Notice of Temporary Closure

The Craft Ontario Shop & Gallery are temporarily closed as of Sunday, March 15.

In the interest of the health of our communities, staff and volunteers, the Craft Ontario Shop and Gallery are temporarily closed while we closely monitor the development of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will assess re-opening on a weekly basis, and post updates to our website and social media channels.

Our staff are continuing to work in support of our members and clients, and you are more than welcome to reach out and connect:

Membership and Programming: 416-925-4222, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Shop: 416-921-1721, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Member services will not be interrupted, and we are happy to work with clients on a one-on-one basis to help meet your needs.

MEMBERS: WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU – HOW IS COVID-19 IMPACTING YOUR CAREERS?

We know that important conferences, workshops, shows and exhibitions have been cancelled, and that lower levels of public interaction are affecting your plans and income. To stay on top of how COVID-19 is impacting the craft community, and how we can better work to advocate on your behalf, please fill out our Member Impact Survey.

Member Impact Survey

 

As this situation develops, we also want to thank all those who are following good personal health habits and finding ways to support local businesses and artists.

Thank you for your patience and confidence in the work that we do, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

- The Craft Ontario Team

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

DEADLINE: MARCH 21, 2020

Craft Ontario invites nominations from the membership for three (3) vacant positions on the Board of Directors.

Craft Ontario is currently seeking candidates who are passionate about its mandate and future vision. Candidates, if selected, will be required to serve as ambassadors for the organization, and offer leadership, insight and financial support as members of the Board of Directors.

Craft Ontario is seeking candidates that have experience and background in the craft sector, and/or can bring skills, expertise and resources to the areas of Accounting and Finance, Risk Management, Information Technology, Membership, or Retail.

To nominate someone, or yourself, please complete the nomination form below, along with supplying a brief letter stating their/your willingness and eligibility to serve, as well as a copy of their/your biography and current CV to: Kim McBrien Evans, Chair of the Nominations Committee, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., no later than Saturday, March 21, 2020. Nominees are also requested to answer a brief survey regarding their professional skill sets here: http://bit.ly/377Yq6y.

Directors will be elected at the 2020 Annual General Meeting, taking place on Thursday, June 25, 2020, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, at Craft Ontario, 1106 Queen St. W., Toronto M6J 1H9. Positions are for a two-year term and commence following the Annual General Meeting.

Nomination Form

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS – REQUIRMENTS OF SERVICE:

The Board of Directors provides strategic leadership and ensures effective governance of the organization by developing and overseeing the vision, mission, strategic direction, and values of Craft Ontario; ensuring the development of, and adherence to, policies that guide staff in organizational operations; fundraising; and exercising fiduciary responsibility to ensure financial viability and sustainability.

Director Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as charitable trustees
  • Serve in a voluntary capacity with no remuneration or profit
  • Be knowledgeable about the values, mission, programs and performance of the organization and act as ambassadors, promoting the work of the organization
  • Evaluate strategic and business plan development, progress and effectiveness
  • Attend board meetings, one strategic planning session and the Annual General Meeting per-year, as active participants
  • Oversee and participate in fund development activities: work with staff to identify and recruit new funders, be aware of and acknowledge the organization’s key donors, participate in donor recognition and stewardship activities
  • Donate to the organization in accordance to one’s means

Nominees must hold a current Craft Ontario membership in good standing up to and including Saturday, March 21, 2020.

Find our more about membership here 

 

CRAFT YEAR 2020

Craft Year 2020 is a year-long celebration of contemporary fine craft. It is a national festival promoting events from all across the country, and an opportunity to create craft events and activities, or simply re-brand existing programming for Craft Year. This could include exhibitions, workshops, festivals, studio tours and more.

Craft Year is an ongoing initiative rooted in education, connection, and dialogue about the world of craft. It is a path to forging new connections between craft artists, supporters, and the public at large. 

CRAFT YEAR 2020 Will:

  • Encourage craft artists and arts based organizations to make new connections 
  • Increase craft exploration and investment through new opportunities and public events
  • Foster craft activity, awareness and recognition in unexpected places!

Professional craft artists, curators, collectors, community organizers, teachers, or any lovers of all things craft can take part in the event. You can participate by attending or hosting an event, becoming a Craft Council Member or collaborating and connecting with the movement.

Craft based events are happening across Canada all year long. Search for events in your area, and register your own events in the database. Workshops, gallery openings, studio tours, anything that features professional craft and encourages public engagement with this diverse form of art can be a Craft Year event.

Find out more here

 

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Who We Are

Formerly the Ontario Crafts Council, Craft Ontario is a not-for-profit service organization that works to have craft recognized as a valuable part of life. We promote and celebrate professional craft through providing member opportunities, and advocate for craft practice by educating and empowering diverse audiences.