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Wide-ranging Activities at the Shenkman Arts Centre Thanks to ARTicipate Grants
September 08, 2011

Wide-ranging Activities at the Shenkman Arts Centre Thanks to ARTicipate Grants


African dance, Franco-Ontarian theatre, an Indian Cultural Festival, Western rodeo singing, Canadian political theatre and, don’t forget the puppets and Greek myths!


Ottawa, Ontario - All these events and more will be coming to the Shenkman Arts Centre over the next eight months as a result of $64,255 in ARTicipate Endowment Fund grants awarded to the arts community. This includes more than $16,000 in project grants and close to $48,000 in grants to the five Shenkman Arts Centre Resident Arts Partners to enhance their services and public programming.


“We are thrilled that growth in the fund from additional donations and higher interest rates has resulted in an increase of about $10,000 more than the ARTicipate grants awarded in 2010,” says Chantal Rodier, director of the ARTicipate Endowment Fund. “We are delighted to see the variety and range of grant applications that were received and we look forward to seeing the 11 new projects come to life at the Shenkman.”


The following 11 projects have been funded in 2011:

  • Muslims?!, a photography exhibition of works by Asif Rehman, was held in the Trinity Art Gallery last July. Through his photography, Rehman seeks to illustrate that any label can at best only define a small part of a person’s identity. His exhibition sought to break down stereotypes held by both Muslims and non-Muslims about what it means to be a Canadian Muslim.
  • Olympus the Musical was presented as a workshop in the Richcraft Theatre on August 28, 2011 by Dr. L’s Music and the Counterpoint Players. The focus of the performance was to combine well-known Greek myths and, through a journey into the realm of the living and the land of the dead, explore the grief that links people.
  • The two-day Gharana Arts Festival, the first of its kind in Canada, will showcase all facets of Indian cultural tradition; celebrating its dance, music, visual art, film and literature. The Festival will take place in both Shenkman Art Centre’s theatres on October 28 and 29, 2011 and will feature professional artists from both Ottawa and across Canada.
  • Kasturi Mishra will present DashAVATAR as part of the Gharana Arts Festival. Based on the mythic representations of Lord Vishnu in Hindu mythology, the performance will offer the 10 different stories in a modern Kathak context. Twenty dancers and musicians will be involved and seek to bridge the gap between myth and science by looking at the evolution of Man through an artistic lens.
  • Bytown Beat Chorus will bring some Western rodeo flavour to the Harold Shenkman Hall with their November 5, 2011 production of Rodeo Queen. The play is an original romantic comedy written by two members of the chorus and tells the story of a girl who is in love with the rodeo. Her story is told through song lyrics, strung together through narration.
  • Tara Luz Danse will present a new participatory series, En studio avec nous, in The Ottawa Citizen Dance Studio. The first of two interactive dance performances, entitled Impro en mouvement, will be held on November 18, 2011 and will showcase the dance company’s various activities. The second workshop, Les billes processus de création tout public, will be held February 24, 2012.
  • Le Théâtre du Village will take to the Richcraft Theatre stage from November 24 to 27, 2011. To celebrate its 26 years in existence, the theatre company will reprise its very first play, Les murs de nos villages, presenting it for the first time as a musical. The play takes a humorous look at village residents through glimpses of their private lives in their homes, through conversations and in their relationships with each other.
  • Vintage Stock Theatre’s December 8 to 11, 2011 production of Meeting Mr. Bennett in the Richcraft Theatre looks at the Depression years through the eyes of a nonagenarian who in her youth wrote a letter to Prime Minister Bennett asking for help; a young girl who finds the long forgotten reply in an old house recently bought by her father; and finally through eyes of Prime Minister Bennett himself.
  • The Gloucester Community Concert Band will present two bilingual concerts in the Harold Shenkman Hall: A Christmas Showcase on December 11, 2011 and a Spring Showcase on April 15, 2012. The aim of both concerts is to highlight the musicality and talent of the band, while at the same time providing affordable, high quality musical performances.
  • Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre will present The Story of Holly & Ivy from December 16 to 18, 2011 in the Richcraft Theatre. Based on a book by Rumer Godden, the production will feature puppets, theatre, live music and local school choirs in a heart-warming family story about an orphan girl, a Christmas doll and a childless couple on Christmas Eve.
  • The Gumboots Dance Project, led by Étienne Owana, will feature students from various Ottawa-Gatineau high schools to perform at the next edition of the Afroculture Festival, which will take place in both the upper and lower lobbies of the Shenkman Arts Centre in March 2012.


The ARTicipate Endowment Fund enhances artistic activity at the Shenkman Arts Centre by supporting high quality artistic activities of all disciplines through grants awarded to local artists and arts organizations that will be presenting or exhibiting their work in the Shenkman Arts Centre. The ARTicipate Endowment Fund was established in 2007 by AOE Arts Council to support artistic activity in the Shenkman Arts Centre.




For more information about the ARTicipate grant program visit For interviews, contact Chantal Hackett or Cassandra Olsthoorn.


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