:

May 4, 2016: Research Club readings

Library of an Interaction Designer (Juhan Sonin) / 20100423.7D.0

Join us for the May edition of the PAONE Research Club!

Wednesday May 4, 2016
5:30-7:30 at Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Avenue).
Participation is free
RSVP by Monday, May 2nd at noon.

For our final Research Club meeting of the season, we are going to canvas a variety of research, rather than focus on just one or two pieces. Faeron Pileggi, one of our PAONE Board Members, has provided a wide selection of research that looks at music.

When you RSVP to, please let us know which one of these pieces of research you would like to read and report on at our May 4th session.

  • Extending Reach With Technology: Seattle Opera’s Prolonged Experiment to Deepen Relationships and Reach New Audiences: Click here.
  • Cultivating the Next Generation of Art Lovers: How Boston Lyric Opera Sought to Create Greater Opportunities for Families to Attend Opera: Click here.
  • Taking Out the Guesswork: A Guide to Using Research to Build Audiences: Click here.
  • The Road to Results: Effective Practices for Building Arts Audiences: Click here.
  • The Qualities of Quality: Understanding Excellence in Arts Education: Click here.
  • The Value of Presenting: A Study of Performing Arts Presentation in Canada (commissioned by CAPACOA): Click here.

Anne Wessels (PAONE Member, Director of Education, Tarragon Theatre)
Lois Adamson (PAONE Board Member, Member Schools & Education Manager, Young People’s Theatre)

We will be examining the research in the following categories:

  • Rationale
  • Literature Review
  • Methodology
  • Findings and Implications

RSVP by Monday, May 2nd at noon to


PAONE Conference: Outreach Beyond Your Organization

Paone rob pic

Join PAONE’s Conference: Outreach Beyond Your Organization
Thursday, April 28, 2016

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. Participants will be provided with practical approaches to respectful outreach to target groups outside of their usual demographic.

Hosted jointly by our colleagues at the Shaw Festival and Carousel Players, the day includes lunch and an invitation to stay for a performance of Alice in Wonderland following the mini-conference (subject to ticket availability).

Location: Shaw Festival, 10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake.

10:00am: Arrival and tea/coffee gathering (Rehearsal Hall 3)
10:30am: Welcome! with Tim Jennings, Shaw Executive Director and Jessica Carmichael, Artistic Director Carousel Players (Rehearsal Hall 3)
10:45am: Morning conference: Outreach Beyond Your Organization with Jessica Carmichael and Brian Solomon (Rehearsal Hall 3)
12:45pm: Buffet lunch (MacDonald Heaslip Lounge)
2:00pm: Alice in Wonderland (Festival Theatre)

PWYC for the Conference (Suggested payment of $10.00)
$15.00 per Alice in Wonderland ticket (Please note that the full ticket price to the performances is $25, but PAONE will provide a 50% subsidy to all Conference attendees. Tickets are subject to availability, and will be assigned first come, first serve. The ticket subsidy is offered to mini-conference attendees only.)

RSVP to no later than 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20th.
In your RSVP please include:

  • Your name
  • Your job title and organization
  • Please let us know if you require carpooling or if you have access to a car and are willing to drive
  • If you would like a ticket to the production of Alice in Wonderland 
  • Please note any food allergies or dietary restrictions that you may have
  • Please bring payment (cash only) with you on April 28th. Receipts will be provided upon receipt of the payment. Individuals who do not show up on the day of the event or who cancel their performance ticket after April 20th will still be accountable for the full cost of the ticket.

If you have any questions, concerns or ideas please contact us at

Guest speakers:


Jessica Carmichael is of British, Irish, Polish and Métis heritage. She is the newly appointed Artistic Director of the Carousel Players (St. Catherines, ON), director, actor, dramaturge and drama instructor. Jessica resides in Toronto, where she works with Native Earth Performing Arts as their Artistic Associate and facilitates their Playwrights Unit “Animikiig.” She is a recent graduate of the University of Alberta’s (UofA) MFA in Directing Program. Jessica has an MA in Text & Performance Studies from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and King’s College London (UK). She is a graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada’s Three Year Acting program.  Selected Directing includes: Savage (Native Earth), Good Grief (Native Earth, W26), girls!girls!girls!(SummerWorks 2013), The Ghost Sonata (Studio Theatre), Juliet, an adaptation (UofA), Skylight(UofA), The Sophocles Project (RADA), The Informer (Victoria School).  Assistant Directing includes: Christina, The Girl King (Stratford Festival), In Spirit (Native Earth), Yellow Moon(Studio Theatre), Edward The Second (Jerwood Vanbrugh Studio, UK), and Shelter (Citadel Theatre Young Company). Jessica has taught drama over the last 8 years; notably with the UofA’s Drama Department, the Citadel Theatre’s Foote Drama School and Free Will Shakespeare Company’s Summer Camps and School Outreach program. Currently Jessica is an instructor with Young People’s Theatre. She is also a current 2014 participant in the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction at the Stratford Festival of Canada.


brickwall headshot copy

Multiple Dora and Gemini Award nominated Brian Solomon is of Anishnaabe and Irish descent, from the Northern Ontario village Shebahononing-Killarney. He is a graduate of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and holds an MA of performance from the Laban Center (UK).

Solomon has presented his works (Visual Art/Theatre/Dance) across Canada, Berlin, Ingolstadt, Bamberg, Amsterdam and London. A co-creation with German visual artist Judy Ross on their film “the Filmmaker”, won best prize for experimental film at Watch Out! film festival in Macedonia. Solomon has performed for a multitude of choreographers, directors and companies across Canada, the US and Europe. He has also taught for several arts institutions and companies, including one of Europe’s foremost universities for acting, H.F.S. Ernst Busch (Berlin). As a creator Solomon is passionate about helping people relearn the infinite possibilities of their ‘forgotten bodies’, and guiding them to take back the space those bodies occupy.