Recent projects:

Instructor, Conflict Resolution and Facilitation, Willowbank School of Restoration Arts, 2018

Facilitator, Niagara Basic Income Pilot Consultation, Niagara Falls Museum, 2017

Governance Development, Intergalactic Artists Collective, Toronto, 2015-16

Group Decision-Making, Intergalactic Artists Collective, Toronto, 2015

Group Decison-Making Processes, with Phil Mount (Centre for Sustainable Food System, Wilfred Laurier University), Local Organic Food Co-ops 6th Annual Assembly, 2015

Board Training, Ontario Art Education Association, 2014

Consensus Training, Garden City Food Co-op, 2013 and 2014

Strategic Plan & organizational review, Niagara Dance Company, 2012

Micro-Finance for Artists Research Project, 2012

Guest speaker in labour relations and the arts, Schulich School of Business, York University, 2012

Panelist, Labour Workshop: Negotiating as an Artists’ Union, CARFAC National, 2011

Employment History:

Interim Grants and Program Officer, Rodman Hall Art Centre, Brock University, 2017-

Executive Director, Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists, Ontario Chapter (CADA-ON), 2008-2011
Responsibilities include: planning and management of a provincial professional association for dance artists with programs and services including publication of Professional Standards for Dance (2 versions published during my tenure), Training Subsidy Program, insurance, Professional Development Program and electronic communications.

Executive Director, St. Catharines and Area Arts Council, 2004-2008
Responsibilities include: management of a community arts council key to cultural development in Niagara Region including Artistic and Education program development and delivery (multidisciplinary events such as Art of Peace Festival, James St. Night of Art and community art initiatives), developing and implementing numerous community partnerships, financial management, grant preparation and staff supervision. Member of Region of Niagara Culture Committee and City of St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre Task Force.

Cultural Policy Coordinator, City of St. Catharines, 1999
responsibilities including: development of municipal cultural policy in collaboration with volunteer committee, facilitating community consultation, writing document

Policy Analyst, Ontario Ministry of Culture & Communications, Cultural Industries & Agencies Branch, 1991
responsibilities including: review of cultural agency capital grants, Minister’s correspondence

Managing Director, Association of National Non-profit Artists’ Centres (ANNPAC), 1982-84
national arts service organization responsible for fiscal management, grant requests, liaison with elected volunteer Management Committee, advocacy, organization of national

Video Coordinator, Western Front, Vancouver, 1980-81
curator, technical director and management of international artists’ video production programme

Consensus Decision-Making, Facilitation Skills, Intergalactic Artists Collective, Toronto, 2015-16

Various workshops in Executive Director capacities including Negotiation Skills for Creative and Performing Artists

Instructor, Communication & Conflict Resolution Tools Workshop, Brock University Drama Dept., 2003

Instructor, Helping Yourself and Others to Speak and Listen, Fort Erie Fire, Niagara Fire, Three Fires Community Justice Program , 2001

Instructor, Conflict Resolution Tools for the Voluntary Sector, Laubach Literacy Ontario, 2001

Instructor, Conflict Resolution Tools for the Voluntary Sector, Niagara Centre for Community Life and Leadership, 2000

Keynote Speaker, Social Issues Day, Brock University Faculty of Education, 1997

Workshop Leader, Lincoln County Educators for a Global Perspective, St Catharines, 1997

Workshop Leader, Developing Facilitation Skills, Lincoln Elementary Principals Association Conference, 1997

Organizational Development – Planning & Board Development
Facilitator, Program Development Retreat, Centre for Digital Humanities, Brock University, 2006

Role-Clarification & Mission development, Arraymusic, 2003

Facilitator, Faculty & Staff meeting, Brock University Drama Department, 2002

Co-facilitator (with Janis A. Barlow), strategic planning for York University Theatre Department, 2001

Facilitator, focus groups for strategic planning, Chorus Niagara, 2001

Project Manager, Janis A. Barlow & Associates, Research, Planning and Management Consultants, Strategic Planning for Canadian Orpheus Male Choir, 2001

