News Release

New leadership for AOE Arts Council brings vision and experience
June 23, 2014

AOE Arts Council’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Victoria Steele will be assuming the role of Executive Director as of September 2014, following the resignation of Micheline Joanisse. Ms. Steele will lead the organization into a new era of demonstrated impact and collaborations with the Ottawa artistic scene. Steele is a seasoned arts executive who has provided leadership and rejuvenation to arts organizations for more than 30 years
“While we are sad to see Micheline leave to pursue new career interests, we are thrilled to have Victoria onboard,” said Kathy McLellan, AOE President. “Her years of artistic experience combined with her passionate and collaborative approaches to arts administration will greatly benefit AOE members and Ottawa’s creative community.”
Ms. Steele has deep connections with the Ottawa arts and cultural sectors as a management consultant and through her tenures in senior management roles with Canadian performing arts organizations. She has spearheaded national projects and has brought together stakeholders who have transformed their efforts into new initiatives that have benefited both audiences and artists.   Ms. Steele is a prominent bilingual figure in Ottawa’s arts scene currently serving as Treasurer of the new PAL Ottawa initiative, as Chair of the Board of Théâtre la Catapulte and a proud board member of La Nouvelle Scène. She is passionate about contributing to the development of emerging artists as a part-time professor of Theatre Administration and Career Management at the University of Ottawa and through her counsel on the Advisory Cabinet to the Dean of Arts and Science at Queen’s University.
Previously, Ms. Steele was honoured to spend 19 years in senior management at Canada’s National Arts Centre primarily as the Managing Director of English Theatre where she worked in partnership with some of the country’s leading artistic directors to produce theatre seasons featuring over 50 world premieres.  Prior to the NAC, she held general management positions with theatres in Muskoka, London and Toronto.  
 “I consider this opportunity to be an immense privilege,” Ms. Steele said. “I have been a great admirer of the arts Council’s accomplishments, especially their leadership in creating the Shenkman Arts Centre, establishing the ARTicipate Endowment Fund and collaborating to organize the ARTPRENEUR Conference. The team’s recent initiatives – the arts showcase microsite Accolade (www.artsaccolade.ca) and the ART Place artist’s residency program are two examples of meaningful projects that I can see the Council building upon for the benefit of artists, arts organizations and audiences across the city.  I believe that the arts represent the heart and soul of our community and are an essential catalyst for positive growth.   I’m excited to listen to and collaborate with the Ottawa arts community so that AOE Arts Council will continue to play a leading role in building a vital and sustainable sector as we move toward the unique opportunity of 2017 to celebrate the exceptional talents of the artists in this region.”
Steele will be working closely with Ms. Joanisse over the summer to ensure a smooth transition and to prepare AOE Arts Council for their busy fall season.
                                 
About AOE Arts Council
For over 25 years, AOE Arts Council (AOE) continues to connect audiences with artists in Ottawa. The arts Council excels at leading and collaborating on innovative and sustainable artistic initiatives; encourages public participation and involvement in the arts; and provides arts development to artists and arts organizations. 
As a not-for-profit charitable organization, AOE Arts Council acknowledges the generosity of its donors, funders and partners, who enable the Council to promote, support and develop the arts. The arts Council represents a bilingual membership of over 450 artists, arts and culture organizations, and supporters. 
www.artsoe.ca
About Accolade
Accolade is AOE Arts Council’s new microsite dedicated to showcasing members, arts collaborators and AOE activities.  Our members are passionate about art. We create to share and engage, we practice art as professional and amateurs, and we contribute to the quality of life in Ottawa. 
www.artsaccolade.ca 
About ARTPlace
AOE Art Council’s Art Place program takes the artist out of the studio and places them in the hearts of Ottawa communities. Artists will work on projects in non-art spaces, such as community centres, youth service facilities and seniors’ residences, bringing together different groups and residents to work collaboratively on socially-driven projects. This program is made possible through the generous financial support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
http://www.artsoe.ca/en/about/art%20place.aspx
About ARTpreneur
The ARTPRENEUR OTTAWA Conference helps artists succeed in managing their business, marketing their art and selling their talent. Attendees gain valuable insight from leading creative industries experts and are motivated by fellow artists on how they can transform artistic passions into rewarding professions.
www.artpreneurottawa.com
About the ARTicipate Endowment Fund
The ARTicipate Endowment Fund was established in 2007 by AOE Arts Council. ARTicipate supports artistic activities, programming and services at the Shenkman Arts Centre. For more information about the ARTicipate Endowment Fund, grant recipients and donors go to www.articipate.ca

AOE Arts Council’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Victoria Steele will be assuming the role of Executive Director as of September 2014, following the resignation of Micheline Joanisse. Ms. Steele will lead the organization into a new era of demonstrated impact and collaborations with the Ottawa artistic scene. Steele is a seasoned arts executive who has provided leadership and rejuvenation to arts organizations for more than 30 years

“While we are sad to see Micheline leave to pursue new career interests, we are thrilled to have Victoria onboard,” said Kathy McLellan, AOE President. “Her years of artistic experience combined with her passionate and collaborative approaches to arts administration will greatly benefit AOE members and Ottawa’s creative community.”

Ms. Steele has deep connections with the Ottawa arts and cultural sectors as a management consultant and through her tenures in senior management roles with Canadian performing arts organizations. She has spearheaded national projects and has brought together stakeholders who have transformed their efforts into new initiatives that have benefited both audiences and artists.   Ms. Steele is a prominent bilingual figure in Ottawa’s arts scene currently serving as Treasurer of the new PAL Ottawa initiative, as Chair of the Board of Théâtre la Catapulte and a proud board member of La Nouvelle Scène. She is passionate about contributing to the development of emerging artists as a part-time professor of Theatre Administration and Career Management at the University of Ottawa and through her counsel on the Advisory Cabinet to the Dean of Arts and Science at Queen’s University.

Previously, Ms. Steele was honoured to spend 19 years in senior management at Canada’s National Arts Centre primarily as the Managing Director of English Theatre where she worked in partnership with some of the country’s leading artistic directors to produce theatre seasons featuring over 50 world premieres.  Prior to the NAC, she held general management positions with theatres in Muskoka, London and Toronto.  

“I consider this opportunity to be an immense privilege,” Ms. Steele said. “I have been a great admirer of the arts Council’s accomplishments, especially their leadership in creating the Shenkman Arts Centre, establishing the ARTicipate Endowment Fund and collaborating to organize the ARTPRENEUR Conference. The team’s recent initiatives – the arts showcase microsite Accolade (www.artsaccolade.ca) and the ART Place artist’s residency program are two examples of meaningful projects that I can see the Council building upon for the benefit of artists, arts organizations and audiences across the city.  I believe that the arts represent the heart and soul of our community and are an essential catalyst for positive growth.   I’m excited to listen to and collaborate with the Ottawa arts community so that AOE Arts Council will continue to play a leading role in building a vital and sustainable sector as we move toward the unique opportunity of 2017 to celebrate the exceptional talents of the artists in this region.”

Steele will be working closely with Ms. Joanisse over the summer to ensure a smooth transition and to prepare AOE Arts Council for their busy fall season.                                 

About AOE Arts Council
For over 25 years, AOE Arts Council (AOE) continues to connect audiences with artists in Ottawa. The arts Council excels at leading and collaborating on innovative and sustainable artistic initiatives; encourages public participation and involvement in the arts; and provides arts development to artists and arts organizations. 

As a not-for-profit charitable organization, AOE Arts Council acknowledges the generosity of its donors, funders and partners, who enable the Council to promote, support and develop the arts. The arts Council represents a bilingual membership of over 450 artists, arts and culture organizations, and supporters.
www.artsoe.ca
 

About Accolade
Accolade is AOE Arts Council’s new microsite dedicated to showcasing members, arts collaborators and AOE activities.  Our members are passionate about art. We create to share and engage, we practice art as professional and amateurs, and we contribute to the quality of life in Ottawa. 
www.artsaccolade.ca 

 

About ARTPlace
AOE Art Council’s Art Place program takes the artist out of the studio and places them in the hearts of Ottawa communities. Artists will work on projects in non-art spaces, such as community centres, youth service facilities and seniors’ residences, bringing together different groups and residents to work collaboratively on socially-driven projects. This program is made possible through the generous financial support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
http://www.artsoe.ca/en/about/art%20place.aspx

 

About ARTPRENEUR
The ARTPRENEUR OTTAWA Conference helps artists succeed in managing their business, marketing their art and selling their talent. Attendees gain valuable insight from leading creative industries experts and are motivated by fellow artists on how they can transform artistic passions into rewarding professions.
www.artpreneurottawa.com

 

About the ARTicipate Endowment Fund
The ARTicipate Endowment Fund was established in 2007 by AOE Arts Council. ARTicipate supports artistic activities, programming and services at the Shenkman Arts Centre. For more information about the ARTicipate Endowment Fund, grant recipients and donors go to www.articipate.ca