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Where Art Comes to Life!


ABOUT THE Shenkman Arts Centre The Shenkman Arts Centre, which opened on June 18, 2009, is Ottawa’s only multidisciplinary arts facility offering services and programs in both English and French. The Centre, which is located in Ottawa East, is a creative hub where artists and audiences meet to create and explore the arts. The Centre provides much-needed space for performing arts presentations and visual art exhibitions, as well as specialized spaces for hands-on instruction in the visual, performing, literary and media arts along with unique spaces for receptions and special events, all in pursuit of creative excellence. Operated by the City of Ottawa, the Centre offers a diversity of programs and activities that bring art to life in the Shenkman Arts Centre, a variety attributed to a unique collaboration with the Centre’s Resident Arts Partners: AOE Arts Council, Gloucester Pottery School, MIFO (Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans), Ottawa School of Art–Orléans Campus and OYP Theatre School. The Centre also houses the Ottawa-Gatineau Film and Television Development Corporation, Tara Luz Danse, Orléans Festival, and ARTicipate, a one-of-a-kind endowment fund that supports innovative programming at the Centre.

Gloucester L’école de poterie de Gloucester


On Stage

“…the best acoustic space in the national capital region” – Richard Todd, Ottawa Citizen

The Shenkman Arts Centre boasts two state-of-the-art performance halls equipped with cutting edge sound and lighting equipment: Harold Shenkman Hall can accommodate 500 patrons, while Richcraft Theatre is a 150-seat black box studio. These two presentation venues are managed by Ottawa Theatres’ professional production team and supported by volunteers. The Centre also offers music and dance rehearsal spaces. Programs are delivered by community and commercial presenters from all artistic disciplines and complemented by professional presenters such as Front+Centre and MIFO. High school students can see most shows for only $5!


Instruction Over 300 courses, camps and workshops for all ages and skill levels in a variety of disciplines, available in both English and French. Offered by the City of Ottawa and the Resident Arts Partners, courses are taught by professional artist instructors in specialized studios within a relaxed, fun environment. Register for courses online, by phone 613-580-ARTS (2787) or in person at Guest Services.


GALLERIES The Centre boasts six exhibition spaces for showcasing art in a variety of visual media. The Trinity Art Gallery, managed by the City of Ottawa, is a community gallery with an annual call to local artists. Other exhibition spaces include Promenade Arteast, Gloucester Pottery School – Dust Evans Gallery, Ottawa School of Art – Orléans Campus Gallery, AOE Gallery and the Lower Lobby exhibition space. The Centre also features two permanent works of public art: Adrian Göllner’s Stand and Maskull Lasserre’s Resonance. Drop by for a visit or attend a vernissage where you can meet the artist.


Rentals The Shenkman Arts Centre’s exquisite surroundings, including art galleries, permanent art installations and striking architectural features, have made it a favourite location for filmmaking, rehearsals, meetings, conferences and special events.

613-580-2424 ext. 15930 I www.shenkmanarts.ca


City of Ottawa The Shenkman Arts Centre is managed by the City of Ottawa, which operates the theatres and handles room rentals, promotion, guest services, the volunteer company and the collaborative relationship with the Resident Arts Partners. The City provides programming, which complements that of the Resident Arts Partners and includes courses such as dance, music, new media and literary arts, exhibits within the Trinity Art Gallery, and the curatorial and membership program, Front + Centre.

613-580-ARTS (2787) I www.shenkmanarts.ca


AOE Arts Council Dynamic community based organization that supports, promotes and develops the arts in Ottawa. AOE offers workshops, networking activities, gallery space and annual juried art shows, ARTnews magazine and e-news bulletins, as well as meeting room rentals.

613-580-2767 I www.artsoe.ca


Ottawa School of Art – Orléans Campus

Leading centre for visual arts education and creative expression in the Ottawa region. The Orléans Campus offers a full range of art courses and camps for adults, teens and children in drawing, painting, photography, animation and cartooning, sculpture and printmaking, all in specialized art studios.

613-580-2765 I www.artottawa.ca


Gloucester L’Êcole de poterie de Gloucester

Gloucester Pottery School Bright, open studios feature quality instruction in wheel and handbuilding for children, teens and adults at all levels.

613-580-2763 I www.gloucesterpotteryschool.com


OYP Theatre School

OYP Theatre School’s KTL Group Performance Studio is perfect for small performance pieces. Equipped with lights and sound system, the studio can accommodate up to 40 audience members.

Offers accessible instruction in theatre by professionals who encourage students to explore story, voice and movement and develop skills in costume, set and lighting design. The courses culminate in a production in one the Centre’s state-of-the-art theatres.

613 580-2764 I www.oypts.ca


MIFO (Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans) As the principal presenter of Francophone shows at the Shenkman Arts Centre, MIFO offers close to 30 shows per year in various disciplines including music, comedy, dance, theatre, films, conferences and youth programming.

613-580-2766 I www.mifo.ca


Front + Centre The City of Ottawa’s professional presenting program in both the Shenkman Arts Centre and Centrepointe Theatres, offers dynamic performances in various genres including music, comedy, theatre and dance. Membership ensures you get the best seats at the best price.

613-580-2700 I www.frontandcentreottawa.ca


Resident Companies Ottawa-Gatineau Film and Television Development Corporation Offering film expertise, both technical and logistical, OGFT ensures the complete success of film production in our region and promotes and encourages the film industry in Ottawa and Gatineau.

613-580-2745 I www.ogft.com

Tara Luz Danse Contemporary dance company devoted to the creation, production and presentation of the choreographic work of Artistic Director Anik Bouvrette. The company is also committed to artistic projects in local schools and the community, as well as presenting the work of other contemporary dance artists.

613-580-2424 ext. 27227


Create an artistic legacy! The ARTicipate Endowment Fund is dedicated to supporting and developing high quality artistic activities at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Each year, the fund’s investment revenue is given out in grants to local artists and arts organizations in support of their work at the Centre. You can make a donation to the Fund by contacting ARTicipate staff.

613-580-2767 I www.articipate.ca

The Centre is named in honour of the Shenkman Family Foundation, the lead donor of the ARTicipate Endowment Fund.


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