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Focus Ontario: Toronto

September 16, 2019 - September 17, 2019

Arts and culture advocates, creators, curators, designers, educators, funders, managers, presenters, producers + technologists are invited to contribute to the design of Artse United, an open source arts management platform cooperative.

Help imagine a more accessible digital future via two days of free participatory workshops and public consultations facilitated by a dozen visionary arts leaders. Attend one or both days. No digital expertise required. The sessions will be livestreamed across Canada for those that cannot attend in person. Both sessions are presented in English with some Q&A in English or French.

The venue is physically accessible featuring wheelchair accessible automatic main entrance, easy access to elevator, and barrier-free washroom including door and stall.

Focus Ontario is presented by ArtsPond with Agilo Arts, BeMused Network, Creative Users Projects, Mass Culture, Ontario Association of Art Galleries, and Stephanie Guico.

Supported by the Digital Strategy Fund at Canada Council for the Arts, the mandate of Artse United is to:

+ Enhance the excellence and efficiency of arts administration by developing quality arts management digital tools built by, and for, the arts

+ Strengthen digital and data justice by empowering artistic communities to take ownership of the digital lives, information, and content through platforms owned and governed by themselves

+ Reduce systemic precarity by utilizing the power of data to illustrate collective insight and learning and incite greater economic investment in the arts.


September 16, 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Participatory design workshop for the visual, performing, and disability arts
What should a cooperative digital platform for arts management look like? Share your perspectives in a participatory workshop exploring the guiding values, belief systems, requirements, benefits, operating structures, data policies and more that will direct Artse United’s evolution. Provide input on the creative, business, and technological assumptions underlying early-phase prototyping with a focus on the visual, performing, and disability arts.

September 17, 2019, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Public information session for all disciplines
A public information session and Q&A open to all disciplines. Learn about Artse United’s design of open source software for project and financial management and opt-in open data business intelligence analytics prioritizing the needs of small creators and producers. Learn how to become involved in planned Phase 1+2 activities taking place until Fall 2020. Featuring background information on the vision, mandate, and history of Artse United’s development, encompassing public engagement, innovation research, technological, and organizational development.

Doors open at 9:30am for registration and networking. Light refreshments provided.



Please fill out the following form to request a seat for your preferred session(s). If you are responding as a part of a group, please fill the form separately for each person. You will receive a confirmation email once your request has been accepted.



September 16, 2019
September 17, 2019


Ralph Thornton Community Centre
765 Queen St. East
Toronto, Ontario M4M 1H3 Canada
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