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Arts Consultants Canada (ACCA)

Arts Consultants Canada is a professional association of consultants who provide services to clients in the arts and cultural sector in Canada.

Established in 2006, ACCA has a growing network of members across the country working in both official languages. ACCA’s members work to improve the health, effectiveness and sustainability of the arts. They provide services to organizations and individuals in the performing arts, visual arts and crafts, museums and galleries, writing and publishing, and new media, other arts-related projects and planning initiatives.

On the ACCA website (artsconsultants.ca), organizations and individuals looking for assistance will find a searchable database of member consultants including their geographic location, specializations and background.

Balancing Act

Balancing Act advocates for greater accessibility, equality and inclusion for caregivers* working in the performing arts.

We collaborate with artists, arts workers, and arts organizations to develop pathways for change at an individual, organizational, and systemic level.

*Balancing Act’s definition of caregiver includes individuals who care for children, older adults, those in need of personal care, and anyone who self-identifies as a caregiver.

Steering Committee

  • Intisar AwisseDramaturgy & Artistic Curation Intern, WhyNot Theatre
  • Maev BeatyActor; Canadian Actors Equity Association Council
  • Neema BickerstethPerformer, Creator
  • Ella CooperFounder, Black Women Film! Canada
  • Lisa Karen CoxDirector; Assistant Professor, Ryerson University
  • Sarah CullenFounder, MOTHRA: Artist-Parent Project
  • Andrea DonaldsonArtistic Director, Nightwood Theatre
  • Lucy EveleighExecutive Director, Toronto Fringe
  • Chelsea HaberlinArtistic Director, NewWorld Theatre
  • Beth HelmersArtistic Director, Community Arts Guild
  • Ruth HowardArtistic Director, Jumblies Theatre
  • Jacoba KnaapenExecutive Director, Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts
  • Djennie LaguerreActor, Author, Storyteller
  • Julie LebelArtistic Director, Foolish Operations
  • Shira LeuchterActor, Theatre Creator
  • Ken MacKenzie Associated Designers of Canada
  • Weyni MengeshaArtistic Director, Soulpepper Theatre
  • Sheila Kearney Miller EDI-R Committee, Soulpepper Theatre and Young Centre
  • Viv Moore Dance, Theatre Artist
  • Janelle Rainville Executive Director, Stage Managing the Arts
  • Kelly ReadExecutive Director, WhyNot Theatre
  • Adrienne WongArtistic Director, SpiderWebShow Performance
  • Claire WynveenCommunications Manager, Toronto Fringe

The AFC

About The AFC:

The AFC is the lifeline for Canada’s entertainment industry. The AFC is an expression of the community’s good will, helping entertainment professionals when they are at their most vulnerable due to injury, illness or other personal hardship.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of industry members have turned to The AFC for help to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. During this challenging time, The AFC has responded to the need in the community with $1.4 million (and counting) in emergency financial aid and other crucial support programs and services. All our programs are focused on supporting the health and well-being of arts and entertainment professionals working in all aspects of film & TV, music, theatre and dance.

About Lobby Chats

The AFC’s Lobby Chats bring people together who have experience, passion, and knowledge of critical topics that directly impact the members of Canada’s entertainment industry. Whether we’re talking to freelancers, leaders, administrators, or service providers, these conversations offer a compassionate knowledge-sharing platform where our community can come together to help each other grow and flourish in the industry on both personal and professional levels.

Lobby Chats focus on the individual’s experience, the person who is navigating what is known to be a precarious career path in arts and entertainment. These conversations will hone in on the areas of financial wellness, mental health, and career sustainability. At the end of each chat, audiences will have a chance to ask questions and join the conversation in the spirit of community support and learning.

The Canadian Green Alliance

A national not-for-profit devoted to bridging the gap between sustainability & theatre.

Co-founders: Julia McLellan & Tess Benger

Green Panel Series
CGA, TAPA and Singular Sensation collaborated to present four Green Panel Series sessions of professionals discussing methods of rethinking theatrical processes for a greener future, livestreamed on YouTube.

Sustainable Theatre Guidebook
With support from TAPA and other stakeholders, the CGA is developing a guide of best practices for producing climate-positive Theatre as the industry emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Guidebook is being co-authored by experts in the field across Canada, and divided up by theatrical departments: Design, Producing, Front of House, Building Management, Dressing Rooms, Rehearsal Halls & Green Rooms, Hair, Wardrobe, Technical Direction, Sound, Lights and Concessions.

Accompanying these best practices will be enlightening essays by some of Canada’s leading sustainable Arts Workers to inspire the reader to promote action in their own theatrical communities.

Visit the CGA Facebook page for more information.

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