Following years of meetings and forums to discuss issues and model activities to promote pluralism in the arts in Ottawa, local artists and groups collaborated with Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) to formalize a local Network. Since 2016, CPAMO has engaged Ottawa-based artists, arts organizations and Indigenous and diverse communities in promoting pluralism in the arts.

The CPAMO Ottawa Network was established to increase awareness of the presence and importance of pluralism in the arts for Indigenous and diverse artists, arts organizations, communities and audiences in the Capital Region, and to provide a forum for sharing information and growing partnerships in support.

This Ottawa Network is co-chaired by MASC, Arts Network Ottawa, The Multicultural Artists’ Coalition and CPAMO. New members, individuals or organizations, are always welcome to join our Facebook group.

Members of the CPAMO Network believe that the arts are enriching, inspiring and play a catalytic role in the creative, emotional and intellectual lives of our shared communities. We further believe that joint efforts will increase opportunities for bringing meaningful and engaging arts experiences to all communities in this region, with a particular focus on engaging Indigenous, racialized and new immigrant artists and communities.

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Upcoming Events:

“TOGETHER”: Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario Showcase

September 24, 2021 | 6 PM

Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) Network Ottawa is inviting immigrant, refugee and IBPOC artists to participate in an art showcase to highlight and celebrate diverse artists in the National Capital Region. This would be an amazing opportunity to share your art and meet with peer artists and various arts organizations in Ottawa. We are planning for this to be an open outdoors event at Parkdale Park on Friday September 24th.

In order to be considered for this, please fill out the application below before Monday September 6th. Chosen candidates will be paid an honorarium. Due to the project’s mandate, we will prioritize immigrant, refugee, Indigenous, Black, and artists of colour.

Past Events:

Art Business Skills for the New Normal: Present Yourself

Your creative vision deserves a captivating pitch. A CV, a bio, and an artist statement each offer an opportunity to define your unique proposition. Putting your grand designs into words is no simple task, but CPAMO is here to help.

We welcome creatives of all disciplines to join artists Jamaal Jackson Rogers, Laurena Finéus, and Melanie Yugo in a clinic dedicated to creating compelling CVs, blistering bios, and astounding artist statements.

Curriculum Vitae Template by Melanie Yugo

Artist Statement Template by Laurena Finéus

Tips on Building Confidence by Jamaal Jackson Rogers

Artist Statement Tips by Laurena Finéus

Art Business Skills for the New Normal: Monetize It

Join our next workshop to explore a high-level view of e-commerce for artists! Fiona Khaemba, Founder and Creative Director of Anaya Arts, will present the perspective of the artist and platform-user.

Shopify representatives will introduce participants to solutions, common practices, and tools to monetize their artistic work through online platforms, from the perspective of the service provider.

Shopify staff will also present available opportunities for artists like the Digital Main Street program and a 6-week grow program to build your site.

Come with your questions prepared!

Art Business Skills for the New Normal: Move it Online

What does your URL say about you? Websites and social media allow artists of all kinds to forge emotional connections with audiences through cables and wires crisscrossing the globe. Navigating the information superhighway can be challenging, which is why CPAMO is offering a roadmap.

We welcome creatives of all disciplines to join artists Donia Al-Issa, Theland Kicknosway, and Jordan David in a clinic dedicated to crafting a compelling digital presence.

Jordan David’s Online Tools

Crafting a Compelling Digital Presence as a Fine Artist as Donia Al-issa

CPAMO Events Archive:

Click the button below to read about CPAMO’s workshops and showcases over the course of 2018 and 2019.