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OAAG is a registered charitable organization. Established in 1968, OAAG was incorporated in Ontario by letters patent on October 9, 1970. The Charitable Objects from the Letters Patent are:


  • To encourage co-operation between member galleries and museums

  • To encourage cooperation with the Ontario Arts Council and similar agencies

  • To assist in the development of visual art centres in the province of Ontario

  • To promote high standards of excellence and uniform methods in the care and presentation of art

  • To serve as an advisory body in matters of professional interest in the province of Ontario



OUR VISION (What we aspire to do)

  • The Ontario Association of Art Galleries fosters a sustainable, healthy, diverse, public art gallery sector to further the visual arts

       as a key component of the cultural life of the province.


OUR MISSION (What we do)

  • Through advocacy, professional development, and network-building, OAAG advances and empowers Ontario public art galleries.


OUR MANDATE (How we are going to do it)

To ensure that public art galleries contribute to the cultural life of the province, OAAG will:


  • Discern, formulate, and articulate a strong collective profile for Ontario public art galleries

  • Represent members to government effectively

  • Foster professionalism among members

  • Create and present relevant professional development opportunities

  • Foster communication and exchange among members

  • Be an effective reliable resource and source of information for our members


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