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....

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...

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...

IN THE NEWS

For Love or Money According to the CRA, an artist is either a professional or a hobbyist, which raises broader questions about whether art should be valued because it can be sold or because it can be shown. Written by Executive Director Zainub Verjee: “Today in the light of #Covid19 #crisis,...

IN THE NEWS

The Last Days of the Art World…and Perhaps the First Days of a New One: Life after the coronavirus will be very different. (via Vulture)...

IN THE NEWS

Museum and Gallery Associations Respond to New COVID-19 Support for Art Non-Profits Image caption: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaking at a coronavirus-related press conference. Photo: PMO....

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...

IN THE NEWS

Image caption: Installation by Somewherelse, with Karl Skene and Tyler Lovell, Toronto Media Arts Centre. Photo: Henry Faber....

Media Release

IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 31, 2020 Ontario Art Galleries losses to mount up to $13 Mn in next six months 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...

Quotes from Ontario Art Galleries

The Arts will always rise again, but people need to feed their families, that is the most important. The arts will find a way. We are use to making amazing things out of nothing. We have more experience than anyone! Glenhyrst Art Gallery Of Brant There has been extensive...

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...

IN THE NEWS

Waging Culture 2008: the socio-economic status of Canadian visual artists (via the Art Gallery of York University) Excerpt: “Cultural Policy in Canada appears written in a vacuum. [NB: the 2012 study is located here. The 2017 study is currently underway.]If the arts were not, as economists say, an irrational pursuit,...

IN THE NEWS

Museums Scramble to Document the Pandemic, Even as It Unfolds With photographs, field interviews and mass surveys, institutions are trying to preserve information about everyday life during the crisis for future study. (via The New York Times)...

IN THE NEWS

The Larger Costs of Closing a Local Museum During Coronavirus The Underground Museum in Los Angeles has become not only an art destination but a community lifeline....

IN THE NEWS

Why Deaccessioning Is Never a Straight Story To many, ”deaccessioning” means ”scandal.” But it’s a valuable process—and without decent public funding for museums, it’s bound to become more common....