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...

Arts Service Organizations COVID-19 Impact Survey Results

IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 14, 2020 The COVID-19 Crisis has severe impact on Art Service Organizations:Over 50% Art Service Organizations will struggle to survive  To assess the impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Art Service Organizations (ASOs), a national survey across disciplines and provinces show that almost half of the...

IN THE NEWS

People Need Art in Times of Crisis. That’s Why Museums Should Be Among the First Institutions to Reopen for Business—Here’s How The cultural strategy expert Andras Szanto offers a step-by-step look at how museums could help the public regain a sense of normalcy. (via artnet)...

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Close to 40 per cent of Canada’s artists and artistic organizations will need more from government to survive COVID-19: survey (via Globe and Mail)...

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,...

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One-third of French galleries could shut before end of 2020 due to coronavirus impact (via The Art Newspaper)...

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Royal Ontario Museum will lay off half of its full-time staff, reducing hours (via Globe and Mail)...

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Degraded and demoralised: the arts companies left behind (via Limelight) ...

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,...

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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)...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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)...

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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....

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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....