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, AOE Arts Council 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. Ontario Election Candidates
Advocacy 101 – Putting Cultural Priorities on the Agenda
April 23 | 5 PM – 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:
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Status Update: Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture in Ottawa (2013-2018)
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.
AOE Arts Council supports The Canadian Arts Coalition
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
Ottawa Cultural Alliance Presentation to the Community and Protective Services Committee
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.
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.
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.
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.