Facilitator, Board of Directors meetings re re-structuring, Music Gallery, Toronto, 1997

Facilitator, Faculty meeting, Sheridan College Art & Art History Collaborative Degree Program, Toronto, 1995

Facilitator, Board of Directors planning meeting, Principal and Founders meeting, The School of the Toronto Dance Theatre, Toronto, 1995

Facilitator, Board of Directors retreat, Mercer Union, Toronto, 1995

Workshop Leader, Board of Directors Development Workshop, Charles St Video, Toronto, 1995

Community Development, Program & Policy Development
Dance Season Community Outreach & Audience Development Consultant (lobby talks & program notes, community workshops), Brock University Centre for the Arts, 2001- 6

Consultant, Youth & Environmental Philanthropy, Niagara Community Foundation, 2003

Consultant, Identifying Cultural and Artistic Opportunities for Aboriginal Peoples, Niagara Regional Native Centre, 2001

Consultant, Visual Arts Office, Ontario Arts Council, 1989-90
responsibilities including: team member restructuring operating funding to public art galleries

Project Management including Producer & Curator
Co-ordinator, Art at Glendale Competition, Niagara College, 1999-2000
responsibilities including: designing and administrating a public art commissioning project, writing Competition Brief, organizing jurying, writing contracts, liaison with artists, brochure text

Revealed: women’s voices(exhibition), selection committee member and organizer, Centre for the Art Brock University, Rodman Hall, 2004

David Buchan: man-about-town (exhibition), Grimsby Public Art Gallery, 1996

Mad For Bliss (performance), Vera Frenkel, Music Gallery and Cultural Desire Projects, 1989

Pure Nonsense (performance), Tanya Mars, Music Gallery and Cultural Desire Projects, 1987

Dance of Delirium (performance), Randy & Berenicci, Music Gallery and Cultural Desire Projects, 1987

Artists Talk About Technology (exhibition), curatorial committee, ANNPAC Conference, Halifax, 1984

Recent Pasts (dance performances, documentation exhibition, panel, workshops), A Space Satellite Program, Harbourfront, Toronto, 1979

Dance Artists Soho (performances), Cafe Soho, Toronto, 1977

Dance Artists (performances), St. Paul’s Centre, Toronto, 1976

Legal + Governance Committee, Rodman Hall Coalition, Chair, 2017, Coalition member

Legal + Governance Committee, Garden City Food Co-op, 2013-14, Chair 2015-

Meditation Instructor, Niagara Detention Centre 2014

City of St. Catharines, Urban Forestry Committee, Chair, 2013

Speaker, Homelessness Advocacy, Keynote Speaker (with Margaret Trudeau), YWCA Niagara Women of Distinction Awards, 2011, No Fixed Address, YWCA Niagara, 2012

Organizational development, Niagara Dance Company, 2011

Meditation instructor, YWCA Niagara staff, 2010

Morning clean-up crew, Out of the Cold, St. Catharines homeless shelter program, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2016

Steering Committee & Advisory Committee, Three Fires Community Justice Program (adult diversion program for aboriginal offenders in St. Catharines, Fort Erie and Hamilton), Niagara Regional Native Centre, 2001-05

Mediator, Mediator Trainer, Program design & coordination, Maple Grove Community Mediators,  Maple Grove School, Beamsville, 1996-98

Mediator, Victim Offender Reconciliation Program Niagara (VORP), St. Catharines, 1997

Treasurer, Niagara Artists’ Company, St. Catharines, 1992-94

Member, Acting Chair, Arts Advisory Panel, Canada Council, 1981-84

Member, Advisory Panel, Metropolitan Toronto Cultural Affairs, 1982-83

Chair, Trinity Square Video, Toronto, 1982-83

Vice-President, Nightingale Arts Council (A Space), 1979-80

Elizabeth Chitty’s art work can be seen at

Education includes a B.A. in Fine Arts (Dance Major), York University, 1975.
Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resoltuion, Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiation, 1997.
Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Waterloo, 1996-8.


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