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The Shenkman Arts Centre

ARTicipate Endowment Fund

Established in 2007, the ARTicipate Endowment Fund is a secure fund that is invested conservatively for the purpose of enhancing the artistic activity at Shenkman Arts Centre.  The interest earned on the investments is then distributed in the form of grants to support high-quality artistic activities of all disciplines. Grants are awarded to local artists and arts organizations that will be presenting within or exhibiting their work in the Centre.


ARTicipate Grant Program

Annual interest from the Fund is disbursed to the arts community through the ARTicipate Grant Program.

Grant funding enables:

  • Presentation and exhibition of local artists and arts organizations in the Shenkman Arts Centre
  • Accessibility of Shenkman Arts Centre spaces to non-resident artists and arts organizations
  • Collaborative projects involving more than one artist and/or arts organization
  • English, French and bilingual artistic activities in the Shenkman Arts Centre

Read more about the Grant Program

How does an Endowment Fund work?


About Arts Network Ottawa

Arts Network Ottawa believes that the Arts help build strong communities. For over 30 years, we have championed the arts community in the Ottawa region to advance a thriving arts scene. As a bilingual arts service organization with over 400 members, we provide local artists, arts groups and cultural workers with paid opportunities, programs, resources and services to present and promote their work, share and learn through professional development and network.

We represent an informed voice and collaborate with community partners to generate awareness about the creative, social and economic benefits of the Arts. Arts Network Ottawa is a non-profit, registered charitable organization 12177 7023 RR0001. www.artsnetottawa.ca

Arts Network Ottawa recognizes that the City of Ottawa was built on unceded Algonquin Anishinabe Territory. We also recognize the diversity of Ottawa’s residents and both official languages.


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  • A scene from Vintage Stock Theatre’s A Dickens of a Christmas in the Richcraft Theatre. 

“Being able to hire local professional artists, a professional stage manager and director helped raise the quality of our show,” Susan Flemming, writer and co-producer of Vintage Stock Theatre’s A Dickens of a Christmas. The story followed a young Charles Dickens on his travels through Upper Canada the year prior to penning the famous story in 1843. 2010 ARTicipate grant recipient, Vintage Stock Theatre.


Check out the list of Grant Recipients!