Category: Advocacy

UPDATED: COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund: Final Component of Phase 2 Announced

July 07, 2020 – Final Component of Phase 2 Announced The Department of Canadian Heritage announced today the final component of the $500M COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund that was launched in May. This final component of Phase 2 will support arts and culture organizations that do not receive funds...

PROVINCIAL UPDATES

Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries Tele-Townhall Meeting: “Northern Ontario Tourism” – July 06, 2020 July 06, 2020 – Hon. Lisa MacLeod hosted her seventh Tele Town Hall meeting. This instalment was focused on Northern Ontario Tourism, and she was joined with Hon. Greg Rickford, Minister of...

OAAG/AOGA Submission to Ontario Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries/Association ontarienne des galeries d’art (OAAG/AOGA) had the opportunity to present to the Ontario Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs regarding the Culture and Heritage sectors. On Friday, 26 June, OAAG President, York Lethbridge, and OAAG Executive Director, Zainub Verjee, presented on behalf...

OAAG/AOGA Reopening Framework, Protocols & Resources

Over the past several months of the COVID-19 Pandemic, public art galleries have responded and adapted as needed by their institution and community.  From being forced to close to postponing exhibitions to pivoting programming online; there has not been a one-size-fits-all approach to dealing with the pandemic.  Re-opening is...

PROVINCIAL UPDATE: Some galleries and museums can reopen in Phase 2

Today, the Ontario government announced that it is moving forward with a regional approach to Stage 2 of reopening the province. In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and local health officials, the government is easing restrictions in communities where it is safe to do so, based...

OAAG/AOGA ADVOCACY STATEMENT

Ontario Association of Art Galleries Advocacy Statement, published May 28, 2020 (English) Déclaration de defense du secteur de l’OAAG/AOGA, publié le 28 mai 2020 (Français)...

OAAG’s RESPONSE digital platform gains high traffic Nationally

OAAG continues to work remotely and is actively engaged with the stakeholders on behalf of its membership. To address the new realities of working remotely, we set up this new Digital platform for the COVID19 Crisis—RESPONSE OAAG. The primary thought was two-fold: one, to activate communication channels for the...

BREAKING: Update from the Office of the Minister of Candian Heritage

Update from Irene Cheung, Policy Advisor, Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage The Government of Canada is providing $500 million in 2020-21 to establish a new COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations to help address the complex financial needs of affected organizations within these...

ADVOCACY: Letter of Recommendations for COVID Response

On behalf of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and the Visual Arts Sector, Executive Director Zainub Verjee wrote to the Honourable Lisa MacLeod (Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries), The Honourable Rod Phillips (Minister of Finance), The Honourable Monte McNaughton (Minister of Labour, Training and Skills...

ADVOCACY: Letter to the Honourable Minister MacLeod

On behalf of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and the Visual Arts Sector, Executive Director Zainub Verjee wrote to the Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries with recommendations on how the Government of Ontario can support Public Art Galleries during this critical time....

MEDIA RELEASE

OAAG Advocating for the Visual Arts Sector in COVID19 Crisis Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) is the leading voice of the Public Art Galleries in advocacy to the government and its agencies represents over 270 members belonging to the Public Art Galleries sector across 63 communities throughout the...

OAAG From Home

OAAG is working from home and working for you. We continue to be a leading voice in Canada’s cultural sector and are working to ensure your voice is represented in conversations with key stakeholders and at all levels of government. Even though our ‘offices’ may look a bit different,...

Executive Director, Zainub Verjee’s Message

OAAG's platform for the COVID-19 crisis response, where our membership, stakeholders and media professionals can come together for sharing information, discussions and advice....

Networks and Organizations For You

This page will be updated regularly and feature networks and organizations that could benefit you, your institution, and many arts and cultural workers. Leadership Emergency Arts Network (LEAN)LEAN is an immediate, grassroots, pro bono response network to help Canadian professional non-profit arts organizations (big and small) deal with what...

Impact Report Update: Membership

Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) in the second phase of our COVID-19 Impact study with input from 60% of our stakeholders, grave concerns regarding the business continuity of these organizations have been raised. Over the next six months, across Ontario, the Public Art Galleries will have a conservative...

Covid-19 Funding Body Updates

Here we’ll gather together links to the statements and resources offered by the different funding bodies that are connected to the public art gallery sector. Organization Link Canada Council for the Arts Covid-19 – info update Ontario Arts Council COVID-19 – OAC activity updates Toronto Arts Council Helping Toronto’s...