ARCCO News – 12.14.2016

From the Executive Director’s Desk:

We hope that each of you have had a productive season and you’ve begun to enjoy the season’s festivities!

ARCCO has some new online tools which we hope you will find helpful. For those who missed some of last November’s conference presentations you can listen to them here. Please also check out ARCCO’s 2016 ARCCO Administrators Survey Report, which is also now available on ARCCO’s website. We’ve been approached to do another Survey to gather more information about our members’ needs and priorities. Given the evolving nature of the cultural landscape, we look forward to undertaking a Member Survey in 2017. We’ll be looking to learn more about your top priorities, to help inform ARCCO’s new Strategic Plan.

Recently, ARCCO’s Board of Directors met in London to discuss priorities for the year and to begin brainstorming potential projects as we move into our next strategic planning year – 2018. Like our members we will be meeting some important grant timelines, in early 2017.

Please stay posted for more information about ARCCO’s upcoming Annual General Meeting, which will be hosted by Hamilton Artists Inc.,Hamilton, Ontario in the Spring.

ARCCO has been proud to take part in important advocacy initiatives such as Day on the Hill in Ottawa and Arts Day at Queen’s Park in Toronto. It was great to see so many of our members participating, too. We encourage you to join in the Pre-Budget Consultations around the province in 2017!

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

-Jewell Goodwyn, Executive Director
Artist-Run Centres & Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO)
In this newsletter, you’ll find:



Announcement - Call for Nominations

Call for Nominations: 2017 ARCCO Awards

Artist-Run Centres & Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO) is celebrating its 5th ARCCO Achievement Award, and invites you, our members, to participate. This year ARCCO is accepting nominations for individuals in the following categories: the ARCCO Achievement Award and the Emerging Cultural Leader Awards.

Deadline for Nominations: Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

ARCCO would like to acknowledge and thank Richard Massie, Vice President, Halpenny Insurance Brokers Ltd. for his support, and Intact Insurance for their generous sponsorship to ARCCO’s upcoming 2017 ARCCO Awards.


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Bastien Gilbert, Recipient of the 2017 ARCCO Mentorship Award.

Announcement: Bastien Gilbert, Recipient of the 2017 ARCCO Mentorship Award
ARCCO is pleased to honour Bastien Gilbert, directeur général of the Regroupement des centres d’artistes autogérés du Québec (RCAAQ) with the ARCCO Mentorship Award. The ARCCO Board are proud to present the first ARCCO Mentorship Award to Monsieur Gilbert, who was mentor to Jewell Goodwyn, during ARCCO’s formative period. This inaugural award celebrates mentors to Ontario artist-run centre community and recognizes individuals who have generously shared their expertise and experience.

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New Resources on ARCCO’s Website

The following tools on ARCCO’s website will help Boards and staff understand what is required to effectively hire, manage, support and when necessary, replace key personnel in a non-profit organization.

Building Success into your Succession Planning Cycle
Commissioned by ARCCO and prepared by Jerry Smith, General Manager, First Stage Consulting.

Managing Transitions in Leadership – Finding and Keeping a Great Executive Director
A Guide for Boards of Directors of Conservation Organizations written by Dyan Oldenburg, TREC Executive Director and David Thomson, and Dan Schwab, TREC Senior Associates. This document is written for environmental NGO’s but has lots to offer for arts organizations as well.

ARCCO Membership Survey Report 2016
We asked. You answered. 24 out of 28 core members that are visual arts and media arts centres responded. The report of key findings is available online.

ARCCO Online Audio Presentation Archive
Presentations from Artists at the Center: Moving from the Margins to Inclusion, November 2015 are on ARCCO’s website.

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Canadian Arts Coalition – Arts Day on the Hill, Ottawa, October 2016

On Tuesday October 25, 2016, ARCCO was proud to join ARCA representatives and 120 arts advocates from across Canada for Arts Day on The Hill to deliver three messages from the Canadian Arts Coalition to parliamentarians:

1. Thank the Federal Government for increased investments in arts and culture in Budget 2016,
2. Discuss how to leverage these investments for Canada’s Infrastructure Plan and for developing strong international market access, and
3. Ensure that Canadian artists are consulted during the current Digital Culture consultations.

This was the largest Arts Day on the Hill in history. A total of 111 meetings took place, including 6 meetings with Ministers and 9 meetings with ministerial staff.

To learn more about the Canadian Arts Coalition and Arts Day on the Hill visit:

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Inspiring Transformation: The Role of ASOs in the New Millennium
PASO-OPSA ASO Conference November 2016

On November 22, 2016, members of The Coalition of Provincial Arts Service Organizations (PASO-OPSA Coalition) gathered for Inspiring Transformation: The Role of ASOs in the New Millennium in Toronto. Delivered in partnership with the Ontario Arts Council, this inaugural meeting engaged over 80 individuals representing cross-sector Arts Service Organizations.

