REFLECTION AND RECOVERY
2021 was a year of self-reflection, to take a step back and look at our city and our arts community and try to determine who we want to be and what path forward we will take. Internally, we conducted an equity audit and assessment with QuakeLab of our organization. Externally, we partnered with the City of Ottawa for the Cultural Venue Capacity-Building and Recovery project.
UNPRECEDENTED TIMES: COVID-19
Once the pandemic began, Arts Network Ottawa quickly adapted to work remotely and provide programs and services virtually. This quick response was vital in ensuring that the arts community, one of the most affected sectors by the impacts of COVID-19 shutdowns, had access to supports and leadership in its time of need.
THE CPAMO OTTAWA NETWORK
A collaboration with Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO). 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.
CELEBRATES 10 YEARS AT THE SHENKMAN ARTS CENTRE
The Board of Directors of Arts Network Ottawa are pleased to announce that the ARTicipate Endowment Fund has hit its goal of $5 million dollars with thanks to the William Shenkman Foundation to support artists and arts organizations at the Shenkman Arts Centre.
AOE ARTS COUNCIL BECOMES ARTS NETWORK OTTAWA
The AOE Arts Council Board of Directors is pleased to announce that AOE Arts Council will become Arts Network Ottawa. The decision to change the name was unanimously voted in favour by AOE Arts Council members at the annual general meeting held on June 6, 2018.
Retires Sélections Juried Art Exhibition after 17 years.
CELEBRATES 30 YEARS SERVING THE ARTS COMMUNITY
Neighbourhood Arts 150, an official Canada 150 and Ottawa 2017 activity, celebrates with 12 arts projects in 21 communities across the City of Ottawa.
Partnered with Ottawa 2017, Council of Heritage Organizations and Ottawa Arts Council to steward the Ottawa 2017 Arts, Culture and Heritage Investment Program during 2017 celebrations.
Formed a West Arts working group and opened an office at Nepean Creative Arts Centre
ESTABLISHING NEW FOUNDATIONS
Strategic Directions for 2015-2020 are implemented following extensive community consultation
Assumed active role of the new Shenkman Arts Centre Community Leadership team
Initiated the Young Arts Leaders Collective to support individuals in the early stages of their arts careers
Co-formed Ottawa Cultural Alliance with five other cultural umbrella groups to undertake joint initiatives to strengthen Ottawa’s cultural sector
INTRODUCING: ART PLACE RESIDENCY PROGRAM
Three-year community engaged artists-in-residence program, Art Place, creates opportunities for local professional artists to work with community non-profit organizations
1ST EDITION OF ARTPRENEUR OTTAWA CONFERENCE
Jointly organize the first Artpreneur Ottawa Conference held in partnership with Ottawa School of Art, Shenkman Arts Centre and Wallacks Gallery
CELEBRATING 25 YEARS IN OPERATION
Marks 25 years of providing services, resources and promotion to support artists and arts groups in Ottawa.
Participate on the Steering Committee and in consultations that result in the City of Ottawa’s 2013-18 Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Culture and Heritage.
10 YEARS OF SÉLECTIONS: JURIED ART EXHIBITION
SÉLECTIONS Juried Art Exhibition celebrates 10 years recognizing visual art works created by members
ARTICIPATE ENDOWMENT FUND SUCESS
Articipate Endowment Fund campaign hits 93% of its target and the birth of an annual grant program. Donor wall is unveiled with a large community turn out at the Shenkman Arts Centre
TD CANADA'S NON-PROFIT ORG OF THE YEAR
Shenkman Arts Centre grand opening with move into new office at the Centre. With membership climbing to over 400 individuals and the launch of the AOE Gallery.
Received TD Canada Trust People’s Choice Business Award for Non-profit organization of the year
NEW BRANDING, NEW NAME
New branding as AOE Arts Council to better reflect growing membership across Ottawa and broader representation in the sector
Received major Ontario Trillium grant to develop capacity of Shenkman Arts Centre resident arts partners
Annual Luncheon for the Arts of 16 years concludes and becomes Artinis and Appetizers soirée event
Partnered to run Our Ottawa Still Includes Culture, another rally in response to a City Council proposed 54% cut to arts funding
CELEBRATING THE FUTURE OF ARTS IN THE EAST
Sod-turning ceremony for the Shenkman Arts Centre and launch of the Articipate Endowment Fund campaign goal of $5 million
YEAR OF COLLABORATIONS
Annual Internship Program started in partnership with University of Ottawa’s Arts Administration
Joined the Arts Council’s Network (Ontario) steering committee to help define role of arts councils
UNITING LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS IN ORLEANS
Spearheaded an exciting partnership to benefit local artists and residents between the Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans, Orléans Young Players Theatre, Visual Arts Orléans and Gloucester Pottery School for a new East End Arts Centre.
Ottawa City Council voted to proceed with an innovative P3 model for the Centre – called a City-Shaping Development Strategy.
ADVOCATING FOR THE ARTS
Gloucester Arts Council becomes Arts Ottawa East to reflect its expanding geography of representation.
Participated in a community-wide campaign called My Ottawa Includes Culture stopping a proposed 80% cut to Ottawa City Council arts funding.
NEW OPPORTUNITIES ESTBOUND
City Council voted to set aside funds for an east end arts facility and passed a motion stating that cultural funding should be increased annually until per capital funding was on a competitive basis with other major Canadian cities.
WORKING ON THE GROUND
Ottawa Mayor Chiarelli hosted our annual Luncheon for the Arts and announced Ottawa 20/20 to include an arts and heritage master plan.
Partnered with the City of Ottawa and Council for the Arts in Ottawa on Join the Crowd, an arts awareness campaign.
CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR OUR PROGRAMS
Received Ontario Trillium Foundation three-year grant to develop community arts projects
SUPPORTING YOUNG ARTISTS
Partnered with other arts groups to organized two public forums on how the restructuring of the City would affect the arts.
Launched a multi-year youth community development initiative to including Zygote arts magazine.
Created advisory committees on youth and diversity related issues.
HELPING THE COMMUNITY
Recognized by Ontario Arts Council as a leader in community arts development.
Hosted first Community Arts Open house featuring members, kiosks, information and activities.
InfoArts kiosk installed at Place d’Orléans shopping centre to promote member events and arts opportunities.
ONTARIO ARTS COUNCIL'S BEST COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL IN ONTARIO
Piloted first major community arts project involving over 25 artists and residents to create a raku ceramic mural for the Ottawa Public Library – North Gloucester Branch.
Entered into an Arts & Heritage service agreement with the Township of Cumberland.
Hosted first Annual Mayor’s Luncheon for Arts in collaboration with the Gloucester Chamber of Commerce.
PAVING THE WAY
Signed a purchase of service agreement with City of Gloucester to provide service and profession assistance to groups, becoming the first arts council in Ontario to do so with their municipality.
LAUNCHING COMMUNITY BOARDS
Artnews newsletter and Events Calendar disseminated to feature member artists and arts groups.
OPPORTUNITIES COMING SOON
Gloucester Mayor Cain announced Lottery for the Arts to generate revenue toward a future arts facility. A non-profit board was created to lead the project.
SUPPORTING THE ARTS WITH EVENTS
Organized FestivArts as a month-long spring celebration that featured members. Held first Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts.
Susan Pitt and Christine Tremblay appointed co-Executive Directors.
FIRST OFFICIAL OFFICE
Opened an office at Cyrville Community Centre –then the hub for most needed East end meeting spaces, music and art studios.
OFFICIALLY A NON-PROFIT!
Gloucester Arts Council incorporated as a non-profit charity.
Inaugural FestivArts and a Gala held at Gloucester City Hall.
ARTS GLOUCESTER: VOLUNTEER GROUP
Our roots began with Arts Gloucester, a volunteer umbrella organization that had 15 cultural groups and more than 30 individual members.
TIMELINE OF ARTS NETWORK OTTAWA’S ACHIEVEMENTS
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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.