It’s official, today is the public launch of the Knowledge Centre! We’re very excited to welcome you to a space for sharing, learning and discussing topics that are important to you and the work you are doing to make Ontario a vibrant and inclusive place for us all to live.
There is so much incredible work happening in the arts, culture and heritage sectors in Ontario. Please take a moment to INTRODUCE YOURSELF! Let us know about the work you are doing, what is of interest to you and how could this online “community of practice” help you in your work.
A little bit about me…I’ve been working with OTF for the past 18 months and I’ve been learning a lot about the vibrant arts, culture and heritage communities across the province. I’ve been involved in arts and cultural communities since I was a teenager where I found an incredibly supportive and collaborative independent music community in my hometown of Guelph. These early experiences really shaped my understanding of the importance of inclusive cultural communities and the impact of the arts in peoples’ lives, either as a creator or an audience member. As an adult I’ve spent many years working as an artist, artistic director and executive director in the world of community-engaged arts practice in Toronto. As a parent of 3 school-aged kids, I see the importance the arts, in particular access to high quality arts programming in their public school, has had on their lives.
I’m very excited to bring this experience to the knowledge mobilization work I do now in my role at OTF. I see the Knowledge Centre as an important place where I can learn from practitioners and organizations (YOU!) working across the province to enrich people’s lives through arts, culture and heritage. And a place where I can share what we are learning about this work at the foundation from our stakeholders.
Now how about about you? Please feel free to introduce yourself via the comment thread below. I look forward to meeting you online!