Fulling our motto, "share well, live well", the mission of ArtsPond / Étang d'Arts is to cultivate lofty ideas and untapped potential in the arts into exceptional, everyday shared realities.
At the forefront of innovation, our mandate is to utilize the potential of vital collaborations on-the-ground and new computing technologies in-the-cloud to democratize access to quality arts services and to promote cultural diversity in urban, rural, and remote communities in Ontario and across Canada.
Devoted to radical inclusivity, our objectives are to strengthen the creativity and socioeconomic vitality of small and low-income arts and culture creators, curators, educators, and producers from across all cultures and disciplines, including New Generation, New Canadian, Francophone, Indigenous, Disability, LGBTQ+ artists, and other racialized groups.
ArtsPond / Étang d'Arts was founded as a grassroots initiative in 2014 with a vision to become Canada's first national, multidisciplinary Charitable Venture Platform for the arts. This vision was created in response to Jane Marsland's landmark paper, "Shared Platforms and Charitable Venture Organizations: A powerful possibility for a more resilient arts sector" (2013).
While a clear regulatory framework to permit these types of platforms to operate does not currently exist, we are actively advocating for policy changes through the activities of the Arts Working Group, a networking collaboration on the future of Charitable Venture Platforms initiated by ArtsPond's founder, Jessa Agilo, with the support of Ontario Arts Council.
Federally incorporated as a not-for-profit in August 2016, other interventions in development include:
Inflow is a multi-year, multidisciplinary Associate Artist residency program empowering the creative and business skills development of culturally diverse emerging and mid-career creators, curators, educators and producers in Ontario through mentorship and the commissioning/presentation of new work.
Digital Arts Services Symposium is a 2-day networking and professional development symposium in Fall 2017 for arts and technology leaders in Ontario seeking to launch innovative new digital arts services platforms, supported by Ontario Arts Council. Stay tuned for more information!
Elemente is an emerging low-cost/open source, open data arts management and impact reporting digital platform for small creators and producers in Canada, envisioned in collaboration with BeMused Network, Theatre Ontario, Dance Ontario, Soundstreams, WorkInCulture, Cultural Human Resources Council, Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario, Hill Strategies Research, Kalogiannides Law, and many others.
Artse is a new arts management e-learning platform for emerging creators and producers launching in Summer 2018, featuring the interactive course "Managing Creativity" created by Jessa Agilo with content development support from Canada Council for the Arts.
Groundstory is an emerging collective impact collaboration to uncover and address the arts-led drivers and adverse ripple effects of gentrification in Ontario. The seeds for Groundstory were sown while ArtsPond’s founder, Jessa Agilo, attended two collective impact workshops hosted by Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Tamarack Institute in Toronto and Kitchener in Spring 2017.
Confirmed partners, supporters and advisors to date encompass representatives from Toronto and Hamilton, including: Cobalt Connects, Centre for Social Innovation, Artscape, City of Toronto (Economic Development and Culture; Urban Design), OCADU, Ontario Professional Planners Institute, Option for Homes, CARFAC Ontario, Crow’s Theatre, Commffest, Open Studio, Playwrights Guild of Canada, Trinity Square Video, former Mayor of Toronto Barbara Hall, and many others.