We have a long history of working with professional artists and the community to co-create arts projects. Here is a sample of some past projects.

Significant Connections

Origami installation (non-permanent)
Shenkman Arts Centre, 2014
Led by: Karen Goetzinger, Visual artist
Celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Shenkman Arts Centre, Karen Goetzinger led a community collaboration where people of many ages, cultural backgrounds and skill levels contributed origami shapes and personal messages that connected what art meant to the participant. The result was a paper installation representing a community who valued the arts in their lives.

Stained Glass

Stained glass panel
Shenkman Arts Centre, 2009
Installation: Arts Network Ottawa, Main office
Led by: Michel Martel, Stained Glass Artist
Created during the Shenkman Arts Centre’s inaugural weekend, artist Michel Martel invited visitors to place a piece of coloured glass on the window panel to fill in areas in a mosaic style.

Street Hearts: The word on the street straight from the heart

Limited edition: 250 printed copies, 2002
Led by: Writer and musician Phil Jenkins in collaboration with youth of Operation Go Home
Street youth and author Phil Jenkins came together for a series of creative writing and song-writing workshops. The result was a 91-page bound book featured the writing of 9 street youth with proceeds going toward further community art collaborations with Operation Go Home.

Our Community, Our Arts

Façade mural
Cyrville Community Centre, 2000
Led by Louise Michaud, visual artist and Gloucester Arts Council
Murals were painted on the outside of Cyrville Community Centre to demonstrate the activities held at the community centre and was part of a day of festivities put on by the City of Gloucester, and the Arts Council.

Weaving the Community Together

Past Community Art Projects Tapestry


Tapestry Place D’Orléans, 1999
Led by: Thoma Ewen, Fibre Artist
Held at Place D’Orléans Shopping Centre as one of the Arts Council’s Festivarts activities, the public joined in the weaving to leave their creative mark. The large-scale tapestry reveals the unique pieces created by the community resulting in a colourful and unified final artwork that remains as part of Arts Network Ottawa’s permanent collection, in their Main office.

Do you have a memory of a past community project of Gloucester Arts Council, Arts Ottawa East-Est or Arts Network Ottawa? Share them with us!