2016-17 Grant Recipients Announced

ARTICIPATE Grants Afford Artistic Development and Collaboration at the Shenkman Arts Centre
November 24, 2016

201617 Season of ARTicipate Grant Projects Revealed

Ottawa, Ontario – AOE Arts Council is proud to launch the 2016-17 season of artistic projects made possible through ARTicipate Endowment Fund Grants Program. This year, a total of $20,975 in funding was awarded to 10 grant projects that will enable local artists, groups of artists and arts organisations to present in professional spaces at the Shenkman Arts Centre.

The ARTicipate Endowment Fund offers performing and visual artists and arts groups unique opportunities for creative exploration and showcasing their work to the public and their peers. Getting funding is not an easy task for artists, which is why the Arts Council created the ARTicipate Endowment Fund, to support artists in their pursuit to further develop or create new original work.

"The $2000 we receive from the ARTicipate grant will have a great impact on our project. Initially we would like to pay each artist (creators and director/dramaturge) a fee of $300 each upfront, with the rest of the fee being paid from box office sales," says Jake William Smith of Rapscallion Diversion. "A large portion of it (funding) will be put towards our performance space and rehearsal time at the Shenkman Arts Centre."

Recipients use the funding to help secure rehearsal time and space, add to their creative team, promote their show or offset production costs.

“With an Articipate grant, I will have my very first solo exhibition – a milestone that has been decades in the making. I will use the funds to prepare and frame paintings and photographs for formal exhibition, and print special postcards to advertise the show,” says Chinh Nguyen, visual and media arts artist.

Ottawa residents will be able to experience a variety of artistic performances and exhibits at the Shenkman Arts Centre thanks to this Fund. The 2016-17 Season of ARTicipate Grants projects will delight spectators with dance, music, theatre, visual art and media arts.

Project Artists/Arts Group Impact Grant

Ottawa International Drumming Festival


Harold Shenkman Hall and 
Lower Lobby

Gharana Arts


Presentation space rental: 
Harold Shenkman Hall

Akasma Performance

August 24, 2016

Richcraft Theatre

Anjali Patil
Nick Storring Collective


Rehearsal space rental: Richcraft Theatre and Ottawa Citizen Dance Studio

Presentation space rental: 
Harold Shenkman Hall

The Dolls House

May 21, 2017

Ottawa Citizen Dance Studio

Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre


Presentation space rental: 
Harold Shenkman Hall


Dates TBD

Victor Abboud Music Studio

Rapscallion Diversion


Rehearsal space rental: Victor Abboud Music Studio

Presentation space rental: Victor Abboud Music Studio

Professional fees: contribute to artist fees, photographer/videographer and graphic designer fees

The Ghomeshi Effect

February 2, 2017

Richcraft Theatre

Jessica Ruano*
Amelia Griffin*


Presentation space rental: Richcraft Theatre

Professional fees: contribute to artist fees

Promotion: paid advertising, flyer and poster distribution

New audience: perform for Orléans and Ottawa East audiences

En studio avec nous et artistes invités 
(In studio with us and invited artists)

October 1, 2016
February 18, 2017

Ottawa Citizen Dance Studio

Tara Luz Danse
With guests:
Karen Goetzinger
Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre


Professional fees: contribute to artist fees

Collaboration: enable the company to work with two guest artists to innovate their presentation model

Ainsi soient-elles

November 16 to 20, 2016

Richcraft Theatre

Théâtre du Village Orléans Inc.


Presentation space rental: presentation of Francophone theatre in a professional space, the Richcraft Theatre $2300

One Take Super 8 Event: Ottawa Edition

April 29, 2017

Agora Minto-Orléans Outdoor Plaza
In the event of rain: Emmy & Victor Abboud Music Studio

Windows Collective


Professional fees: contribute to artist fees

Production: cover insurance fees

Promotion: contribute to printing promotional material

Collaboration: enable local media artists  to shoot new films and host a cinematic interactive experience for Ottawa audiences

Extra Ordinary

February 7-26, 2017

Meet the artists: February 12, 2017

Lalonde + Doyle Exhibition Space

Chinh Nguyen*


Further career: enable artist to have their first solo exhibition
Production: framing paintings and photographs
Promotion: contribute to printing promotional material

Exploding the Frame

January 6-29, 2017

Meet the Artist: January 8, 2017

LaLande + Doyle Exhibition Space

Jeannine Robertson*

VISUAL ARTS: mixed media, painting, sculpture

Further career: enable artist to have a solo exhibition

Professional fees: contribute to the artists’ fee and pay for marketing services

Production: installation and removal of the exhibit to include transportation of the artworks; offset hospitality costs for reception

Promotion: contribute to printing promotional material

* First time ARTicipate Grant Program recipients
** As reported in the 2016 ARTicipate Endowment Fund Annual Report plus 2016 grants.

About the ARTicipate Endowment Fund Grant Program

The ARTicipate Endowment Fund Grant Program was created in 2007 by the AOE Arts Council to foster artistic activities, programming and services at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Since its inception, more than $500K has been distributed in grants to support high quality artistic activities of all disciplines. For more information about the Fund, the ARTicipate Grant Program or to make a donation, visit articipate.ca.

About AOE Arts Council

AOE Arts Council is a dynamic, bilingual arts service organization with a 30-year track record of engaging Ottawa’s artists with the community. The Arts Council aims to connect, champion and collaborate to bring resources together that build a thriving Ottawa arts community.

The Arts Council believes that Ottawa is a dynamic cultural capital where the practice of art is meaningful and contributes positively to the development of the city and the quality of life of its citizens.


To request an artist interview, visuals or for more information about AOE Arts Council’s activities and artist opportunities contact :

Cristiane Doherty

Director of Communications

Tel. : 613-580-2767

Cassandra Olsthoorn

Program Manager

Tel. : 613.580.2767


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