Defining Ottawa Together: Culture in the Official Plan

October 10, 2019

Defining Ottawa Together:  Culture in the Official Plan Thursday, October 17th from 2 to 6 pm Ottawa City Hall (Andrew S. Haydon Hall, Council Chambers) 110 Laurier Ave W   We hope to support the development of Ottawa as an international cultural capital that:

  • works toward reconciliation and d?ecolonization;
  • offers meaning and quality of life to all residents; and
  • attracts talent, tourists and business.
The session will include an international panel, a short video of interview highlights from a cross-section of Ottawa citizens, and important opportunities for input through maps, ideas and words. Your voice and experience in Ottawa are important to us! Community engagement is key.  
  • Where do you live and work?  Are there cultural opportunities in the neighbourhood in which you live?  Near your workplace?
  • Do you walk, cycle, take public transit or drive to access culture?   How far are you willing to travel to access cultural opportunities in the city?
  • If you could redesign your neighbourhood, what cultural improvements might you suggest?
  • What are the culturally significant places and spaces in Ottawa that you hope are protected for future generations?
  • What is the ‘living’ culture that makes your neighbourhood and the city unique? How can we safeguard, support and develop these practices?
We have an opportunity to develop a brand-new City of Ottawa Official Plan: the strategic document that guides our city’s growth and development. This plan impacts how and where the city will grow for the next 25 years. Our goal is for Ottawa to grow into the most liveable mid-sized city in North America and we need your insight to make this happen. Ottawa is built on unceded Algonquin Anishinabe territory. The peoples of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation have lived on this territory for millennia.  Their culture and presence have nurtured and continue to nurture this place. We honour the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation and all First Nations, Inuit and Métis elders, people and communities. Ottawa has a unique identity, a rich history and a living culture. Surrounded by farms and nature, over 80% of the land in Ottawa is rural.  Ottawa’s dual status as dynamic city and national capital presents an opportunity. As an important centre of Franco-Ontarian culture and a destination of choice for immigrants the world over, Ottawa is home to diverse peoples and communities. The cultural landscape in Ottawa comprises many vibrant spaces, places, practices and people including:
  • important Indigenous traditional knowledge, cultural practices, ceremonies, rites, and landscapes;
  • a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Rideau Canal);
  • major, national cultural institutions, and rich historic and archaeological sites;
  • vital neighbourhoods and rural villages inclusive of many living cultures;
  • a local arts and heritage scene that reflects the vitality of Ottawa communities in two official languages and myriad mother tongues;
  • exceptional home-grown festivals, fairs and gatherings;
  • international award-winning artists in all disciplines;
  • emerging cultural and creative industries;
  • vibrant public art and engaging street culture; and
  • a thriving local food and culinary scene.
Safeguarding and celebrating the diverse cultural features of Ottawa builds quality of place. Creative placemaking can serve community interest and drive an agenda for change, growth and transformation. We hope to support the development of Ottawa as an international cultural capital that:
  • works toward reconciliation and decolonization;
  • offers meaning and quality of life to all residents; and
  • attracts talent, tourists and business.
Your voice and experience in Ottawa are important to us. Community engagement is key. We are seeking your insight on the following questions:
  1. How do you engage with culture?  In what cultural activities do you participate?
  2. Where do you live and work?  Are there cultural opportunities in the neighbourhood in which you live?  Near your workplace?
  3. Do you walk, cycle, take public transit or drive to access culture?   How far are you willing to travel to access cultural opportunities in the city?
  4. If you could redesign your neighbourhood, what cultural improvements might you suggest? (e.g. - culture grocer/supplier, culture event space, artist live/work space, gathering space, culture production space, creative collaboration space, public art, museum, cultural-use park, library, performing art space, visual art space)
  5. What are the culturally significant places and spaces in Ottawa that you hope are protected for future generations? (e.g. - vistas, culture landscapes, buildings, streets, neighbourhoods, archaeological sites, parks)
  6. What is the ‘living’ culture that makes your neighbourhood and the city unique? How can we safeguard, support and develop these practices? (e.g. oral traditions, rituals, festive events, performing arts, crafts, traditional knowledge)

ARTinis Raises An “Out of This World” $38,000

November 1, 2018

Ottawa (Ontario) – Close to 200 guests were treated to a galaxy of culinary delights, cocktails, beverages and arts at Arts Network Ottawa’s sold out ARTinis Gala held on the two stages of the Shenkman Arts Centre. The 11th annual event held on Friday October 26, brought the Ottawa Arts Community together with re-elected Mayor Jim Watson, business leaders, sponsors and supporters. Their generosity raised over $38,000 to support services and programs run by Arts Network Ottawa that will benefit artists and arts groups across the Ottawa region. Lisa Cruickshank President, of Arts Network Ottawa’s Board of Directors thanked all who support of the local arts scene in Ottawa – starting with the 20 Artinis Gala sponsors led by Pathway Hyundai and Terradare Solutions.  She also took this opportunity to congratulate newly re-elected Mayor Jim Watson and the other municipal and provincial elected officials present, for supporting the arts. Michael Curran, Publisher of the Ottawa Business Journal, spoke on behalf of the sponsors, stating how important the arts are to Ottawa in attracting and retaining talent, and underlining the key role played by Arts Network Ottawa over its 31-year history. The guests started their intergalactic journey in the Richcraft theatre space station where they could sip on a signature cocktail crafted by North of 7, sample a variety of beverage tastings by Beau's BreweryBroadhead Brewing Company, Orléans Brewing Co., Stray Dog Brewing Company, Strewn Winery, Split Tree Cocktails and nosh on appetizers from St. Martha's Brasserie d'Orleans,. There was a scavenger hunt, a scintillating silent auction, live sculpting by Christine Mockett, with the help of Shannon Whittle, and live cake decorating by Freddy Villatoro and Nicole Sanger of Made by Nikki Cakery Co.  Ottawa’s award-winning Justin Duhaime Quartet kept all entertained with their sensational live music. Guests then blasted off to the surface of the moon on the Harold Shenkman Hall stage to sit down for an expertly prepared three-course interstellar tasting by Chef Benjamin Vidmar of Meatings Catering taking centre stage. Aerial Antics performers dazzled guests as they dined, while the Justin Duhaime Quartet kept everyone’s toes tapping. In addition to ticket sales and sponsorships, funds were raised with a twinkling silent auction with items donated by over 40 local businesses. A special thanks to our team of 30+ volunteers and to MC actor Julien Lévesque Ottawa School of Theatre who enthusiastically played the role of spaceship captain for the evening. Arts Network Ottawa wishes to thank all 20 sponsors whose generous support made the event a success. ARTinis sponsors: Title Sponsor: Pathway Hyundai Platinum Sponsor: Terradare Solutions Gold Sponsors: Forum Equity PartnersOakWood Designers & Builders Event Sponsors: Ottawa Business JournalShenkman Arts Centre Wine Sponsor: St. Martha's Hospitality Group Silver Sponsors: BOS LawRichcraftSean Rankin, TD MortgageAugustine Bater Binks LLP Bronze Sponsors: Lisa Cruickshank Desjardins InsuranceGorley Lalonde Royal Lepage Performance RealtyWaste Connections of CanadaHeritage Funeral ComplexGVE Lawyers | Avocats In-Kind Supporters: Fiesta Ottawa Balloons & Event RentalsOttawa School of Theatre Advertisers: Marie-France Lalonde, MPP, Andrew Leslie, MP Thank you for the silent auction prizes!

Arts Network Ottawa Board of Directors Moxie’s Grill & Bar
Boston Pizza National Arts Centre
Club de Golf Casselview Orléans Boat World & Sports
Cocobella Spa Orléans Brewing Co.
Debbie Orth Ottawa Art Gallery
Extreme Auto Care Ottawa Board of Trade
Flying Squirrel Ottawa Chamberfest
Gloucester Pottery School – L’École de poterie de Gloucester Ottawa Fringe Festival
Great Canadian Theatre Company Page Cloud
Happy Paws Dog Daycare Saje Natural Wellness
Heart of Orléans BIA Shenkman Arts Centre
Holiday Inn Express StoneBlossom
Imagine Cinemas Strewn Winery
Jazz Laser Hair Clinic and Medical Spa Tag Zone
Jerome-Photographer TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Jyoti et Raj Narula Terra 20
Kidsfest The Gladstone Theatre
La Nouvelle Scène The Woodway Spa
Love of Chocolate Factory Waste Connections of Canada
Mayfair Theatre Wheelhouse Cycle
MIFO Wild & Free Hair Boutique
Moksha Yoga Orléans Wine Kitz
About Arts Network Ottawa 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. Non-profit registered charitable organization: 12177 7023 RR0001. Media inquiries or for more information about Arts Network Ottawa’s activities, please contact:
  Communications and Development, Arts Network Ottawa

ARTicipate Curtain Call Campaign Launched with Matching Gift Challenge!

