Advocacy

We believe that the arts help build strong communities with many creative, social and economic benefits.  There is solid evidence to support this remarkable impact highlighted in the Ontario Arts Council’s Vital Arts, Vital Communities 2016 summary

One of our roles as a service organization for the arts in the Ottawa region is to act 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.  Our Advocacy Committee wants you to understand what we mean by being an arts advocate.

LOCAL ARTS ECOLOGY

We believe that a healthy local arts ecology is fully interconnected with the community at large.   Our Strategic Plan states: We believe that Ottawa is a dynamic cultural capital where the practice of art is meaningful and contributes positively to the development of the city and the quality of life of its citizens.
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.

A good example for 2017 is our special Neighbourhood Arts 150 initiative where we have 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, says 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."



We do this by building 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 and charities dedicated to community building

As a recognized representative of Ottawa’s local arts sector with a diverse group of over 400 member artists and arts organization from across the region, we aim to promote and advance the many benefits of the arts to the community, to contribute to decisions affecting the arts and to generate meaningful impact through committed local support and partnership.

Advocacy Activities

 

Date

Level

Activity

How you can support
Be informed

June 8.17 Provincial New report: Ontarians value the positive impact of arts on quality of life
A new Ontario Arts Council (OAC) study conducted by Nanos Research shows that Ontario residents recognize the important contribution of the arts to vibrant, livable communities.
Read the report
April 7.17 Federal, Provincial, Ottawa, Business Launch of Neighbourhood Arts 150 activities
With support from MP. Hon Andrew Leslie, MPP Minister
Marie-France Lalonde and Mayor Jim Watson
Read media release

Attend Neighbourhood Arts 150 Activities
April 3.17
 Federal Orléans 2017 Budget
Breakfast with MP Hon. Andrew Leslie

Budget cuts:
Ottawa Citizen May 31, 2016
Feb 2.17  Federal Ottawa meeting with Hon. Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage in Orléans See her personal invitation to attend Neighbourhood Arts 150 activities

Jan 26.17
Ottawa: East
Business
 Orléans Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards
AOE Arts Council President, Lisa Cruickshank wins Business person of the Year Award.
About the Awards
Dec 8.16 Ottawa AOE Arts Council and Ottawa Arts Council Joint Presentation to the Community and Protective Services Committee
City Budget 2017 Advocacy
Community and Protective Services Committee approves budget for 2017
December 8, 2016
Nov 4.16 Ottawa Local Cultural Community Reacts to another Hit to Capital Region Culture Coverage

Letter from the Ottawa Cultural Alliance
Read the letter

About the Ottawa Cultura Alliance
Nov 2016 Municipal Investing in Culture in 2017 and beyond
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.
Contact your Councillor
Tell them how you value the arts sector and why we need to invest in the arts in Ottawa.
Oct 25.16 Federal Arts Day on the Hill
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.
Arts Day on the Hill
June 3, 2016 Ottawa Arts Community Reaction to the elimination of the OCDSB’s Extra-Curricular Creative Arts Program
Letter from AOE Arts Council and the Ottawa Arts Council to
Trustees of the Ottawa Carleton District School Board

Read the letter

Ottawa public school board faces difficult budget cuts
Ottawa Citizen, May 31, 2016

Dec 9.15 Ottawa Ottawa Cultural Alliance - 2016 Budget Advocacy
No additional investments in City's Cultural Action Plan for 2016:
Ottawa Cultural Alliance disappointed and ready to get it back on track

Read the press release

Nov 30.15 Ottawa AOE Arts Council Presentation to the Community and Protective Services Committee
City Budget 2016 Advocacy
Read the presentation
Nov 10.15 Ottawa Ottawa Cultural Alliance - 2016 Budget Advocacy
Ottawa Cultural Action Plan Status Position Nov 2015
Read the Status Position
Nov. 10.15

Oct. 26.15 Ottawa 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.

RSVP your attendance to the meeting

See City Of Ottawa's Update
Oct 26.15 (PDF)

Aug - Oct 19
2015

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

Consult the #ArtsVote Election Toolkit.

June 2015
Ottawa 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.

Read the presentation

Ottawa arts groups say city falling short on promised funding (Ottawa Citizen June 18, 2015)
March 2015
Ottawa Joint Presentation to the Finance and Economic Development Committee
re: 2015 Budget Consultations
Presented by: Carole Anne Piccinin, Executive Director, Ottawa Festivals & Victoria Steele, Executive Director, AOE Arts Council
Read the presentation

Ottawa

Message from the Executive Director
Update on the recent advocacy activities of AOE Arts Council. 

Read the March 2015 message
Contact your Councillor  to make sure the Action Plan is a strategic priority for Council.

Ottawa: East

Orléans Chamber of Commerce Non-profit Showcase 
The importance of business sector engaging with the arts community. 

Orléans Chamber of Commerce

Municipal

Joint Presentation: Finance and Economic Development Committee

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.

Contact your Councillor  to make sure the Action Plan is a strategic priority for Council.

February 2015

Municipal

Joint Presentation: City of Ottawa Protective and Community Services Committee
Executive directors Victoria Steele of ‪AOE Arts Council and Peter Honeywell of the ‪Ottawa Arts Council

Importance of completing the Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture in Ottawa (2013-2018).

Read the presentation
Contact your Councillor
to make sure the Action Plan is a strategic priority for Council.

Municipal

2015 City Budget: Regional Public Consultations
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.

Attend the public consultations
See schedule and locations
http://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/budget-and-taxes/budget/public-consultation-and-feedback-0

Municipal

Action Plan Moving Forward to 2017

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.

Contact your Councillor to tell them how you value the arts community and why we need to promote the arts in Ottawa.

Ottawa: East

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

Orléans Chamber of CommerceShenkman Arts Centre

January

Provincial

Ottawa-Orléans MPP Marie France Lalande
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.

Contact your MPP to let them know how you value the arts in your constituency.