Performing Arts Education Overview takes off

The launch of the Performing Arts Education Overview was celebrated by a full crowd last Friday at Theatre Direct’s Wychwood Theatre. This first-ever study of education activities by 50 performing arts companies in Toronto and area was a joint project of Creative Trust, PAONE (the Professional Arts Organizations Network for Education,) and Hill Strategies Research.

The PAEO sets the stage for a collaborative community initiative to strengthen this essential part of our work, kick-started by a series of three community gatherings:

January 31, 2012: Roundtable
PAEO Conclusions and Recommendations: Creating an Action Plan
A discussion of how to organize to strengthen our arts education networks, improve collaboration and sharing, learn together, and communicate more effectively. Can we come together as a community with the goal of making Toronto a recognized international leader in arts education?

March 27, 2012: Workshop
Learning from Each Other: Sharing our Own Best Practices
Featuring programs and practices most frequently identified as the most successful, exciting, and with the greatest impact.

May 29, 2012: Workshop
Building Partnerships: A Discussion with our Most Valued Arts Education Collaborators
Featuring school board representatives, arts education specialists, and funders discussing the future of arts education in the GTA – evaluating, communicating and strengthening our impact on youth and the cultural future of our community.

All sessions will take place at the
Centre for Social Innovation, 215 Spadina Avenue
Alterna Room, 4th floor
Registrations required
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Our vision is to make Toronto a recognized international leader in arts education – encompassing values we all share of the importance of culture, cultural access, creative opportunity, social cohesion, and more. We very much look forward to working together and with Minister of Tourism and Culture Michael Chan over the next few years as we pursue this goal.

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