The Gathering Fall 2020: Dec 9-11, 2020

The Gathering Fall 2020
Exploring Anti-Black Racism in the Arts and Thinking Digitally: Integrative Strategies for IBPOC Arts Practices

December 9 – 11, 2020
Via Zoom 

The Gathering Fall 2020 | Exploring Anti-Black Racism in the Arts and Thinking Digitally: Integrative Strategies for IBPOC Arts Practices in partnership with the City of Toronto’s Anti -Black Racism Unit and Nia Centre for the Arts. This Gathering pulls together from across the world and the Canadian arts sector a wide range of artists, organizations asking the same questions about anti-black racism in the arts, digital technology, its intersections with one’s artistic / organizational practices all grounded within the EDIP (Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity towards Pluralism) lens to animate a digital conference experience reflective of the time.

Over 3 days, The Gathering will feature performances, literary readings, online visual arts exhibition and creative investigations from a diverse set of practices rooted in the Canadian Black Diaspora. The Mayor’s Roundtable on the Arts focussing on Anti-Black Racism in the Arts along with other sessions will address systemic challenges, sectoral change and frameworks for understanding digital technologies specific to Black / POC arts practices. Complimenting the Mayor’s Roundtable, 2 Keynote Presentations and 5 plenary sessions.

For more information and  to register: 

The schedule is available here in pdf

The description of each session is available here in pdf

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Important: All the keynotes and panel sessions will be recorded and then made available for viewing to the public, with the exception of Small Group Discussion. Performances and virtual visual exhibitions will not be recorded and only showcased once.  

Stay tuned as more information about keynote speakers and panellists is coming soon!

Accessibility: all sessions except the Mayor’s Roundtable will be via Zoom. We will have live transcribed available for all panels (except the breakrooms section), ASL will be provided for some sessions which will be determined closer to the date. Please let us know if you have any questions or accessibility needs.  

Kevin A. Ormsby,  Program Manager, CPAMO or (416) 899-9448

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Schedule update for Accessibility in the Arts sessions

Digital Accessibility in the Arts 

These sessions are part of IBPOC Digital Strategy – Phase II: Digital Tools Professional Development Series.

Updated times for 2nd and 4th Accessibility in the Arts sessions: 
Presented by Tangled Arts
Day 1: Thursday, November 19, 2020 | 11am-2:30pm EST
Day 2: Thursday, November 26, 2020 | 11am-1pm EST
Day 3: Thursday, December 3, 2020 | 1pm-4:30pm EST
Day 4: Thursday, December 10, 2020 | 1pm-3pm EST

ASL will be provided for these sessions. 

Join Tangled Art + Disability in an exploration of crip culture and disability aesthetics. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with Tangled staff members that will discuss the following topics: Disability Arts, the social vs. medical model of disability, accessible curatorial practices and digital ways of engaging access.

Day 1: Join Sean Lee and Kristina McMullin in an educational session that charts the emergence and swell of the Deaf and Disability Arts sector in Canada, and what it looks like to not only curate disability arts, but to develop the cultural aesthetics of access. This includes a brief overview of disability arts in Canada, current and future approaches to accessible curation, inclusive approaches to marketing, and communication as a tool for building community.

Day 2: Drop-in sessions – bring us your questions, your plans and your ideas as they relate to Day 1 and we can workshop together during an open drop-in session on access.

Day 3: Join Jack Hawk and Victoria Anne Warner in a discussion around the possibilities of access as a cultural phenomenon. Participants will learn about digital tools and protocols in addition to outreach possibilities that exist in the digital sector.

Day 4: Drop-in sessions – bring us your questions, your plans and your ideas as they relate to Day 3 and we can workshop together during an open drop-in session on access.

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Sean Lee is an artist and curator exploring the notion of disability art and accessibility as the last avant-garde. His methodology reframes embodied difference as a means to resist traditional aesthetic idealities. Orienting towards a “crip horizon”, Sean gestures towards the transformative possibilities of a world that desires the way disability can disrupt.

Sean holds a B.A. in Arts Management and Studio from the University of Toronto, Scarborough and is currently the Director of Programming at Tangled Art + Disability. Previous to this role, he was Tangled’s inaugural Curator in Residence (2016) as well as Tangled’s Gallery Manager (2017). Sean was involved with the launch of Tangled Art Gallery, and has been integral to countless exhibitions and public engagements throughout his tenure at Tangled Art + Disability.

