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February News

The CNCAC has invited Audrey Churgin, the Executive Director of MASC, to give a presentation on MASC’s programs on Thursday 21 February at 6 p.m. The presentation will be held at the OCISO Boardroom at 945 Wellington Street West. This presentation will be of special interest to those of you who work in dance, drama, the literary arts, music, and visual and media arts. 


MASC, which is the acronym for Multicultural Arts for Schools and Communities, works with artists to present professional artists’ creative programs in educational settings. Their commitment is to provide schools and communities with experiences of artistic excellence and the creative process that awaken creativity, deepen awareness, encourage understanding, and give a vivid demonstration of Canada’s cultural diversity.


The MASC program includes Artists’ workshops and performances, Artist-in-Residence projects, ArtsSmarts residencies, professional development for teachers and artists, and student conferences and events.  More information on MASC


March Meet & Greet: Ontario Arts Council, Access Program


Bushra Junaid, the Outreach and Development Manager with the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), will be in Ottawa to give a general information session on the OAC’s programs as well as specific information on the OAC’s Access and Career Development Program, which supports the skills and career development needs of Aboriginal artists and artists of colour.


Please join us on Thursday 21 March 2013 from 6-8 p.m. at the OCISO Boardroom at 945 Wellington Street West in Ottawa to meet with Bushra. More information on Ontario Arts Council and Access Program



CNCAC Curator and Artist
Julia Yakobi

1.Describe your work as a curator in Canada.

I have been working internationally as an independent art curator and art exhibition organizer for over 25 years, and in Canada for the past six years. One of my recently curated art projects was an exhibition entitled “Crossing Borders: Canadian Art with an International Flavour,” which was supported by the CNCAC, OSISO and the City of Ottawa. I would like to use this opportunity to thank the CNCAC and Julie Hodgson, in particular, for their great support.  I have greatly enjoyed working with all the participating artists, the CNCAC team and especially with JP Melville and Silvia Alfaro. 

Currently, our team at the Canadian Art Concepts Corporation is working on a Canadian international art project representing Canadian artists in Russia. The project is entitled, “Northern Nature Compilations: Contemporary Canadian Art in Moscow.” This art exhibition will be organized in Moscow in the Central House of Artists in June 2013. More details can be found on the website.

2.What has been rewarding and difficult in your professional work in Canada?

Working in the Canadian art field has great potential for both personal and professional growth. The tremendous variety of cultures creates a unique artistic environment and an endless number of possible art exhibition ideas. At the same time, I would like to stress that a newly immigrated art professional to Canada usually experiences a lack of professional support from his/her counterparts. The so-called “lack of Canadian experience” creates a vacuum, which confuses most of the newly arrived art professionals and prevents them from finding a job in their field of specialization.   

There is an increasing need for professional art organizations in Canada, which should focus solely on helping new Canadians use their vast professional experience towards local art development. There is no limit in artistic development out there, and the experience that new Canadians bring with them has to be used effectively.  The fluency in both official languages is compulsory in most art-related organizations. I find this requirement unrelated, since the fine art field is not correlated with any specific language at all. Art is universal and it doesn’t need any language to help understand it. At the same time, most of the new Canadian art specialists can communicate in English but not all of them are fluent in French. There should be an opportunity to choose one of the official languages as a working language and to receive further training in the second one. 


3. What is the best way to train for curatorial work in Canada?

Apart from professional training, the best way to become a good art curator is practice. A sincere interest and passion to explore and to discover are also essential.

