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ADVOCACY UPDATES: SPRING 2024

While we continue the co-creation work to shape the development of a new arts service organization, we are simultaneously amplifying our advocacy work. We have more wins to share!

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THE OTTAWA ARTS INITIATIVE

The Ottawa Arts Initiative (OAI) was created by Arts Network Ottawa and Ottawa Arts Council (OAC) to provide a platform for both organizations to continue advocating the social and economic value of art and culture in Ottawa.

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CANADIAN TULIP FESTIVAL

We’re witnessing budget cuts hitting cultural and arts organizations hard, and the repercussions are becoming increasingly evident. Canadian Tulip Festival faces funding challenges due to a 30% decrease in funding.

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KELLY HILL STRATEGIES

Hill Strategies released an article that analyses the demographics, employment characteristics, and incomes of artists who reside in the City of Ottawa. It also provides a summary of workers in arts leadership occupations and all individuals who work in arts, culture, and heritage.

READ THE ARTICLE HERE

MORE FUNDING FOR THE ARTS

"We really need to start thinking about how we can help these artists sustain their craft and also sustain themselves, because increasingly they're falling into poverty," -Ariel Troster

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OTTAWA CITIZEN ARTICLE

RURAL SUMMIT 2024

Attention rural communities of Ottawa! It’s time to reclaim your voice in shaping Ottawa’s future. The current Rural Summit 2024 is your platform to advocate for improvements in city services, and for art in your community.

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CITY OF OTTAWA 2024 BUDGET

The City of Ottawa 2024 Draft Budget has been approved, and while we did receive a 2% increase to the Cultural Funding Envelope, that alone does not address long-standing concerns of stability within the arts & culture sector. This increase is a start, but far from ideal. The city must undertake a proactive, inclusive plan and commit to reporting results and impacts to the sector and residents. Culture cannot be overlooked!

City of Ottawa 2024 Budget

AACO email to Premier Doug Ford on Mental Health OAC Study

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Shenkman Arts Centre
245 Centrum Blvd, Suite 260
Ottawa, ON K1E 0A1
Tel: 613-580-2767
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We acknowledge that our offices are on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation. The peoples of the Algonquin Anishinaabe Nation have lived on this territory for millennia, stewarding the land, the water and all that contributes to life in this region.  Today, many Indigenous communities continue to be denied the opportunity and resources to make and experience their traditional art on this land. We pledge to make justice and reconciliation a priority through our work by amplifying Indigenous voices and their experiences.

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CURRENT ADVOCACY WORK

Call to Conversation – City of Ottawa 2022 Budget

develop arts entrepreneurs by sponsoring a Learning Series or sponsor of the Ottawa's Creative Continuum Conference, Mentorship for young arts professionals (annual), new Career Management and Arts Entrepreneurship Bootcamps.

ONGOING: MEMBER OF THE OTTAWA CULTURAL ALLIANCE

The Ottawa Cultural Alliance facilitated the creation of this new community-driven Cultural Roadmap for 2019-2022 that recommends the strategy and priorities for culture. The results are also intended to inform Ottawa City Council’s planning for the next four years.

HILL STRATEGIES REPORT ON THE OTTAWA ARTS SECTOR

May 2024

Up-to-date statistics on the Ottawa arts sector strengthens our organization’s ability to effectively advocate for artists and the sector. In April, the Council and ANO sponsored Kelly Hill of Hill Strategies to do a deep dive into the available data from the last census, which included an analysis of the demographics, employment characteristics, and income of artists who reside in the City of Ottawa.

READ FULL REPORT HERE ->

NEW MUNICIPAL CULTURE PLAN

May 2024

A new Culture Plan is in the works, set to launch in early 2025. The plan's development includes internal engagement sessions within RCFS and related departments from March to May 2024, followed by broad public engagement in the fall. Priority will be given to engaging residents from underrepresented neighborhoods in cultural policy making. The plan is slated to be presented at the Community Services Committee between January and May 2026. It will be founded on extensive cultural mapping work and will prioritize public engagement and data-informed insights to ensure inclusivity and representation in the city's cultural vision.

PLAN FOR ARTS, HERITAGE, AND CULTURE (2013-2018)

April 2024

the report offers insight into the accomplishments from A Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture in Ottawa (2013 - 2018). The Council and Arts Network have been advocating for this report since 2019, and the results have just been made public via an inquiry submitted by Councillor King to City staff in February. City staff submitted their response at the April 23 Community Services Committee Meeting (CSC)

READ THE REPORT HERE ->

OAI STATEMENT FOR ARTS AND CULTURE PLAN

MARCH 2024

Arts Network Ottawa and the Ottawa Arts Council are continuously amplifying our advocacy work throughout Ottawa. Learn more about the Anti-Poverty initiatives for artists and cultural workers in Ottawa, downtown revitalization, inquiries into city reports and new a new municipal culture plan and more!

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TERM OF COUNCIL PRIOTITIES -OCA RESPONSE

JULY 2023

In the summer of 2023, the Ottawa Cultural Alliance posted a response to the city's 2023-2025 Term of Council Priorities

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CALL TO CONVERSATION – CITY OF OTTAWA 2022 BUDGET

OCTOBER 2022

In conjunction with Ottawa Arts Council, we facilitated a campaign to help the community engage with City Councillors and the City of Ottawa Budget process.

A LIVEABLE CITY FOR ALL: A NEW CULTURAL ROADMAP FOR OTTAWA

2019 to 2022

As a member of the Ottawa Cultural Alliance, we helped to facilitate the creation of this new community-driven Cultural Roadmap for 2019-2022 that recommends the strategy and priorities for culture. The results are also intended to inform Ottawa City Council’s planning for the next four years.

SEE THE ROADMAP HERE  →

2018 ELECTION YEAR

OCTOBER 2018

In conjunction with the Ottawa Cultural alliance, we participated and promoted the #OTTAWACULTURECOUNTS! Campaign. Aiming to bring awareness and push city counselors to keep culture at the heart of our city and a priority for the 2019-2022 years. 

 

We also held an all-candidates debate for all ward 1 residents. Where Arts Network Ottawa asked questions to the candidates on behalf of its members and the arts community.

2018 ONTARIO ELECTION

SPRING 2018

In the spring, we held an event in conjunction with the Ottawa Cultural Alliance. The workshop and dinner were presented by 7 panellists to help sharpen attendees’ government relations skills.

 

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

MARCH 2018

Arts Network Ottawa attended and supported Mayor Watson’s and Councillor Diane Deans’s Annual International Women's Day Celebration.

AWARD RECOGNITION

MARCH 2018

Received the non-profit organization of the year at orléans chamber of commerce business excellence awards.

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ATTENDED MAYOR’S BREAKFAST

JANUARY 2018

Attended Mayor’s Breakfast at West Ottawa Board of Trade.

PRESENTED TO THE ONTARIO MINISTER OF FINANCE AND OTTAWA AREA MPP’S

JANUARY 2018

Level: Provincial

PRÉSENTATION DEVANT LE COMITÉ PERMANENT DES FINANCES ET DES AFFAIRES ÉCONOMIQUES DE L’ONTARIO

JANUARY 2018

On behalf of Ontarians for the Arts

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PRESENTATION TO OTTAWA CITY COUNCIL COMMUNITY AND PROTECTIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE

DECEMBER 2017

2017 – December Ottawa Cultural Alliance presentation to Ottawa City Council Community and Protective Services Committee re: Budget 2018.

NEIGHBOURHOOD ARTS 150 CLOSING CELEBRATION

NOVEMBER 2017

Held at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health with MPs Andrew Leslie and Mona Fortier

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ANNUAL MEETING WITH OTTAWA EAST END CITY COUNCILLORS

NOVEMBER 2017

Level: Ottawa: East

LAUNCH OF NEIGHBOURHOOD ARTS 150 ACTIVITIES

APRIL 2017

With support from MP. Hon Andrew Leslie, MPP Minister Marie-France Lalonde and Mayor Jim Watson

ORLÉANS 2017 BUDGET

APRIL 2017

Breakfast with MP Hon. Andrew Leslie

JOINT PRESENTATION: FINANCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

MARCH 2015-2017

Arts Network Ottawa and Ottawa Festivals Importance of the City’s 6-year Arts Plan and cultural marketing initiatives for 2017 as part of Canada’s 150th year.

OTTAWA MEETING WITH HON. MÉLANIE JOLY

FEBRUARY 2017

Minister of Canadian Heritage in Orléans

ORLÉANS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2015: ARTS, LEISURE & RECREATION BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

FEBRUARY 2017

Marie-France Lalonde, MPP Ottawa-Orléans congratulated the Shenkman Arts Centre staff and resident arts partners (MIFO, OYP Theatre, Gloucester Pottery School, Arts Network Ottawa and the Ottawa School of Art) for their work to enrich the lives of our community.

ORLÉANS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS

JANUARY 2017

Arts Network Ottawa President, Lisa Cruickshank wins Business person of the Year Award.

ARTS NETWORK OTTAWA AND OTTAWA ARTS COUNCIL JOINT PRESENTATION TO THE COMMUNITY AND PROTECTIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE

DECEMBER 2016

City Budget 2017 Advocacy

LOCAL CULTURAL COMMUNITY REACTS TO ANOTHER HIT TO CAPITAL REGION CULTURE COVERAGE

NOVEMBER 2016

Letter from the Ottawa Cultural Alliance

INVESTING IN CULTURE IN 2017 AND BEYOND

NOVEMBER 2016

Arts Network Ottawa Advocacy Committee met with East End City Councillors (Bob Monette, Tim Tierney, Jody Mitic and Stephen Blais) Importance of the arts to Ottawa’s vitality and the need to profile local arts in 2017 and make plans for 2018 and beyond.

