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The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) and Tamarack Institute have partnered to build capacity around Collective Impact. This is a webinar series that dives deeper into the conditions of Collective Impact. Click here to learn more or to register for the sessions. For more information please contact OTF Support Centre at  or 1.800.263.2887.

OTF announces that it will be enhancing is outreach and support to grant applicants starting January 10, 2017. Since the launch of its outcomes-based Investment Strategy in 2015, the Ontario Trillium Foundation has heard from grant applicants that they want more personal support from OTF program staff. As a follow-up to our October 25 announcement, we’re pleased to announce the first in a series of enhanced support sessions for the Ontario public benefit sector. These first sessions will focus primarily on the Seed stream.OTF has planned full-day information sessions in communities across the province with 18 in English and four in French scheduled between January 10 and February 10 in 2017. Noting that the application deadline for Seed grants is February 22, 2017, please ensure your organization is registered by February 1, 2017 at 5 pm by the atomic clock. These sessions are in person. For those unable to attend in person, there will also be an opportunity to join the sessions by telephone, with a video link for those with good internet connections, and some sessions will be available as Coffee Chat webinars. Read the news release for more details. Applicants can also book phone meetings with our specialized team any time. The OTF Support Centre is open to take calls Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, and specialized staff will be available to answer more in-depth questions by telephone when necessary. Call the Support Centre at 1-800-263-2887, or contact us by email

CARFAC would like to thank all the members who have helped us in our campaign for the artists’ resale right in Canada. Last week the Standing Committee on Finance released their report on the Pre-Budgetary Consultations in Advance of Budget 2017 and recommendation #27 is important:“That the Government of Canada amend the Income Tax Act and the Copyright Act in order to provide for artists’ resale rights in Canada.” Read the full report: 

The Artists’ Resale Right has never been closer to becoming law in Canada. After years of lobbying, visual artists were invited to appear as a witnesses at the Finance Committee’s Pre-Budgetary Hearings. Watch our testimony at the committee here. Now we have our recommendation and we need your help to make the campaign more visible. Between now and February the Department of Finance will be writing the budget for 2017 and we need to ensure that the artists’ resale right is included. That’s why we are asking for donations to CARFAC National’s Advocacy Fund. DOANTE TO ADVOCACY FUNDEvery little bit helps. Can’t afford to donate? Send a letter to your Member of Parliament. Call them to request a meeting. Book a meeting? Contact me at: and let me know. I can support you. With this recommendation, we have never been stronger, but it will take all of us to make this happen.

Have a listen to Arlene Paculan’s cover of Joni Mitchell’s River. Joni Mitchell’s River is one of Arlene’s favourite songs and she put together her rendition of the tune, along with clips she took from her past adventures to Vancouver and NYC for you to enjoy! 

Tune in to Night Time with Arlene Paculan on Rogers TV, Fridays at 11pm – Fun new episodes start Friday January 13th, 2017!  You can watch it in Mississauga, Toronto, and Brampton! If you’re not in the area, you can check out past segments HERE

Filmmaker Katarzyna Kochany directed two new films that screened at Cineplex Yonge & Dundas, as part of TAPfest, an industry showcase featuring Toronto actors.   

Do you need financial support for professional development or a “change of direction” in your career? Theatre Ontario is now inviting applications for the March 1, 2017 deadline for our Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP). Learn more about Theatre Ontario’s Professional Theatre Training Program

Guelph Arts Council is pleased to announce that the 2016 Youth Opportunities Award will be shared by two applicants who will offer opportunities for Guelph and Wellington County children and youth to become engaged in the arts. The recipients are artist/educator Jessica Jang and Shelldale Better Beginnings, Better Futures. For more information about the award program, contact Guelph Arts Council at 519-836-3280 or