Art and Culture

Blue Box by Carmen Aguirre, Great Canadian Theatre Company, until Feb. 3 info 

Stephen HutchingFury, Portraits of turbulent skies, at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Artist's Talk Feb. 7 at 5:30 info


Caridad Cruz, Cuban singer at Le Brasseur du Temps, Feb. 18 info

Anna Frlan at Ottawa School of Art Gallery, Downtown Campus. She transforms industrial steel into organic form. Artist talk Feb. 20 info

Soup for Thought, a fundraiser campaign at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, Almonte, Mar. 2 link


Wakefield International Film Festival from Feb. 10 to Mar. 24 at The Great Hall, Wakefield La Peche Community Centre. Tickets $10, passes $60 info


Jennifer Stead is the winner of the public art competition for the Churchill Avenue Rehabilitation Project. info

March Break Art Camps for children:

Ottawa School of Art (Orleans campus) link Downtown campus link

City of Ottawa March Break Camps pdf


Ontario Government released a new Live Music Strategy, with the Provincial Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership press release

Ontario Arts Council commissioned a new report on The Significant Impact of Arts and Culture on Ontario Tourism link

The Cultural Human Resources Council publishes booklets with all sorts of HR tools link

Learning Opportunities

Managing Your Data: Making it Work for You. Organized by CPAMO, Young Associates will provide an overview of good database management practices for the arts and cultural sector. It will cover goal setting, policies and procedures, and tips and tricks, and is geared to those working in both a spreadsheet or relational database environment. It will be followed by a 1 hour peer exchange. Feb. 21 2:00 to 5:00 register

First Peoples' Artists' Forum, Feb. 22 to Feb. 24 email

SAW Video workshops: $120 members, $150 non-members email

  1. Introduction to Video Production Feb. 9 & 10, 12:00 to 5:00 pm 
  2. HDSLR Camera Clinic Feb. 12 & 13, 6:00 to 9:00 pm
  3. Final Cut Pro X Feb. 23 & 24 12:00 to 5:00 pm

MASC Young Authors and Illustrators Conference, April 16, 17, 18. Designed for children from 4 to 8 years old, at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. Deadline for applications Feb. 11 apply, email, website

Oriental Brush Painting with Lilith Ohan Feb. 3 from 12 to 5:30 p.m. info, email or call (613)521-0041

Introduction to Digital Art for adults, Ottawa School of Art, Downtown campus. Sundays Feb. 3 to Mar. 24 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. register or call (613)241-7471

Grants & Jobs

Ontario Arts Council Granting Programs deadlines pdf

City of Ottawa Cultural Funding Programs deadlines link

Canada Council for the Arts Grants deadlines link

Ontario Arts Council, Toronto, is looking for a Visual Arts Officer. Deadline Feb.1 call Nina Small at (1800)387-0058 ext 7426, or (416)969-7426  website, applicationemail

Service Canada, Ottawa, is looking for a Technical Director, full time position. Work on motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts info

SAW Gallery is looking for an Interim Director. Deadline Feb. 8 email

Workman Arts Centre, Toronto, is looking for a Managing Director, Deadline Feb. 8 websiteemail

Burlington Art Centre is looking for a Director of Programs, Deadline Feb. 10 websiteemail

The Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa is looking for an Executive Director. Deadline Feb. 15 descriptionemail

Call for Visual Artists for TheShow.13. A biennial summer exhibition at Cambridge ON.  Looking for emerging Ontario artists. Jul. 6 to Aug. 25. Deadline for submissions Feb. 15 email

Call for Submissions for Elora Sculpture Project: Art Downtown and In your Face. Art for public display at Elora, Ontario, between May 1 and Oct 31. Deadline Feb. 15 application, info

City of Ottawa Public Art Program invites artists to submit proposals to develop, design, and implement a public art commission for the West District Library project. Deadline Feb. 18 infowebsiteemail or call (613)244-3745

Call for Members for The Foyer Gallery. The Gallery operates as an artist-run cooperative gallery and it is run by its artist members. Deadline Feb. 18 application

Home Country Folk League is looking for a new Artistic Director for the Home Country Music and the Art Festival that takes place in July. Deadline Feb. 19 emailwebsite

Ross Video is looking for a Freelance Demonstration Artist and Trainer websiteemail

Enriched Bread Artists studio applications for emerging, mid career, and established visual artists. Deadline Mar. 4 info

Call for Artists, Under New Management is seeking video work for a project at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC) in Dawson City, Yukon contactinfo

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