In February 2020, ARCCO began a process of revitalization. Guided by a new board of directors, ARCCO is renewing its commitment to advocating for the rights of artists and arts workers in Ontario. In this critical moment, we recognize the need to listen closely to Ontario’s artists collectives and artist-run institutions, to help guide and shape our support and advocacy. We’d like you to be a part of the conversation.

From July 24 to 26, we invite you to join us for a series of virtual panel discussions with ARCCO members, arts professionals, activists, curators and arts workers, to talk about where we are and where we’re heading. You do not need to be an active member to attend. Please register for the talks using the links below.

Live transcription will be provided for each talk, and a moderated Q&A will follow each discussion.

All talks will be made available on ARCCO.NET following the conference.


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July 24, 2020 –13:00 – 14:30 – Plenary 

Opening statements +  Meet ARCCO’s Board of Directors 


July 24, 2020 – 15:00 – 17:00 – ARCCO Members AGM 

Reminder – you must be an active ARCCO member to vote, but attendance is open to all.

  1.     Introductions to members on the call; appointment of meeting chair
  2.     Approval of the agenda
  3.     Approval of minutes of 2018 AGM
  4.     Approval of minutes of Special General Meeting, February 18, 2020
  5.     Report from the board chair
  6.     Review of Financial Audit 2019
  7.     Appointment of Auditor for y/e 2020.
  8.     Nominations to the board
  9.     New business (if any)
  10.   Adjournment


July 25, 2020 – 14:30-15:45 – PANEL : On Labour + Wages

Michael Maranda (AGYU)
Laurence Dubuc (CRIMT/UdeM)

Using data from the 2017 Waging Culture survey of professional Canadian visual artists, artist and curator Michael Maranda will begin to characterize two opposing tendencies of economic activity within the art world: a winner-take-all model driven by an economics of attention and competition; and a work-preference model, which diverts resources into a practice rather than extracting profit. While both exist in artistic careers simultaneously, the two demonstrate two divergent ways of understanding how artistic practices can be pursued, and how these practices can be institutionally supported.

How can ARCs support artists in developing strategies dedicated to the improvement of their working conditions? Laurence Dubuc’s presentation will outline the results of a qualitative study involving over 14 Artist-Run Centres and 50 artists and/or arts workers in Montreal, and outline her work with Ontario’s Basic Income Network, advocating for basic income in the arts.


July 25, 2020 – 16:15 – 18:30 – PANEL : On Design, Distribution and Digital Strategy 

Yan Wu (City of Markham)
Craig Fahner (York/Ryerson) + Neal Moignard (UO)
Lindsay Fisher (Creative Users Project)

Moderator: Anne-Sophie Grenier

Yan Wu will introduce a digital initiative she recently conceived with a team of collaborators for Markham Public Art, titled “Online”. Unfolding over the summer of 2020, “Online” consists of two parts: a practical webinar series on public art titled “Homework”, and an online competition for speculative public art proposals titled “Delimit”.

Artists and educators Craig Fahner and Neal Moignard will consider the “artist-run platform,” outlining various open-source tools for organizing and sharing resources. They will argue that, in order to best reflect the collective nature of ARCs, open-source collaborative tools should be considered in favour of existing monopolistic platforms.

Lindsay Fisher will be discussing Creative Users Projects’ Accessing the Arts initiative, which aims to make disability and difference discoverable and vital in a world transforming to digital.



July 26, 2020 – 13:00 – 14:45 – PANEL : On Regional, Rural and Urban Collaboration

Rihkee Strapp (Northern Indigenous Artist Alliance)
Lucas Cabral (Artcite Inc)
Jenna Faye Powell (Annandale Artist Residency/Partners in Art)

Moderator : Lucas Cabral

In 2018, Rihkee Strapp and Cora-Rae Silk co-founded the Northern Indigenous Artist Alliance with the intention of creating more spaces for Indigenous artists, curators, administrators and creative workers to build kinship outside of colonial institutions and build a sustainable legacy in the North. Strapp will discuss the imperative role of collectives and alliances in Northern Ontario.

