Ontario Presents

Ontario Presents is a province-wide network of performing arts touring and presenting organizations that work collaboratively to facilitate the distribution of live, performing arts shows – and their engagement with citizens – into communities across Ontario. The organization was incorporated as a not-for-profit network of performing arts venues in 1988 and has grown over the years to be an effective champion for the practice of performing arts presentation and community engagement. Its members include municipal performing  arts centres; not-for-profit, volunteer, community presenters; touring artists/arts organizations, artists’ agents, and industry service consultants.    

Ontario Presents operates a number of participatory programs and services that help members build capacity, develop leadership and create opportunities to grow and diversify their audiences. 

Mission

To develop Ontario’s presenting arts leadership through networking and professional development

Vision

A live performance for everyone in Ontario: an active curator for the performing arts in every community: a lively engagement between the two.

Policy Statements

Values

We value the participation of our professional and volunteer presenters, artists, artist representatives and business consultants by:

  • Encouraging, supporting & developing groups that present professional performing arts in Ontario communities
  • Fostering networking, professional development, advocacy & access to resources
  • Supporting our members’ curatorial visions
  • Fostering and encouraging collegiality, trust, and openness within our membership
  • Encouraging the presentation of new art forms and the appreciation of quality and engaging performing arts performances
  • Developing strong & healthy leadership to sustain Ontario’s arts presenting industry

Presenting Indigenous Work

Ontario Presents and its member presenting organizations recognize the importance of presenting Indigenous artists, stories and culture as part of its presenting practice. Historical experiences and cultural differences require that this work be presented in a respectful way that engages both our Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

In order to support  the presenting of Indigenous work, guiding principles have been developed for our organization and our members. These principles are intended to be a living document and will be updated as needed to reflect lessons learned and best practices occurring in the presenting field.

Read the full Statement of Guiding Principles for Presenting Indigenous Work.

Ontario Presents gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation