Advocating for the Arts in the Ottawa Region

Photo: Library Beaverbrook – NBARTS 150

We believe that the arts help build strong communities with many creative, social and economic benefits. There is solid evidence to support this as reported by the Ontario Arts Council.

As a service organization for the arts in the Ottawa region, one of our roles is to amplify and strengthen our local arts sector and generate awareness of the value of the arts.

A benefit of being a member of AOE Arts Council is ‘being part of a strong voice’ advocating for the arts.

Local Arts Ecology

A healthy local arts ecology is interconnected with the community and its neighbourhoods. We strive to achieve a greater understanding of how the practice of art contributes positively to the development of the city and the quality of life of its citizens.

How we do this

AOE Arts Council advances initiatives to help the Ottawa arts scene thrive through increased partnership with and support from the public, private and non-profit sectors. We build ongoing relationships with:

  • Local representatives of municipal, provincial and federal governments and agencies
  • Members of Chambers of Commerce and Business Improvement Areas (BIAs)
  • Local media and educational institutions
  • Non-profits dedicated to community building

A recent example is our special Neighbourhood Arts 150 initiative where we brought together all parts of the community to offer free arts experiences in 21 neighbourhoods – all three levels of government, local businesses, philanthropists, media and over 50 community partners and agencies.

One of our partners, Jenna Sudds of the Kanata North Business Association, said it best: “The ability to come together as a community, to celebrate Canada 150 and to celebrate our roots perfectly embodies my view of Canadian culture. We are open. We are kind. We are compassionate people. This project enables us to come together as a community and celebrate everything that we as a nation have accomplished in 150 years.”

Photo: Library Beaverbrook – NBARTS 150

Advocacy Activities

2017
April 7, 2017

Launch of Neighbourhood Arts 150 activities

Level: Business, Federal, Ottawa, Provincial
With support from MP. Hon Andrew Leslie, MPP Minister Marie-France Lalonde and Mayor Jim Watson
April 3, 2017

Orléans 2017 Budget

Level: Federal
Breakfast with MP Hon. Andrew Leslie
March 1, 2017 - 31, 2015

Joint Presentation: Finance and Economic Development Committee

Level: Municipal
AOE Arts Council 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.
February 2, 2017

Ottawa meeting with Hon. Mélanie Joly

Level: Federal
Minister of Canadian Heritage in Orléans
February 1 - 28, 2017

Orléans Chamber of Commerce 2015: Arts, Leisure & Recreation Business of the Year Award

Level: Ottawa: East
Marie-France Lalonde, MPP Ottawa-Orléans congratulated the Shenkman Arts Centre staff and resident arts partners (MIFO, OYP Theatre, Gloucester Pottery School, AOE Arts Council and the Ottawa School of Art) for their work to enrich the lives of our community.
January 26, 2017

 Orléans Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards

Level: Business, Ottawa: East
AOE Arts Council President, Lisa Cruickshank wins Business person of the Year Award.
2016
December 8, 2016

AOE Arts Council and Ottawa Arts Council Joint Presentation to the Community and Protective Services Committee 

Level: Ottawa
City Budget 2017 Advocacy
November 4, 2016

Local Cultural Community Reacts to another Hit to Capital Region Culture Coverage

Level: Ottawa
Letter from the Ottawa Cultural Alliance
November 1, 2016

Investing in Culture in 2017 and beyond

Level: Municipal
AOE Arts Council 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.
October 25, 2016

Arts Day on the Hill

Level: Federal
AOE Arts Council'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.
June 3, 2016

Arts Community Reaction to the elimination of the OCDSB’s Extra-Curricular Creative Arts Program

Level: Ottawa
Letter from AOE Arts Council and the Ottawa Arts Council to Trustees of the Ottawa Carleton District School Board
2015
December 9, 2015

Ottawa Cultural Alliance – 2016 Budget Advocacy

Level: Ottawa
No additional investments in City's Cultural Action Plan for 2016: Ottawa Cultural Alliance disappointed and ready to get it back on track
November 30, 2015

AOE Arts Council Presentation to the Community and Protective Services Committee 

Level: Ottawa
City Budget 2016 Advocacy
November 10, 2015

Ottawa Cultural Alliance – 2016 Budget Advocacy

Level: Ottawa
Ottawa Cultural Action Plan Status Position Nov 2015
October 26, 2015

Status Update: Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture in Ottawa (2013-2018) 

Level: Ottawa
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.
August 19 - October 19, 2015

AOE Arts Council supports The Canadian Arts Coalition

Level: Federal
AOE Arts Council 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. See answers
June 18, 2015

Ottawa Cultural Alliance Presentation to the Community and Protective Services Committee

Level: Ottawa
As one of the members of the newly formed Ottawa Cultural Alliance, AOE Arts Council 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: AOE Arts Council, 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.
March 3, 2015

Joint Presentation to the Finance and Economic Development Committee

Level: Ottawa
re: 2015 Budget Consultations Presented by: Carole Anne Piccinin, Executive Director, Ottawa Festivals & Victoria Steele, Executive Director, AOE Arts Council
March 1 - 31, 2015

Message from the Executive Director

Level: Ottawa
Update on the recent advocacy activities of AOE Arts Council.
March 1 - 31, 2015

Orléans Chamber of Commerce Non-profit Showcase

Level: Ottawa: East
The importance of business sector engaging with the arts community.
February 24, 2015

Joint Presentation: City of Ottawa Protective and Community Services Committee

Level: Municipal
Executive directors Victoria Steele of Importance of completing the Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture in Ottawa (2013-2018).
February 1 - 28, 2015

2015 City Budget: Regional Public Consultations

Level: Municipal
AOE Arts Council 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.
February 1 - 28, 2015

Action Plan Moving Forward to 2017

Level: Municipal
AOE Arts Council Board of Directors and Victoria Steele met with East End City Councillors (Bob Monette, Tim Tierney, Jody Mitic and Stephen Blais) Ottawa’s cultural assets, funding importance of the City’s 6-year Arts Plan and cultural marketing initiatives for 2017 as part of Canada’s 150th year.
January 1 - 31, 2015

Ottawa-Orléans MPP Marie-France Lalande

Level: Provincial
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.