Art gets a boost for 2017 Ottawa celebrations
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Sep 16, 2016  |  Vote 0    0

Art gets a boost for 2017 Ottawa celebrations

Ottawa East News

Local art, culture and heritage groups will have something to celebrate in 2017.

The Ottawa 2017 bureau announced 14 local projects will receive a total of $250,000 in funding to create vibrant experiences to highlight Ottawa’s arts, culture and heritage next year.

Ottawa 2017 bureau released a call for projects in February, according to the bureau, more than 130 submissions were received and reviewed before narrowing that down to the 14 projects selected by an independent five-member jury.

The program will be organized the AOE Arts Council, the Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa and the Ottawa Arts Council.

The projects are:

• Capital History Kiosks – Presented by the Worker’ History Museum, the project will be site-specific lamppost mini-kiosks featuring original artwork, photographs and text that relates to the local community.

• Cut the Cake – Celebrate – Presented by Enriched Bread Artists Collective, the project will include visual displays, immersive experiences, and an all-out celebration theme around cake and the bakery heritage of Ottawa’s Gladstone neighbourhood.

• DIEF: Portrait of a Prime Minister – Presented by the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, the project will be a theatre piece by Pierre Brault which will explore the life and times of John Diefenbaker.

• Illunaata – Presented by the Ottawa School of Art, the project will involve murals, one which will be created by Inuit youth from Cape Dorset and Kugluktuk.

• MIFO Francophone Showcase – Presented by Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans (MIFO) the project will involve a special concert celebrating French music and Canadian francophone artists.

• Muslim/Canada Awareness Project — Presented by the Horseshoes and Hand Grenades Theatre, the project will look at the experience of being Muslim in Canada through theatre arts, workshops, panel discussions and lectures.

• Odawa: 150 Years of Indigenous Perspectives — Presented by the Aboriginal Experiences, Arts and Culture this will be a touring exhibit aims to highlight the Indigenous perspective of local history, communities and experiences through traditional and contemporary arts, crafts and demonstrations.

• Ottawa: A Cinema Capital – Presented by Canadian Film Institute, the project will include public screening series from Ottawa filmmakers, including a showcase of archival reels collected from local amateur film buffs.

• Ottawa in the World … of Documentaries — Presented by One World Arts, the project will be a series of Canadian documentaries that feature artistic, cultural, political and historical issues all sharing a common thread: the changing landscape and diversity of the City of Ottawa.

• Populace — Presented by the Ottawa Guild of Potters through ceramic arts the group present at the time of Confederation will be recognized with a spectacular installation of thousands of individually crafted ceramic sculptures.

• Power of Possibility – Presented by Propeller Dance and directed by Renata Soutter and performed by Propeller Dance the event invites guests to a full-length performance that celebrates artists with disabilities.

• Sing Ottawa en chœur – Presented by Cantata Singers of Ottawa the event will celebrate the history and diversity of our country in song with multiple concerts.

• Trophy – Presented by STO Union Theatre Company, the event will include interactive performances and art installations collide in a pop-up 150-tent city where stories of pivotal life moments are shared.

• Visual17e Ottawa – Presented by Northern Griots Network the event aims to be a fusion of spoken word poetry, street art and live music, and this showcase series will transform a visually underused space into a vibrant art installation.

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