Advocacy

Advancing Artist-Run Culture

ARCCO represents the interests of artist-run centres and collectives in order to affect positive change in government policies and funding programs. ARCCO works to redress disparities in employment conditions for cultural workers, and improved access to affordable facilities. ARCCO has played a leadership role in founding the PASO-OPSA Coaliton, ArtsBuild Ontario and ARCA and is an active participant in many provincial and national associations.

PROVINCIAL NETWORKS NATIONAL NETWORKS
PASO / OPSA Coalition
Represents the interests of all arts disciplines in Ontario
ARCA
A national coalition of artist-run centres
ArtsBuild Ontario
ArtBuild addressing the facility needs of arts organizations
Canadian Arts Coalition
A collaborative movement advocating for increased support for arts and heritage
ONN
Ontario Nonprofit Network provides communication and collaboration to develop and support the non profit sector
PROVINCIAL PARTNERS
ARCCO collaborates with other provincial ASO’s representing the visual and media arts in Ontario
ARTIST-RUN CENTRE REGIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
CARFAC Ontario
Canadian Artists’ Representation/le Front des artistes canadiens
AAARC
The Alberta Association of Artist Run Centres

OAAG
Ontario Association of Art Galleries
AARCA
Association of Artist Run Centres from the Atlantic
MANO
Media Arts Network of Ontario
ABO
The Aboriginal Region

AGAVF
L’association des groupes en arts visuels francophones
MARCc
Manitoba Artist Run Centres Coalition
PAARC
The Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres
PARCA
Plains Artist-Run Centres Association
RCAAQ
Regroupement des centres d’artistes autogeres du quebec

ARCCO’s advocacy accomplishments:

Federally

  • Increased professional development opportunities for the ARCCO members, with acknowledgement of collective need for conferences and networking
  • Substantial funding support for our members to attend these conferences
  • Funding support for the re-establishment of national ASO

Provincially

  • Working alongside of program officers at the OAC, ARCCO submitted an advocacy package to increase the funds to the operating program and outlined the situations of artist-run centres in Ontario, their needs as well as their successes
  • Program officers have been amenable to collaborative efforts to assist with the professional development of ARCCO’s members

Alliances with Regional Artist-Run Centre Associations
ARCCO has proved itself to be an effective representative and advocate for the Ontario artist-run centre community. ARCCO is proactive within a larger network of artist run centre associations throughout Canada. ARCCO currently works alongside 7 regional associations and a national aboriginal association, RCAAQ in Quebec, PAARC in British Columbia, AAARC in Alberta, PARCA in Saskatchewan, MARCc in Manitoba, and ARCAA the Atlantic association, as well as a with a non-regional Aboriginal Association. In March 2004, after years of strategic planning, negotiations and meetings, the regional associations founded Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference/Conférence des collectifs et des centres d’artistes autogérés (ARCA), the new national art service organization. ARCCO continues to be proactive in this national network, increasing the Ontario artist-run centre community’s effectiveness to advocate at the national level. Through ARCA, ARCCO is a member of the Canadian Arts Coalition, which continues to campaign for 100% increase of funds to the Canada Council.

Advocacy