Maintaining Respectful Workplaces Workshops

Maintaining Respectful Workplaces Workshops
CHRC is supporting efforts to address all kinds of harassment in arts workplaces (including sexual harassment bullying, discrimination and violence), and to lay the groundwork for “respectful workplaces” as the norm in the cultural sector.

Under the Respectful Workplaces in the Arts (RWA) banner, CHRC’s Maintaining Respectful Workplaces workshops have been created to explore how to best deal with harassment situations through:

  • discussions of what IS and IS NOT a respectful workplace;
  • a review of situations and scenarios to identify how to create and sustain a respectful workplace; and
  • an in depth consideration of the roles of both employers and artists and cultural workers in establishing and maintaining a respectful workplace.

Tools and tips, including province/territory-specific legislation will be highlighted for both employers and artists and cultural workers to create and maintain a respectful workplace.

The workshops will be 3 hours in length and adapted to the audience, whether they be employers, cultural workers, artists or a mixed group of 12 – 24 participants.

CHRC has trained a select group of trainers to deliver workshops on Maintaining Respectful Workplaces.  charles c. smith is one of these trainers. For a limited number of workshops in this pilot year, the Department of Canadian Heritage has generously agreed to cover the trainers’ fees.

If you are interested in hosting/attending one of these workshops please contact CPAMO’s Executive Director ( or Lucie D’Aoust ( All requests have to pass through CHRC.
Note: This is not a policy development or counselling session, nor is legal advice provided.

Digital Arts Strategy for IBPOC Artists and Arts Organizations

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For immediate release – September 13, 2019

Toronto, ON – Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) is excited to announce the development of the Digital Arts Strategy for IBPOC Artists and Arts Organizations. CPAMO will engage in research specific to the Indigenous, Black, People of Colour (IBPOC) arts community focusing on digital literacy and readiness. This is the first step to CPAMO’s ultimate goal to develop a digital platform complementing administrative support systems with audience engagement, data sharing, collaborative projects and creation opportunities via digital platforms specific for the needs of IBPOC Arts.

This project is facilitated by the Project Coordinator, Perry Voulgaris, and consultant, Kelly Lynne Ashton. Perry Voulgaris has 30 years experience in arts, media, entertainment and digital leading organizations in the creation and delivery of compelling and innovative projects. 20 years Board experience with nonprofits, committees, collectives, movements and community organizations. Kelly Lynne Ashton has over twenty-five years of experience on the business side of Canadian film, television and digital media. She assists cultural industry clients with research, policy and strategy development and consulting on diversity and inclusion initiatives. This project is funded by the Digital Strategy Fund through Canada Council for the Arts.

The Research phase of this project will identify and share evidence-based practices relevant to the artists/arts organizations, particularly focusing on how IBPOC arts organizations using digital technology, the development, scope and results of such uses. The consultation phase will include interviews and consultations with the community to identify their knowledge levels on digital technology and the arts, and discussion on how this might support collaborative, sector-building projects.  The consultation schedule is as follows:
CSI Regent Park
585 Dundas Street East
Toronto, ON M5A 2B7

Fall 2019 Dates:
Monday, November 18, 2019 | 9:30am – 2pm
Monday, November 25, 2019 | 9:30am – 2pm

Winter 2020 Dates:
Friday, February 7, 2020 | 9:30am – 2pm
Friday, February 14, 2020 | 9:30am – 2pm
Friday, February 21, 2020 | 9:30am – 2pm

Participation in these sessions are free and refreshments will be provided. Due to limited space RSVP online:

Fall 2019:
Winter 2020:

For more information contact: 
Kevin A. Ormsby, Program Manager,

Update: ASL will be provided for the focus groups on November 25, 2019 and February 7, 2020. 


Call for Submissions: The Gathering Fall 2019

Fall 2019

IBPOC Women and the Arts: Thinking and exploring the ways towards increased inclusion in the Arts Sector 

Call for Submissions from Artists

THE GATHERING has been a powerful, positive and supportive convening of arts practitioners geared towards sharing strategies in the engagement of Indigenous, racialized, deaf, disabled and mad, women and other historically-marginalized artists and communities; since it was initiated by CPAMO in Spring 2014. Given the convening’s success, The Gathering Fall 2019 IBPOC Women and the Arts will explore frameworks for understanding the potential of working toward with the further inclusion of IBPOC women in the Arts sector. Held over a day, the convening will feature showcase performances, plenary sessions and networking with artists and organizations asking the same questions about IBPOC visibility, inclusion and their intersections with artistic/organizational practices. Aimed at providing professional development, building organizational and artistic capacity, we aspire to enliven the many ways in which IBPOC women in positions of leadership can speak to many perspectives in the arts, and how these intersect with and provide public impact.

This Call for Submissions invites IBPOC artists to submit proposals for artistic showcases in such genres as dance, music, literature, theatre and visual arts.  Submissions for dance and/or theatre performances should be for pieces no longer than 30 minutes and literary readings no more than 20 minutes.

What is the overall concept? The Gathering offers an interactive space where arts organizations, artists and attendees dedicated to advancing equity and pluralism in the arts in a community and socially engaged way can share dialogue on common purposes and strategies towards engagement.

Why are we doing it? We believe sectoral and systemic change are more effectively achieved through collective, creative action, and we seek to learn from everyone to understand how they are influenced and relate to these issues in and out of their artistic practice and administration.

What we hope to achieve? We hope that participants arrive at a better understanding of the many ways in which IBPOC communities support, create from and with, an understanding of multiple sources while shaping strategies specific to indigenous / ethno-racially identified artists.

Extended Deadline: Friday, October 18, 2019

When & where is the event?
December 5, 2019
Location: The Tranzac (292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 2M7)

What we offer:

  • Opportunity to display/showcase your work to a wide range of artists/ audience, publicity, copy of the performance. (No more than 20 minutes in length)
  • Visual Arts submission MUST include:
    1. set up requirements and
    2. estimated time for set up and striking of work
    3. whether assistance is needed or included
  • Compensation for Performances up to $1000 (based on the number of artists)
  • Compensation for Literary Readings up to $200
  • Compensation for Visual Artists will be based on CARFAC Fee Schedule for Group Exhibits

Required for consideration:

  • A brief explanation of how your proposed work relates to the Gathering Fall 2019 Theme: “IBPOC Women and the Arts: Thinking and exploring the ways towards increased inclusion of in the Arts Sector”
  • Works where the major contributors / artists or otherwise self-identify as IBPOC women
  • Works created by IBPOC women
  • Artist / Organization Website URL, Social Media Info
  • Artist / Organization Biography 150 words
  • Headshot / Company Image 300 dpi
  • Links to previous work(s) or work proposed.

We particularly encourage submissions from women / trans-women.

Selection Process: 

Administered by a Selection Committee which consists of a CPAMO Board members, Program Manager as well as Executive Director, and selected CPAMO Pluralism in Organizational Change (CPAMOPOC) members, the committee will consider the following:
  1. Artistic Merit and with overall connection to CPAMO’s mandate and objectives
  2. The Focus of the theme:  IPOC Women and the Arts: Thinking and exploring the ways towards increased inclusion of in the Arts Sector
  3. Feasibility (Cost, number of artists proposed, range / breath / depth of work in the artistic form)

What should I put in the subject line?
“The Gathering Fall 2019: IBPOC Women and the Arts”. Please make sure to also include a link to your folder with required support material.

Where to send your submission?
An important notice: CPAMO operates in a Cloud-based platform. Documents MUST be submitted via Google Drive, Box, One Drive, Dropbox etc.

Successful applicants will be notified on October 25, 2019