ARTS DAY ON THE HILL

OCTOBER 2016

Arts Network Ottawa's, Executive Director Victoria Steele participates in this event. This event is a great opportunity for artists, arts managers and board members of arts organizations across the country to meet with Members of Parliament. It’s our opportunity to bring arts advocates from across the country together to collectively to speak to federal stakeholders and to talk with them about the value that the arts bring to Canadian communities.

OTTAWA CULTURAL ALLIANCE – 2016 BUDGET ADVOCACY

DECEMBER 2015

No additional investments in City's Cultural Action Plan for 2016: Ottawa Cultural Alliance disappointed and ready to get it back on track.

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ARTS NETWORK OTTAWA PRESENTATION TO THE COMMUNITY AND PROTECTIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE

NOVEMBER 2015

City Budget 2016 Advocacy

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STATUS UPDATE: RENEWED ACTION PLAN FOR ARTS, HERITAGE AND CULTURE IN OTTAWA (2013-2018)

OCTOBER 2015

Please join the six member organizations of the Ottawa Cultural Alliance and senior City staff to learn about the status of the City's current Cultural Action Plan and help us to identify priorities moving forward. We are half way through the Plan and some of the initiatives are underway while others are behind schedule. Given the City's financial position, we face challenges to complete the Plan as approved in 2012. It's time to review the Plan as a community and identify some next steps.

 

SEE THE CITY’S UPDATE  →

ARTS NETWORK OTTAWA SUPPORTS THE CANADIAN ARTS COALITION

AUGUST TO OCTOBER 2015

Arts Network Ottawa supports The Canadian Arts Coalition, a collaborative non-partisan movement spearheaded by a group of national arts service and membership organizations. The Canadian Arts Coalition put together an #ArtsVote Election Toolkit to assist members and supporters during the Federal Elections. The Coalition offers documents to help spread the word via social media, to your networks, and to political candidates. FEDERAL PARTIES' POSITIONS ON ARTS AND CULTURE The Canadian Arts Coalition has contacted all the major parties running in the 2015 Federal Election with five important questions about the future of the arts in Canada.

OTTAWA CULTURAL ALLIANCE PRESENTATION TO THE COMMUNITY AND PROTECTIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE

JUNE 2015

As one of the members of the newly formed Ottawa Cultural Alliance, Arts Network Ottawa presented to the City of Ottawa’s Community and Protective Services Committee on Thursday June 18 in support of the completion of the 2013-18 Renewed Action Plan for Art, Heritage and Culture in Ottawa. The Ottawa Cultural Alliance is comprised of umbrella organizations that represent Ottawa’s arts, festival and heritage community: Arts Network Ottawa, Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa (CHOO|COPO), Heritage Ottawa, Ottawa Arts Council, Ottawa Festivals and Ottawa Museum Network.  Its mission is to collectively advance Ottawa as a vibrant, cultural capital city.

 

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JOINT PRESENTATION TO THE FINANCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

MARCH 2015

re: 2015 Budget Consultations Presented by: Carole Anne Piccinin, Executive Director, Ottawa Festivals & Victoria Steele, Executive Director, Arts Network Ottawa

 

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JOINT PRESENTATION: CITY OF OTTAWA PROTECTIVE AND COMMUNITY SERVICES COMMITTEE

FEBRUARY 2015

Executive directors Victoria Steele of Importance of completing the Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture in Ottawa (2013-2018).

2015 CITY BUDGET: REGIONAL PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS

FEBRUARY 2015

Arts Network Ottawa thanked the City for its past support of the cultural sector. Importance of completing the Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture in Ottawa (2013-2018). Plan in advance and profile Ottawa’s local arts and heritage in 2017 as part of Canada’s 150th year.

OTTAWA-ORLÉANS MPP MARIE-FRANCE LALANDE

JANUARY 2015

Victoria Steele and Board member Denis St. Jules met with new local MPP to discuss Ottawa arts issues and the Ontario Arts Council. Ottawa-Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi participated in consultations with the arts community on priorities for the future as part of the Arts Council’s Strategic Planning.

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A thriving arts scene creates a community that people want to live in – one where ideas, talents and cultures are celebrated, and identities are shared. Serving the arts in the Ottawa region, Arts Network Ottawa builds relationships to generate greater awareness of the value of the arts and to strengthen our local arts sector. As a member, you are ‘part of a strong voice’.

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