Establishing the Endowment Fund

The ARTicipate Endowment Fund

The Shenkman Arts Centre sign being installed

Since 2005, Arts Network Ottawa had been working closely with the City of Ottawa to develop a fundraising campaign for the Orléans Arts Centre, now the Shenkman Arts Centre. Arts Network became the leader of the fundraising campaign, and worked diligently and passionately to develop the ARTicipate Endowment Fund.

The government of Ontario confirmed its support to the Orléans Arts Centre and contributed $2.5 million in the spring of 2006. With the project fully funded through the P3 process, these funds would form the basis of an endowment fund. This Fund would support local artists and arts groups within the Centre.

The ARTicipate Community Campaign kicked off in 2007 with a $1 million donation from the Shenkman Family Foundation. The Orléans Arts Centre officially became Le Centre des Arts Shenkman Arts Centre. Both Salle Harold Shenkman Hall and the Centre itself pays tribute to the Shenkman family.

Since then, the ARTicipate campaign has successfully managed to raise close to $5 million. As the Endowment Fund continues to grow, so do the opportunities it will provide to the community.

Read more about ARTicipate Major Donors and see the Virtual Donor Wall.

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“It’s been a long journey. The Shenkman Arts Centre, twenty years in the making, is a testament to an incredible amount of hard work by a lot of people who never gave up on the vision or the dream. Today, as a result, we have an amazing multidisciplinary arts centre where artists and community can come together. The ARTicipate Endowment Fund is AOE’s way of helping to support innovation and quality arts activities within the Centre for generations to come.”

  • Christine Tremblay, past Executive Director, AOE Arts Council.

Read more about the history of the ARTicipate Endowment Fund.