April 30, 2018

Arts Network Ottawa aims to top Fund that supports local artists Ottawa (Ontario) – From the Harold Shenkman Hall Stage this evening, Arts Network Ottawa launched a final campaign to reach the ARTicipate Endowment Fund goal of $5 million in time to celebrate the Shenkman Arts Centre’s 10th anniversary in 2019.  The ARTicipate Endowment Fund supports local arts programming at the Centre.  The highlight of this Curtain Call Campaign is a matching gift incentive of up to $100,000 from the Shenkman Family Foundation. “I am pleased by how the Shenkman Arts Centre has successfully become a home for Ottawa’s artists, both established and up and coming.  It is remarkable to see over 175,000 residents each year connect with these artists who clearly demonstrate our City ’s creativity and growth.  We are so close, within $200,000 of our $5 Million Fund goal. To that end, the Shenkman Family Foundation will match any of your donations up to $100,000. Please give generously and our goal will be met very quickly,” says Bill Shenkman, major donor to the ARTicipate Endowment Fund. With the Curtain Call Campaign, 100% of all ARTicipate donations received by Dec 31, 2018 will be matched up to $100,000 by the Shenkman Family Foundation. The Fund was launched in 2007 with a $1 million donation from the Shenkman Family Foundation and continues to grow toward its goal, with generous support from individuals, businesses and arts groups in the community. At this kick-off event, held Saturday April 28 at the Shenkman Arts Centre, supporters and the public were entertained by two ARTicipate grant recipients:  MDA Productions – Tropicana night of Cuban music and Windows Collective’s – Interactive independent film projections.  These are part of a special weekend of four ARTicipate projects shared with the public.  Each year, Arts Network Ottawa unveils a new season of ARTicipate performances and exhibits that contribute to the Centre’s programming. “Over these past 10 years, we have never lost sight of how incredible the ARTicipate Endowment Fund is and how much potential it holds,” says Lisa Cruickshank, Arts Network Ottawa President. “We are grateful for our generous donors whose gifts make this valuable Fund a reality and significantly impact the vitality of our arts sector.” Since 2010, the Fund has awarded 130 grants totalling over $500,000 to local artists and arts groups as well as the Centre’s five Resident Arts Partners (Arts Network Ottawa, Ottawa School of Art - Orléans Campus, Gloucester Pottery School, Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans, Ottawa School of Theatre). Funding to Partners supports public programming and services. Funding to arts community Project Grant recipients supports creative, rehearsal and production costs and promotional efforts. “The Ottawa School of Theatre (formerly Orléans Young Players) worked alongside of Arts Network Ottawa and the other Resident Arts Partners to advocate for both the Centre and to help build the ARTicipate Endowment Fund. OST-ETO has donated over $13,000 to the Fund, making us a Benefactor on the donor wall. We are very proud of this achievement as we believe it is important to support the ARTS in our community, says Kathi Langston, Artistic Director. As a Resident Arts Partner we are granted monies for which we apply every year. This money has helped us cover our theatre rental costs as we provide a real stage experience for all students.” The Fund ensures that the local arts community can make regular use of the Centre’s professional and unique spaces, including the Harold-Shenkman Hall, Richcraft Theatre, Ottawa Citizen Dance Studio, Emmy and Victor Abboud Music Studio, Minto Orléans Agora, LaLande+Doyle Exhibition Space and the Trinity Art Gallery. “We are so close to our goal, the Fund sits currently at $4.8 million,” says Margo Hébert, Philanthropy and Community Relations Manager for Arts Network Ottawa. “There are easy ways to contribute, from honouring a loved one on a Harold-Shenkman Hall seat for $500, making a cash donation or using the 5% discount RONA|LOWE’S card. And we looking for a few select businesses or individuals who would like to be part of Centre in naming a space, including the Ottawa School of Art’s Orléans Gallery.” As stewards of the Fund and a proud Resident Arts Partner of the Shenkman Arts Centre, Arts Network Ottawa’s Finance Committee implemented an enhanced investment strategy in 2016 with the City of Ottawa Treasury to enhance and protect the investment return of the Fund in perpetuity. In this past year, the Fund distributed $97,004 to Ottawa’s arts community. Make a Donation to support local artists at the Shenkman Arts Centre About the ARTicipate Endowment Fund The ARTicipate Endowment Fund was established in 2007 by Arts Network Ottawa with gifts from generous businesses, individuals and the Province of Ontario to support local artistic programming at Ottawa’s Shenkman Arts Centre.  Interest earned from this endowment is distributed annually in the form of grants to the Centre’s Resident Arts Partners as well as through Project Grants to other artists and groups programming in professional spaces in the Centre. Arts Network Ottawa stewards the granting program and encourages individuals and businesses to donate to the fund which is a legacy project for the Shenkman Arts Centre. The deadline for 2018-19 Season Project Grant applications is May 31, 2018. About Arts Network Ottawa Arts Network Ottawa believes that the Arts help build strong communities. For 30 years, we have championed the arts community in the Ottawa region to advance a thriving arts scene. As a bilingual arts service organization with 400 members, we provide local artists, arts groups and cultural workers with paid opportunities, programs, resources and services to present and promote their work, share and learn through professional development and network. We represent an informed voice and collaborate with community partners to generate awareness about the creative, social and economic benefits of the Arts. Arts Network Ottawa is a non-profit, registered charitable organization 12177 7023 RR0001. Arts Network Ottawa recognizes that the City of Ottawa was built on unceded Algonquin Anishinabe Territory. We also recognize the diversity of Ottawa’s residents and both official languages.

