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


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

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?


Artists in Education Grant – Deadline Reminder


Deadline for Artists in Education and 
Aboriginal Artists in Schools
January 16, 2012

December 12, 2011

The Artists in Education and Aboriginal Artists in Schools programs allow professional artists from all artistic expressions and cultures to provide in-depth learning experiences for Ontario educators and learners. Successful applicants are placed on a roster for a one-year term. The roster may be used by Ontario educational institutions when planning their arts education programs.  

Click here for guidelines and the application form: Artists in Education and Aboriginal Artists in Schools

For more information

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The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is the province of Ontario’s primary funding body for professional arts activity. Since 1963, the OAC has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts and artists for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians.