What is Neighbourhood Arts Ottawa?
Neighbourhood Arts Ottawa gives professional artists and arts groups the opportunity to work directly with community members, build relationships with community groups such as public libraries and community health centres and residents, and mentor emerging artists.
As mentors, participating artists will be able to share their knowledge and provide useful training to their mentee as well as expand on their own artistic practice in the community. Mentees will receive valuable feedback, guidance and networking opportunities, leading to a stronger artistic practice and confidence.
Throughout the residency there will be four gathering events for artists, project participants and community members to build relationships and share best practices. These gatherings will culminate in a community-Engaged Arts Symposium in Winter 2019 where community partners and project participants will share their experiences and learn from each other.
Neighbourhood Arts Ottawa residency objectives:
- Engage Ottawa residents to participate in the arts through professional artist-led projects
- Bring awareness to the arts as a tool to develop a stronger sense of community
- Foster relationships between the arts and communities through working opportunities for artists to connect with residents.
- Foster stronger mentorship opportunities and professional career paths to emerging Ottawa artists
Neighbourhood Arts Ottawa 2018-19: The Artists
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University Jennifer enjoyed the expertise of many renowned teachers and mentors specializing in art glass. She has studied at The Studio at Corning in New York, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and American Steel Studios in California. Jennifer works with stained glass, fused and kiln formed glass, and flame worked glass. The process, including sand blasting and cold work, is completed in her teaching studio, Current Works of Glass, on the Mississippi River in Mississippi Mills, Ontario, Canada. Jennifer teaches her specialized techniques to other glass artists in the US and in Europe. Her work has been shown at Cirque Du Soleil boutiques, Montreal Musée des Beaux Arts boutique, Ungallery in Picton, Algonquin Arts Centre in Algonquin Park, Santini Gallery and Crichton Street Gallery in Ottawa, Galerie Cote Creations, Glass Artisans Studio & Gallery in Cape Breton, and select exhibits in Ontario.
From sculptural work to painterly two-dimensional pieces the narrative thread
In partnership with Tungasuvvingat Inuit, she is sharing techniques for working with glass. Inuit Artists in the Ottawa area will gather these glass techniques to create a glass qajaq sculpture.
Jennifer has a passion for sharing her interest in glass. She has always thought that traditional Inuit art would lend itself very well to this medium. It has been in her dreams for a long time to share this knowledge with the Inuit community. Through this project she hopes they can form a bridge for more interaction between the Ottawa Inuit community and the wider Ottawa community.
Christine Mockett is an Ottawa area sculptor and fibre artist, originally from England and raised in southern Ontario. Christine studied clothing design, and created business wear and costumes in Sydney, Australia. In Montreal, she studied fibre sculpture and wearable electronics in her BFA. Garments continue to appear in her artwork as portable architecture. Christine’s work addresses “place”, and the interrelationship between architecture, environment and presence. Christine teaches co-created community art projects, helping everyone access art programming. Her materials are community-based, salvaged and repurposed and her studio and art practice are zero garbage. Christine’s artwork has appeared in Fiberarts, Embroidery Canada, Fibre Quarterly, and has been exhibited/collected in Canada, USA, Italy, Mexico and Australia.
Christine Mockett’s project is called “Sentinels”. Participants of all ages in low-income social housing complexes across Ottawa will have a chance to learn about art, create a permanent art installation and exchange ideas. With the starting idea of creating life size outdoor fibre figure sculptures combining people and place, participants will take the project in their own direction. This project was inspired by the idea of everyone having access to public art in their own communities and giving residents a hand in determining what is created to represent their spaces. All the workshops she teaches are zero garbage and emphasize turning anything into an art material.
Working out of diverse cultural traditions, MASC artists offer workshops, performances, artist-in-residence programs and professional development in music, dance, drama, literary, media and visual arts. MASC programs are delivered in English and French, throughout Eastern Ontario and Western Québec to students in Kindergarten to Grade 12, and to youths and adults in a variety of community settings (daycares, museums, NCC, festivals and seniors venues.)
Jamaal Jackson Rogers
Jamaal Jackson Rogers is a career artist living, creating and building in Ottawa, Canada. His medium of artistic practice is poetry and songwriting. He is also an artistic mentor, performance coach and arts educator. He enjoys spending time with my children, working with youth and artists, and quiet evenings on my green leather couch by himself.
His project is an 8-week songwriting workshop series. Participants will explore the techniques used to write contemporary Hiphop, RnB, Pop songs and transfer their learning to create an original song of their own, which will then be filmed into a music video.
Jacqui Du Toit
Jacqui Du Toit is an International storyteller, arts educator and performing artist from South Africa. Storytelling has always played a big part of her upbringing in South Africa, during the harsh times of apartheid and during the freedom years of the rainbow nation and has always guided me continuously. Our ability to learn from the past by listening and sharing stories, gives us that knowledge of making better decisions for the future.
Her project is an 8-week series of creative writing, movement and theatrical workshops to facilitate the discovery of the stories within, a transformative process of creative thinking and the art of storytelling.
Eleanor is a performer, director, playwright and producer with a life-long community arts practice interwoven with her work in professional theatre. Her work across the Ottawa region was recognised with the Victor Tolgesy Award in 2002. As a performer, she just toured a solo show, Shakespeare’s Will, to rural Newfoundland. With Lola Ryan and Sarah Waisvisz, she is in the creation process for Skin Songs, with funding from the Canada Council for the exploratory stage of work. This fall she will direct This Flight Tonight, a tribute to Joni Mitchell, at The Gladstone. For Bear & Co. she produces and directs summer Shakespeare in the Parks. She has worked in the Glebe to stage large-cast community plays and musicals for 20 years. She has written 5 pieces for that inter-generational group. Long-term projects include Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre’s Poverty Players and Faith and Arts Ottawa’s young adult outreach exploring belief, environmental despair, and most recently, transgender issues. In 2017, she directed Overbrook, the Musical and created a community production process with the planning team.
She has mentored younger artists and created opportunities for work for 30 years, as founding artistic director of OPT Theatre in Action, of Salamander Theatre for Young Audiences, of Shakespeare Camp, and as a lead artist of Bear & Co. The project she’ll be working on is Overbrook Diary, a performance project which celebrates the voices of the neighbourhood. Open to the community, the project includes actors, singers and dancers of all ages working in several languages. Her inspiration for this project came from last year’s community response to the closing of Rideau High School, which included Overbrook, the Musical, which she was asked to direct. It resulted in a group of community members inspired to spotlight their neighbourhood and to document their lives.
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Cassandra Olsthoorn, Program Manager
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