Lucas Cabral will focus his discussion on his work with Totally Outright, a skills-building and leadership program for young gay, bisexual, trans and queer (GBTQ) folk offered through AIDS Committee of Durham Region and how this program was strengthened through the work of practicing visual artsits and the support of The Robert McLaughlin Gallery.

Jenna Faye Powell will discuss unique models for international and cross-disciplinary collaborations, through the lens of the Annandale Artists’ Residency in Prince Edward Island. Focusing on partnering with city-based galleries to reach artists and new audiences, she will cover how to support (and not-alienate) regional communities; the changing role of residencies due to COVID, and how artist-run projects can foster long-term support for artists.


July 26, 2020 -15:15 – 17:00 – ROUNDTABLE : ARCCO Board in discussion with Membership

Addressing issues from the ARRCO Summit, the ARCCO board will conduct a moderated Q&A with members and potential members. Moderated by ARCCO board member Anne-Sophie Grenier (Modern Fuel)



Michael Maranda

Michael Maranda is assistant curator at the Art Gallery of York University. For the past thirty years he has been engaged with the visual arts sector in Canada, as artist, organiser, administrator, curator, editor, advocate, publisher, critic, and, more recently, as quantitative researcher. His Waging Culture survey has set the mark for advocacy-based quantitative research in the sector, recognised as the go-to source for socio-economic information on Canadian visual artists. He runs the publishing activities of the AGYU, and is a prolific commenter on social media.

Maranda was educated at the University of Ottawa (political science), Concordia University (photography), and the University of Rochester (visual and cultural studies). His work has shown internationally, primarily in artists book-related venues. For some deeply ironic reason, his rip-off of Ed Ruscha’s Twentysix Gasoline Stations was exhibited in several of Gagosian’s gallery spaces.

Laurence D. Dubuc

Laurence D. Dubuc is a Ph.D candidate and lecturer at the School of Industrial Relations of the University of Montreal. She is currently completing her doctoral dissertation on how Montreal artists-run centres (ARCs) can support artists in the development of strategies aiming at improving their working conditions. Laurence is passionate about the arts and is very involved in the milieu. She has participated to major publications funded by both the Ontario Arts Council and Quebec ministry of Culture and Communications, has worked as a consultant for the Montreal Arts Council and has been sitting on the management board of a cultural organization based in Montreal as its vice-president for the past 3 years.  She is actively involved in different arts-advocating activities at both the provincial and national levels.


Yan Wu

Born in Shanghai, Yan Wu is a curator and translator, living and working in Toronto. Wu’s curatorial work specialized in the intersection of visual art, architecture, and public space. Wu completed Master of Visual Studies Curatorial Studies at the University of Toronto and Bachelor of Computing at the University of Guelph. Currently she works as the Public Art Curator at the City of Markham and is developing a project on the subject of Immaterial Architecture with the Art Museum at the University of Toronto. Prior to that, she was the Curator-in-Residence (2016-17) at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto. She co-curated the Canada Pavilion with Janine Marchessault at the 5th Bi-city Urbanism\Architecture Biennale in Shenzhen China in 2013 and was the Assistant Curator of the inaugural Shanghai Urban Space Art Season in 2015


Craig Fahner + Neal Moignard

Craig Fahner is an artist and musician from Calgary. Fahner’s media artworks examine the politics and poetics of invisible digital infrastructures. His works have been exhibited in various venues and festivals internationally, including the 2017 Alberta Biennial, the Museo de la Ciudad in Queretaro, Mexico, and the Device Art Triennial in Zagreb. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Joint Program in Communication & Culture at York and Ryerson Universities.

