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.

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: info@paone.ca

Save the Date: Research Club ~ May 4, 2016

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

The final Research Club meet-up of the spring is fast-approaching. Save the date! Information on the research will be coming soon. Check back her for more information soon!

Wednesday May 4, 2016
5:30-7:30 at Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Avenue).
Participation is free

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?

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

For more information, please contact Anne & Lois by e-mail at info@paone.ca

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 rob@paone.ca 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 info@paone.ca to find out! Or learn about how to become a member at paone.ca.

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

Effects of Teacher Job Action on Arts Organizations – Survey

Dear Arts Education Colleague,

As professional artists and arts organizations committed to working with schools and communities, most probably, you are deeply aware of the current challenges within the education community in Ontario.

While the impact of teachers’ job action varies according to the specific degree of arts education programming and/or projects that you or your organization deliver, the current situation raises some questions and provides opportunities for us to learn from each other.

The Professional Arts Organizations Network for Education (PAONE) is mandated to provide support, professional development and networking opportunities for our members and associates in order to ensure the quality and sustainability of our arts education programs. In support of our sector we would like to gather as much information as possible about the impact that this job action is having on your practice and/or your organization.

We hope that gathering and sharing this information will enable us to have informed and meaningful conversations amongst the professional arts and education communities. It will also help to create together positive strategies to address these types of challenges in the future.

We ask that you please complete and submit this short online survey and take a few minutes to share your experience and insights regarding the Ontario teachers’ job action. Please complete the survey no later than Friday, March 15, 2013.

PAONE will host an informal gathering in Toronto on Monday, March 25, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. (location TBC) to share the results and discuss actions moving forward. We encourage you to also “host” these conversations within your community.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at info@paone.ca

Warmest regards,  

PAONE Board of Directors:

Chair – Patty Jarvis, Prologue to the Performing Ars

Advocacy – Caroline Hollway,Independent Arts Education Consultant and Producer

Programming – Rob Kempson, Theatre Passe Muraille

Research – Lois Adamson, Young People’s Theatre

Membership – Amber Ebert, Young People’s Theatre

Communications – Katherine Semcesen, Canadian Opera Company