ARCCO Announcement: Transformations Ahead and SAVE the DATE AGM January 24 & 25, 2018

Dear ARCCO Members,

We have a number of important updates for you below, which collectively indicate an important time of transition in the vibrant history of ARCCO.

Please SAVE the date January 24–25, 2018, for the upcoming ARCCO Annual General Meeting hosted by Le Labo in Toronto this winter.

Transformations Ahead: A Message from ARCCO President, Christine Burchnall

For more than 20 years, ARCCO has responded to the many changes and challenges within our milieu. Continuing with our upcoming Annual General Meeting in 2018, ARCCO members will be developing new strategies to lead us through the shifts in the environment that we face.

Jewell Goodwyn, Outgoing Executive Director, ARCCO

From our inception, in 2000, ARCCO members have relied on our Executive Director Jewell Goodwyn to lead us with grace, energy and expertise, so it is with regret that I inform ARCCO members that Jewell will be moving on to pursue new projects at the beginning of the new year.

Active in the artist-run centre community for over 2 decades, artist and arts-activist Jewell Goodwyn has played a prominent role in building several network initiatives across the province and throughout Canada. Jewell was President of ARCCO from 1995 to 1999, when she stepped down from the Board to take up the position of Executive Director. Jewell oversaw the development of ARCCO (Artist-Run Centres & Collectives of Ontario) from an unfunded, informal regional coalition, to a fully incorporated—and funded—provincial arts service organization, in 2000.

As ARCCO’s chief spokesperson, Jewell has ensured that ARCCO is recognized by all levels of government and by the national arts community as the official voice of Artist-Run Centres in Ontario. Jewell’s efforts were also crucial in bringing the national ARC community together for the Convergence Conference in Ottawa, in 2002. At this pivotal symposium, the national ARC community came together as a united assembly of artist-run centres and affiliated cultural organizations, committed to work together to advance the interests of ARCs across the country. The importance of 2002’s “Convergence” cannot be overstated, being the first national gathering of ARCs in nearly a decade (after the dissolution of ANNPAC, in 1994). Following up on discussions during “Convergence”, Jewell was a key, founding member and Board member (from 2004-12) of the Canadian ARC network, ARCA (Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference/Conférence des collectifs et des centres d’artistes autogérés). As part of her leadership role with ARCCO, Jewell also was instrumental in the formation of the PASO-OPSA Coalition (Provincial Arts Service Organizations/Organisation Provinciale de Services aux Artes de l’Ontario) in 2007, serving as PASO Chair from 2007-2012.

Under her tireless leadership, ARCCO has grown from a small organization, representing 19 founding members, to an organization of 115 members strong. Today, ARCCO members enjoy a range of programs and services initiated and developed by Jewell, which include the ARCCO/Halpenny Insurance Program, the ARCCO Achievement Awards, and nationally significant ARC conferences.

Of her time as Executive Director of ARCCO, Jewell says, “I have loved serving the ARCCO membership. It’s been an honour to work with so many leaders and champions within the artist-run centre community. Our advocacy has been key to the recognition of the important place of Ontario artist-run centres in the visual arts ecosystem. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished.”

Together, Jewell and the Board of Directors are working on a plan to ensure a smooth transition for the organization.

I hope you all will join me in thanking Jewell for her dedication, passion and commitment in serving our community for 22 years—and in wishing her well in her future endeavours.

Christine Burchnall, President


ARCCO Call for Board Members

Are you interested in serving on the ARCCO Board or being involved on a committee? Here is how you can get involved. Please send the ARCCO Board:

1) A brief bio
2) Your CV
3) An Expression of Interest letter outlining:

  • Why you are interested in participating
  • What skills or experience you’d bring to the table
  • Why you’d be a good fit for our team

Email address: arccoboard(at)gmail(dot)com

From time to time ARCCO looks for ARCCO representatives that may be interested in serving on committees at sister organizations, such as ArtsBuild Ontario Advisory Committee or ARCA.

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ARCCO is a proud member of the PASO-OPSA Coalition, ARCA, Arts Vote, ArtsBuild Ontario, Canadian Arts Coalition.