By Danielle Simpson
The AGO is one of Toronto’s cultural attractions to hit the road each summer and attend cultural, multi-disciplinary arts festivals across the GTA. The On the Go summer volunteer ambassadors are the face of the Gallery at these festivals – there to meet people and chat about the Gallery to the diverse sets of festival-goers.
“It’s fitting that we celebrate community through the many expressions of art,” said Sue Boyle, coordinator, Promotions and Tourism. “We are opening doors that will build relationships with communities that represent the building blocks of Toronto. We are reaching out with the hopes of connecting.”
At the AGO tent you might see an ambassador engaging a child in an art-making activity, talking with an adult, passing out gallery guides, buttons or tattoos or simply letting visitors watch AGO TV.
This summer the ambassadors will be at ten or more festivals in the GTA including Pride (June 28), Mosaic (June 21), Big on Bloor (June 20), Afro-fest (July 11-12), Irie (July 30 – August 3), Masala! Mendi! Masti! (July 25) and Manifesto (September 21). Our volunteers will contribute over 300 hours to On the Go.
“By supporting these festivals we are publically stating that we believe in what they are doing,” added Boyle. “It allows us to enter into a conversation with these incredible communities about art, why it matters to them and what role the AGO play in their lives.”
So if you find yourself at a festival this summer, head to the AGO tent and say hello.