ARTicipate Endowment Fund

Supporting Ottawa artists and performers at the Shenkman Arts Centre

The ARTicipate Endowment Fund provides annual grants to Ottawa region artists and arts organizations to create and showcase quality work at the beautiful Shenkman Arts Centre in Ottawa’s east end. The fund also supports programming by the Centre’s Resident Arts Partners: Arts Network Ottawa, Gloucester Pottery School, MIFO, Ottawa School of Art and Ottawa School of Theatre.

Each season, Ottawa residents can experience a variety of artistic performances and exhibits thanks to this Fund. ARTicipate Grant projects offer spectators dance, music, theatre, visual and media arts.

The ARTicipate Endowment Fund was created in 2007 by Arts Network Ottawa with the generous support of donors and the Province of Ontario. Since inception, $500,000 in interest revenue has been disbursed through 130 grants to local artists and arts organizations.

The ARTicipate Endowment Fund is stewarded by Arts Network Ottawa, a registered charity, and the funds are securely invested jointly with the City of Ottawa Treasury.

Recipients can use this funding toward their rehearsal and production costs, to enhance their creative team, to create original work or to support promotional efforts.

Ways to support your local arts community:

  • Purchase a seat in the Harold Shenkman Hall and receive permanent recognition for you, a loved one or a business
  • There are very limited spaces in the Shenkman Arts Centre available for naming
  • Donate today and your gift can be matched but only for a limited time

Donate to the Fund
Apply for a ARTicipate Grant
See the virtual donor wall of committed donors over the years

For more information go to:

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“With an ARTicipate grant, I had my very first solo exhibition – a milestone that has been decades in the making. I used the funds to prepare and frame paintings and photographs for formal exhibition, and print special postcards to advertise the show,” says Chinh Nguyen, visual and media arts artist and 2016-17 ARTicipate Grant recipient.

Below: Autumn Beauty, Chinh Nguyen, visual and media arts artist and 2016-17 ARTicipate Grant recipient.

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