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December 2013

The last night's Meet & Greet with Penelope Kokkinos on the City of Ottawa's services and facilities for visual artists was great. Lots of interesting and useful information!

On Thursday December 12th the CNCAC Meet & Greet presents Jaime Koebel. As an Indigenous Arts Activist, Jaime Koebel has a passion to educate on social, political, cultural and historical issues through Indigenous art. From February - November 2013, Jaime served as the Sakahàn Educator at the National Gallery of Canada for the ground-breaking exhibition: "Sakahàn - International Indigenous Art." It is from this exhibition and her own personal experiences that Jaime will present on.  In 2001-2002, Jaime was an international representative for the World Conference Against Racism to the Department of Canadian Heritage and to the Minister of State responsible for Multiculturalism & the Status of Women. In 2010, Jaime accompanied former Governor General of Canada on a state to Mexico, Guatemala & Costa Rica to exchange information with sectors including Indigenous women, youth and artists. See Jaime's website. Please confirm your attendance at
Have a good end of 2013!

The CNCAC team

Betty Mukarumanzi, student at EcoEquitable


1.    When did you start sewing?
I began in Rwanda when I got a job at a factory, they taught me how to do straight sewing and buttonholes. In 1994, the war began and everything stopped. In 1996, I was able to go back to the factory, and I worked there until 2000, when I left to Uganda, where I lived until 2004. It was hard to find a job because my husband and I had no connections, and we had 10 kids. So we bought a sewing machine, he sewed and I sold the clothes at the market. This paid for our food and rent.
In 2008, we moved to Canada. Here a friend told me about EcoEquitable, but when I tried to register for sewing lessons it was full. So I had to wait a little. In the first class, we made a pin cushion, which I thought it was not serious enough. Then we made bags for YMCA and that was great.Then we learned how to make a pattern for a skirt with a zipper! We also learned how to make winter pants, bags and wallets. I enjoyed more challenging projects. I like it a lot here, teachers are very generous and good, they teach you everything,  and they bring samples to show you.
The YMCA came and gave workshops on how to start a business, and that was great. My husband and I decided to start a business in Canada. My daughter bought fabrics in Africa for me that you cannot find here. She bought “betenge” and “baze” for typical African outfits, and we bought an embroidery machine. We are building slowly, little by little. We want to have a couple of helpers and maybe some students.
Now that the kids are bigger, life is not so hard. They range in age from 14 to 23 years old and are studying and working. Four of them are mine and six are adopted. We adopted five children because their parents died and one was a child of a neighbor back home. They all love each other and they all call me mom. The good thing is that God gave me a very special husband because he is not their father. He says God told him to help me and my children. He is a pastor and he has a big heart.
2.    Tell us three things Canada has given you
The first is peace. I am free, I don’t feel fear of getting killed, insulted, or hurt. Here I can work and travel. The second thing is that in Canada I have rights. If something happens to me, I know where to go to get help. Women are respected here and this is something my husband preaches in church. The third this is my development. In Canada I am learning new skills to start a new business.
3.    Tell us three things you have given Canada
The first is love. I love Canada and the people of Canada. I love giving to people and that is why I work at the Unitarian House.  I have also given Canada my strength because I like to work without having someone pushing me. I like to take care of things. I like to do things because actions talk more than words. And I have given my ten children to Canada. They were well bred and they belong here now. And because we are sponsoring my sister, I will give my sister to Canada too. Website of EcoEquitable
Art and Culture

Pottery Sale and Baz'ART Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, 11am to 5pm with work of 25 professional and student potters. Gloucester Pottery School studio at the Shenkman Arts Centre

Ottawa Vision, Ottawa-inspired landscapes by Elbagir Osman at Trinity Art Gallery of The Shenkman Arts Centre. Opening reception on Dec. 1. Meet the artist on Dec. 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Open until Jan. 7 website

Figureworks 2013 Award Show, In its fourth annual juried award show celebrating visual art of the human form. Nov. 19 to Dec. 1, 2013 at Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts, 310 St. Patrick Street, Ottawa website


28th European Union Film Festival, Nov 14 to Dec. 1, 2013 at 7:00pm at the Library and Archives Auditorium, 395 Wellington St. website


Skins & Scales: Sakihitowask ᐊᒐᐦᑯᐢ Love Medicine. A small collection of ink on drums and fish scale artwork by Metis Artist Jaime Koebel. The exhibition will feature a talk by the artist on Sakihitan ᐊᒐᐦᑯᐢ or Love Medicine and the use of plants, elk symbology and love healers in her artwork. Opening Dec. 5 at Venus Envy, 320 Lisgar Street, Ottawa website

Limited Editions: Fundraiser for Gallery 101 on Dec. 7,  from 7:00 pm to 11:59 pm at Enriched Bread Artists Studios, 951 Gladstone, Ottawa, ON Price: $10 website
Library Friends Mini-Mammoth Used Book Sale, used book sale to raise money for the Ottawa Public Library. 1 to10 books for $1,  on Dec. 7, from 10:00 am until 2:00pm at James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre, 100 Tallwood Dr. website

Tall As The Baobab Tree, new film from Senegal is a drama about two sisters and the problems they face when one of them is sold into an arranged marriage at age 11. Sponsored by the Embassy of the Kingdom Of The Netherlands to celebrate International Human Rights Day. Free screening. Dec. 10 at 6:45 pm By Towne Cinema, 325 Rideau St. website

Show for Sale at Centre d’exposition L’Imagier, Aylmer Quebec. Dec. 7 to 21. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 1 to 5 pm, free entrance website

