August 29, 2019 – For Immediate Release                                                                

Supporting programming at Shenkman Arts Centre


Ottawa (Ontario) – Sixteen Ottawa area artists and arts groups have been chosen by a peer assessment jury to exhibit and perform at the Shenkman Arts Centre as part of the ARTicipate 2019 – 2020 Season, thanks to the ARTicipate Endowment Fund, a grant program stewarded by Arts Network Ottawa.

This year the ARTicipate Endowment Fund provided a total of $23,552 in grant funding through the ARTicipate Program Grants.  The Season will make full use of the Shenkman Arts Centre’s professional and unique spaces, including the Harold Shenkman Hall, Richcraft Theatre, Ottawa Citizen Dance Studio, LaLande + Doyle Exhibition Space and the Trinity Art Gallery.

Chamber Opera Company Ottawa (COCO), first time Articipate grant recipient, will present Beauty and the Beast, an opera for children. Founder and Artistic Director Judy Ginsburg states:

“ARTicipate will allow for COCO to present a rich opera experience for children complete with four professional opera singers and piano accompaniment, a children’s chorus, sets, costumes, all under the direction of a professional Music Director and Stage Director in the lovely setting of the Richcraft Theatre”, says Judith Ginsburg, COCO Founder and Artistic Director.  “COCO is passionate about and dedicated to nurturing and introducing children to the multifaceted and thrilling art form of opera and looks forward to bringing this experience to a new community.”

Arts Network Ottawa recognizes the difficulty that many in the arts encounter when searching for project funding; for this reason, the Network established the ARTicipate Endowment Fund in partnership with the City of Ottawa.

For the ARTicipate 2019 – 2020 Season, performers and exhibitors will cover all art forms from performance to visual art:


The $5 million-dollar ARTicipate Endowment Fund was established in 2007 by Arts Network Ottawa, and in partnership with the City of Ottawa, with the generous support of donors and the Province of Ontario to enable artistic programming in professional spaces at Shenkman Arts Centre. Since 2010, the Fund has awarded 176 grants totaling over $650,000 to local artists and arts groups as well as the Shenkman Arts Centre’s five Resident Arts Partners (Arts Network Ottawa, Gloucester Pottery School, Ottawa School of Art – Orléans Campus, and Ottawa School of Theatre, Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans (MIFO). For more information about the Fund, the ARTicipate Grant Program or to make a donation, visit our Facebook page Articipate / Articipez


Arts Network Ottawa knows how the Arts build strong communities. Since 1987, we have collaborated with communities to promote the creative, social and economic benefits of local Arts and will continue to do so. We provide an informed voice for a bilingual network of over 400 artists, cultural workers and arts organizations across the Ottawa region.  As an arts-service organization, we connect our members to opportunities, resources, programs and partnerships that advance their careers and the sustainability of Ottawa’s arts community.

Non-profit registered charitable organization: 12177 7023 RR0001.

For more information about the ARTicipate Endowment Fund, Arts Network Ottawa’s activities, artist opportunities or to make a donation contact:

Alex Maltby
Program Manager
T 613.580.2767 
Curtis Gero
Communications and Development Manager