In addition to his position at Tangled, Sean is an independent curator, lecturer, and advisor, adding his insights and perspectives to conversations surrounding Disability Arts across Canada and the United States. Sean currently sits on the board of CARFAC Ontario, Creative Users Projects and is a member of the Ontario Art Council’s Deaf and Disability Advisory Committee and Toronto Art Council’s Visual and Media Arts Committee.

Kristina McMullin is an arts administrator and academic in training with an activist’s heart. Her work investigates how arts and academia can create culture while pushing for necessary societal change. She has designed, promoted, and produced deliverables, events, and exhibitions through her work as the communications manager at Tangled Art + Disability. Her work as a research assistant on the SSHRC-funded project Cripping Masculinity aims to use accessible arts-based research as a tool to explore how Deaf, Mad, and Disabled cis and Trans men and masculine-identifying non-binary folks use fashion as a way of enacting their identities. Currently completing a Masters Degree in Communications and Culture, her academic research investigates how principles of Disability Justice can be brought into and influence society’s understanding and practice of labour.

As an advocate for Disability arts, Kristina has served as a presenter and panellist within Toronto’s arts and culture sector to speak about access and inclusion best practices and delivered keynote speeches across North America. As a dedicated cat mom, she spends her free time hanging out with her cat, Suzie.

Victoria Anne Warner (Research Coordinator) has been working in Disability Advocacy and Justice for over a decade. She discovered her passion for analysing, taking apart, and rebuilding access policies in the sci-fi convention world, and hasn’t stopped since. She has worked with CUPE Ontario as the first Equity Representative for Workers with Disabilities, and her research led to the creation of new courses for union members across Canada on disability and ableism. She is currently interested in how to disrupt traditional power structures, and how she can implement those values in her work while making sure that previously unheard voices are not only brought to the table but valued.

Jack Hawk is a multidisciplinary artist, astrologer, community worker and autistic, two-spirit mutt. Jack currently invests his time as the Outreach Coordinator for Tangled Art + Disability with the strength and love of the Tangled team. Previously, he worked in non-profit gallery management and held positions with George Brown College and the Griffin Centre. Originally from Utica, NY, he now lives in Toronto with his blue-tongued skink.

IBPOC Digital Strategy – Phase II: Digital Tools Professional Development Series

IBPOC Digital Strategy – Phase II: Digital Tools Professional Development Series 
 October 2020 – March 2021  via Zoom 

Essential Digital Tools – Schedule update
Presented by Jessa Agilo Founder, ArtsPond
Friday, October 2, 2020 | 1pm-4:30pm EST
Friday, October 9, 2020 | 1pm-4:30pm EST (postponed)
Friday, October 23, 2020 | 1pm-4:30pm EST – now Day 2
Friday, October 30, 2020 | 1pm-4:30pm EST – now Day 3
Thursday, November 5, 2020 | 1pm-4:30pm EST – now Day 4 Digital

Accessibility in the Arts
Presented by Victoria Anne Warner and Sean Lee, Tangled Arts
Thursday, November 19, 2020 | 11am-2:30pm EST
Thursday, November 26, 2020 | 11am-2:30pm EST
Thursday, December 3, 2020 |1pm-4:30pm EST
Thursday, December 10, 2020 | 1pm-4:30pm EST

Culture Brew’s IBPOC Artists Database
Presented by Anju Singh and Valerie Sing Turner, Culture Brew
Tuesday, January 19, 2020 | 12pm-4:00pm EST
Thursday, January 28,2020 | 12pm-4:00pm EST
Thursday, February 19, 2021 | 12pm-4:00pm EST
Thursday, February 25, 2021 | 12pm-4:00pm EST

Digital Engagement with Large Arts Organizations
Presented by Amy Mushinski, The Canadian Opera Company and Christopher Sonnemann, The National Ballet of Canada.
Thursday, March 4, 2021 | 1pm-4:30pm EST
Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 1pm-4:30pm EST
Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 1pm-4:30pm EST
Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 1pm-4:30pm EST

Registration for the Essential Digital Tools is now open!
Registration for other sessions will open shortly!
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About the session: 

Essential Digital Tools
Presented by Jessa Agilo Founder, ArtsPond
October 2, October 9,  October  23 and October 30, 2020  

Producer Jessa Agilo (Founder, ArtsPond) provides a whirlwind but fun and informative introduction to the essential digital tools and software in her front and back pockets for managing time, money, people, building creative programming, and engaging community. Learn from her 30 years of experience combining free, open source, and low-cost tools and applications to manage small to large teams from home on a tight budget.

