Ontario Association of Art Galleries
Tourism Region: Ontario
The Ontario Association of Art Galleries was established in 1968 to encourage the ongoing and cooperative development of Ontario's public art galleries, art museums, community galleries, and related visual-arts organizations. Incorporated in Ontario by letters patent in 1970, and registered as a charitable organization, OAAG aims to serve and represent all of Ontario's public art galleries as essential and valued cultural resources.
Services & Activities
OAAG's main service is a membership program that is open to art galleries, non-profit arts organizations, individuals, and anyone who supports the public art galleries of Ontario. We encourage our members' publishing of exhibition books and catalogues, and reward this excellence through the annual OAAG Awards. OAAG maintains its own publication program, and produces handbooks and other informational books relevant to the non-profit art gallery sector. As well, we regularly provide professional development opportunities across the province for our members and other interested arts professionals.
The OAAG Secretariat is home to a growing resource centre, comprised of our publications, members' publications and newsletters, government resources, periodicals, exhibition catalogues, directories, and many files of information covering various issues pertinent to our sector.
OAAG offers workshops and professional development opportunities to mid-career and senior gallery professionals through the Cultural Management Series, as well as to emerging arts administrators through the new Blue Soup series. We offer approximately 6-8 workshops, roundtable discussions, and plenary sessions throughout the year. Each session is unique, and we have covered topics such as copyright, travelling exhibitions, facilities development, and curatorial writing in the art gallery. OAAG has also provided training, through internships, to a number of university and college students.
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OAAG's members include public art galleries, artist-run centres, non-profit arts organizations, individual arts professionals, and others who support the work of Ontario's public art galleries. Membership benefits include: a listing in OAAG's annual Members' Directory; advance notice of meetings, conferences, workshops, and events; reduced registration fees for conferences, seminars, workshops, and events; discounts on OAAG publications; partnership in advocacy and research; eligibility to nominate for and receive OAAG Awards; and free admission to OAAG galleries participating in the reciprocal admission program.
Publications & Products
OAAG publishes its Members' Directory annually. Past OAAG publications include Art Gallery Handbook Volume 3 (2001), Volume 2 (1991), and Volume 1 (1982); Legaleasy; Censorship and the Arts; Going Public: A Marketing and Awareness Handbook for Ontario's Public Art Galleries; and Mapping a Future. OAAG strongly supports its members' publication programs, and promotes the sale of members' art exhibition books and catalogues at art and book fairs wherever possible.
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