Arts on the Credit: original, inspired excellence – announces some exciting new developments for Arts on the Credit, beginning this year. “As Arts on the Credit continues to grow into the wonderful, organic organization it has become, we have tweaked it into something even more streamlined and effective. I am delighted to announce that we now have a vibrant volunteer committee of artists and business owners helping Elysia Prokopetz and I move the organization forward as an independent arts organization; showcasing, promoting and mentoring local artists with high-end juried shows and community initiatives.” Some changes to note: Arts on the Credit is now the umbrella organization, and will feature four main shows, Arts on the Credit Fine Craft and Arts Show in April, Jewels on the Credit in June, Arts on the Credit Tour in October and an Arts on the Credit Holiday Event in December. The new shows will be introduced gradually over the next three years. All shows will be juried during a specific period, then curated to ensure a spectacular and even representation of our local talent. Parameters for acceptance will now include work completed in the past two years. The members of the committee include Marie Payne, and Elysia Prokopetz. Significant contribution has also been given to the organization by Tony Lolic of, Debby de Groot of, Sandra Robson of and Sjon de Groot of Explore more about the show coming this April at 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE AGM PERMANENT COLLECTION: In conjunction with VAM39, this exhibition presents works by four senior female artists: Shirley Erskine, Lila Lewis Irving, Eileen Oswald and Doreen Renner, who have made significant contributions of both Visual Arts Mississauga and the Mississauga arts community over the last 30 years. Changing with each exhibition period, these thematic groupings from the collection, are accompanied by educational resources and activities. With this space, the AGM hopes to provide opportunities for deeper engagement between visitors, art and the community. Generously supported by the Pendle Fund at the Community Foundation of Mississauga.

This winter, the theme for DISPATCH is Draw More $ncome. Featuring an interview with Meera Sethi, and an article on earning income through eCommerce. You can access the newsletter on our website: here or on scribd

Announcements / CARFAC Ontario / 2017 Artists’ Day Planner / Toronto, ON

Announcements / CARFAC Ontario / “Has the Artist Been Paid?” T-Shirts Available! / Toronto, ON

Announcements / City of Hamilton / Arts Awards – Nominations Now Open! / Hamilton, ON / Deadline Date: Friday, February 10, 2017

As a public agency, the Ontario Trillium Foundation wants to ensure we are directing our resources to where there is the most need, so that we can have the greatest impact. We wanted to take an evidence-based approach, so that we could demonstrate the value of our investments.  Using an index like the Canadian Index of Wellbeing allows us to make granting decisions that will make the biggest positive change to individuals and to communities. Watch OTF’s CIW explainer video: How are we really doing?. That is why OTF used the Index in the creation of our Action Areas – the areas in which OTF focuses its investments. As OTF accumulates more data, these reports in tandem with other sources will help establish the best measure for OTF’s accumulated impact over the next decade.

On November 23, 2016, more than 70 representatives from Ontario’s arts community participated in Arts Day at Queen’s Park (ADQP). Over the course of the day, these representatives met with 47 Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) and key policy advisors to speak about the importance of public investment in the arts in every corner of our province. The day concluded with a reception at the provincial legislature hosted by the Ontario Arts Council (OAC). Twenty-five MPPs attended this reception, which featured three speakers: the Honourable Michael Chan, Minister of International Trade (on behalf of the Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, who was attending the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Tourism meeting in Nunavut), MPP Steve Clark, PC Culture Critic, and MPP Paul Miller, NDP Culture Critic, all of whom spoke eloquently about how vital the arts are to Ontario, in terms of both economic and social benefits. Click here to see photos and social media highlights from Arts Day at Queen’s Park. Whether or not you participated in Arts Day at Queen’s Park, you may want to add your voice to the Ministry of Finance pre-budget consultations. You can do so with In-person sessions and telephone town halls will be held with stakeholders across the province. If you are interested in participating, contact the Ministry of Finance at 1-866-989-9002 or e-mail  For more information about public input into Ontario’s budget, click here. Part of ADQP focused on sharing stories about how the arts make a difference in lives and communities. To support these stories, OAC produced a brochure with the latest facts and statistics on the impact of the arts in Ontario. Click here for a PDF version of this useful brochure.

Government Imposing Enhanced Record Keeping Requirements Pertaining to Corporate Property. On December 10th, the manner in which corporations manage their property will be altered in a number of important ways. Perhaps most significantly, ongoing reporting requirements will be implemented that require all corporations to maintain an updated register of any and all interests in land that belong to the corporation. The rationale for these changes is explored in further detail below. However, the key takeaway for any corporate owner is that they must be cognizant of these new reporting requirements, or face the possibility of fines from the government as a consequence of non-compliance.  Read more here (pdf version). Read more here (online version). Visit the Pallett Valo website.

