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Welcomes You to. Building Arts Community in Markham ! August 12, 13, 18 2014. Meet our Board of Directors. Kim Sommers Director of Finance – Petroff Partnership Architects Pat Howell Markham African Caribbean Association Muzna Siddiqi Marketing Manager, MAC liaison for MTAC

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welcomes you to

Welcomes You to

Building Arts Community in Markham!

August 12, 13, 18 2014


Meet our

Board of Directors

Kim Sommers

Director of Finance – Petroff Partnership Architects

Pat Howell

Markham African Caribbean Association

Muzna Siddiqi

Marketing Manager, MAC liaison for MTAC

Nazish Hussain

Markham Lawyer, MAC Volunteer Coordinator

Christine Jordon

Markham Volunteer, Liaison for MCPG

Jane Milrose, Chair

Owner -- Expedia CruiseShipCenters

Diane Hallquist, Vice Chair

Seneca College

Peter Still, Treasurer

Peter Still, CGA

Helen Argiro

MAC Executive Director

YRAC Board of Directors

  • Introductions
  • Short Survey
  • Discussion:
    • Sharing the Needs & Challenges
    • Suggesting Solutions & Opportunities
    • ProposingNextSteps
  • Closing

Markham Arts Council/MAC

  • Registered charity not-for-profit organization
  • Focus on Markham’s arts and cultural sector
  • Founded and in continuous operation since 2004


The Markham Arts Council serves the community and enriches the lives of its citizens by educating, developing and supporting a vibrant cultural community that champions the arts, while promoting the work of professional and emerging literary, visual and performing artists.

current arts programming
CurrentArts Programming
  • International Festival of Authors/IFOA Markham, Touring Event: expansion is planned for future IFOA events in Markham on an annual basis
  • Markham at the Movies, Toronto International Film Festival’s Film Circuit: bringing TIFF films to Markham
  • Markham Teen Arts Council: fostering arts and culture while providing leadership opportunities for Markham youth
  • Markham Creative Photography Group: Founded in 2013, has over 650 members and growing
  • Visual Art Show(s): MembersFall Art Show Sept.17th-21st at the McKay Art Centre
  • Holiday Artisan Show & Sale (2nd Annual): local artisans display and sell their work in this curated show
arts programming partner events
Arts Programming: Partner Events
  • ArtsExposed Conference

Partnership with York Regional Arts Council - 4th annual

  • PechaKucha

Partnership with Markham Public Libraries and the Varley Art Gallery - 3 times per year

  • Found Words Poetry Day

Partnership with the Varley Art Gallery

  • York Slam

Professional/emerging spoken word artists – 3rd annual

  • Markham Tales

Partnership with Diaspora Dialogues Toronto

  • MFA Writers Workshop

Partnership with Humber College and IFOA Harbourfront – new programming for fall 2014

our immediate future
Our Immediate Future

1. Building Arts Community Value

  • Incubation for community groups/committees
  • Outreach to members & arts community
  • Shared knowledge, facilities and resources
  • Group discounts (design, print, advertising)
  • Consultations + educational seminars & workshops: grant-writing, fundraising,

Artist entrepreneurial skills

  • Networking & showcasing opportunities for artists
  • Joint fundraising event(s) to benefit arts organizations
  • Liaison to City of Markham on behalf of community-based arts & cultural organizations
  • Building Capital
  • Grants, event sponsorship, fundraising initiatives, etc.
  • Building Infrastructure
  • Launching LaVaLab – Tues. Aug. 12th @ noon!
  • Working with City of Markham – Strategic Planning

LaVaLab is an online website/digital portal and Literary and Visual Arts Journal – NOW LIVE

  • It has been dubbed “...the Facebook for artists” by XI Digital Media
  • It will unify, showcase and promote the work of writers and artists throughout York Region and the world in one online location
  • LaVaLab will create a significant and sustainable revenue stream through annual membership fees, personal profile fees, advertising opportunities and competition entrance fees within 3 to 5 years
  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation has approved a 3 year grant totalling $185,000 for the construction and development of LaVaLab
  • LaVaLab is now in beta testing phase and is being closely watch by arts and culture organizations across Canada
  • Profits from this innovative revenue generating project will contribute to the future financial sustainability and operating costs of Markham Arts Council
arts community
Arts Community



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Arts Community



future arts programming
Future Arts Programming


  • Benefit Concert for the Arts
  • Arts Award Recognition Program
  • Markham Arts & Culture Centre
  • Arts in the Park
        • Artist Studio Tour
              • Luminato Festival of Arts & Creativity
arts future programming
Arts Future Programming
  • Arts in the Park (June 2014 pilot with the Unionville Festival)
  • Artist Studio Tour
  • Luminato(discussions underway for future programming)
benefit concert for the arts
Benefit Concert for the Arts
  • Benefit Concert for the Arts
  • 2 or 3 night event featuring headline talent from various cultural communities in Markham
  • Presented as an annual event
  • Grow into Gala for the Arts event
arts awards recognition program
Arts Awards Recognition Program
  • Awards for excellence presented to arts and culture organizations, and individual artists
  • Examples: Best new talent, Best volunteer, Best corporate sponsor, Best new artist, etc.
  • Gala evening to present awards
arts culture centre
Arts & Culture Centre
  • Would:
  • Provide artists with multi-purpose workspace
  • Provide artists with space to create, collaborate, workshop, rehearse, exhibit and/or perform their art/work from concept to completion
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Arts & Culture Centre
  • Will have living space tofacilitate cultural exchange artists or art students from around the world
  • Will include a black box theatre with retractable seating
  • Will be a hub of activity; a model of creativity and a home for exciting, innovative programming that showcases the expressive talents of a wide range of culturally diverse artists living and working in Markham along with artists from around the world
  • Will grow into a School for the Arts