May 4, 2016: Research Club readings

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

Join us for the May edition of the PAONE Research Club!

Wednesday May 4, 2016
5:30-7:30 at Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Avenue).
Participation is free
RSVP by Monday, May 2nd at noon.

For our final Research Club meeting of the season, we are going to canvas a variety of research, rather than focus on just one or two pieces. Faeron Pileggi, one of our PAONE Board Members, has provided a wide selection of research that looks at music.

When you RSVP to, please let us know which one of these pieces of research you would like to read and report on at our May 4th session.

  • Extending Reach With Technology: Seattle Opera’s Prolonged Experiment to Deepen Relationships and Reach New Audiences: Click here.
  • Cultivating the Next Generation of Art Lovers: How Boston Lyric Opera Sought to Create Greater Opportunities for Families to Attend Opera: Click here.
  • Taking Out the Guesswork: A Guide to Using Research to Build Audiences: Click here.
  • The Road to Results: Effective Practices for Building Arts Audiences: Click here.
  • The Qualities of Quality: Understanding Excellence in Arts Education: Click here.
  • The Value of Presenting: A Study of Performing Arts Presentation in Canada (commissioned by CAPACOA): Click here.

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

We will be examining the research in the following categories:

  • Rationale
  • Literature Review
  • Methodology
  • Findings and Implications

RSVP by Monday, May 2nd at noon to


The Research Club begins – A summary of our first event!

Summary of PAONE’s First Research Club Meeting:

We had a wonderful first meeting of our research club! Here are some highlights of our discussion last week. We hope you can join us on December 16th  for our next meeting.

Why a Research Club?

We began the session discussing what we hope to get out of this group together – why are we here? Participants discussed wanting to get the following:

  • research from a Canadian context – where are our stories about our work?
  • how can research be really and truly practical and useful for us day to day?
  • how can we do it? what should the process of research look like and include?
  • how can we be a research club that looks at rigorous research without being academic in our approach?

We then moved into a discussion of the different components of research and what they are each meant to do. Following this short discussion in pairs we analysed the research for the evening: the Performing Arts Education Overview.

Patty Jarvis, one of the key researchers, discussed the rationale for this research: that it came out of a need for the education and arts and culture worlds to be better connected. She said that we knew then, in 2004 when the research was completed, that advocating together was what was needed to make us stronger but it was puzzling that arts education was positioned outside the conversation on audience development.

We finished our discussion by asking how we create research/information that people are going to use. Looking toward the next meeting of the Research Club, we aim to think about this work as a creative process. We will informally reflect on how engaging in research affects our work day-to-day as creative workers?

This is such a small glimpse into our conversation – we hope you will be able to join us for the next one on December 16th (at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Tarragon Theatre).

We will be looking at the following two pieces on arts education and management:

Managing applied theatre

Taking care and playing it safe: Tensions in the management of funding relationships

Please read both before you come. We are lucky to have Molly Mullen, the author of these two research pieces, Skyping into our discussion that evening!

Please RSVP to by noon on December 14th if you are able to attend!

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

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


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.