2018-19 Grant Recipients Announced


October 24, 2018 – For Immediate Release

ARTicipate Grants Bring the Arts to Life at the Shenkman Arts Centre
2018‐19 Season of ARTicipate Project Grants Announced

Ottawa (Ontario) – Fifteen Ottawa area artists have been chosen by a peer assessment jury to exhibit and perform at the Shenkman Arts Centre as part of the ARTicipate 2018-2019 Season, thanks to the ARTicipate Endowment Fund, a grant program stewarded by Arts Network Ottawa.

This year the ARTicipate Endowment Fund provided a total of $26,250 in grant money to 15 local artists and arts groups through ARTicipate Program Grants. The season will make full use of the Shenkman Arts Centre’s professional and unique spaces, including the Harold Shenkman Hall, Richcraft Theatre, Ottawa Citizen Dance Studio, LaLande + Doyle Exhibition Space and the Trinity Art Gallery.

For the ARTicipate 2018-2019 Season, performers and exhibitors will cover everything from dance to film to visual and media art.

First time ARTicipate grant recipient, Second Step, will present Light(less), an original play without words which will use comedic physical theatre, live music, and shadow puppetry to create a captivating performance for all ages. “ARTicipate will allow for Second Step to further invest in Light(less) by expanding our team to include designers and an assistant stage manager, says Nicholas Leno, co-creator and director. These additions will be an asset to elevating the overall quality of the project. Additionally it will provide an opportunity for us to present our work to a new community.”

Arts Network Ottawa recognizes the difficulty that many in the arts encounter when searching for project funding; for this reason, the Arts Network created the ARTicipate Endowment Fund eleven years ago. The Fund financially supports Ottawa artists and arts groups to showcase their work with the community at Shenkman Arts Centre. Since 2010 this annual grant has contributed positively towards new works and collaboration at the Shenkman Arts Centre.

The ARTicipate Endowment Fund was created with the generous support of donors and the Province of Ontario. Since 2010, the Fund has awarded 153 grants totaling over $582,867.80** to local artists and arts groups as well as the Shenkman Arts Centre’s five Resident Arts Partners (Arts Network Ottawa, Ottawa School of Art - Orléans Campus, Gloucester Pottery School, Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans, Ottawa School of Theatre).

Additional donations to the ARTicipate Fund are strongly encouraged. In 2018, the Shenkman Family Foundation will match dollar-for-dollar all contributions made to the Fund from now until December 31.

To find out more: www.articipate.ca

The ARTicipate Endowment Fund was established in 2007 by Arts Network Ottawa with the generous support of many donors and the Province of Ontario to enable artistic programming in professional spaces at Shenkman Arts Centre. This support is provided through grants awarded to local artists and arts groups that will present or exhibit their work at the Centre.

Since its inception, a total of $582,867.80** 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.
**As reported in the 2017 ARTicipate Endowment Fund Annual Report plus 2018 grants.

Arts Network Ottawa knows how the Arts build strong communities. For more than 30 years, we have collaborated with communities to promote the creative, social and economic benefits of local Arts and will continue to do so. We provide an informed voice for a bilingual network, across the Ottawa region, of over 400 artists, cultural workers and arts organizations. As an arts service organization, we are an essential connection to opportunities, resources, programs and partnerships that advance careers and the sustainability of Ottawa’s arts community.

Arts Network Ottawa recognizes that the City of Ottawa was built on unceded Algonquin Anishinaabe Territory, the diversity of Ottawa’s artists and residents and both official languages.

Non-profit registered charitable organization: 12177 7023 RR0001. www.artsnetworkottawa.ca

For more information about Arts Network Ottawa’s activities, artist opportunities or donations contact:

Cassandra Olsthoorn
Program Manager
Tel: 613.580.2767


Margo Hébert

Philanthropy and Community Relations Manager
Tel. :613.580.2767 ext. 2001