DAY 1 

Compare the benefits and challenges of popular productivity suites including Microsoft Office365 E2 for Nonprofits, Google for Nonprofits, Open Office, and other alternatives for free/low-cost internal and remote back-office admin. Receive tips on other helpful free, open source, and low cost tools for managing internal digital assets, time, people, and money in demanding cross-platform environments for OS/iOS and Windows/Android. See examples of ArtsPond’s growing remote national digital office in action and learn about the factors that influenced its design and implementation. Explore strategies and templates for using spreadsheets like Excel and Google Sheets as viable alternatives to expensive databases and business enterprise software. Explore browser extensions/add-on’s, security, and syncing of devices and profiles across multiple domains.

Day 2

Compare the benefits and challenges of popular design and communications suites like Adobe with open source, free/low-cost alternatives to amplify your public outreach, accessibility, and interactivity on-the-ground and in-the-cloud. Explore CPanel and WordPress website hosting for non-developers without breaking your brain or emptying the bank. Look at free and open source constituency relationship management (CRM) options with CiviCRM, SuiteCRM, and MailChimp, livestreaming to Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, Instagram and other services with OBS Studio and YellowDuck, accessibility services with and other alternatives, research support with Zotero, strategies for sharing remote desktops, cloud and onsite digital asset backups, best practices for Zoom video conferencing and other alternatives.


Become a power Quickbooks and spreadsheet user for managing people, time, and money. See examples and learn how to build all the tools that you need. Explore how just a few spreadsheet features (filters, pivot tables, mail merges) and functions (VLOOKUP, SUMIF, IFS and more) can boost efficiency and automation of everyday business activities. Gain access to sample financial, HR, and activity reporting templates from ArtsPond’s office and learn how to build them on your own. Ask questions about financial and project management challenges and received thoughts or recommendations on how to improve or do things differently.


A hand’s on workshop for non-developers to learn how to install and powerup a multi-user Office365 environment and a new WordPress website on a custom domain with CPanel hosting (or hosted by WordPress). For Office365, setup and use SharePoint, Teams, Planner, Yammer, OneNote, OneDrive, and more.  On WordPress, learn how to install themes, create and update content, address site SEO settings, backup and keep it secure, migrate content to another location, set up a testing server on your local machine for play before launch, choosing between the best of free and paid plugins to extend functionality, examining options for hosting ecommerce or social networking functionality, setting up multiple user accounts with permissions, syncing up content and contact lists with Mailchimp and social media. Explore SSL certificates, hosting other open source software solutions to extend functionalities, and choose a hosting plan that works for you for the future.  

For this workshop, if you do not already have access, participants from nonprofit organizations in Canada are encouraged to request accounts for Microsoft Office365 E2 for Nonprofits from TechSoup Canada. Approval process can take 10 days. For those that are unable to do so, a temporary account will be provided to participants by ArtsPond for 90 days to explore the platform.


Jessa Agilo is an integrated arts producer with a three-decade career boosting social, economic, spatial, and digital justice for equity-seeking groups in Canadian arts and culture.  As Founder of ArtsPond, since 2014 Jessa has led ground-breaking efforts including de-gentrification (Groundstory), digital transformation of arts services (DigitalASO), open source software (Hatch Open), platform cooperatives (Artse United), creative land trusts (Groundtrust), shared charitable platforms (Arts Working Group), COVID-19 pandemic (I Lost My Gig Canada), and more. As a consultant, Jessa has helped grow such diverse companies as Creative Users Projects, Roseneath Theatre, Ontario Culture Days, Workman Arts, Queer Arts Festival, Dreamwalker Dance, and many more. Jessa is a mentor to young spatial and digital justice changemakers from Humber College, University of Toronto, Ryerson University, and Cultural Human Resource Council’s Talent2Lead. She was recognized with the Humberto Santos Award in Business and Administration in 2006 and Toronto Arts Council’s Leaders Lab in 2019.

