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Responding to your feedback for a desire for the PAONE board to create more opportunities for dialogue around arts education, we’ve set up a closed Facebook group for PAONE members.

Moderated by the PAONE board, the group will provide a forum for discussion and dissemination of information focused on pertinent issues across artistic disciplines.

Join the conversation!

Please note: this is intended to be a place for dialogue. If you would like to share information about specific programming or events, please do so through our newsletter.

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.

Four-question PAONE Survey: 2016/17


Update: November, 23, 2016: THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to fill out the survey. Your feedback is invaluable. The survey is now closed.

This year the board of PAONE is dedicating our focus on taking an honest look at the structure of the organization.  We feel that the organization is at crossroads and are questioning how to serve our members best. Do we continue to maintain the current structure of offering practical networking and professional development opportunities through a series of conferences and social gatherings or change the organizational structure to enable PAONE  the capacity to advocate for the Arts Education community and lead systematic change?

To know the best way forward, we need to understand the perceived value and expectations of PAONE directly from our members. At our recent AGM/Morning Mixer, we asked the participants four key questions, and we would like to ensure that all members of PAONE have the opportunity to contribute to the conversation.

Ed: Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey. 



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.

Summer Series: Annis Karpenko at Visual Arts Mississauga


Visual Arts Mississauga

Over the next few weeks, PAONE is looking at arts education in the blissful (and sometimes chaotic!) summer months.

In the second chapter of this series, we chat with PAONE member, Annis Karpenko, Executive Director of Visual Arts Mississauga.

PAONE: What are you up to this summer?
AK: I love this time of year and I am so fortunate to come to this beautiful garden and art centre to work each day.

PAONE: Can you tell us about your summer work and how it connects to arts education?
AK: Summer days at Visual Arts Mississauga are filled with creative kids enjoying our popular Arts Camp! Our art instructors and volunteers work with kids ages 6-13 in six studios making magical creations in all sorts of mediums. Summer evenings find adults and teens enjoying courses and workshops in watercolour, acrylic, oil and drawing. And in the office, the VAM team is getting our fall program of visual arts courses and workshops ready to launch.

PAONE: What is special about summer programming? Why do you feel it’s important?
AK: Summer is a wonderful time for creativity. The days are longer and I think everyone feels more relaxed and ready to learn. VAM is set in a beautiful natural oasis and to have that combined with visual art making is very special. I love seeing young children leave at the end of a day with their new creations – they are smiling, their parents are smiling. It’s great.

PAONE: What will you be doing when you aren’t working this summer?
AK: I have a pile of books waiting to be read, a dozen art projects waiting for me in my studio and I will be spending some time back in my heart’s home, the Eastern Townships of Quebec.

PAONE What’s the best thing about summer where you live?
AK: A lot of people are away so I feel the city is a little less crowded and congested and there is so much to do – galleries, museums, music, theatre. It’s wonderful. The weather is pretty darn great and I love the festivals in Port Credit’s Memorial Park and I love just wandering by the lake neighbourhoods from the Beaches in the east to Bronte in the west.

Thanks Annis!

DSC_0031Annis Karpenko has an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College and a MEd in holistic education from OISE/University of Toronto. She began her administrative journey as a stage manager and brings with her an eclectic mix of experience gleaned from her time as General Manager for the Bishop’s University Students’ Representative Council and Executive Director of Townshippers’ Foundation in Sherbrooke, Quebec, and Coordinator for the York University Centre for Feminist Research.