Orléans MP Andrew Leslie made a special appearance at the AOE Arts Council event on Oct. 2 to announce Neighbourhood Arts 150, Celebrating Ottawa’s Communities has received a quarter of a million dollars in government funding.
The project is being funded through the Canada 150 initiative to celebrate 2017. The arts council, based out of the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orléans, applied for a grant through the feds in order to mark the 150th birthday of the country.
They’ve been awarded $253,918 in order to fund 10 projects, each in a different part of the city. Orléans and Cumberland have both been identified as hosts of neighbourhood arts projects.
Each neighbourhood arts project will give a professional artist a paid opportunity to partner with residents of one of the 10 identified communities to create works of art.
The projects will be selected by a peer assessment committee made up of professional working artists.
“I’m thrilled to have been chosen to manage the Neighbourhood Arts 150 program. This represents an exciting opportunity for me to work with my peers,” said program manager and visual artist Patrice Stanley in an AOE Arts Council press release. “Artists need to constantly engage with audiences, they need validation, they need recognition. But most of all, they need paid opportunities.”
There is an open call for established artists and arts groups to submit proposals based on the art council’s criteria, which is online at www.artsoe.ca.
Artists and groups will then be matched with neighbourhoods and partners. The projects will run between late March and October 2017. Projects and partners will be announced in March 2017. The deadline to apply as a paid artist or arts group is mid-November.
“Thanks to this project by AOE Arts Council, Ottawa communities will be able to celebrate Canada’s artistic and cultural diversity through the rich and unique contributions of their population,” Leslie said.
The areas identified for the project are:
* Orléans/Blackburn Hamlet
* Vanier/New Edinburgh/Beacon Hill
* Kanata/West Carleton
* South Carleton/Manotick/Riverside/Greely/Stittsville
* Ottawa South (Mooney’s Bay/Hunt Club/Alta Vista)
* Ottawa West (Centrepoint/Bay Area)
* Nepean, including Bells Corners and Barrhaven
*Rural Ottawa to be determined based on submissions