OAC Launches New Strategic Plan
Hundreds of artists, arts organizations, community stakeholders and arts supporters across Ontario are gathering this afternoon for the virtual launch of Reset. Renew. Revitalize. – A Strategic Plan for the Ontario Arts Council (2022-2027), which is now available online.
“The world underwent massive disruptions during the pandemic, and the careers of artists, cultural workers and arts organizations are still adapting to the transformative effects that followed,” said Rita Davies, OAC Chair. “I am pleased that the Government understands that their investment in artists and arts organizations through the Ontario Arts Council generates so much value in communities across the province.”
With Reset. Renew. Revitalize., OAC is reinforcing its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and ensuring that Ontario’s expanding diversity is fully reflected in the artistic activity it supports. It will also be foundational as OAC develops programs that support the arts and communities as they recalibrate.
“OAC’s new strategic plan lays the groundwork for how we will support Ontario’s arts community as it innovates and responds to economic, societal and technological changes,” said Michael Murray, CEO. “I am eager to lead OAC through what will be an exciting and critical era.”
Register for today’s presentation
Register here to receive the Zoom link for the live hybrid strategic plan presentation today (December 7) at 2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT.
Four special guests from the arts community will respond to the strategic directions in the new plan. After their presentations, OAC senior leadership will provide more information and hear questions from the community.
The strategic planning process included:
The strategic plan will drive OAC granting policies, business planning and other activities in the coming months and years. The OAC will share information through regular e-blasts and on social media as we connect with Ontario communities to realize the plan.
- an online survey with 2,406 participants (including applicants, assessors and other stakeholders);
- 14 focus groups with artists and arts workers from the following groups: Indigenous, Black, other racialized individuals, Francophone, recent immigrants, Deaf or with disabilities, seniors, those from regions outside of Toronto, and others including LGBTQ2S+ communities;
- sessions with staff, board and community stakeholders;
- a community shareback session in late November 2021 attended by 50 artists and arts workers to report back on the survey and consultations to gather further input.