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Presentation at CPAMOPOC session by Zainub Verjee (March 2018)


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Presenter: Zainub Verjee, (OAAG)
Date: March 20, 2018
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Presentation at CPAMOPOC session by Zainub Verjee (March 2018)

  1. 1. OAAG Leadership and Cultural Pluralism Project By Zainub Verjee Executive Director Ontario Association of Art Galleries March 20, 2018 1
  2. 2. Plan of the Talk • Context to our conversation • How OAAG engages with the issues • Special Mentorship Project • Road Ahead 2
  3. 3. Context To Our Conversation 3
  4. 4. – Dionne Brand C.M. “Notions of access, representations, inclusion, exclusion, equity, etc., are other ways of saying “race” in this country. So it’s made it comfortable to talk covertly about race in this country without saying that we live in a deeply radicalized and racist culture which represses the life possibilities of people of colour.” 4
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  7. 7. Here I am talking about the Massey-Levesque Report (1951), also known as the Royal Commission on National Development in the arts, letters & Sciences at the Art and Literary Summit 2017. 7
  8. 8. Ontario Association Of Art Galleries • Workshops • Professional Development • Special Projects • Road Ahead 8
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  10. 10. Workshops 10
  11. 11. Professional Development 11
  12. 12. Internship / Mentoring Are you a grad or know a recent grad who is passionate about advocacy and has a desire to develop a career path in the visual arts and heritage sector? We have the perfect opportunity for you! We are hiring for an Advocacy and Public Affairs Assistant, funded by the Young Canada Works (YCW), Building Careers in Heritage, program. More information and how to apply for the position can be found here: 12
  13. 13. Advocacy 13
  14. 14. Awards 14
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  20. 20. The project consists of the following components: • MENTORSHIPS Six culturally diverse arts professionals are being mentored by senior arts managers to help them transition into leadership positions in public art galleries across the province. Mentorships last 9-12 months. • WORKSHOPS Two workshops on leadership and cultural pluralism in the public art gallery were presented and open to all registrants. • WEBSITE Resources and knowledge gained by the project are posted online. 20
  21. 21. OAAG MENTORSHIP PROGRAM Successful mentorees were matched with a mentor based on their mentorship objectives. • Leadership, governance and change management skills • Ability to integrate culturally plural values and principles in operations, planning, audience development, marketing, programming and decision- making processes in public art galleries • Methods, techniques and practices in managing a public art gallery, including partnership development, human resource management and financial administration • Relations and communications with Board of Directors and/or city council • Strategic planning in the context of cultural pluralism • Listening skills and ability to give feedback • Self-reflection and other personal skills • Network and contacts • Other areas as identified by mentorees or mentors 21
  22. 22. From left to right: Suzanne Smoke, Naomi Johnson, Tina Chu, Astrid Ho, Patrick Macaulay, Mark V. Campbell, Pamela Edmonds, Johnson Ngo. December 2014. Photo by Calvert Quach. MENTORSHIP PROGRAM 22
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  26. 26. Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens, from the series Measures of Inequity, 2016 PATHWAY FORWARD 26
  27. 27. Key Finding: Gallery management is whiter than Canadian artists in particular, and the Canadian public in general Key Finding: Gallery-management diversity is lagging behind even 1996 general-population demographics Key Finding: Regional art-ecology particularities matter 27
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  29. 29. Thank you! Ontario Association of Art Galleries 401 Richmond St. West, Suite 395 Toronto, ON M5V 3A8 PHONE: 416-598-0714 WEBSITE: INQUIRIES: Zainub Verjee Executive Director 29