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

August 13: Diversity in Indigeneity and its Representation in the Arts

September 3: Arts Practice vs. Queer Arts Practice: Emergence, Similarities and New Realities

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

October 15: Writing Narratives: Diverse Lens of Canadian Experiences

November 5: What Have We Learnt?: Developing Policies for Mitigating Organizational Instability  in Crisis Situations

November 26: Festival Planning /Crisis and the implications on Programming  for Equity Seeking Arts Organizations


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.

Postponed: The Gathering Spring 2020

The Gathering in 2020 | Exploring Anti-Black Racism in the Arts / Performance and Thinking Digitally: Integrative Strategies for IBPOC Arts Practices was planned to take place between May 6-9, 2020. Due to the need to plan for The Gathering effectively, respond to the pandemic and to locate the best possible spaces for our panels and performances, we will postpone this Gathering to the fall of 2020.

CPAMO like most of the Arts community couldn’t estimate the impact COVID-19 would have had on the industry, in fact, we are still in response to the pandemic. We would like to thank all the artists who responded to our call for submission and we hope to resume planing for the Gathering in the upcoming months. We are mindful that you, the arts organizations and the Arts community, in which we work, is resilient and will recover. We are also confident that the Gathering will be an opportunity to unpack the possible effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please stay tuned as we are developing online programming for Spring 2020 and will have more information in the upcoming weeks! You can  also connect with us on Facebook Twitter | Instagram @cpamoontario

Resources from B/A’s webinar with Minister Guilbeault

Business / Arts along with Global Public Affairs held a special webinar with the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage to learn what measures the government is taking to assist the art sector. We received an overwhelming response to the webinar and we plan on hosting more in the near future to assist this sector through this unprecedented time.

While the Minister could not answer all of the questions posed, his team provided some resources which may be of help. Please see the below links for more information:

Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan:

Plan d’intervention économique du Canada pour répondre à la COVID-19 :

Canadian Heritage’s FAQs :

FAQ du Patrimoine canadien:

Canada Council for the Arts’ FAQs:

FAQ du Conseil des arts du Canada:

Tool for risk-assessment of mass gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Outil pour l’évaluation des risques relativement aux rassemblements de masse pendant la pandémie de COVID-19:

Venues that may be willing to offer space to governments and health authorities for testing spaces, clinics, etc. If you are interested in adding your venue, please enter your information directly into the spreadsheet:

Document on various metric categories for COVID19 impacts that arts organizations are documenting.
If you have suggestions for new categories to add to the document, please email

For further information, please contact:

Sean Casey –
Tara Mazurk –