Conferences & Events
PAONE presents a series of professional development workshops that provide support for arts educators and arts education administrators. They feature guest speakers, moderated round-tables, panelists, and more. They are hosted by member organizations and take place at a variety of venues in southern Ontario throughout the year. 

Our Conferences & Events:

  • provide meaningful networking and professional development opportunities.

  • address specific challenges and successes in the field.

  • build support for increased resource sharing and best practices.

  • support emerging arts educators and administrators.

For upcoming events and recaps of past conferences and events, click here.

PAONE has introduced me to other arts administrators in the GTA. I had no idea another organization was running a similar schools program and now, since connecting, we have been able to support each other in our program design.
— Rachel Robbins, Education & Engagement Manager, TO Live


To see past events, please visit our Event Page.

Research Club
From 2015-2017, PAONE ran a Research Club, co-hosted by Lois Adamson (Director of Education, Stratford Festival) and Anne Wessels (Director of Education, Tarragon Theatre).

The group examined a variety of different education-based research through the lenses of:

  • Rationale

  • Literature Review

  • Methodology

  • Findings and Implications

T-Dot (Toronto Dance, Opera, Theatre for Youth)
From 2002-2009, PAONE members created the T-Dot program to introduce youth from across Toronto to multiple performances and workshops from all performing arts disciplines. Participating PAONE companies provided performances and workshops including the Ballet Creole, Canadian Opera Company, Canadian Stage, Danceworks, Young People’s Theatre, National Ballet of Canada, Opera Atelier, Soulpepper Theatre, Sprockets and Tarragon Theatre.

TDSB Partnership
In the fall of 2008, PAONE worked with the Toronto District School Board to coordinate a Professional Arts Organizations Trade Fair for a secondary school PA day. Organizations ranging from publishers, theatre and dance companies, media studies opportunities, and service organizations participated in this vital opportunity.

MODD (Music, Opera, Dance, Drama)
In February 2002, PAONE produced and presented a full production of Romeo and Juliet that represented four disciplines – symphonic music (Toronto Symphony), ballet (Ballet Jorgen), opera (Canadian Opera Company) and drama (Stratford Festival). Directed by Richard Rose, the piece had five sold out performances and exposed more than 7000 young people to a multi-disciplinary production of Shakespeare’s classic story.

Arts Leaders Advocacy
In 2006, select PAONE members brought together the leaders of their organizations to discuss how best to approach the Ministers of Education and Culture about arts education funding. This meeting included artistic directors from Canadian Stage, Soulpepper, TSO, COC, the National Ballet of Canada and The Stratford Shakespeare Festival.