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
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
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.