With great regret but also with resolve, the CAGE Executive has decided to cancel the 2020 Symposium. We also understand that our membership will be very busy in the fall, likely in the process of updating and re-envisioning your programs. We decided to skip the 2020 symposium and come back well and re-energized in 2021. We will be in touch with all who registered. Look for us on social media in the meantime to find out how you and your galleries are coping.

Shifting Priorities: Social Inclusion and Well-Being in Art Education

CAGE Symposium 2020

Decorative garage door panels flanked by brick arch with visitor entering doorAs the culture within art galleries and museums is shifting to address contemporary societal challenges, new demands are being placed on education departments. Art gallery educators have been called upon to extend their practice through collaboration with community partners and curatorial colleagues to create programming that reflects the experience and expertise of diverse audiences. At the same time, they have been challenged to develop new approaches for traditional offerings like school programs and gallery tours. By looking broadly at our practice, this year’s Canadian Art Gallery Educators symposium will provide participants with opportunities for reflection as they consider their own institutional priorities to promote social inclusion and well-being.

This year’s symposium will take place on Treaty 13 Territory (Toronto Purchase). Hosted by the Textile Museum of Canada, a mid-size museum located in the heart of Canada’s largest and most diverse city, sessions will profile individuals and organizations from the Greater Toronto Area whose work is contributing to national and international conversations about inclusion through the arts. Site visits to art galleries and community arts organizations will provide opportunities to explore a range of approaches for creating accessible and welcoming spaces.