FIRST. NEW. NEXT. is the framework for an innovative programming and growth strategy. This framework has been supported through several AGM community engagement exercises and inspired by the cultural and historical fabric of the community, as well as the AGM Permanent Art Collection. First Peoples, newcomers and the next generation make up the diverse community of the AGM and feature prominently in its newly focused vision. The AGM provides platforms for exhibitions, collections and experimentation in contemporary culture with a recent focus on artists and cultural producers from Indigenous, newcomer and youth communities. Through a broad range of educational programs, artist projects and other forms of critical dialogue, the AGM seeks to transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries, foster community, and provide spaces where alternative modes of thought are supported and activated in tangible ways. For further information, please contact The AGM welcomes all feedback and inquiries

Studio 89 has reached some great milestones in the past few years and it’s all because of our community and supporters. Your communication, comments, and contributions have allowed us to create a lively community hub full of impact related activities. As you can see you are very important to us, and that’s why we would love to know more about our wonderful community and what we can provide that will be of most interest to you. Our survey takes less than five minutes to fill out, and it would mean the world to us! Give us your feedback and spread the word so we can spread the love in 2017! Tell us what you think by clicking HERE!

Privacy Law Matters: This is the first newsletter of a series entitled “Privacy Law Matters” which will provide updates on recent developments in privacy legislation and case law. This newsletter will provide an update on the enforcement of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (“CASL”), a brief summary of the new Digital Privacy Act (“DPA”) and an update on the Personal Health and Information Protection Act (“PHIPA”). Read more here (online version).

OTF is announces new granting application deadlines for 2017. This announcement builds on the successful outcomes-based investment strategy launched last year and reflects feedback from key stakeholders including community organizations from every region and community in the province. The most important change concerns the number of times our individual investment streams will accept grant applications each year. Effective in 2017, OTF will shift to one deadline per year for three of its four investment streams: Seed, Grow and Capital. Applications for Collective Impact grants will continue to be accepted year-round. Consequently, the new 2017 calendar will be as follows: Seed: February 22; Grow: June 28; Capital: October 25; Collective Impact:Year-Round Acceptance. In addition, the two other programs administered by OTF – the Youth Opportunities Fund and the Local Poverty Reduction Fund – will continue to be available to eligible community organizations. These programs are unaffected by these changes and their 2017 deadlines will be announced at a future date. In addition to the new deadlines, we are also announcing that OTF will now deliver enhanced support to community organizations across Ontario, helping them create and submit stronger and more competitive grant applications. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly if we can help in any way at 416.963.4927 or

Studio.89 is a fair trade cafe and community hub in the heart of Mississauga offering a free space to empower each one of us to build a better community. They invite you to help support their community and become a monthly trooper! Monthly gifts provide Studio 89: An income to sustain its space that provides each one of us a FREE area to hang out, attend events and host events;Create more programs and educational programs for our youths; Keep the community active; Assist with tackling more social justice issues! Your monthly donation is in your control. Any amount you would like to donate per month – $10, $25, $50, $100 – is completely up to you and brings even more awesomeness to our awesome community hub! You can easily start, change or stop your gift at any time online. Visit us online or email for more information.

Albino Galloro offers a full range of financial services and products to help people achieve their financial goals with Investors Group. Those interested in learning more please email to place you on a list to contact.

Nova OAC’s online grant application system Nova, the Ontario Arts Council’s (OAC) new online grant application and management system, will be a reality as of mid-December 2016. Beginning mid-December 2016, applicants will be able to apply online to 2017 granting program deadlines. The new application process will be easier for applicants – eliminating the paper-driven steps that included photocopying and postage. This process will be more straightforward, efficient and cost-effective for both applicants and OAC. The OAC currently has 86 granting programs. Under the new funding framework, we are reducing the number of OAC programs in 2017, by 27 per cent. Click here to read the FAQ. As part of our move to online applications, many 2017 program deadlines will shift to new dates. 416-969-7403 | toll-free in Ontario: 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7403.

Looking to Volunteer with VAM’s creative community? Email Eldiana to apply and learn of upcoming opportunities with VAM’s programs, events, and exhibitions.

Albino Galloro is searching for the following instruments for purchase: Alto flute Haynes or Powell, Selmer alto Mk Vi or balanced action circa 1960, Tenorsemer Mk Vi or balanced action circa 1960, Flute b foot Haynes or Powell. If you have any of these for purchase please contact Albino at (905)  813-9849

Members of Theatre Ontario save 50% on E-Learning Courses from WorkInCulture. You love theatre, but the abilities that first sparked your love of the stage aren’t the only talents you need. Putting on a show or starting a theatre company takes a whole lot more. That’s why we’ve partnered with Work in Culture to offer Theatre Ontario members 50% off a selection of e-Learning courses that will help you produce like a pro! Here is just one of the six courses available: Partnerships and Collaboration – Create your dream team! Collaboration is essential to personal and professional success, but it’s not always as straightforward (or free from conflict) as we expect. This course will help your next collaboration run smoothly. Learn more about e-Learning courses from WorkInCulture

Check out the various benefits you receive as institutional members of CARFAC Ontario. Click Here for a full list of institutional membership benefits. Also, members of your institution enjoy $10.00 off individual memberships at CARFAC Ontario. To redeem the membership discount, please contact Venessa Harris (Membership & Communications Coordinator) at, who will prepare the discount codes and provide you with a sample letter to send to your members.

