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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!

PAONE Mini-Conference at the Stratford Festival – May 21, 2013

Our colleagues in Education at the Stratford Festival have kindly offered to host the third and final mini-conference of the 2012/2013 season!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Discovery Centre (across from the Festival Theatre)

55 Queen St., Stratford, ON

10:30 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m.  – Mini-Conference: The Questions of Cultural Appropriation in Arts Education

Facilitated by charles smith – CPAMO (Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario) Project Leader – this session will begin an informal dialogue about cultural representation and appropriation within our work in schools and communities. We are often met with questions and uncertainties as artist educators and arts education administrators about how we explore and exploit practices from many cultures. This is our opportunity to share our experiences and begin a common understanding.

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – lunch, generously provided by the Stratford Festival

2 p.m. – The Three Musketeers presented by the Stratford Festival

Cost of the mini-conference: The mini-conference is FREE for PAONE member organizations (up to two delegates; $10 for each additional representative); $10 per person for non-members. Please bring the payment to the mini-conference. Cash or cheque only. Please make all cheques payable to “PAONE.”

Tickets: Mini-conference participants can purchase tickets to The Three Musketeers for a discounted rate of $22. A portion of the original ticket price has been jointly subsidized by the Stratford Festival and PAONE. A limited number of subsidized tickets are available. Please bring the payment to the mini-conference. Cash or cheque only. Please make all cheques payable to “PAONE.”

RSVP: 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 The Three Musketeers, 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 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

September 19, 2012: PAONE Mini-Conference, AGM, and a play!

2 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Mini-Conference
5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Annual General Meeting
7:30 p.m. – Each delegate will receive one complimentary ticket to see Soulpepper’s production of Death of a Salesman
Young Centre from the Performing Arts
50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District, Toronto, ON

PAONE thanks Soulpepper for hosting the first professional development and networking event of the 2012/2013 season!

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 all cheques payable to “PAONE.”

RSVP to no later than Monday, September 10, 2012 at 10 a.m. Please be sure to include: your name, job title, the name of your organization, email, phone number, and confirm if you will or will not be joining us for the evening performance at Soulpepper.

Check back for updates on programming and guests.

Performing Arts Education Overview (PAEO) – Workshop III – May 29, 2012

Measuring What Counts…

The third and final workshop part of the first phase of activities surrounding the Performing Arts Education Overview (PAEO) focuses on evaluation and assessment.

How do we evaluate the effectiveness and quality of our programs? What are some proven and successful evaluation strategies and tools? To whom and how do we communicate the results? What do we do with the outcomes of our research?

Join a discussion of how professional arts organizations can more effectively communicate their impact on the community and strengthen our position with school boards, funders, policy makers and other key stakeholders. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

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.         

To RSVP: Send your name, job title, name of organization, and contact information (email and phone number) to  by Friday, May 25, 2012.