DigitalASO + Artse United are two digital strategy initiatives led by ArtsPond with the support of Canada Council for the Arts’ Digital Strategy Fund. Artse United is an emerging platform cooperative providing open source arts management and impact investing digital tools for small creators and producers in arts and culture. Phase 1 prioritizes the financial management needs of equity-seeking groups in the visual, performing, and disability arts. DigitalASO is a national strategic effort to bolster digital justice and foster an inclusive ecosystem for shared digital innovation in Canadian arts and culture. Phase 2 explores the scope and design of a Digital Arts Services Alliance to help break down traditional silos and steward a shared national strategy for the transformation of Canadian arts and culture to the digital world with a focus on underserved, equity-seeking groups. Through digital meetups and public consultations across Canada, the project will help connect national champions, strengthen literacy and regional advantages across the country, boost cross-disciplinary and cross-regional collaborations, and foster shared human-digital infrastructure and resources.

The Gathering: Online

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Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) is launching a series of conversations exploring frameworks for understanding how Artists and Arts Organization are thinking about their work and programming given the COVID-19 pandemic and it’s ongoing impact on the Arts Sector.  We are committed to being a supportive convenor of arts practitioners from the Indigenous, racialized, deaf, disabled and mad, women and other historically-marginalized artists and communities.

The Gathering: Online invites artists and organizations to speak about their work and the viewers to engage with the artists while having a forum for asking questions in real time.

We hope you can join us. It is our intent to offer further space for networking with artists and organizations, asking the same questions about IBPOC visibility, inclusion and their intersections with artistic/organizational practices while speaking to many perspectives in the arts and the changing demographics of audiences and participation within the Arts sector.

Please note:  the sessions will be via Zoom and you can join online or over the phone. All sessions will be recorded and the recording will be available for the participants and the general public. Zoom link will be sent 1 day before the session and a reminder 1 hour before the session.


All sessions are 1-4 pm.

June 4: Importance of Digital Research and Prototyping: CPAMO IBPOC Digital Strategy report launch

June 11: Navigating Precarity and the Impact of COVID-19 on Arts Administration

July 2: A Boards Perspective: Leading an Organization Focussed Equity, Diversity and Inclusion – Please note the session on July 2 is postponed until the fall.

July 16: Anti-Black Racism in the Arts (NEW)

July 23: Arts in the Reflection to Our Time: Creation in Response to and with Community – Please note the session on July 23 is now part of the session on Sep. 3.

August 13: Indigeneity and its Representation in the Arts

September 3: Arts Reflecting Our Times: Creation with Communities and Queer Arts Practices

September 24: Visual Representation: The Problematic Nature of the Gaze for IBPOC Visual Artists

October 15: Literature in the Spotlight – Voices Unleashed

November 5: What Have We Learnt?: Developing Policies for Mitigating Organizational Instability  in Crisis Situations – Please note this session is postponed and will take place in 2021.

November 26: Festival Planning /Crisis and the implications on Programming  for Equity Seeking Arts Organizations – Please note this session is postponed and will take place in 2021.


Important: Please note if you registered for ticket “Registration for all dates” you will receive the zoom link for the new session on July 16 (Anti-Black Racism in the Arts) and do not need to register again for this session.

Seeking arts organizations participation!

The Gathering Fall 2020

Grow with Digital 

The Anchor Group will be taking an organizational centric approach to engage the idea of growth through digital transformation in the sector. Grow with digital unlocks steps and patterns that art-based organizations, companies,  and professionals should be taking to maximize their significant assets. Grow with Digital Assessment will help answering several questions: 

  • Are you adequately engaging your audiences and networks?
  • Are you adequately unlocking the value of your relationships as cultural capital? 
  • Do you have the right structure to access the funding you need to support your growth? 
  • How effective are you leveraging data to grow your programs? 


Grow with Digital Assessment will be online Monday, November 30, 2020. Interested participants will have 5-days to complete the Assessment and the completed answers will be sent back to the participating organizations. Each organization that completes the Assessment will receive an analysis of their results and a Best-Practice Report that outlines ways to advance its success leveraging data and technology. 

Presentation of Sector Findings will be at the Gathering Fall 2020 on December 11, 2020 (12:00 pm) in the Unpacking Data for Arts Organization | Kevin Howell session (no organizations will be named in this presentation). 

Please complete the following demographic information. Your contact information will be used to send your assessment link on Monday, November 30, 2020: