ARTicipate Curtain Call Campaign Launched with Matching Gift Challenge!

AOE Arts Council aims to top Fund that supports local artists

Ottawa (Ontario) – From the Harold Shenkman Hall Stage this evening, AOE Arts Council launched a final campaign to reach the ARTicipate Endowment Fund goal of $5 million in time to celebrate the Shenkman Arts Centre’s 10th anniversary in 2019.  The ARTicipate Endowment Fund supports local arts programming at the Centre.  The highlight of this Curtain Call Campaign is a matching gift incentive of up to $100,000 from the Shenkman Family Foundation.

“I am pleased by how the Shenkman Arts Centre has successfully become a home for Ottawa’s artists, both established and up and coming.  It is remarkable to see over 175,000 residents each year connect with these artists who clearly demonstrate our City ’s creativity and growth.  We are so close, within $200,000 of our $5 Million Fund goal. To that end, the Shenkman Family Foundation will match any of your donations up to $100,000. Please give generously and our goal will be met very quickly,” says Bill Shenkman, major donor to the ARTicipate Endowment Fund.

With the Curtain Call Campaign, 100% of all ARTicipate donations received by Dec 31, 2018 will be matched up to $100,000 by the Shenkman Family Foundation. The Fund was launched in 2007 with a $1 million donation from the Shenkman Family Foundation and continues to grow toward its goal, with generous support from individuals, businesses and arts groups in the community.

At this kick-off event, held Saturday April 28 at the Shenkman Arts Centre, supporters and the public were entertained by two ARTicipate grant recipients:  MDA Productions – Tropicana night of Cuban music and Windows Collective’s – Interactive independent film projections.  These are part of a special weekend of four ARTicipate projects shared with the public.  Each year, AOE Arts Council unveils a new season of ARTicipate performances and exhibits that contribute to the Centre’s programming. 

“Over these past 10 years, we have never lost sight of how incredible the ARTicipate Endowment Fund is and how much potential it holds,” says Lisa Cruickshank, AOE Arts Council President. “We are grateful for our generous donors whose gifts make this valuable Fund a reality and significantly impact the vitality of our arts sector.”

Since 2010, the Fund has awarded 130 grants totalling over $500,000 to local artists and arts groups as well as the Centre’s five Resident Arts Partners (AOE Arts Council, Ottawa School of Art - Orléans Campus, Gloucester Pottery School, Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans,

Ottawa School of Theatre). Funding to Partners supports public programming and services. Funding to arts community Project Grant recipients supports creative, rehearsal and production costs and promotional efforts.

 “The Ottawa School of Theatre (formerly Orléans Young Players) worked alongside of AOE Arts Council and the other Resident Arts Partners to advocate for both the Centre and to help build the ARTicipate Endowment Fund. OST-ETO has donated over $13,000 to the Fund, making us a Benefactor on the donor wall. We are very proud of this achievement as we believe it is important to support the ARTS in our community, says Kathi Langston, Artistic Director. As a Resident Arts Partner we are granted monies for which we apply every year. This money has helped us cover our theatre rental costs as we provide a real stage experience for all students.”

The Fund ensures that the local arts community can make regular use of the Centre’s professional and unique spaces, including the Harold-Shenkman Hall, Richcraft Theatre, Ottawa Citizen Dance Studio, Emmy and Victor Abboud Music Studio, Minto Orléans Agora, LaLande+Doyle Exhibition Space and the Trinity Art Gallery.

 “We are so close to our goal, the Fund sits currently at $4.8 million,” says Margo Hébert, Philanthropy and Community Relations Manager for AOE Arts Council. “There are easy ways to contribute, from honouring a loved one on a Harold-Shenkman Hall seat for $500, making a cash donation or using the 5% discount RONA|LOWE’S card. And we looking for a few select businesses or individuals who would like to be part of Centre in naming a space, including the Ottawa School of Art’s Orléans Gallery.”

As stewards of the Fund and a proud Resident Arts Partner of the Shenkman Arts Centre, AOE Arts Council’s Finance Committee implemented an enhanced investment strategy in 2016 with the City of Ottawa Treasury to enhance and protect the investment return of the Fund in perpetuity.

In this past year, the Fund distributed $97,004 to Ottawa’s arts community.

About the ARTicipate Endowment Fund
The ARTicipate Endowment Fund was established in 2007 by AOE Arts Council with gifts from generous businesses, individuals and the Province of Ontario to support local artistic programming at Ottawa’s Shenkman Arts Centre.  Interest earned from this endowment is distributed annually in the form of grants to the Centre’s Resident Arts Partners as well as through Project Grants to other artists and groups programming in professional spaces in the Centre.

AOE Arts Council stewards the granting program and encourages individuals and businesses to donate to the fund which is a legacy project for the Shenkman Arts Centre. 

The deadline for 2018-19 Season Project Grant applications is May 31, 2018.

About AOE Arts Council 

AOE Arts Council believes that the Arts help build strong communities. For 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 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. AOE Arts Council is a non-profit, registered charitable organization 12177 7023 RR0001.

AOE Arts Council 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.


For naming opportunities, to make a donation, seat plaque sales:

Margo Hébert
Philanthropy and Community Relations Manager

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