Welcome to the latest edition of the ACCA Podcast At The Mic!

Building a Successful Partnership Activity

Arts organizations have always sought out partnerships to help them develop – to increase their dissemination and production opportunities, to reach new audiences or to share services and infrastructure. Your organization may be thinking of entering a partnership with a group in another sector – or considering a long-term collaboration with an organization that is quite different in structure or mandate. Roger Gaudet and Victoria Steele discuss a simple exercise that partners can do to get to know each other better, improve communication and smooth the way forward in partnering activities. Listen Now.

At the Mic – Podcasts Podcasts Podcasts

Catch up on our podcasts on contemporary issues and ideas about our current arts and culture ecology. At the Mic episodes features an ACCA member specialist in conversation with a guest moderator. Topics include everything from leadership coaching to governance, to new business models and equity in the arts. Subscribe to this podcast at Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you find your favourite podcasts.

ACCA’s YouTube Channel Offers Must Watch Viewing

ACCA’s YouTube channel has lots of important and relevant content for those working and consulting in the cultural sector.  New Governance Models, Decolonizing the Practice and Impact Investing and the Arts are a few of the webinars in the Professional Development for Today’s Arts Consultant series of eight essential webinars. Explore the theory and skills needed to develop a sustainable digital literacy practice within the constantly changing landscape of apps, tools, and automations available on the market in the six-part Digital Tools for the 21st Century with Lacy Alana.  Tune-in, Like and Subscribe.

Join Us on June 19th at 1 pm EDT

Sustainable Development Goals and the Cultural Sector Session

Free – Online

Discover how to use the Culture for SDGs Toolkit!

This practical guide to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for cultural and heritage organizations in Canada is designed to help align actions of organizations with the SDGs framework. Paolo Granata of the University of Toronto is chair of the Working Group on Culture at the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and we are delighted to have him walk us through the Toolkit and answer questions.

There are fewer than 10 years left to implement the United Nations 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Canada’s cultural sector can play a critical role in supporting the achievement of the SDGs.

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Evaluation of CPAMOPOC IV Project


Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO)


In 2016, CPAMO designed and delivered its first Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Pluralism Organizational Change Project (CPAMOPOC – https://cpamo.org/equity-education-in-the-arts//). CPAMO has developed and delivered this project to 4 cohorts of diverse arts organizations – arts services, creation-based small, medium and large – involving between 10-16 organizations per cohort for a total of 60 organizational participants.

CPAMOPOC’s structure and delivery methods have remained somewhat the same for each cohort. However, changes have been introduced for each cohort based on external evaluations conducted at the end of each project.

CPAMO’s current cohort is in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Association of Theatre Professionals (SATP – https://sasktheatreprofessionals.ca). This cohort began in the winter of 2022 and will conclude in May/June 2023. At this stage, CPAMO and SATP are looking to engage an external resource to evaluate CPAMOPOC 4 (https://cpamo.org/equity-education-in-the-arts/cpamo-poc-cohort-4/)

CPAMOPOC runs for 18 months with participants meeting for between 8 and 3 hours per month.To conduct an effective evaluation of this program, interested applicants will be required to:

  • Understand CPAMOPOC’s Goals, Objectives, Methodologies, resources provided and staffing;
  • Assess the Attendance, Structure And Scheduling of the various sessions, including materials provided by project participants, CPAMO and external facilitators;
  • Assess Session Design, Tools And Content;
  • Assess Program Impact on participants’ knowledge, commitment and change work supported by CPAMOPOC, including implementation and planning for sustainability.


It is anticipated that the evaluation will occur between February and May of 2023. Interested consultants are to submit a proposal indicating how they would carry out this evaluation, with particular attention to time required for each section of the review.

Project Budget

$12,000, exclusive of HST

Closing Date


Spring Social / Soirée de printemps

June 14, 2022 4:00 – 6:00 pm (EDT)/Le 14 juin 2022 de 16h00 à 18h00 (EDT)

Bring your favourite libation and your ideas as we talk about what has been happening and how we are all beginning to get back into the fray again and what pitfalls we are encountering. Contact info@artsconsultants.ca for the Zoom link.

Apportez votre boisson préférée et vos idées pour discuter de ce qui s’est passé, de la façon dont nous commençons à nous remettre dans le bain et des pièges que nous rencontrons. Contactez info@artsconsultants.ca pour obtenir le lien Zoom.

Respectful Workplaces in the Arts

June 6, 2022 1:00- 4:00 pm (EDT)

CHRC and Canadian Heritage is offering this Respectful Workplaces in the Arts workshop to encourage better workplace practices and behaviours. This workshop will cover information on Ontario Provincial legislation, definitions of harassment and bullying as well as case-studies to navigate the complexities of problematic situations. This workshop is not a legal nor therapy clinics, it is conversations facilitated by experienced cultural sector leaders. Resources are discussed to help individuals and organizations towards contribute to better work environments and/or to develop their own policies/codes of conduct.

This program will be in English however, French sessions are available. For further information contact info@artsconsultants.ca. / Ce programme sera en anglais mais des sessions en français sont disponibles. Pour de plus amples informations, veuillez contacter info@artsconsultants.ca


Registration now closed.

ACCA Book Club, June 22, 2022 – Leverage the Arts Ecosystem to Influence Local Prosperity

Registration now closed.

Leverage the Arts Ecosystem to Influence Local Prosperity by Cate Proctor

Artists are the creative germ of the arts sector. Without artists, the arts ecosystem would simply not exist. Period. Yet, the ripple effect of a vibrant arts sector—within economic and creative industry terms—often overshadows fundamental components of creative cultivation. If we truly understand the drivers for artistic creation, we easily recognize artists’ implicit and explicit influences on social, economic, and community development. Applying this knowledge shifts value to the front end of the value chain, to artists, whose work both spawns local arts scenes and drives scalable impacts for creative industries and non-arts sectors.

Artists bring unique perspectives and insights to their work. In many cases they hold a mirror to society showing the rest of us ‘what really is’. Can this be this intimidating? You bet!

Come join the conversation to learn how we can better integrate unique voices that exist in our communities. We will explore potential ways and means to appreciate and activate artists’ presence. We will discuss how their creative role is a fundamental pillar for the arts ecosystem, and when nurturing artists’ creative capacity, we also cultivate social, well-being and economic benefits.

For information about where to find the book visit:  www.proctorshiftconsulting.com/my-book

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