Neal Moignard is an artist of european descent that was raised on Treaty 7 territory in Calgary, AB. His art practice has revolved around the idea of creating objects, installations, videos, and interactive scenarios, with or without digital elements, that are made with an intentionality towards their status as artworks and the environments in which they are shown. He has sought to design these moments of exchange as invitations towards a critique of all media and its hierarchies. He holds degrees in Intermedia from Concordia University in Montreal, QC and a Masters of Arts from the University of Oregon. He has had the opportunity to share his creative work and writing in various national and international contexts for over ten years.

Lindsay Fisher

Lindsay Fisher is a visual artist, crafts person, curator, and disability arts advocate with notable skills in communication design living in Toronto, Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University in Vancouver, BC and a Bachelor of Graphic Design from OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario. She splits her time between freelancing as a graphic designer, making art in her studio and leading the operation of Project Creative Users, a community arts and curatorial initiative that critically examines cultural understandings of disability, accessibility and disability arts as an interventionist tactic to be used to make the city more inhabitable to people living with difference.


Rihkee Strapp

Rihkee Strapp’s
first gallery was Kokum’s House; full of prints by the Woodlands artists of the Triple-K Cooperative. This completely Indigenous-run silkscreen cooperative allowed figures like Morrisseau to rise in prominence and yet itself  is fairly unknown. The stories of the Triple K fascinated Strapp with the power of the collective, and led them to live inside The Arcadia Project, a 5 year social sculpture by Matt Ceolin.  After the Arcadia Project closed, Strapp began renting an old industrial property with a group of artists. 
What began as
The Medicine Factory Studio continues to operate as the Galleria of Shops on Church Street in Sault Ste. Marie. In 2018, Rihkee and Cora-Rae Silk co-founded the Northern Indigenous Artist Alliance with the intention of creating more spaces for Indigenous artists, curators, administrators and creative workers to build kinship outside of colonial institutions and build a sustainable legacy in the North.



Lucas Cabral

Lucas Cabral is an artist, curator, and arts administrator who has held positions in marketing, communications and community engagement  at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, McIntosh Gallery in London, and The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa before joining the team at Artcite as Executive Director in 2018. Lucas contributed to the development of Inclusion 2025: A Practitioner’s Guide to Inclusive Museums, a project organized by the Royal Ontario Museum, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Ontario Museum Association that aims to encourage public art institutions to meaningfully engage diverse communities. Lucas is on the Board of Directors of Artist-Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO).

Jenna Faye Powell

Jenna Faye Powell is an artist, writer, and arts administrator based in Toronto, Ontario. With a deep interest in intersections between art, environmentalism, and ideas that enact social change, Powell still self-identifies as an optimist. Powell has attained a MFA degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (2012), as well as a BFA degree from the University of Western Ontario (2009). Powell has exhibited nationally and internationally in various solo and group shows; selected exhibits include Brave New Worlds at Museum London, the Windsor-Essex Triennial at the Art Gallery of Windsor, Blue Monday at Robert McLaughlin Gallery, and Ljós at SÍM House Gallery (Reykjavik, Iceland). Powell was a finalist for the 2012 RBC Painting Competition, and recently completed residencies at the Vermont Studio Centre and SÍM Residency Centre in Iceland.  Powell holds work experience in the not-for-profit, charitable, and commercial art sectors working previously at Forest City Gallery, Division Gallery, and Arsenal Contemporary Toronto. Powell currently works as the Operations Manager for Partners in Artand Project Manager of Annandale Artist Residency


Dr. Nadia Kurd


Dr. Nadia Kurd is an art historian and curator based in Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton, Alberta). Dr Kurd will be auditing the summit, and producing a response paper to share with ARCCO board and membership following the events.

Kay Pettigrew


Kay Pettigrew has worked a whole bunch of different jobs — cleaning yachts! mascoting! children’s arts educator! — but she has been providing live captioning services to d/Deaf and hard of hearing communities the longest (since 2009!). Kay is currently based in Montreal, QC, where she leads a “project-based lifestyle” and considers herself a perpetual student.  



ARCCO would like to thank the Ontario Arts Council and ARCA for their funding and support.