OAAG Members Online

OAAG members are working to engage with audiences digitally! Here is a list of what OAAG Members are doing to make their institutions available and accessible. This list will be updated regularly.

Agnes Etherington Art Centre
– Using the hashtag #agnesfromhome on Instagram while sharing images from their collection to engage with audiences.

Art Gallery of Burlington
– Continuing their Family Sunday Open Studios digitally by posting on their Instagram Stories every Sunday at 1PM for a fun DIY activity that audiences can do at home. (see here)
– Using the hashtag #artathome and #agblife to keep their audiences connected to art-making and the Art Gallery of Burlington.

Art Gallery of Guelph
– Having a dedicated page on their website called #MuseumAtHome that has free digital content from the gallery. It includes digital views of current exhibitions, a virtual tour of the Sculpture Park, and colouring pages from reimagined artworks from their collections. (see here)
– Connecting with audiences on their Instagram using the hashtag #MueumAtHome.
– Offering virtual tours on their Facebook page. (see here)

Art Gallery of Hamilton
– Using the website LinkTree to make many aspects of their gallery accessible, including virtual tours of exhibitions, film screenings, and classes. (see more)
– Using the hashtag #AGHatHome on their social media

Art Gallery of Northumberland
– Using themed days on their Instagram page to engage with audiences about specific items in their collections. For example, every Wednesday is ‘Window Wednesday’ where AGN features art objects from their permanent collection (see here) and every Friday they have a video short. (see here)
– Using the hashtag #AGNAtHome to keep their audience engaged with the gallery and its collection.
– Introducing an ‘Art At Home’ challenge on their Instagram and features submissions created by their audience. (see here)

Art Gallery of Ontario
– Launched AGO From Home, a new way to enjoy the museum at any time from wherever you may be though interesting and diverse stories, videos, and closer looks at artwork as well as some DIY and How-To videos.
– Using the #MuseumFromHome and #AGOfromhome on their Instagram to engage with audiences online. (see here)

Art Gallery of Peterborough
– Continuing their Family Sunday programming via online (see here)
– Using hashtags #AGPtbo and #ArtPTBO on Instagram to keep their audience engaged with their gallery, collection and programming.
-Introducing challenges or prompts such as drawing challenges to engage with their audience.

Art Gallery of Windsor
– Launched a 30-Day art Project Challenge on their Instagram and website. To participate, download the activity book found on their website, fill a page using any art medium desired, and share a picture on social media tagging them in the post.
-Introducing other prompts using artworks and hashtags to get audiences to engage with their collection and their social media. For example, the hashtag #agwfrommywindow to connect audiences with a piece by IAIN BAXTER&, Curtains, found in their collection. (see here)

Arts Etobicoke
– Introducing their Juried Art show online in a virtual 3D model of the Storefront Gallery at Arts Etobicoke. It includes all of the artwork along with video statements from the artists and an interactive component that allows audiences to curate the exhibition. They can select up to 15 images for their exhibition, give the exhibition a title, write a curatorial statement and submit it to Arts Etobicoke’s online gallery. Submissions can be viewed by the public. (see here)
– Hosting programming via Instagram Live and making the recording available on their YouTube channel. (see here)

Art Museum at the University of Toronto
– Using the hashtag #MuseumAtHome to keep their audiences engaged and involved in their museum.
– Engaging with their audiences on Instagram by sharing images related to their current exhibitions or collection and asking questions to encourage dialogue in the comments. (see here)

Bata Shoe Museum
– Utilizing the hashtags #MuseumFromHome and #BSMFromHome to keep their audiences engaged and involved in their museum.
– Engaging with audiences every Tuesday and Saturday through the hashtag #AskACurator, where Creative Director and Senior Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack answers individuals questions. (see here)

Blackwood Gallery
– Having a catalogue of Blackwood publications available online (including micropublications, broadsheets, books, and reports). (see here)

Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts
– Making their current exhibition available online through their Facebook page. (see here)
– Making a ‘Members Only’ Facebook group for their organization’s membership.

Cambridge Art Galleries | Idea Exchange
– Online resources available for members that provide resources for Ebooks, activities to do at home, magazines, and some access to their collection. (see here)

Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery
– Using the hashtag #MuseumFromHome and sharing images of objects from their collection to engage with audiences (see here)

Canadian Heritage Photography Foundation
– Introducing a new photo gallery of images from their archive (see here)
– Using a blog to post updates and engage with audiences (see here)

Craft Ontario
– Using the hashtag #conenctwithcraft on Instagram and encouraging audiences to show the handcrafted items they bought in Craft Ontario’s Shop. (see here)
– Highlighting members and their stories on their Instagram page with the hashtag #COmemberstories. (see here)

Gallery 44
– Making aspects of their exhibition available online until April 25, 2020 (see here)

Gallery in the Grove
– An online gallery of their ‘Faces, Places, Spaces’ exhibition. Audiences can click on the artists’ names to find out more information about their work. (see here)

Gardiner Museum
– Using the hashtags #GardinerFromHome and #MuseumFromHome to engage with their audiences on Instagram. Sharing images from their collections with prompts that encourage comment discussion and interaction. (see here)
– Having artists videos available on their YouTube page. (see here)
– Online exhibitions. (see here)
– Having some family programming available online, for example, an activity that parents can do with children at home while practicing self-isolation. (see here)

Gallery Arcturus
– A Daily Art Blog posting art, observations, and nuanced thoughts on the everyday. (see here)

Grimsby Public Art Gallery
– On their Facebook page (here) Grimsby Public Art Gallery’s Education Coordinator is curating websites and links that will inform and inspire core curriculum learning for students navigating online learning.

