Save the Date – The Gathering: IBPOC Women and the Arts is on December 4 & 5!

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

Opening Reception for Art Exhibition
December 4, 2019 | 6pm-8pm 
918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education
918 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5R 3G5

Panels and Performances
December 5, 2019 | 9:30am-5pm 
Tranzac Club
292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y2

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.

The Gathering will begin with an art exhibition reception on December 4 from 6-8 pm at 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education (918 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5R 3G5). Free admission to the exhibition (cash bar during the opening).

Panels and performances will take place on December 5 from 9:30 am – 6 pm at Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y2). Tickets: General Admission $20 | Students/Seniors/Under-employed $15 .

The panelists are:

  • Sadia Zaman, Inspirit Foundation
  • Camille Georgeson-Usher, Aboriginal Curatorial Collective
  • Alica Hall, Nia Centre for the Arts
  • Vivinne Scarlett, danceImmersion
  • Marjorie Chan, Theatre Passe Muraille
  • Cynthia Lickers-Sage, Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance
  • Zainub Verjee, Ontario Association of Art Galleries
  • Karen Tisch, Koffler Gallery

More information will be announced soon!

RSVP online:

Please note: lunch is not provided on Dec. 5.

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.