Advocating for the Arts in the Ottawa Region

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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’.

2018 Election Year

As 2018 is an election year in Ontario and Ottawa, we encourage you to let your local candidates for office know that Ottawa’s arts scene matters to you.

October 17, 2018

Join the Ottawa Cultural Alliance and Ottawa leaders saying #OTTAWACULTURECOUNTS! Keep culture at the heart of our city and a term of council priority for 2019-2022.

Ottawa Board of Trade President Ian Faris:

Ottawa Tourism President and CEO Michael Crockatt:

Shopify Director of Talent Acquisition Anna Lambert:

FALL UPDATE – ONE WEEK UNTIL THE OTTAWA MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS – #OTTAWACULTURECOUNTS

One week from today, October 22, Ottawans will elect our 2019-2022 Mayor, City Councillors and School board trustees.  Let’s take the value of culture into account as we vote!

Arts Network Ottawa asked all the candidates running in the election to provide us their thoughts about the arts, you can view their answers below:

See below for a list of candidates and their platforms.

NEW: Ward 1 residents are invited to an all-candidates debate on Wednesday, October 17th. Arts Network Ottawa will be on-hand to ask a question to the candidates on behalf of its members and the arts community.

Date: Wednesday, October 17th
Time: 6:30 pm sharp
Venue: Sir Wilfrid Laurier High School Cafeteria

Did you know that the arts provide both important economic and social benefits to our City?  Yet our local artists and arts organizations are under-resourced.  Find out more here.

FALL UPDATE – ELECTION TIME! – #OTTAWACULTURE COUNTS


A thriving arts and culture scene makes our city a great place to live. Monday October 22, Ottawans go to the polls to elect our 2019-2022 Mayor, City Councillors and School board trustees. Advance polls start October 4th. Let’s take the value of culture into account as we vote!

Did you know that the arts provide both important economic and social benefits to our City? Yet our local artists and arts organizations are under-resourced. Find out more here. Arts Network Ottawa supports the #OttawaCultureCounts campaign of the Ottawa Cultural Alliance.

What can you do? Don’t wait for candidates to come to you. Seek them out, ask them where they stand on advancing Ottawa’s local arts community! Tell them you know the value of the arts sector – for community-building, families, jobs and tourism.

How?

  • Ask them when they come to your door – or send them a message
  • Go to all-candidates debates
  • Check out their websites
  • Share the #OttawaCultureCounts message

Ask:

  • How are they involved in the arts in their ward?
  • Will they make arts and culture a priority for the next term of City Council?
  • Will they support the new Cultural Roadmap now in development by the local cultural community?

For School board trustees, ask how they would support increased attention to arts learning within the school curriculum.

For a complete list of Candidates running in all Wards and how to reach them go here or here.

To find out when there are debates and where Candidates stand go to your preferred media source or:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ottawa-municipal-election-2018-councillor-mayor-candidates-1.4801476
https://ottawacitizen.com/tag/ottawa-election-2018

For more information on the benefits of the arts go to the Ottawa Cultural Alliance & the Ontarians for the Arts websites:
https://ottawaculture.ca/
http://ontariansforthearts.ca/

SUMMER UPDATE
We wish to congratulate all those recently elected in the Provincial legislature. Thank you to Ottawa City Councillors who are not seeking reelection: Deputy Mayors Bob Monette (Orléans), Mark Taylor (Bay Ward), Jody Mitic (Innes ward), Marianne Wilkinson (Kanata North) for your service.

List of the Nominated Candidates – 2018 Municipal Elections

 

SPRING UPDATE

Ontario Election Candidates

Advocacy 101 – Putting Cultural Priorities on the Agenda
April 23 | 5 – 7 PM |  National Arts Centre
Attend event and dinner

Solid evidence shows that the arts build strong communities with many social and economic benefits, please share or quote from these reliable sources to the candidate in your riding:

Connections and Resilience through the Arts
Ontarians for the Arts, March 2018

Impressions of the Impact of the Arts on Quality of Life and Well-Being in Ontario
Ontario Arts Council, March 2017

Facts

  • 270,000 Ontario jobs are in culture (4% of the workforce); 41.2% of culture jobs in Canada.
  • The culture sector contributes $25.7B GDP in Ontario; 47.8% of Canada’s total culture GDP.
  • 65% of Ontario business leaders say that a thriving arts and culture scene makes it easier to attract top talent to their communities.
  • Ontario is home to 39% of the Canadian population (14,279,196 people). Current federal arts and culture investments don’t reflect this population growth or our diverse cultural landscape.
  • The arts empower youth, especially at-risk youth, to succeed in school, in work and in later life. Canadians know this and 85% believe that investment in arts education assists in the emotional and intellectual development of children.

Source: Ontarians for the Arts http://ontariansforthearts.ca/art-facts/

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.

We strive for an inclusive, creative city where artists and arts organizations are thriving so that residents can engage with artistic diversity, and the sector makes a strong contribution to the social and economic development of Ottawa.

 How we do this

Arts Network Ottawa 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
  • Chambers of Commerce and Business Improvement Areas (BIAs)
  • Local media and educational institutions
  • Non-profits dedicated to community building

An 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.

“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.”
Jenna Sudds, Former member of the Kanata North Business Association

Advocacy Activities

2018
March 8, 2018

Attended International Women’s Day events

Level: International, Ottawa
Hosted by Mayor Watson and Councillor Diane Deans
March 3, 2018

Received the Non-Profit Organization of the Year at Orléans Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards

Level: Ottawa: East
January 19, 2018

Attended Mayor’s Breakfast

Level: Ottawa: West
Attended Mayor’s Breakfast at West Ottawa Board of Trade
January 4, 2018

Presented to the Ontario Minister of Finance and Ottawa area MPP’s

Level: Provincial
January 4 - 31, 2018

Presented to the Ontario Standing Committee on Finance on behalf of Ontarians for the Arts

Level: Provincial
2017
December 7, 2017

Presentation to Ottawa City Council Community and Protective Services Committee

Level: Municipal
2017 – December Ottawa Cultural Alliance presentation to Ottawa City Council Community and Protective Services Committee re: Budget 2018
November 23, 2017

Neighbourhood Arts 150 closing celebration

Level: Federal
Held at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health with MPs Andrew Leslie and Mona Fortier
November 1 - 30, 2017

Annual meeting with Ottawa East End City Councillors

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

Arts Network Ottawa 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
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.
October 25, 2016

Arts Day on the Hill

Level: Federal
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.
June 3, 2016

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

Level: Ottawa
Letter from Arts Network Ottawa 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

Arts Network Ottawa 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

Arts Network Ottawa supports The Canadian Arts Coalition

Level: Federal
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. 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, 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.
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, Arts Network Ottawa
March 1 - 31, 2015

Message from the Executive Director

Level: Ottawa
Update on the recent advocacy activities of Arts Network Ottawa.
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
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.
February 1 - 28, 2015

Action Plan Moving Forward to 2017

Level: Municipal
Arts Network Ottawa 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.