Upcoming Conference & AGM: October 16th, 2017


Save the Date for PAONE’s AGM and Conference!
Monday, October 16, 2017 from 10:00am-1:00pm

Living Arts Centre, (4141 Living Arts Dr, Mississauga) in the Rogers Theatre

Audience & Capacity-Building
Co-hosted by PAONE Member Third Monday Collective
We will be examining how to engage new audiences with a particular focus on reaching out to communities identified as marginalized or invisible, and those individuals or communities furthest from access. This conference will include a panel discussion with working groups, and lunch will be provided.
9:45am: Registration
10:00am – 10:30am: PAONE AGM
10:30am: Welcoming Remarks for the Conference                                                     10:40am: Panel Introductions                                                                                     11:00am – 11:20am: Breakout Sessions                                                                     11:20am – 11:45am: Group Discussion
11:45am – 12:15pm: Lunch (will be provided)
12:15pm – 1:00pm: Panel/Group Discussion on Strategies/Solutions to Challenges


RSVP by Monday, October 9 by emailing us at info@paone.ca.                        Please note: PAONE doesn’t currently have a formal member policy, so consider yourself invited and welcome to join us on the 19th!*

Panelist Details:

Michael Prosserman (UNITY Charity) found his passion for break dancing at a very young age. By the time he was three, Michael was already standing on his head while watching Saturday morning cartoons. Since then, he has performed for over 300 audiences, has spoken at over 100 schools, and has taught hundreds of workshops all over the world from Canada to Italy to Asia to the Arctic. Michael has competed world-wide, placing first in over 22 competitions. Michael is the founder and Executive Director of UNITY Charity, an organization that empowers youth to be role models and leaders in their communities through after school programs in break dancing, graffiti art, spoken word poetry and beat boxing. UNITY has reached over 100,000 young people across Canada. In the past year UNITY was featured in over 50 major media outlets in Canada including Maclean’s, Toronto Star, CBC, CTV, Citytv, and many more. UNITY teaches youth to use urban arts as a powerful outlet to relieve their stress and anger in a
positive way.

Anu Radha Verma (QTBIPOC Sauga) (BA, MES) has lived, worked, studied, played, struggled and agitated in both Canada and India. Her work has cut across sectors and places, but always focused on the intersections of social justice, community and creativity. She has been focused on the suburbs as a place of brilliance, organizing and social change – having organized various queer and trans, racialized community spaces including Pride Week in Peel and QTBIPOC sauga. She originated brOWN//out, the south asian queer and trans stage at Pride Toronto. As a recovering-writer and a hesitant-curator, Anu Radha has been fortunate to support the creativity of folks who are typically unwelcome, under-represented or invisibilized from mainstream arts spaces, such as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of colour) communities, queer and trans folks, youth, women, and all sorts of weirdos. Her current commitments include working in cancer research at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, coordination a project on Inclusive Leadership at the Association of Ontario Health Centre, charing the board of Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre, and providing consulting expertise to various community-based organizations across the GTA. Anu Radha is a queer, diasporic, sometimes-femme, a survivor, and someone who lives with mental health struggles. Find her (sometimes) on Twitter @aradhaverma.

Leslie Page (Art Gallery of Burlington) Leslie Page is motivated by laughter, a sense of order and a desire to inspire meaningful dialogue. Her nonlinear career path includes retail management, volunteer coordination, event planning and communications administration which led to coordinating the Education programs for the AGB, formerly the Burlington Art Centre. Having earned her degree in English (minor in Art history) from McMaster University, it is the eclectic mix of education and experience that she brings to her role as Creative Programs Advisor with the Art Gallery of Burlington.

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 info@paone.ca 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

Oct. 19, 2016: PAONE’s Morning Mixer & AGM ~ Save The Date


SAVE THE DATE: The 2016 PAONE Morning Mixer & AGM is fast-approaching. Meet your colleagues and friends in the sector!

Wednesday October 19, 2016
OISE, University of Toronto, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Time and details TBA

Check back here for more information soon.