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.