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Join the conversation: Help shape the future of the arts in Ontario!

June 5, 2024

The Arts Forward Framework is an initiative rooted in OAC’s strategic plan for 2022-27, Reset. Renew. Revitalize. This framework will respond to two of the key directions from the strategic plan – to further develop OAC’s funding approach, and to renew program design and service delivery. It also serves as a strategic initiative aimed at ensuring OAC’s relevance to Ontarians, artists and arts organizations.

We are seeking enthusiastic individuals to participate in select focus groups for the Arts Forward Framework. If selected, you will:

  • respond to proposed new programs and to  refined organizational and program measurements
  • contribute to the future direction of the OAC and the arts sector in Ontario
  • share your expertise and insights with key stakeholders
  • contribute to the development of impactful strategies for the arts community
  • connect with other passionate people who share your interest in the arts

Who can participate?

We are looking for individuals who:
  • have a strong interest in the arts and culture sector
  • bring diverse perspectives and experiences to the table
  • are willing to actively participate in constructive discussions
  • are available for the scheduled focus group sessions (time commitment of about two to four hours)

Sessions will be hosted virtually, and participants will be compensated for their time.

How to apply

To express your interest in participating, please fill out the short application form by 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, June 10, 2024. Selected participants will be notified via email with further details.

Don't miss this opportunity to be part of a transformative journey for the arts in Ontario. Your voice matters!

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For more information about the Arts Forward Framework, contact us at communications@arts.on.ca.

Selection criteria

  • Relevant Experience and Expertise
    • Demonstrated interest or involvement in the arts and culture sector.
    • Experience working with arts organizations, artists, or related fields.
    • Knowledge of current trends, challenges, and opportunities in the arts sector.
  • Diversity of Perspectives
    • Representing a diverse range of backgrounds, including but not limited to, age, gender, ethnicity, ability, and geographic location.
    • Ability to offer unique perspectives and insights based on personal or professional experiences. 
  • Commitment and Availability
    • Availability to participate in the scheduled focus group sessions.
    • Willingness to actively engage in discussions and contribute constructively to the dialogue.
  • Communication Skills
    • Ability to express ideas clearly and effectively.
    • Demonstrated ability to engage in respectful and open-minded dialogue with others.
  • Interest in OAC's Mission and Goals
    • Alignment with the mission, values, and goals of the Ontario Arts Council.
    • Desire to contribute to the development of impactful strategies for the arts community.
  • Ability to Collaborate
    • Willingness to collaborate with other participants and OAC staff to achieve common objectives.
    • Ability to work effectively in a group setting and contribute to a positive and inclusive environment.
  • Availability for Follow-up Activities
    • Availability to participate in potential follow-up activities or discussions related to the focus group findings.
  • Accessibility Considerations
    • Willingness to provide feedback on accessibility needs and accommodations required for participation.

Selection Process

  • Participants will be selected based on the above criteria to ensure a diverse and representative group.
  • Selected participants will be notified via email with further details and instructions.