At Agilo Arts, we are fervent devotees to the potent vitality of contemporary creativity. Nurturing the capacity of the contemporary arts to provoke and inspire a global audience, our visionary, high-impact services in multidisciplinary and integrated arts management, education, design, and creativity are committed to nothing less than upholding our vision of a dogged, passionate and fluidly creative world – an energetic, heady environment where both artists and audiences unite via the revolutionary pulse of modern artistic expression.
At Agilo Arts, we revel in the spirit of established visionaries and pioneering risk-takers. We honour and celebrate the originality of women, queer, and culturally diverse voices from across all creative practices, regions, sectors and socioeconomic divisions. We embrace fluidity, experimentation, collaboration and an entrepreneurial, socially-engaged spirit in the development, dissemination and administration of new contemporary work, resources and creativity.
Based in Toronto (Canada), Agilo Arts was founded in 2006 by integrated arts development consultant and producer, Jessa Agilo. Supporting small and mid-sized companies, established and emerging independent artists, festivals and arts service organizations active in Ontario and other regions of Canada, our range of management consulting services includes: strategic planning; touring, annual, project and event management; national and international artist representation; marketing communications; fundraising and proposal writing; managerial accounting and bookkeeping; facilitated management workshops; performance video/photography, and graphic/web design.
Agilo Arts’ founding director, Jessa Agilo, is an award-winning integrated arts producer, manager, entrepreneur, educator, designer, creator, and development consultant with over 25 years of experience in the contemporary performing, visual, literary, and media arts across Canada and internationally.
Recipient of the Humberto Santos Award in Business & Administration, Jessa studied music composition and electracoustics, fundraising management, arts management, new media, graphic and web design at Queen’s University, University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business, Ryerson University, and life-long learning through Lynda.com and other sources.
As an arts manager, for over a decade Jessa has supported emerging and established artists and arts organizations from Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec. Her experience includes general management, accounting, marketing communications, and development consulting for Ontario Culture Days, Roseneath Theatre, Music @ The Banff Centre, Workman Arts, Queer Arts Festival, Kaeja d’Dance, Dreamwalker Dance, Dance Umbrella of Ontario, Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, Business for the Arts, lbs/sq” performance, The Chimera Project, Hudson Village Theatre, Dancemakers Centre for Creation, black&blue dance projects, hum dansoundart, Zata Omm Dance Projects, adelheid, Anandam Dancetheatre, Sara Porter, Michelle Silagy, ProArteDanza, Series 8:08, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, Mi Young Kim Dance Company, Rina Singha Kathak Dance, and many more. Jessa is the founder of the Ontario Dance Producers & Managers Group, has served on the Toronto Arts Council’s Dance Committee, and has been an advisor to the Ontario Arts Council’s Arts Services Program. Most recently, Jessa is also the founder of ArtsPond Inc / Étang d’Arts, an emerging Charitable Venture Platform.
As an educator, Jessa has facilitated workshops, served as a panelist, and presented keynote addresses on a variety of topics for Canadian Dance Assembly, Dancer Transition Resource Centre British Columbia, Connect TO, Dance Umbrella of Ontario, Modern Times Stage Company, Nightswimming Theatre, and Workman Arts, among others. Since 2010, Jessa’s visionary education/outreach and strategic development activities have also been funded on five separate occasions by Canada Council for the Arts (2016), and Ontario Arts Council (2010, 2011, 2015, 2016). Highlights include: Agent Dance (international artist representation case study research for Ontario Dance); Arts Working Group (charitable venture platform networking and advocacy); and, Managing Creativity (elearning for aspiring/emerging artists-producers).
As a male-to-female transsexual, Jessa has also been an outspoken queer advocate and educator, facilitating workshops on the intersections between gender, sexuality, and creativity. She has also produced multiple provincial and international conferences, including serving as President, Executive Producer, and Culture Track Coordinator for the First North American Conference on Bisexuality, Gender and Sexual Diversity.
For over a decade, Jessa was also an independent educator teaching Royal Conservatory of Music classes to children, adults and seniors. As a composer, her works have been broadcast in Canada on CBC Radio and internationally in Europe. Her creations uniting sound, theatre, media, visual art, and poetry have also received awards and recognition including SOCAN, Vancouver New Music, and Gaudeamus International Young Composers Competitions, Maurice Dubin Memorial Prize in Composition, and the Istvan Anhalt Prize in Electroacoustics. Her teachers included John Burge, David Keane, Kristi Allik, Marjan Mozetich, Eugene Wilson, Keith Hamel, and Nicolai Korndorf. New works currently in development include Trees and Bushes (working title), a commission for a new video and sound score to an integrated dance work by lbs/sq” performance, supported by Canada Council for the Arts; and, linger, a new work for marimba soloist Kyoko Ogoda.