PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

GALERIES ONTARIO / ONTARIO GALLERIES Presents PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS. 

We are thrilled to present our professional development workshops to your screens where you can safely learn from home!

COMPLETED WORKSHOPS:

COLLECTIONS AND ACCESSIBILITY – Thursday January 28th, 2021 (Finished)

HOW GALLERIES CAN STRENGTHEN COLLECTIONS – Thursday, March 11th, 2021 (Finished)

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AND YOUR COLLECTION – Wednesday, April 14th, 2021 (Finished)

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS: 

BOARDS, ACQUISITION COMMITTEES, AND YOUR COLLECTION – Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 (NEW DATE)

BOARDS, ACQUISITION COMMITTEES, AND YOUR COLLECTION

DATE: May 12 2021

Time: Start 10:00 am – 3:30pm ET

DESCRIPTION:

A Board of Directors governs most art galleries and museums. A board’s role is to ensure the institution is operating for the public interest and that they are caring, preserving, and exhibiting the collection to professional standards. Staff and board work together to plan and implement the institution’s mission, vision, and mandate. Board members are often art collectors and will either contribute to an institutions’ collection through monetary or artwork donations. However, what if a Board member is found to be associated with unethical practices or organizations? Recently, the ethics of Board members has been under scrutiny at major institutions internationally.

The Whitney Museum saw protests during the Whitney Biennial, with a call from participating artists and Museum staff for the resignation of Warren B. Kanders. Kanders is the CEO and Owner of Safariland, a weapons manufacturing company that produces tear gas used at the Mexico-US border on asylum seekers. More recently, the Modern Museum of Art in New York’s opening of its $450 million expansion was met with groups protesting board members Larry Fink and Steven Tanenbaum’s involvement. Fink is a trustee at the museum who owns BlackRock. This New York-based investment management company is a stakeholder in private prison corporations. At the same time, Tanenbaum is the founder of GoldenTree Asset Management. This hedge fund reportedly owns at least $2.5 billion in debt from Puerto Rico (currently undergoing a financial crisis). Protestors were calling on MoMA to divest and to open a conversation of where to reinvest their money.

These protests led to a larger conversation: should institutions be responsible for their board members’ ethical alignments? How does this affect all areas of their institutions, including how a gallery acquires and builds its collection? This workshop will be for Board members and senior leaders of art galleries and museums. It will address the role of Boards in an art gallery and museum governance and their effect on all aspects of the institution. It will also open up peer-to-peer discussion on how gallery staff and Boards can work collaboratively and collectively to advance the institution’s mission, vision, and mandate while addressing their systematic issues within their institution.

Sessions will include:

  • Why the Make-Up of Your Board Matters for Your Collection
  • Your Board, Collections, and the Formation of Acquisition Committees
  • Board Governance and Leadership Programs and Pitfalls: Creating a Healthy and Supportive Board

Moderator: Robert Steven, President & CEO- Art Gallery of Burlington

Presenters:

  • Margaret Chrumka  – Executive Director, Kamloops Art Gallery
  • Nadia Bello, Director, Dean’s Office and Strategic Initiatives, Faculty of Community Services, Ryerson University
  • Michael Maynard, Board President at Art Gallery of Northumberland
  • Michelle Jacques, Chief Curator, Remai Modern
  • Hank Bull, Chair, Governance and Nominations Committee for the board of the Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Mike Murawski, Museum Consultant and author of Museums As Agents of Change
  • Dr. Stephen Borys, Director & CEO, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Jan Allen, Independent Arts Advocate and Consultant
  • Clayton Windatt, Executive Director for ARCA & Trustee at National Gallery of Canada

WORKSHOP REGISTRATION

Complete the registration form then email the completed registration form to –  Jessica Lukas, Secretariat Coordinator, members@oaag.org, with the subject line – ATTN: MAP – Workshop May 12

Single Day Workshop Cost:

  • Institutional GOG Members: $150.00
  • Institutional General/Non-Members: $250.00
  • Artists / Independent Art Workers: $55.00
  • Students (with valid student ID): $45.00

Registration includes access to the full day of presentations and discussions, supplementary materials, and any additional activities. Please note that one registration is for ONE Person and Zoom link is not to be shared. The zoom link will be sent out the day before the event.

VENUE LOCATION:

These workshops will all be held virtually via Zoom – Zoom link will be sent the day before the workshop

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

GOG gratefully acknowledges the funding contribution from the Museums Assistance Program with the Department of Canadian Heritage.

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Marc Thivierge
3 months ago

I would love to participate

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