2015-16 Grant Recipients Announced

14 New Art Projects Added to the Shenkman Arts Centre
201516 ARTicipate Grant Recipients Announced 

Ottawa, Ontario – AOE Arts Council is proud to unveil the ARTicipate Endowment Fund Grant recipients for 2015-16. This year, a total of $24,450 in funding was awarded to 14 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 unique opportunities for creative exploration and showcasing their work to the general 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 ARTicipate grant assists me with needed funding to promote my visual art and share it with a wider audience. This enables me to be in the studio on a consistent basis allowing me to concentrate on the artwork itself," says artist Karen Goetzinger, 2015-16 ARTicipate grant recipient.  "Art is made when inspiration meets effort. Receiving the grant means I can be focused on creating works and not worrying about the cost of marketing and exhibiting."

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

“These funds will allow Coro Vivo Ottawa to perform a large scale work such as Messiah in a high-profile performance venue in the East end of Ottawa; thereby enriching the music scene on a city-wide scale and specifically in the East end community of Orleans. These funds will also allow Coro Vivo Ottawa to produce a performance which involves several large-scale elements such as orchestral players and soloists and present this performance in a venue that can accommodate a large number of Ottawa’s concert goers,” says Antonio Llaca, Music Director at Coro Vivo Ottawa.

Ottawa residents will be able to experience a variety of artistic performances and exhibits at the Shenkman Arts Centre. The 2015-16 ARTicipate Grants projects include theatre (5), music (5), dance (2) and visual art (4) as part of the Centre’s enhanced programming.


Project and Dates 

Artist/Arts Group
and Art Discipline




August 20 to September  22

Trinity Art Gallery, Salon A 

Karen Miller*


- Cover marketing expenses and framing costs



Les billes

August 27 to November  1, 2015

Richcraft Theatre 

Tara Luz Danse

- Cover the artists’ fees

- Give stability to undertake this new project


Afro Cuban Celebration

September 26, 2015

Harold Shenkman Hall 

MDA Productions

- Raise awareness of World music

- Success and recognition to the Afro Cuban culture in Ottawa



October  11, 2015
January 6, 2016
March 6, 2016
April 10, 2016
May 15, 2016]

Ottawa Citizen Dance Studio 

Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre



- Help support planning time, secure the rental of the Dance Studio and rehearsal time

- Cover the performers’ fees


Tales She Tells

October 2, 2015

Richcraft Theatre 

Susan Toman, Tess McManus, Dawn Bailey*

- Cover the artist fees and theatre rental



Handel’s Messiah

December 5, 2015

Harold Shenkman Hall 

Coro Vivo Ottawa Inc*


- Secure the rental of the Harold Shenkman Hall

- Enrich the music scene in Ottawa, specifically in Orléans


Ainsi Soient-elles

November 18 to 21, 2015

Richcraft Theatre 

Théâtre du Village Orléans inc

- Access to the Richcraft Theatre for the comfort the audience deserves


Winter 2015 and Spring 2016 choral concerts

 December 6, 2015

 April 26, 2016

Richcraft Theatre 

Cumberland Community Singers*


- Maintain affordable ticket prices for the community

- Continue to offer free tickets to those who are unable to afford tickets



December 17 to 19, 2015

Richcraft Theatre 

East End Theatre*


- Access to better set pieces, costumes and better audience enjoyment


Images of a Garden

March 3 to 29, 2016

LaLande + Doyle Exhibition Space 

Cynthia O'Brien*


- Help push to work from an installation piece to individual pieces within a larger installation


Music by Women Composers

March 4, 2016

Richcraft Theatre 

Ralitsa Tcholakova


- Cover rental and marketing fees



Vanishing Point

April 6 to 27, 2016

LaLande + Doyle Exhibition Space 

Karen Goetzinger

- Professionally frame the art pieces

- Achieve the desired level of high-quality promotion and present high-quality work


The Windows Collective at Shenkman Arts Centre

April 30, 2016

Upper Lobby area/Minto Agora 

Windows Collective*


- Secure the rental of the Upper Lobby at the SAC

- Provide the artists a professional artist fee


Husband? What Husband?

April to May 2017

Richcraft Theatre 

Tale Wagging Theatre


- Hire local artists to collaborate in a play writing workshop

- Obtain feedback and input from the artists and members of the public


* First time ARTicipate Grant Program recipients

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, a total of $370,868.80 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.

About AOE Arts Council 

AOE Arts Council has been working with Ottawa’s arts community for 28 years to build a vibrant and sustainable sector.  As a dynamic, bilingual arts service organization, 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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