New Digs, New Future for SPAO

November 14, 2017

APT613 Brenda Dunn sat down with SPAO’s Jonathan Hobin on the future of photographic arts in Ottawa. Apt613: Why did SPAO choose this time for their big move? Jonathan Hobin: The lease in the market was coming up for renewal and we realized if the school had any hope for the future, we needed a larger space to accommodate a recent resurgence in interest in the program. It was make or break time. I managed to squeeze into the space [in Little Italy] at the right time, and it was a lot of right things at the right time. Also a lot of community support. My father’s architectural firm is on the same street and they support what they call “crazy community art projects” every year and again it was the right place right time. They were willing to throw their support to the school and give thousands and thousands in hours and design. The right place, the right time, the right supports, the right relationships. The founding director, who is Italian, grew up and worked at the bakery down the street. It’s a full circle moment for him and his legacy. There are a lot of happy circles going on. SPAO CENTRE – GRAND OPENING When: Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, 7pm Where: 77 Pamilla Street, Ottawa RSVP: SPAO.CA 613.562.3824 FB event Read the full interview: SPAO’s Jonathan Hobin on the future of photographic arts in Ottawa Source: Apt613 Brenda Dunn on November 7, 2017

National Compensation Study for Management and Administration in Not-for-profit Arts Organizations

November 8, 2017

          The Cultural Human Resources Council and Mercer Canada are seeking participation in a survey questionnaire for the National Compensation Study for Management and Administration in Not-for-profit Arts Organizations 2017. Given the highly competitive labour market, having current compensation data is critical for recruitment, retention and human resource planning. As a result, this Compensation Study, an update of studies done in 2003 and 2008, funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts, is being undertaken by the Cultural Human Resources Council and Mercer Canada. In order to participate, please download the Comp Study Questionnaire 2017, complete at your convenience and return via email to: . Please note that, depending on the size of your organization, the survey may take up to one hour to complete. To ensure confidentiality, Mercer is responsible for the distribution, collection and analysis of all data. Participant organizations will be listed in the report, however individual data will not be divulged; only aggregate findings will be shared. The deadline to complete and submit the questionnaire is end of day Friday November 30, 2017. If you have any questions, please see the FAQ related to the study or contact us at In appreciation of your participation, Mercer will provide each participant organization with a summary report of findings early in the new year. Please share information about the survey with your networks.

New Instrument Library making the Arts more accessible in Ottawa

November 7, 2017

                Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library This innovative program from Sun Life Financial allows you to borrow a musical instrument! The musical instruments are located at the Main and Nepean Centrepointe branches, where OPL customers can borrow one for free, using their Library card. Musical instruments can be donated until Dec 8, 2017 See available instruments and borrowing guidelines Read Ottawa Citizen Article – Paula McCooey, Nov 7.2017 Ottawa Public Library launches musical instrument lending program