June 18, 2018

Ottawa (Ontario) – The Board of Directors of AOE Arts Council is pleased to announce that the Arts Council is becoming Arts Network Ottawa /Réseau des arts d’Ottawa. The decision to change the organization’s name was voted unanimously in favour by Arts Network Ottawa members at the Annual General Meeting held on June 6, 2018.

“The goal with this rebrand is to provide greater clarity of our role as a local arts service organization and to better reflect what we do with and for the artists and arts organizations we serve across the Ottawa region,” says Lisa Cruickshank, Arts Network Ottawa President.

This 31 year old organization reached out to its members and the arts community at large for input and feedback throughout a branding review. The consultative process included surveys, one on one interviews and focus groups to help with the name change.  This new name is being phased in over the next few months.

The arts service organization intends to remain in its home at the Shenkman Arts Centre where they are a proud resident partner and to maintain its satellite office at the Nepean Creative Arts Centre, to help West end artists and arts groups.

“The response to our new name Arts Network Ottawa has been very positive so far. We, and our members, are excited to provide a valued network of opportunities, resources and connections for the arts in the Ottawa region and the community in which we live,” adds Cruickshank.

About Arts Network Ottawa (formerly AOE Arts Council)
Arts Network Ottawa knows how the Arts build strong communities. For more than 30 years, 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, across the Ottawa region, of over 400 artists, cultural workers and arts organizations.   As an arts service organization, we are an essential connection to opportunities, resources, programs and partnerships that advance careers and the sustainability of Ottawa’s arts community.

Arts Network Ottawa  recognizes that the City of Ottawa was built on unceded Algonquin Anishinaabe Territory. The Arts Network also recognizes  the diversity of Ottawa’s artists and residents and both official languages.

Non-profit registered charitable organization: 12177 7023 RR0001.  artsnetottawa.ca