Public Program

Sustainable Economies: Regional Public Art Galleries and Art-Vibrant Scenes

Friday, March 27, 2015 | 9 am – 5 pm

Valiant Corporation Suite, 3rd floor Also known as Northeast corner (third floor)
Third Floor

Sustainable Economies: Regional Public Art Galleries and Art-Vibrant Scenes is presented by Ontario Association of Art Galleries with Art Gallery of Windsor. 

This professional development exchange convenes directors, curators, and emerging arts professionals in a timely and relevant exchange on the role and sustainability of public art gallery collections in today’s fluctuating economies. The exchange primarily focuses on regional art galleries in small to mid-size cities across Ontario.

Call (416) 598-0714 or email

Full Day Registration: $125 OAAG Member / $150 General / $45 Student
Morning or Afternoon Registration: $75 OAAG Member / $85 General
Registration includes refreshments, lunch, workshop kits and online components. Presentation of this program is subject to minimum registration requirements.

Optional: One-day tour of Detroit art institutions and art sites is in development for the following day - Saturday, March 28. To be confirmed based on interest. Additional costs apply.


Keynote: Catharine Mastin, Director, Art Gallery of Windsor, speaks on support for arts and culture through municipal funding. She discusses the 49-year lease agreement with the City of Windsor.

Keynote: Gabrielle Peacock speaks on "Making Culture Count: A Case Study in the Role of the Museum Leadership and City Revitalization." She is completing her role as CEO at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery at the end of March.

The morning theme examines the roles of public art galleries and their collections in cities where changing economies have impacted the employment sector as a whole. We will open up this conversation through a discussion of gallery impacts arising from the 2008 and 2009 recession in the automotive-based economies of Oshawa, Windsor and Detroit.

  • How have public art galleries adapted?
  • What opportunities do they see from organizations in the future?
  • What kinds of opportunities and barriers exist in each city or region for artistic innovation/intervention for community building and social change?
  • What types of new local and regional funding and revenue strategies can help sustain public art gallery collections?

Morning target audience: Directors, CEOs, Board members, leaders in the public art gallery sector, and arts professionals seeking enhanced context for the afternoon


The afternoon offers examples of ongoing and sustained artistic innovations / interventions that public art institutions have undertaken during depressed and changing economies. Presenters and panellists will present successful case studies, which could include educational programs, public programs, exhibitions, curatorial interventions, regional networking, and new funding opportunities.

Presenters include:

  • Srimoyee Mitra, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Windsor, leads a tour of Border Cultures. She will discuss the conception of this three-part exhibition and how the regional community has been affected by it.
  • Sam Mogelonksy, Communications and Social Media Co-ordinator, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, presents data on the successful four-year run of RMG Fridays in Oshawa.
  • Jude Abu Zaineh, Triennial Coordinator, and Salina Larocque, Education and Public Programs Coordinator, Art Gallery of Windsor, discuss regional gallery outreach strategies and the impacts of The 2014 Windsor-Essex Triennial of Contemporary Art.
  • Margaret Grace, Educational Programming Manager, Heidelberg Project in Detroit, discusses how the project has adapted in Detroit’s changing economies since its founding date in 1986.

Registrants have the opportunity to discuss the following: sustainability of public art galleries and collections; distinctions in Ontario regions, and different or similar strategies that can be used in each city or region; sharing opportunities of projects and practices that have had or could have significant enhanced gallery outreach and community engagement. Workshop registrants are encouraged to bring their own examples or projects to discuss.

Afternoon target audience: Directors, CEOs, Curators, Development Staff, Fundraising Staff, Marketing Staff, Educators and Programmers, Students


You may be eligible for a CMA bursary to cover workshop expenses, including travel and accommodation. More information at

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