Carleton launches talks to purchase Dominion-Chalmers and turn it into performance space

November 30, 2017

Carleton University will be going ahead with negotiations to purchase Dominion-Chalmers United Church. If acquired, the historic Centretown church would be used as “a multi-purpose performance space for Carleton students and faculty, and as a new hub for artists and community groups,” the university said after its board of governors approved the plan following a closed door session Tuesday evening. Talks will take place over the next few weeks along with discussions about renovations needed to make the building meet institutional standards, the university’s interim president Alastair Summerlee said during the open part of the governors’ board meeting. Read full article on Artsfile

SELECTIONS 2017 Juror’s Choice Awards Announced

September 25, 2017

On Thursday September 21, 2017, approximately 175 members of the arts community, including exhibiting artists and special guests, gathered at the opening of the 16th edition of AOE Arts Council’s annual SELECTIONS art exhibit. All present came to show their support for local artists and to witness the presentation of the three Juror’s Choice Awards by Thomas Baribault, manager of DeSerres Centre St-Laurent and sponsor of the exhibit. “It is fantastic to be once again participating with the AOE Arts Council to promote Ottawa’s local arts community,” says Baribault. “The artists that make up our community are solidly talented and boldly imaginative. Their incredible art deserves to be seen and bought by a much wider audience. DeSerres is honoured to be one link in the creative chain.” The awards were given to Luc Fortier for his acrylic painting entitled Taratatanana, Oscar Jocson for his acrylic painting entitled The Wolves, and encaustic artist Anna Wagner-Ott for her work Glow from Within. The three winners of the Juror’s Choice each received a $100 gift certificate from the exhibit’s sponsor DeSerres. To ensure fairness, a new jury is selected each year to choose the works for the upcoming show. The jury for SELECTIONS 2017 was composed of printmaker Guillermo Trejo, painter Andrew Morrow, and photographer Adrienne Herron. This group of professional artists narrowed 191 submitted pieces to the final 40 works on exhibit until October 17 in the Trinity Art Gallery at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Visitors of all ages, members of the arts community, and the media are all invited to meet the artists at the Meet the Artists event on Sunday, October 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. as part of Culture Days at the Shenkman Arts Centre. AOE Arts Council encourages visitors to cast their vote for the People’s Choice award until October 17. AOE Arts Council wishes to thank the generous support of our returning event sponsors: presenting Sponsor, DeSerres, and Print Sponsor, Sotek Graphics and Printing. The SELECTIONS exhibit is also made possible with financial support from the ARTicipate Endowment Fund. Artists who sell works in the show donate 15% commission back into the fund to help other local artists.   SELECTIONS 2017 JURORS CHOICE AWARD WINNERS The jury also selected Judi Miller”s fibre art piece entitled “Summer Field” with an Honourable Mention and a complimentary Arts Council membership for a year. About DeSerres DeSerres is established across Canada with its modern, spacious and colourful stores that provide materials and supplies to artists, arts and crafts enthusiasts, and children, students and designers. About the Trinity Art Gallery Owned and operated by the City of Ottawa, the Trinity Art Gallery features the works of local and regional artists in two exhibition salons. Artists are selected through an annual peer assessment process. Trinity Art Gallery Salons A and B are located on the Lower Level of the Shenkman Arts Centre. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., 7 days a week.  About AOE Arts Council AOE Arts Council has been working with Ottawa’s arts community for 30 years to build a vibrant and sustainable sector.  We are a bilingual, multidisciplinary service organization working actively in the community to champion the arts in the Ottawa region – and an essential connection to opportunities services and resources.   For more information:

Cristiane Doherty Director of Communications Tel. : 613-580-2767 Cassandra Olsthoorn Programs Manager Tel. : 613.580.2767