For naming opportunities, to make a donation, seat plaque sales: Margo Hébert Philanthropy and Community Relations Manager 613-580-2767 Ext. 1

Arts Network Ottawa receives major project arts funding

February 23, 2018

Supporting the Good Work of Non-Profits in Orléans Building Healthy and Vibrant Communities Across the Province Ontario is supporting 145 projects that will make positive changes in communities across the province. In Orléans, the province is supporting the following projects: • Arts Network Ottawa - $348,600 grant over 36 months to increase future opportunities where Ottawans are active creators of art. The projects are part of the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Grow Investment Stream, which helps organizations expand an existing, proven not-for-profit project. Our investments will make a difference in people’s lives through activities that encourage active lifestyles, promote arts and culture, build engaged communities, support a healthy and sustainable environment, and invest in the positive development of youth and children. An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. Supporting strong, healthy communities is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. QUOTES “It is always inspiring to see how non-profit and charitable organizations, such as Passerelle Intégration et Développement Économique, play a key role in enhancing people’s lives by finding new and innovative ways to address community needs. Ontario believes in equal opportunity when it comes to grant initiatives that support cultural preservation in communities. Through the Ontario Trillium Foundation, our government recognizes the good work and positive impact of projects in communities all across the province.” — Daiene Vernille, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport “With the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Arts Network Ottawa can continue to deliver services and initiatives that make a real difference in the lives of residents in Orléans. I am thrilled our government is supporting these valuable organizations locally, and across Ontario, and I look forward to seeing the positive impact it has on the community.” — Marie-France Lalonde, MPP, Ottawa-Orléans “This Ontario Trillium Foundation Grow grant will enable our organization to engage Ottawans as active arts creators in their neighbourhoods through 12 community artist-in-residence projects. They will actively connect artists and community partners helping to build strong communities. We have seen firsthand in our past projects, Art Place and Neighbourhood Arts 150, how the arts are a catalyst in connecting communities and can support individuals in feeling more connected. Arts projects inspire community pride and through programs like these, can inspire continue arts creation and participation in Ottawa.” — Victoria Steele, Executive Director, Arts Network Ottawa QUICK FACTS Arts Network Ottawa received $348, 600 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Grow Investment Stream. Ontario is investing over $50 million to expand 145 non-profit initiatives that are helping to build strong social and cultural communities across the province. 134 initiatives are receiving a total of $49 million in funding as part of the Grow Investment Stream, and 11 programs are receiving a total of $780,000 as part of the Collective Impact Grant. Since 2013, the Ontario Trillium Foundation has invested over $452 million in projects to help build healthy and vibrant communities. Sixteen Grant Review Teams across Ontario composed of active community-based volunteers, review applications and guide granting decisions for the OTF. The Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario, is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. LEARN MORE Learn about OTF’s Investment Strategy Communiqué de presse : Soutenir le formidable travail effectué par les organismes sans but lucratif d'Orléans

Media Advisory: Local Arts Funding Announcement

February 21, 2018

WHAT Marie-France Lalonde, MPP, Ottawa-Orléans, will make an exciting announcement regarding arts funding in support of Arts Network Ottawa, a local arts service organization. She will present the organization with a plaque to mark the launch of a new program that will benefit residents in the Ottawa region. WHO Marie-France Lalonde, MPP Ottawa-Orléans Lisa Cruickshank, President Arts Network Ottawa Victoria Steele, Executive Director, Arts Network Ottawa Cassandra Olsthoorn, Program Manager, Arts Network Ottawa WHEN Friday, February 23, 2018 10:30 a.m. WHERE Shenkman Arts Centre 245 Centrum Blvd, Centrum Level, Suite 260 Orléans, Ontario, K1E 0A1 Photo and interview opportunities are available. Follow the announcement on Facebook Live here: