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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.


Shenkman Arts Centre
245 Centrum Blvd, Suite 260
Ottawa, ON K1E 0A1
Tel: 613-580-2767

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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 her continuously. Our ability to learn from the past by listening and sharing stories, gives us that knowledge of making better decisions for the future.



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 his children, working with youth and artists, and quiet evenings on his green leather couch by himself.



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). Awesome Arts is a community engaged program that allows participants of all ages to explore issues important to their community through the arts. Held in partnership with community organizations, Awesome Arts offers an exciting series of workshops for different age groups that culminate in a public celebration.

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Awesome Arts is a community engaged program that allows participants of all ages to explore issues important to their community through the arts. The first project is an 8-week songwriting workshop series. Participants will explore the techniques used to write contemporary Hip hop, RnB, Pop songs and transfer their learning to create an original song of their own, which will then be filmed into a music video. The second 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.

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