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Heart to Art | Ramy Nassar

Heart to Art

On August 13 I had a great opportunity to work as a facilitator for a program that was run by the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario). The program, put on by Celina Agaton, was called a Heart to Art Chat and designed to bring a wider community of engaged individuals together at the AGO to talk very openly about what the gallery needs to do to become more relevant and continue to grow.


The program was organized in an unconference format, with most of the session topics being decided by the attendees (roughly 100 in attendance). I got to facilitate several different discussion groups throughout the day as well as meet AGO visitors, members and donors. It was a great experience and I learned a lot in working with some other talented and experieneced facilitators as well. In my sessions I tried something a little different and I had the notetaker capture interesting words that came up and count the frequency of each one. I translated that histogram into a word cloud: Overall, it was a great day and I was very happy to have been asked to facilitate a session. I’m hopeful that much of what I learned and heard can be applied locally to our amazing KW Art Gallery one day as well. Interested in see some of the conversation? Follow the #agochat hashtag that was being used through the day…