Panel #4 – Massey Leveque

The foundation to valorizing and supporting the presentation, growth of and research on the arts in Canada derives from the work of  the Massey-Leveque Commission which operated in the 1950s and, through its work, gave birth to Canada Council for the Arts, the CBC, CRTC, Social Sciences Humanities and Research Canada.  This has paved the way for how the arts are supported for the past half century and has been scrutinized over many years by Indigenous, radicalized, the deaf, disabled and mad artists, arts organizations and researchers working in the arts.
This panel will be a contribution to the ongoing discourse cutting across Canada today including Indigenous and diverse perspectives and addressing what is being done to challenge the application of the Massey-Leveque Commission and its impact on the inequities in the arts today and what we can do to correct this.
Ryan Rice

Ryan Rice, Kanien’kehá:ka of Kahnawake, is an independent curator and the Delaney Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (Toronto, ON). His curatorial career spans over 20 years in museums and galleries. Rice served as the Chief Curator at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, NM and also held curatorial positions at the Aboriginal Art Centre (Ottawa, ON), named curatorial fellowships with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Victoria, BC) and the Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff, AB), and Aboriginal Curator-In-Residence at the Carleton University Art Gallery. He received a Master of Arts degree in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York; graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and received an Associate of Fine Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Rice’s writing on contemporary Onkwehonwe art has been published in numerous periodicals and exhibition catalogues, and he has lectured widely. Some of his exhibitions include ANTHEM: Perspectives on Home and Native Land, FLYING STILL: CARL BEAM 1943-2005, Oh So Iroquois, Scout’s Honour,LORE, Hochelaga Revisited, ALTERNATION,Soul Sister: Re-imagining Kateri Tekakwitha, Counting Coup, Stands With A Fist: Contemporary Native Women Artists and ARTiculations in Print. In the fall of 2017, he presented the inaugural exhibition of the Onsite Gallery in Toronto with his exhibition “raise a flag: work from the Indigenous Art Collection 2000-2015.

Robin Sokoloski

Robin Sokoloski has been the Executive Director of Playwrights Guild of Canada (PGC) since 2010. As Executive Director, Ms. Sokoloski has launched the Canadian Play Outlet (a book store dedicated entirely to Canadian Plays), fostered a growing national awards program for playwrights, the Tom Hendry Awards, and led major changes within the organization. As a facilitator, Ms. Sokoloski utilizes liberating structures to convene and engage participants in animated conversations on a variety of topics pertaining to the arts sector.Ms. Sokoloski remains committed to ensuring Canadian artists are treated fairly and are informed of their rights. She volunteers for various arts organization as a way of staying connected to the arts community and ensuring public access to artistic experiences. She currently Chairs Access Copyrights’ Membership Advisory Committee, sits on Ryerson University’s Centre For Free Expression Advisory Committee, and is a founding member of Mass Culture/ Mobilisation Culturelle.