News Release

ARTicipate Campaign Reaches 85% of its 5 Million Goal
June 18, 2009

Fund to Ensure Future Arts Programming in New Shenkman Arts Centre   

Having reached 85% of its $5 million goal, the ARTicipate Endowment Fund campaign is putting forth new fundraising efforts and needs the continued support of the community to keep the momentum going. The Endowment Fund welcomes five new major contributors to include the Ottawa Citizen ($50,000), Orléans Star – L’Express ($50,000), Dust Evans Lawyers/Avocats ($25,000) and KTL Group, Inc. ($15,000) and Orleans Chamber of Commerce ($10,000). AOE Arts Council, leader of the campaign, is reaching out to individuals, businesses and members of the arts community to ensure quality French and English artistic programming that will reflect the needs of the community at the Shenkman Arts Centre.

The multi-disciplinary arts facility will have a profound impact on the community, providing a space for individuals of all ages to enjoy a diversity of arts programming and receive professional arts instruction. The ARTicipate Endowment Fund will be a reliable source of perpetual financial support for the Shenkman Arts Centre.

“The opening of the Shenkman Arts Centre calls for great celebrations as the East-end community finally gets it state-of-the-arts centre, says Ronald Caza, Chair of the ARTicipate campaign. Thanks to the vision of Christine Tremblay at AOE Arts Council, we have not only built a sensational building but we have also put into place a sustainable source of funding with the ARTicipate endowment fund.”

AOE understood from the beginning that a long-term plan was required to support the arts and local artists. In September 2007, AOE launched the ARTicipate Endowment Fund Campaign to create a funding infrastructure that AOE and resident partners (Gloucester Pottery School, Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans -MIFO, OYP Theatre School and Ottawa School of Art) could draw upon to hire instructors, expand their programming and enhance the arts experience at the Centre.

“It’s been a long journey,” says Christine Tremblay, Executive Director of AOE Arts Council.  “The Shenkman Arts Centre, twenty years in the making, is a testament to an incredible amount of hard work by a lot of people who never gave up on the vision or the dream. Today, as a result, we have an amazing multidisciplinary arts centre where artists and community can come together. The ARTicipate Endowment Fund is AOE’s way of helping to support innovation and quality arts activities within the Centre. This initiative in no way diminishes the need for strong municipal arts funding, but it will provide an extra boost to local artists. We are confident the community will continue to help us grow the endowment fund and support creativity for generations to come.”

The ARTicipate campaign gratefully accepts pledges of all kinds. Most donors choose to make a financial contribution, but gifts of securities are also welcomed and are becoming more popular. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to consider other ways to support the fund by contributing a portion of their organization’s ticket sales, or organizing a fundraising event such as a sale, concert, bingo, etc. 

ARTicipate Campaign Director Chantal Rodier is overjoyed with the campaign’s progress and looks forward to the future endeavours the endowment fund will enable. “The ARTicipate campaign is going strong! Thanks to the incredible generosity of the arts supporters in this community, says Chantal Rodier. “We are counting on everyone in the community to take part in the programming of the Centre and to contribute to the ARTicipate Endowment Fund to ensure the longevity of creativity in our community!”

All donors who contribute in 2009 will have their names added to a dedicated Pioneers’ section of the ARTicipate donor wall, a public acknowledgement of their generosity that will be permanently displayed in the Shenkman Arts Centre. In addition to the donor wall, there are still several naming opportunities available to major donors, including the black box theatre, rehearsal halls, and upper and lower lobby. Donors also have an opportunity to purchase a seat in the Centre’s main theatre ($500-700).

About the ARTicipate Endowment Fund
The ARTicipate Endowment Fund campaign aims to build a $5 million endowment fund that will sustain English and French quality arts programming within the Shenkman Arts Centre.  The fund was launched in 2007 with a $1 million donation from the Shenkman Family Foundation and continues to grow toward its goal, with generous support from individuals, arts groups, businesses and the community.

Visit to learn more about the ARTicipate Endowment Fund and how to make a donation.

About AOE Arts Council

AOE is a vibrant, pro-active not-for-profit community arts council dedicated to promoting, supporting and developing the arts in Ottawa. AOE supports Ottawa artists and arts organizations through programs, resources and services in both English and French.