Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries Presents: Public Engagement & Your Collection

We are thrilled to present our innovative and incomparable professional development workshops to your screens. Join Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries for our third online professional development workshop of 2021; PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AND YOUR COLLECTION



When: Wednesday, April 14th, 2021
Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm ET
Location: Zoom


As museums and galleries are becoming cultural hubs, they must work to attract new audiences. Public programming is becoming an increasingly important part of engagement and audience development. This workshop will explore recent programming trends, from engaging and activating existing collections to investigating new models such as dedicated performance programs and independent talks on broader cultural issues inspired by works and exhibitions, which can be used to deepen the experience.

Art galleries and museums have been notorious for being spaces where you can look but cannot touch. Housing thousands of works behind glass, institutions have been focused on preservation and collecting rather than being a space for public engagement. How can institutions engage the public in a meaningful and impactful way. This workshop will answer the questions such as, what is the balance between collection-based vs. independent programming? How can broad thematics be used to create a seasonal approach to content, and create dynamic, multiple entry points for new audiences, such as using digital to enhance and increase public interaction with artworks from their collections.

Sessions will include:

  • New Models of Engagement;
  • Making Links – Partnerships that Lead to Engagement;
  • Digital Outreach – Putting the Digital Engagement Framework in Practice;
  • Panel Discussion – What Does the Future of Programming Look Like.

Devyani Saltzman, Writer, Curator and Former Director, Public Programming, Art Gallery of Ontario

Devyani Saltzman, Writer, Curator and Former Director, Public Programming, Art Gallery of Ontario
Alexis Boyle, Curator, Community Access, Ottawa Art Gallery
Josh Heuman, Curator of Education and Public Programs, Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Melissa Smith, Assistant Curator of Community Programs, Public Programming and Learning, Art Gallery of Ontario
Shyam Oberoi, Chief Digital Officer, Royal Ontario Museum

More presenters to be announced!


Completed registration form HERE then email registration form to – Jessica Lukas, Secretariat Coordinator,, with subject line – ATTN: MAP – Workshop April 14th


Single Day Workshop:
OAAG Members: $150.00
General/Non-Members: $250.00
Artists / Independent Art Workers: $55.00
Students (with valid student ID): $45.00

Registration includes access to discussions, supplementary materials, and any additional activities.


ASL will be provided. Please reach out to Jessica Lukas, Secretariat Coordinator, if you require any other accessibility accommodations or have questions.


These workshops will all be held virtually via Zoom – Zoom link will be sent the day before the workshop.


GOG gratefully acknowledges the funding contribution from the Museums Assistance Program, the Department of Canadian Heritage.



Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries marked its 50 year as an arts service organization (ASO) which represents over 270 members‚ÄĒpublic art galleries, museums, artist-run-centres, and arts organizations. Over 40 years, its annual award program has been defining the standards of excellence for the visual arts in Canada. Through advocacy on issues, policy, legislation to all levels of government, and delivery of innovative and cutting-edge professional development opportunities and network-building, GOG advances, empowers, and strengthens the visual arts sector in Canada.

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Contact Information:
Julia Garnet
Communications Assistant
Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries
T: (416) 598-0714