The South Georgian Bay (SGB) Arts Network is a new interdisciplinary member-driven organization serving artists who live and work in the South Georgian Bay region. The network is a place for artists from all artistic disciplines to share best practices and explore potential collaborations. Artists and arts organizations are much stronger together than we are apart. This network works to amplify the collective voice of the artistic community and leverage our ability to advocate for space, time and funding needed to support creative work.
For a community of close to 100,00 people, the Southern Georgian Bay region enjoys one of the largest concentrations of artists in Ontario. The SGB region is brimming with painters, photographers, sculptors, ceramic and textile artists, actors, musicians, dancers, and writers. These talented artists amplify the beauty of our natural environment and create events that allow locals and out-of-town guests to gather to celebrate and create community.
We all know that geographic boundaries are not barriers for artists. Our creative output can reach far beyond the place we choose to live. However, the ability to forge connections, create with, and learn from a local group of artists strengthens the community’s well-being as a whole.
In this spirit, the SGB Arts Network will connect artists, organizations and businesses in the South Georgian Bay (SGB) region to collaborate, support, and empower the arts and culture sector.
Our goal is to:
The network is part of the Institute of South Georgian Bay and was borne out of The Power of the Arts & Cultural Strategy, released in September 2021.
The SGB Network members reflect a wide breadth of artists, from emerging artists and students to established artists living and working in the SGB region. Our goal is for the membership and Network Team to have representation of all artistic disciplines and cultural activities, including Crafts, Performing Arts, Design Arts, Festivals and Events, Heritage, Communications Media, Electronic Arts, Literary Arts, and Visual Arts.
We aim to support a full and creative life for artists within the SGB region. We understand that new members must feel included and valued to be engaged. We are committed to ensuring the membership of this network reflects the diversity of cultures and cultural practices of all people living in the region. We will also include diversity, equity, and inclusion practices at the center of our work to establish and grow this new network.
The Network Team is a standing committee established to provide oversight of the Network’s practices to ensure good governance, accountability and transparency. It ensures that the Network fulfills its functional responsibilities through governance policy development, and professional development and network events for members. As our Network Team grows, we will establish project-specific Working Groups (e.g. Events, Membership & Marketing).
If you are interested in taking an active role in launching this network by joining the Network Team, please reach out via email at SGBartsnetwork@gmail.com, and we can set up a time to chat.
Erica Angus, Executive Director, Theatre Collingwood
Susan Cook, Executive Director, Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts
Melissa Twist, Director of Regional Tourism, South Georgian Bay Tourism
Amber Ebert, Network Development Coordinator