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)

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS: 

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

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

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AND YOUR COLLECTION

When: Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm ET 

Location: Zoom 

DESCRIPTION

As museums and galleries are becoming cultural hubs, they must work to attract new audiences. Public programming is becoming an increasingly important part of engagement and audience development. This workshop will explore recent programming trends, from engaging and activating existing collections to investigating new models such as dedicated performance programs and independent talks on broader cultural issues inspired by works and exhibitions, which can be used to deepen the experience. 

Art galleries and museums have been notorious for being spaces where you can look but cannot touch. Housing thousands of works behind glass, institutions have been focused on preservation and collecting rather than being a space for public engagement. How can institutions engage the public in a meaningful and impactful way. This workshop will  answer the questions such as, what is the balance between collection-based vs. independent programming? How can broad thematics be used to create a seasonal approach to content, and create dynamic, multiple entry points for new audiences, such as using digital to enhance and increase public interaction with artworks from their collections.

Sessions will include:

  • New Models of Engagement;
  • Making Links – Partnerships that Lead to Engagement;
  • Digital Outreach – Putting the Digital Engagement Framework in Practice;
  • Panel Discussion – What Does the Future of Programming Look Like.

Moderator:

  • Devyani Saltzman, Writer, Curator and Former Director, Public Programming, AGO

Presenters:  

  • Devyani Saltzman, Writer, Curator and Former Director, Public Programming, AGO
  • Alexis Boyle, Curator, Community Access, Ottawa Art Gallery
  • Josh Heuman, Curator of Education and Public Programs, Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
  • Melissa Smith, Assistant Curator of Community Programs, Public Programming and Learning, Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Shyam Oberoi, Chief Digital Officer, Royal Ontario Museum 
  • Dr. Julie Nagam, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts, Collaboration and Digital Media, Artistic Director of Nuit Blanche Toronto 2020/21, Director of aabijijiwan New Media Lab and Co-Director of Kishadigeh Collaborative Research Centre & Associate Professor at the University of Winnipeg 
  • Wendy Rading, Executive Director,  Arts Etobicoke 
  • Akshata Naik, Program & Gallery Manager, Arts Etobicoke

More presenters to be announced!

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 April 14th

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.

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.

BOARDS, ACQUISITION COMMITTEES, AND YOUR COLLECTION

DATE: May 12 2021


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: Tools for Creating a Healthy and Supportive Board

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

Details to be announced. Watch our website and social media, Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram for the announcements!

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.

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
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I would love to participate

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