2011 ARCCO Achievement Award Presentation and Reception. Photo credit: Morris Lum


Artist-Run Centres & Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO) is a professional provincial arts service organization that fosters the network and supports the growth and development of artist directed organizations engaged in contemporary cultural practice. This includes centres/collectives for the presentation, production, dissemination, service and investigation of contemporary art in a variety of media and multi-disciplinary work.

Founded in 1988, ARCCO has been a leader in advocating for artist-run culture in Ontario. The primary mandate of ARCCO has been to develop a core of affordable services, that offer support and professional development to its members, strengthen the network and raise the profile of its members and their activities within Ontario. Through advocacy initiatives such as the PASO Coalition, Arts Day on the Hill and annual Members Forum, ARCCO remains a strong voice for the promotion of artist-run culture and independent cultural practices in Ontario.

ARCCO supports artist-run culture and its members by:

  • Providing a communication network for Artist-Run Centres (ARCs) throughout Ontario
  • Promoting the recognition and development of ARCs throughout Ontario
  • Advances the professional standards of ARC employees and artists
  • Promoting payment of artist fees
  • Advocating at a provincial and national level for continued support of artist-run centres
  • Offering reduced rates on services such as insurance(link), which helps lower overhead costs and promotes sustainability for our members
  • Providing resources on Board structure, funding bodies, audience development and hr policies, as well as one-on-one advice sessions for member organizations

ARCCO is a member of:

  • Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference/Conférence des collectifs et des centres d’artistes autogérés (ARCA)
  • ArtsBuild Ontario Advisory Board
  • Provincial Arts Service Organization of Ontario (PASO Coalition)
  • Canadian Conference of the Arts (CCA)
  • Canadian Arts Coalition

ARCCO would like to thank the following funders, partners and sponsors for their support: