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!

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 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 to find out! Or learn about how to become a member at

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

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.