Jewell Goodwyn, ARCCO Executive Director and co-founder of the PASO-OPSA Coalition was joined by David Bobier, ARCCO Board Member for this event.

Inspired by the successes of Le Mouvement pour les arts et les lettres (Le M.A.L.) in Quebec, the PASO-OPSA Coalition was co-initiated by Jewell Goodwyn, Executive Director, Artist-Run Centres & Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO) and Demetra Christakos, former Executive Director, Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG), in Ontario, in 2007. PASO-OPSA is a Coalition of 26 provincial arts service organizations that strive to strengthen the environment for the individuals and institutions that create and disseminate the arts in this province, and for public access to the arts. Collective memberships in the Coalition are made up of individual artists as well as the performance and exhibition organizations that create and support artistic expression.

For more information about PASO-OPSA visit:

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Arts Day at Queen’s Park, November 2016

On November 23, ARCCO and several of its members joined over 80 representatives to celebrate Arts Day at Queen’s Park. Organized by the Ontario Arts Council, 45 arts teams met with MPPs and policy advisors to promote the impact of public investments in the arts across the province.

ARCCO at Arts Day at Queen's ParkADQP Arts Team: Jewell Goodwyn, MPP Daiene Vernile, Shirley Madill, Andrew Bennett (left to right)

Call to Action
As we know there has been no increase in funding to the Ontario Arts Council since 2009. One of the things that we can do immediately is request to be included in the upcoming budget sessions. The Ministry of Finance will be hosting pre-Budget in-person sessions and telephone town halls with stakeholders across the province. ARCCO urges our members to participate in one of these sessions so that our voices are heard. Please contact the Ministry of Finance at 1-866-989-9002 or by email at

For more information:

Click here to view the Pre-Budget Submission by the PASO-OPSA Coalition.

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Thank you dinner for ARCCO’s longest serving volunteer, Gary Hall (with Jewell Goodwyn, ARCCO Executive Director)

ARCCO Update

ArtsBuild Ontario Advisory Committee
As you are aware, Gary Hall recently retired as the Executive Director of Gallery TPW. Gary represented ARCCO on ArtsBuild Ontario’s Advisory Committee from 2001-2016. ARCCO commends and thanks Gary for his deep commitment to our sector. As of December 2016, on behalf of ARCCO, Caitlin Sutherland, Hamilton Artists Inc. will be serving on the ArtsBuild Ontario Advisory Committee.
ARCCO’s Reps to ARCA
ARCA’s Annual General Meeting took place November 25, 2016 by teleconference.

ARCCO Representatives:

  • Christine Burchnall, ARCCO President
  • Jenna Faye Powell, ARCCO Secretary
  • Jewell Goodwyn, ARCCO Executive Director

Jewell Goodwyn serves on the ARCA Board and is also serving on ARCA’s Transition Committee and HR Committee.

To learn more, please visit
How you can get involved
Are you interested in serving on the ARCCO Board or being involved on a committee? If so please send ARCCO:

  • A brief bio
  • Your CV
  • An Expression of Interest letter:
    • 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

ARCCO Board of Directors 2016-2017

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New Coverages under the ARCCO / Halpenny Insurance Program

In 2017, Halpenny is pleased to offer the following new coverages under the current program:

1. Liability extension for Independent Contractors. We now have the ability to extend coverage for those people that are not employees, but are paid to do work on behalf of the organization.*

2. Equipment Breakdown. Coverage for loss due to mechanical or electrical breakdown of nearly any type of equipment, including HVAC, electrical, mechanical, but also photocopiers and computers. Coverage applies to the cost to repair or replace the equipment and any other property damaged by the equipment breakdown.

3. Cyber Expense Coverage. This is first party coverage for privacy breaches and includes $25,000 for privacy breach expenses, $25,000 business interruption loss coverage as well as $25,000 for cyber legal expenses.

To learn more about how to start saving with the ARCCO / Halpenny Insurance Program please visit:

*1. ‘As a response to demand from ARCCO members we have been able to secure coverage for independent contractors under the ARCCO insurance program. We would like to thank Audrey Churgin from MASC for working with us to set this up. Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays’ – Richard Massie, Vice President , Halpenny Insurance Brokers Ltd.

Since 2012, the ARCCO / Halpenny Insurance Program has been available to ARCCO Full and Affiliate members. This unique program features pricing and coverages that are unparalleled in the industry – all provided by Intact Insurance, Canada’s largest auto, home, and business insurance company protecting over 4 million customers.

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