AOE Arts Council invites Ottawans to participate in free arts experiences

April 6, 2017

NEIGHBOURHOOD ARTS 150 - Celebrating Ottawa’s Communities is launched

AOE Arts Council is proud to bring twelve of Ottawa’s most inspiring professional artists and arts groups together with neighbourhoods from all corners of Ottawa to celebrate their communities and express what it means to be Canadian. Through a special community-engaged arts project, NEIGHBOURHOOD ARTS 150 – Celebrating Ottawa’s Communities, Ottawans will be able to participate in free arts experiences, from April to October in over 20 communities outside the downtown core. The official launch will take place at the Innovation Centre (Bayview Yards) on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm and feature live performances and interactions with the jury-selected artists. “I am delighted that the project NEIGHBOURHOOD ARTS 150 – Celebrating Ottawa’s Communities by AOE Arts Council is giving residents and visitors the opportunity to celebrate the region’s cultural and artistic diversity. For Canada 150, I invite everyone to discover the talents of our artists. It’s an event you won’t want to miss,” says the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. As an official Canada 150 and Ontario150 initiative, NEIGHBOURHOOD ARTS 150 offers residents of all ages and backgrounds an opportunity to participate in special community arts experiences from Cumberland to Kinburn, Britannia to Greely and places in between. Local youth, seniors, families, newcomers, BIA’s, community associations and more are taking part in artist-led activities including everything from dance, theatre, art installations, sculptures, storytelling, puppetry, murals and more in non-traditional venues. “The NEIGHBOURHOOD ARTS 150 program will bring people together to celebrate and be inspired by talented artists in their communities and across the Ottawa region. I am proud that through the Ontario150 Community Celebration program, our government is supporting unique events like this that provide wonderful opportunities to celebrate Ontario’s 150th anniversary,” says Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. NEIGHBOURHOOD ARTS 150 is a way to activate Ottawa’s dynamic arts community to provide residents with moments to share stories and create memories during this festive year.

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For a detailed list of the projects, descriptions and schedule of free arts experiences visit  “I am excited that AOE Arts Council has developed a project where Ottawa Communities will be able to celebrate Canada’s artistic and cultural diversity through the rich and unique contributions of their population,” says the Honourable, Andrew Leslie, MP Orléans. Following a call for submissions from artists, projects were selected by a jury of arts professionals for their artistic merit and their ability to engage an inclusive and diverse group of participants. “As Ontario celebrates its 150th anniversary, we want to support communities in laying the groundwork for strong economic, social and cultural legacies across the province,” says Marie-France Lalonde, MPP, Ottawa-Orléans. “Through the Ontario150 Community Celebration program, I am proud that we are able to support organizations like the AOE Arts Council and their Neighbourhood Arts 150 initiative, in which 12 of Ottawa’s most talented artists will receive the opportunity to showcase their talents in celebration of this milestone!” Some of the arts experiences will culminate in a final tangible artwork such as a book, a performance, an installation or mural. Other activities invite residents to have fun by making bread, planting trees or creating local interactive theatre. “House of PainT is super excited with the opportunity to bring our project to life in collaboration with AOE Arts Council and our community partners from the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre and the Britannia Woods Community House. This project will insert Hip-hop and Urban Arts presentations, workshops and public murals in two urban communities further invigorating, inspiring and beautifying these already vibrant neighbourhoods, says Patrick McCormack, House of PainT General Manager. “Seizing this chance to bring people together to celebrate our communities via the arts is not only a great fit for this project but a wonderful way to reach out and build a strong and equitable city.” These collaborative arts projects will be recorded and shared online at that will serve as a lasting legacy of community participation and artistic celebration of Canada’s and Ontario’s 150th year. Through this special inclusive project, AOE Arts Council sees unprecedented potential to enhance the visibility of our vibrant and diverse local arts scene and help build strong communities through the arts. “We wanted to make sure that our local arts community had opportunities to create, in memorable ways, what it means to be Canadian during Canada’s sesquicentennial.  We thank all those who are participating and those who have enthusiastically leant their support,” said Lisa Cruickshank, President of AOE Arts Council. The Arts Council also hopes to see a legacy of helping to build new audiences and establish relationships with community groups and businesses by fostering collaborative initiatives. "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, says Jenna Sudds, President and Executive Director of the Kanata North Business Association.  This project enables us to come together as a community and celebrate everything that we as a nation have accomplished in 150 years." “Art enriches our lives. It entertains us and helps us define who we are.  Through the variety of art forms represented in the NEIGHBOURHOOD ARTS 150 project, conversation will be stimulated. We can break away from our day-to-day routines, even if for a short while, to pause, talk, listen and come together in a very personal way, adds Andrea Steenbakkers, Executive Director of the Barrhaven BIA. AOE Arts Council recognizes the diversity of Ottawa’s residents, both official languages and that the city was built on unceded Algonquin Anishinabe Territory. NEIGHBOURHOOD ARTS 150 – Celebrating Ottawa’s Communities is supported by Funders: Government of Canada, Ontario 150; and Partners: Ottawa 2017, Community Foundation of Ottawa, Metroland Media, Trinity Development Foundation, the Danbe Foundation and Jewel 98.5 FM, and many community partners working alongside the twelve arts activities. All are invited to share their Neighbourhood Arts 150 experiences by following and sharing on Facebook Twitter and Instagram: @150ArtsOttawa   #150ArtsOttawa Read artist blog posts, see project descriptions and community partners, and plan your arts experiences using the interactive calendar at About Canada 150  The goal of the Canada 150 Fund is to create opportunities for Canadians to participate in local, regional, and national celebrations that contribute to building a sense of pride and attachment to Canada.  Make the most of your Canada 150! About Ontario150 2017 is the 150th anniversary of Ontario as a province. This year is filled with exciting events and initiatives to celebrate the qualities and values that define us. 2017 is a festive year where Ontarians have the opportunity to come together and celebrate the incredible province we live in. Find out what’s happening near you About AOE Arts Council AOE Arts Council strongly believes that the Arts amplify voices and help build strong communities. The Arts Council is a 30-year-old arts service organization whose mission is to connect, champion and collaborate to bring resources together that build a thriving local arts community in the Ottawa region. We actively work with arts, government, business and non-profit partners to enable arts experiences and are proud to do so for the 150thcelebrations.
For more information contact:
Patrice Stanley, Special Project Manager AOE Arts Council T 613.580.2767 C 613.983.0518 Cristiane Doherty, Director of Communications AOE Arts Council T 613.580.2767 C 613.799.9277