The Wine Ladies will soon be embarking on yet another journey, this time to stunning Cape Town and the Cape Winelands, with stops to historical cities and sites including Robben Island, Table Mountain and of course a game reserve! They are thrilled to be heading out to South Africa this February 2017 and would love you to join us! A spectacular tour that will include personalized visits to stunning wineries in the Cape Winelands, amazing culinary adventures, an historic Robben Island personal tour, Table Mountain, exciting jeep game-drives, safari tours and much more! For more details and to book your tour with us visit Integrity Tours or call 416-768-5375

OAC Exhibition Assistance Grants. The AGM is now in its fourth year as Artist Recommender for Exhibition Assistance Grants! This grant assists visual artists, craft artists and media artists with costs directly related to presenting their work in confirmed, upcoming, public exhibitions. We will be reviewing applications after the following deadline January 16, 2017. In addition to the OAC program priorities and criteria, we consider the following in our grant decision-making: Support artists who live and work in the 905/Peel region, in particular Mississauga; Work that demonstrates critical engagement with contemporary practice; Exhibition opportunities that could be characterized as important for the development of the artist’s career; No Toronto artists will be funded through this program. Click here for more information, or contact Laura Carusi at (905)-896-5088

The City of Mississauga wants to make Clarke Memorial Hall more accessible for arts, culture and heritage activities.  Clarke Memorial Hall is available Sunday to Thursday before 4 pm for closed rehearsals for a $50 flat rate fee.  It is also available for events in the evening for $20/hour.  The space can be booked by calling Customer Service at 905-615-4100, 2.  It is booked on a first come, first serve basis and users must agree to standard rental terms and conditions.  For more information, please call Lisa Abbott at 905-615-3200 Ext 4914.

Nisreen Askar has opened up a new studio in Port Credit, offering art classes and workshops for kids and adults. For more information call 647-241-1141.

Announcements / Ontario Arts Council / Indigenous Arts ProtocolsThe Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has commissioned a video called Indigenous Arts Protocols. This video addresses cultural appropriation and highlights how Indigenous arts protocols can guide artistic practices and ensure respect for Indigenous peoples and Indigenous knowledge.

Announcements / CARFAC Ontario / Past Webinars / Toronto, ON

Announcements / CARFAC Ontario / TOTAL Museum and Fine Arts Services / Member Discounts

Announcements / Government of Ontario / Launch of Ontario’s First Culture Strategy

Announcements / Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) / Make It Fair

Announcements / Work In Culture / Biz Smarts – Free Webinars / Toronto, ON

 Announcements / Pro Bono Clinic / Connect Legal / Toronto, ON

Announcements / 4elements Living Arts / Northereastern Ontario Surveys

ARTSY PARTIES ARE BACK! Throw your kids a party they’ll never forget! Join our artist-instructors as they lead young artists through exciting art projects in our professional studios! Each Artsy Party includes one complementary large cheese pizza from 3 Brothers Pizza.  For details.  Book while supplies last.

Do you have a senior in you life that lives in a senior residence? Tell them about VAM’s ArtReach for Older Adults program which enriches the lives of seniors through engagement in the creative process.

Seeking Community Theatres for Trial Adjudications. Trial adjudications are our opportunity for us to “audition” new adjudicators – and we need eager community theatres to participate in the process. Learn more about volunteering for Theatre Ontario’s trial adjudications

How to Prepare Effective Support Material for Theatre, Dance and Performance-Based Multi and Inter Arts Grant Applications. Support material documenting your art work is usually the most important part of an effective grant application for the Ontario Arts Council’s (OAC) programs. To help you, we are launching Preparing Effective Support Material for Theatre, Dance and Performance-Based Multi and Inter Arts Grant Applications,  a video featuring tips and advice for the best possible grant application.Topics covered include: How to select and organize the support material for your application; Guidelines around the use of still images and video; What type of support material not to include; How to present examples of dance, theatre and performance-based multi- and inter- arts work, etc

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