Studio Space for Rent, Platform Gallery and Studios Platform Gallery and Studios has one space available (18 feet by 12 ft) for rent immediately. Annual lease is required. Can be rented by one person or shared. The address is 51B Young Street, Ottawa, in Little Italy, off Preston and Beech email  or call (613) 513-4608
Art instruction books for sale
Books on drawing, oil painting, and photography. 60% off the cover price kijiji

GREAT BIG smalls IX at Cube Gallery, Nov. 26 to Dec. 29 website

Learning Opportunities

Terrarium Workshop Hosted at Artengine, 3 time slots on Saturday Nov. 30th

, Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave

  • workshop # 1 - introduction terrarium building at 10am-12pm
  • workshop # 2 - introduction terrarium building at 1pm-3pm
  • workshop # 3 - terrarium ornaments workshop at 4pm-6pm

'hack ur baubles' Arduino workshop - Hosted at ArtengineTime of year to hack ur holidays!
 One-day workshop on hacking/re-making Christmas ornaments and lights into customizable sequences. 

The board is light and sound sensor enabled, as well as projects can be set-up to be controlled with a TV remote. Dec 8th, 10am-4pm Artengine Lab, Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave.
 $40 covers materials. Beginners and curious welcome register

Christmas Craft Make & Take Workshop, make your own holiday decorations and gifts: at least one completed project. Only 6 to 8 participants. Dec. 7, 2013 at 10:30pm until 12:30pm, $25 at 150 MacLaren Street website and email

Digital Painting Workshop, a world of unlimited possibilities for photographers, illustrators, traditional artists and Photoshop users. Two-day workshop offered Claudia Salguero on Dec 7 and 8 at the artist's Studio and Gallery. Learn about the unlimited artistic possibilities of Corel Painter 12 and X3 with a "Corel Painter Master". Combine traditional artistic techniques and digital tools. Transform photographs into paintings by adding your personal touch while exploring techniques. $550 bring a friend and get 10% discount for this workshop website or email

Laser Cutting Workshop at Artengine on Dec. 12 with Britta Evans-Fenton at Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave. Register 1 week before the workshop begins.

23rd MASC Young Authors & Illustrators Conference on 
April 15, 16, 17, 2014 - Canada Aviation and Space Museum, $49 per student. Registration deadline  Jan. 3. Application forms and artists’ bios available at our website

Grants & Work Opportunities

Call to Artists: Phillipines Forward, a fundraising event in support of victims of Typhoon Haiyan, is seeking art donations. All proceeds will go to UNICEF Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Relief Fund. The event will take place Dec. 4, 5-10 p.m. Shenkman Arts Centre, Orléans website, Facebook, or contact

Call for Submissions: Trinity Square Video (Toronto) in its second annual juried event Video Fever. Deadline Dec. 9. Call for full-time undergraduate students at a Toronto and surrounding area. Screening will take place downtown Toronto at the Trinity Square Video Gallery space on Jan. 11, 2013. Send your questions, submissions and transfers by email to John G. Hampton at  or call (416) 593-1332

Call to Artists, The City of Ottawa Public Art Program presents a public art opportunity. Invitation for artists to submit proposals to develop, design and install two‑dimensional art in the lobby of the OC Transpo Administration building, located at 1500 St. Laurent Boulevard. Total budget: $19,000 plus HST and includes all costs to design, fabricate and install the project. An information meeting will be held at 1500 St. Laurent Boulevard, the OC Transpo Administration building, on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. to provide potential applicants with the particulars of the site and the project. Deadline Jan. 13, at 4.00 p.m. info

Job Opportunity: Ottawa Art Gallery is looking for a part-time Development & Communications Assistant. Duration: 20 Hours/week, 7 months contract
Rate of pay: $14/hour
Start Date: January 6, 2014
End Date: June 27, 2014. Deadline Dec. 9 at 4pm email, website

Job Opportunity: Gallery 44 (Toronto) is looking for a part-time Head of Membership and Facilities. Submit a resume and cover letter outlining your interest in the position and your relevant background (including 3 references) as word or PDF attachment to email Deadline Dec. 5. Start date: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 website

Job Opportunity, Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto) is looking for a full time Associate Curator, Modern Art. Reports to: Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art. Position posted until the vacancy has been filled apply

Job Opportunity, Le Centre culturel francophone de Vancouver is looking for a consultant for grant writing proposals. The organization is a non-profit society offering professional live arts programs (in music and comedy) in French of the Metro Vancouver Area. The consultant may reside anywhere in Canada.  First project in Dec. 2013. Send your resume via email at Mr. Pierre Rivard, Executive and Artistic Director. Deadline Dec. 3 website

Job Opportunity, Canada Council for the Arts (Ottawa) is looking for a Director & Chief Executive Officer. Salary Scale : $210,600 to $247,700 for Reference Material,  information or website To explore this opportunity further, call Eric Lathrop or Andrew Dumont  email or call (613) 749-9909
Job Opportunity, Moss and Lam Art Studio (Toronto) is looking for an Administrative and Design Assistant Deadline Nov. 30. Submit resume and portfolio by email 

Michaëlle Jean Foundation, Young Arts Entrepreneur. With the support of major Canadian banks, and partnered  with the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) to promote arts-based entrepreneurship in underprivileged communities across the country.  $7,500 in start-up funds will be allocated over 2 years to promising emerging artists, aged 18-30, who have completed an arts-based technical program through a youth organization. Mentors, working one-on-one with the young people, will focus on financial literacy, business proficiency and arts websiteapply


Tools for Success as a Visual Artist CARFAC link

Best Practices for Canadian Visual Artists CARFAC link

Canada Council for the Arts Executive Report, the Inter Arts-Office IAO which cover diverse, aboriginal, deaf and disability, and younger artists pdf