Art shapes neighbourhood spirit

December 30, 2016

There is a new type of community spirit sprouting in Jasmine Park. Two tree-like structures have taken shape and space in the park – located off Jasmine Crescent – thanks to local youth, community members and artist Marc Walter.

ARTinis Triumphs Again with Another Creepy Night in Support of the Arts

December 2, 2016

Ottawa (Ontario) – AOE Arts Council’s annual ARTinis Halloween themed benefit soirée on Thursday, October 27, 2016, held at the Shenkman Arts Centre, was an enormous hit with over 300 in attendance to support the arts in Ottawa. Together, guests and AOE Arts Council’s 23 sponsors were able to exceed expectations, raising $42,000 to fund opportunities and resources for local artists and to support Ottawa’s vibrant arts community. Costumed guests, Mayor Jim Watson, political leaders and supporters, and Ottawa’s business and arts community members were all treated with tricks, surprises and many sweet and savoury offerings during the evening. The MCs for the benefit soirée were recording Francophone Pop/ R&B Ottawa artist Abel Maxwell and Wendy Daniels of BOOM FM 97.9. The ever-popular lounge experience of the Richcraft Theatre drew guests into that space for performances by Saturnfly and Tara Luz Danse on the Folkrum stage. The Richcraft Theatre black box space had a generous seating area, a Beaus Craft Beer bar, and bites by Cuisine & Passion. Guests could also see a unique glow in the dark design applied by make-up artists Lynne Éthier and Pina Cava on a model under special black light. In the main event area, there was a free souvenir photo booth run by Title Sponsor Anchor Climate Care, a chance to co-create with visual artist Brenda Dunn, flair bartending by Ottawa Cocktails, a wine bar by Strewn, and food stations by Epicuriaand OCCO Kitchen. “This is such a fun event for us to see our arts supporters come fully costumed and ready to contribute” says Lisa Cruickshank, president of AOE Arts Council. “We really owe a lot to the businesses, our sponsors, our group of dedicated volunteers, the Fundraising and Décor Committees and the countless hours our staff have put into this event to ensure its success.” In addition to ticket sales and sponsorships, funds were raised by the sale of ‘Mystery Balloons’ and a marvelous silent auction with over 60 items donated by local businesses. The night ended with a bang as guests popped their purchased balloons to reveal a minimum of $50 value of prizes per balloon and winners of the best Halloween costumes were announced. AOE Arts Council wishes to thank Title Sponsor Anchor Climate Care, presenting sponsors BOOM 99.7 FM and Ottawa Business Journal for their generous support to help promote the event, and special lighting and effects sponsor Mixed Media Group. We also want to thank platinum sponsor Pathway Hyundai and all the other ARTinis sponsors, donors and suppliers who made the event a success.   About the Cause – Celebrate and Support Local Arts AOE Arts Council’s popular annual event returns for its ninth year. The event attracts over 300 artists, art lovers, business and community leaders who come together to celebrate AOE Arts Council activities on behalf of Ottawa’s artists and arts organizations. AOE Arts Council has been working with Ottawa’s Arts Community for close to 30 years to build a vibrant and sustainable sector. As a dynamic, bilingual arts service organization, we connect, champion, and collaborate to bring resources together that build a thriving Ottawa Arts Community. We do this by: - Creating opportunities for local artists and arts groups - Offering 40 programs, workshops, and events each year - Providing promotional reach, professional development, and resources for artists - Providing an informed voice for the Arts - Representing over 400 members in all disciplines and at all levels of practice - Offering opportunities for thousands of residents to engage with the arts each year   To request photos of the evening or for more information about AOE Arts Council’s activities contact:
Cristiane Doherty, Director of Communications  Tel. : 613.580.2767