– 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
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:
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
OAAG MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
Successful mentorees were matched with a mentor based on their mentorship
• 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
• 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
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.
Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens, from the series Measures of Inequity, 2016
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
Ontario Association of Art Galleries
401 Richmond St. West, Suite 395
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8