Haliburton Sculpture Forest
– Selections of the Haliburton Sculpture Forest are available online through a virtual tour. (see here)

Harbourfront Centre
– School Visits Manager, Tim will be hosting live ‘Craft-ernoons’ each Thursday on their Instagram page. (see here)

Homer Watson House & Gallery
– Engaging with audiences with children on their website through their ‘Homer’s Stay At Home Camp’ that includes an April Art Challenge, Easter Cards, Art Videos, Historical Transcriptions, Crafts, and printable material. The Homer Watson House & Gallery is encouraging participants to tag them and use the hashtag #createfromadistance when posting their work. (see here)
– Using the hashtags #MuseumFromHome on their Instagram page to engage with audiences.

Humber Galleries
– Bringing their Campus as a Canvas call online to their Instagram page for the month of April. They will be doing different weekly calls for artwork to feature on their Instagram stories. Participants tag Humber Galleries in their Instagram Story and the gallery will repost the creation. (see here)

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
– Engaging with audiences by sharing pieces of their permanent collection on their blog. (see here)
– Using the hashtag “MuseumFromHome” on Instagram to keep audiences connected to what is happening at the gallery.

Koffler Centre of the Arts
– Uploading artist readings and talks onto their online platforms. (see here)
– Using LinkTree to connect all of their online resources (some new and some existing) to make it easier for audiences to engage with multiple areas of their institution. (see here)

Latcham Art Centre
– Launched a virtual community sketchbook called ‘The Homegrown Collection’ in response to a need to connect and share in a time of isolation. This community “sketchbook”, is a collection of work submitted by the audience and is easily shared. (see here)
– Providing a virtual tour of their Juried Exhibition on their Instagram page.

MacLaren Art Centre
– Promoting their online collections database through their social media channels. (see here)
– Offering their drop-in programmes and activities online including their Family Sundays (see here) and W-Edge Workshops (see here).

McIntosh Gallery
– Updating their ‘A Driving Force’ website that features interviews from women artists, curators, and academics to celebrate women artists, supporters, collectors, donors, writers, administrators, educators, and volunteers that have been a driving force int he London art community. (see here)

McMaster Museum of Art
– Created a page on their website called “MMA From Home” which features a list of exhibition and collection content that users can engage with from the comfort of their home. It includes virtual tours, talks, and a link to their YouTube channel. (see here)
– Using the hashtags “MuseumFromHome” and “MMAFromHome” on their Instagram page to engage with audiences about their collections and programming.

McMichael Canadian Art Collection
– Created a portal on their website “ArtVenture Online” that features quick links to activities and programming that connects users to the McMichael’s collection, educators, and artists. (see more)
– Using the hashtag #McMichaelFromHome on their Instagram page and engaging with audiences through personal content. For example, Executive Director Ian Dejardin shared thoughts on a painting and was available to answer questions through the comments. (see here)

Mercer Union
– Documentation for their current exhibition ‘Native Art Department International: Bureau of Aesthetics’ is available online. (see here)

Museum London
– Created a page on their website that compiles resources for audiences to still be engaged with the museum at home. This page includes virtual tours, access to their collection, online programming, online lectures and additional resources. (see here)

Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (MOCA)
– ‘Shift Key‘, a dedicated page on their website that regularly posts new media artwork with free access to all (beginning March 21, 2020).
– Engaging with businesses around the institution on social media to promote local businesses. (see here)
-Using hashtags to connect artists and artworks with their audience. For example, the hashtag #makeitincardboard to connect audiences with artist Carols Bunga who uses cardboard sheets. (see here)

National Gallery of Canada
– Hosting Online Wikipedia Edit-a-Thons (beginning April 8, 2020) where users can help the NGC update underrepresented artist profiles on Wikipedia while practicing social distancing. Each week will focus on a different group of artists. (see more)
– Sharing images from their collections via Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag “MuseumFromHome”.

The Power Plant
– Using the hashtags #TPPTogether and #MuseumFromHome on their Instagram page to keep their audience engaged with their exhibitions and programming.
– Using the hashtags #TPPStaffPick where staff from the Power Plant discuss some of their favourite artworks and exhibitions from the Power Plant. (see here)
– Offering virtual tours of their latest exhibitions. (see here)
– Using LinkTree to sync all of their online activities and resources into one source. (see here)

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
– Offering at-home virtual art activities that are available on their website. (see here)
– Offering virtual exhibitions on their website. (see here)
-Offering digital publications on their website (see here)
– Using Link Tree to sync all of their online activities and resources into one source. (see here)
– Using the hashtags #MuseumFromHome and #thermgFromHome on social media to keep their audiences connected and engaged with their collections, programming, and exhibitions.

Southampton Art Gallery
– Created a seminar series by email and video for our member artists to work on business materials and telling their story online through the closure
– Created a kids online art contest in partnership with Southampton Rotary with weekly themes that respond to the community and COVID issues
– Created a “from our library” series of  posts linking art history to work in our gallery and by our instructors-boosted posting to social media to seven days a week

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