Speaker: Gillian McIntyre
April 9-12, 2008
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Speakers: Biography

Gillian McIntyre

Coordinator, Adult Programs
Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West
Toronto ON
M5T 1G4 Canada

Gillian McIntyre has a B.A. in Art and Art History (1994) and an M.A. in Museum Studies (1996) from the University of Toronto. Her Masters thesis explored the relationship between the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and so-called minority communities. McIntyre’s responsibilities as Adult Program Coordinator at the AGO include interpretive planning for a new African gallery, to be installed when the Gallery reopens in 2008, and provincial coordination for ArtsAccess. The ArtsAccess Project is a three-year community arts initiative designed to engage the public in a range of creative activities in four Ontario municipalities, including Toronto, Thunder Bay, Brantford/Six Nations and Kitchener-Waterloo. McIntyre also designs and coordinates the AGO’s public programs and human animation in the galleries. In 1997 McIntyre initiated Teens Behind the Scenes, a youth volunteer program at the AGO. Between 1998 and 2001 she served as Executive Director of Oakville Arts Council. Amongst other projects during this time she designed and coordinated Telling a Different Story, a three-year on-line anti-racism project. At the same time McIntyre served as President of Community Arts Ontario, an arts service organisation. During her tenure she chaired a community arts conference Kicking it up a Notch: Animating Communities at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto in 2002. In 2003 she initiated the Cultural Mapping Project. The objective of this project was to diversify the membership and programming of Community Arts Ontario. Between 1991 and 1995 McIntyre chaired Oakville Galleries Board of Directors and is currently a member of the Acquisition Committee. McIntyre lives in Oakville with her husband and has three adult children.

Gillian will present Getting 'In Your Face': Strategies for Encouraging Creativity, Engagement and Investment When the Museum is Offline. [Paper]