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New Associate Francophone Arts Officer

June 11, 2020

Barbara Gilbert has been named the Ontario Arts Council’s (OAC) new Associate Francophone Arts Officer. Barbara will work closely with Geneviève Trilling, promoted to Francophone Arts Officer earlier this year. Nina Charest, longtime Program Administrator for Francophone Arts, was recently appointed to the new position of Granting Content Coordinator, where, among other things, she will ensure consistency and clarity of granting information in both official languages. Replacing Nina is Caroline Caire as the new Francophone Arts Program Administrator.

“I am very pleased that an experienced Francophone leader in Ontario’s arts community will be joining our granting team. Barbara’s hiring continues OAC’s commitment to engage officers who have direct experience in the arts communities that they serve,” said Kelly Langgard, Director of Granting.

Barbara Gilbert
Barbara Gilbert (Photo: Marc Lemyre)

About Barbara Gilbert

Barbara comes to OAC having most recently been Artistic and Executive Director of Le Labo, Toronto’s Francophone media arts centre, where she created Le Labo's flagship mentorship program.

She also worked at OAC from 2012 to 2014 as Francophone Coordinator for the Artists in Residence (Education) program, where she expanded her knowledge of Ontario’s Francophone arts communities.

Barbara has held a variety of roles in support of the visual arts, including Project Manager for the Ontario Museum Association, Secretariat Coordinator at the Ontario Association of Art Galleries, and Youth Programs Coordinator at the Art Gallery of Ontario. She has also taught professional practice courses at OCAD U.

In addition to her employment experience, Barbara has built a broad network of colleagues and connections through her volunteer work on the boards of Artist-Run Centres & Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO), Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC Ontario) and Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography.

Barbara starts at OAC on June 15, 2020.