March 28, 2017: PAONE Conference ~ Examining Resilience in Arts Education Programming


PAONE is hosting its first conference of 2017: Examining Resilience in Arts Education Programming.

Join us as we discuss how the arts, and arts education programming contributes to building resilience in youth. Lead by PAONE member Carrie Hage, we will learn more about resiliency, and of best practices of arts education programming that support building resilience in youth.

Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Location: OCADU MCC 525 in the Annex Building at 113 McCaul St., Toronto
Timing: 9-11:30am (Registration: 8:45-9am)
PWYC: Suggested donation: $10
RSVP by: Friday, March 24 by noon to

Guest speakers:
Connie Chisholm from CoDesign
Julian Diego from SKETCH
Noorin Fazal from Story Planet (note: updated March 27)

About the facilitator:
Carrie Hage is an actor, storyteller, educator and facilitator. An acting graduate from Dalhousie University (Double Honours in Theatre and Spanish), Carrie began her professional career in Toronto in theatre, film, and TV (founding member of WORKhouse Theatre). Years later, in pursuit of even more adventure, Carrie moved to London, England to pursue a Masters in Applied Theatre at Goldsmith’s University. Following her studies, she worked in London as an applied-theatre practitioner with Mencap, Ovalhouse Theatre, Cardboard Citizens, and Corali Dance Company. Carrie specializes in working with youth at risk of social exclusion and has developed numerous community projects and school programs with a focus on building resilience, self-confidence and community.

About the guest speakers:
Connie Chisholm is the principal of CoDesign, a social enterprise that organizes and facilitates collaborative projects between marginalized communities and post-secondary design students.These projects produce tangible objects/products that directly benefit the participating community. Connie has worked for eighteen years as a self-employed furniture designer/maker and currently teaches design and craftsmanship at Sheridan College and OCAD University. She started CoDesign in 2010.

Julian Diego is a Community Arts practitioner and passionate advocate for access and inclusion in art-making. He believes that everyone has creative aspects that can be encouraged and developed, and that as they do, communities develop and deepen their understanding of members and themselves.

Julian has facilitated arts programming, with a focus on marginalized youth, for over a decade in Toronto. He is fascinated by different ways to increase the palette of expressive options available to people who may not be able to afford or access traditional opportunities.

Julian is an experienced screen printer, a highly trained kung fu practitioner and performer, and is certified as a Mentor Artist-Educator through the RCM. Julian has worked with youth in a variety of contexts for over 25 years, including homeless shelters, community drop ins, and  at SKETCH,  and has worked abroad in Belize for the Dept. of Human Development, Woman’s Department.

Noorin Fazal is a learning experience (LX) designer and educator. She is driven by human-centred curriculum, community activation, arts- and technology-based literacy, and equity and inclusion practices. With over 8 years in the field, Noorin has taught more than 650 students aged 12-18. In addition to teaching, Noorin has consulting on LX design for various companies and organizations, including the National Film Board for Canada, the Aga Khan Museum, and the Feminist Art Conference.

Noorin entered the education field in 2007 as part of the Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP). STEP is a double Master’s program at the Institute of Education, UCL, currently ranked 1st in the world for Education. For her graduate work, Noorin conducted action research at the intersection of critical thinking, ethical literacy, and creative expression in Muslim religious education. She centred her studies on the question, ‘What does it mean to be human?’ For Noorin, this question lies at the heart of all artistic and educational practice.

Currently, Noorin directs programming, training, and LX design at Story Planet, a non-profit storymaking community, focusing on under-resourced parts of Toronto. Story Planet creates spaces for kids and teens to discover and develop their voice through visual art, digital media, theatre, and writing. The Story Planet team believes that through the making and sharing of stories, we can reach our potential for empathy and interconnection. Creative portfolio:


Complementary Throwdown Collective DanceWorks tickets for PAONE members


PAONE is thrilled to announce five complementary DanceWorks matinee tickets for its participants and members.

Throwdown Collective (presented by DanceWorks)
Friday, February 10, 2017 at 12:30pm
Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto

If you’re interested in a ticket, please RSVP to by noon on Monday, February 6. 2017.


More about the show:

Comprised of Toronto dance artists Zhenya Cerneacov, Mairéad Filgate, and Brodie Stevenson, Throwdown Collective will perform two trios: the world premiere of Ylem (3 Eggs Ago) commissioned from Montreal choreographer Lina Cruz, and the Collective’s own creation, Various Concert.

Throwdown Collective is a trio of accomplished dance artists who have forged an intimate and highly productive working relationship. With Cruz, they have developed a mutual respect and joyous spirit of cooperation. Cruz’s piece will create a potent counterpoint to the fluid and changing dynamic of Various Concert, which plays with the tension of partnering, weight sharing, and manipulation.

Newsletter update: Submitting calls for proposals/workshops/conferences

In keeping with our mandate to provide networking and professional development opportunities for professionals committed to meaningful arts education activities, we accept calls for proposals, workshop and conference information and other related arts education events for potential inclusion in our newsletter. As our newsletters are scheduled around PAONE activities, we may not always be able to include all submissions, but we will do our very best.

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Thurs. Dec. 8: PAONE’s Holiday Mixer

duke of york

Join us on Thursday December 8th for our annual Holiday Mixer. Come celebrate wintery festivities with fellow PAONE colleagues.

Duke of York Pub from 6pm onwards.
39 Prince Arthur Ave., Toronto (Near St. George subway station, just east of Bedford and north of Bloor).

Please RSVP to by Monday, Dec. 5th at noon.

Request for Proposals: PAONE Conferences 2016/17  

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The PAONE Board has looked honestly at our processes over the past several years and we realized that we have not always created opportunities that easily invite participation.  In order to build on our strengths we need to work more meaningfully with all of you. This means being more inclusive and open and also representing disciplines and types of arts education work equitably. To that end, we are looking to you to help design and implement our programming for the 2016/17 season.

The goal of our 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.

Please provide a brief description of the topic or question would you like to explore in a PAONE conference:

  1. What kind of format would you want to use (panel discussion, workshop, small group discussion, etc.) and why?
  2. Are there any individual or organizational partners or experts you would like to include in this conference?
  3. What materials would you require (markers, chart paper, speakers, etc.)?
  4. When are you interested in holding this conference?

PAONE members will receive a small budget to help realize the conference as well as a modest honorarium for their work.

The deadline for submissions is December 1st, 2016.

Please submit your proposal via e-mail to

Don’t hesitate to be in touch with any questions you might have!