News Release

ARTicipate Endowment Fund Grants nearly $53,000 in Support of Arts Activities at the Shenkman Arts Centre
December 03, 2010

Ottawa artist Alanna Baird received ARTicipate Endowment Fund cheque 0001. The $1,000 grant will provide equipment to animate her sculpture exhibit, Metamorphish 2010 – A Year of Evolution at the Shenkman Arts Centre.

“I am honoured to be the first project grant recipient from the Fund,” said Baird, an Ottawa artist who works in many media, including metal, ceramic, print and paint. 

Recently she has focused on creating sculptures of fish from recycled tin cans. “The combination of seemingly worthless material into a shiny armored fish is a metamorphosis,” she said of her exhibit, which opens December 2 and continues to January 11, 2011 in the Trinity Art Gallery at the Centre. 

The grant to Baird was one of 13 totaling $52,928 made possible with the interest generated from the ARTicipate Endowment Fund.  Established in 2007 by AOE Arts Council, the Fund is dedicated to enhancing artistic activity at the Shenkman Arts Centre by providing financial support to local artists and arts organizations to present or exhibit their work at the Centre.  The Fund was developed through donations from private foundations, the province of Ontario, individuals, local groups and businesses.

“We are extremely proud of the positive impact these first grants are having on the local arts community and audiences,” said Chantal Rodier, director of the ARTicipate Endowment Fund.  “We know for many of our grantees the grant is the reason the artistic activity is coming to the Shenkman Arts Centre.”

“As the economy strengthens and the fund-raising campaign continues, even more money will become available to be awarded in grants,” she added.  “The fund is succeeding in its goal of bringing innovative and diverse artistic activity to the Centre.”

While Baird was the only individual artist to receive a grant in the current granting cycle, seven local arts organizations have each received grants of $2,000. They are:

  • Visual art collective Blink Gallery for their group show, Threaded: Homage to Louise Bourgeois. Eight artists will create diptychs that reflect the connecting threads between their works with that of Louise Bourgeois.  
  • Digi60 Film Festival for their 2010 Festival that challenged Ottawa-area filmmakers to write and shoot a short digital film in 30 days.  The ARTicipate grant was a catalyst for partnerships between Digi60 and other arts organizations.   
  • Gharana Arts for their production of Ekalavya, a mythical story about a warrior’s devotion, love and sacrifice. This story is seen by the company as metaphor for the challenges faced by many multicultural artists who practise traditional arts in North America, far from their teachers and culture. The grant is to enhance the production and bring award-winning dancers to the performance.
  • Ottawa Theatre School for their production Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas to the Shenkman Arts Centre, providing third-year students with the educational and essential experience of participating in a professional production and expose audiences to new and emerging theatre talent in Ottawa.
  • Propeller Dance’s self-produced largest production of the year, FULL RADIUS, at the Shenkman Arts Centre. FULL RADIUS will speak to the beauty and power of the body in all its diversity. Propeller Dance is Ottawa’s contemporary dance organization integrating dancers with and without disability.
  • Suzuki Music Chamber and Ensembles Concert 2011 will feature Suzuki Music’s senior students performing a variety of selected chamber music masterworks, in the classical repertoire, on various instruments ensembles and combinations in a professional venue.
  • Vintage Stock Theatre will use the grant to hire a number of professional cast and crew members to work with the community theatre company in their presentation of A Dickens of a Christmas in the Shenkman Art Centre’s Richcraft Theatre.

In addition to the project grants, the initial ARTicipate grant cycle provides nearly $38,000 in grants for the five Resident Arts Partners of the Shenkman Arts Centre: OYP Theatre School, Gloucester Pottery School, Ottawa School of Art - Orléans Campus, AOE Arts Council and Mouvement d’implication francophone d’ Orléans (MIFO). These grants are provided to enhance their artistic programming and services at the Centre.

The deadline for the next cycle of ARTicipate grants is May 31, 2011.  Forms and further details will be available in February 2011.  Further information about the ARTicipate Endowment Fund is available at

You can ensure the growth of these grant programs by donating to the ARTicipate Endowment Fund online at or by calling 613.580.2767.