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CCE – Buzz brainstorming session

Oct 16, 2014

What the heck would a session called "Keeping the Online Buzz Alive" at Arts Court have to offer me or how could I contribute? Whatever it was, it was enough to get me there to meet with a diverse group of folks who use social media to promote arts activities in the region.


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Ottawa Municipal Election 2014

A Vote for the Arts : Ottawa Election 2014

Oct 7, 2014

In an effort to determine cultural priorities, Ottawa Arts Council and AOE Arts Council asked each of the Mayoral candidates some questions. Both Arts Council’s encourage all members of the arts and culture community to attend the all-candidate debates to ask the same questions we did.

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The Morning After… Money & Data Matters

Oct 1, 2014

“The morning after” conjures up just so many possibilities!

Not only did we have FUN, but we traveled a vulnerable path together…sharing what’s important, our hopes and dreams, how confused and frustrated we get about the tough stuff, and how much we want to learn, to grow and achieve. ... Read More >

Nuit Blanche Illuminations

Sep 30, 2014

Ottawa and Gatineau were exceptionally vibrant and alive on September 20th as art lovers gathered for a celebration of art and its capacity as a looking glass on life’s multiple matters and dimensionalities.  All varieties of art were presented in the urban setting, from visual arts to theatre... Read More >

Word from the president

Sep 2, 2014

With Summer winding down and Fall just around the corner, I hope you have had a chance to take in some of the amazing festivals and art events happening throughout this vibrant city.  This is my first ‘Word from the President’ and I am thrilled to be taking on this position. I would like to... Read More >

FUNDspeak from Sharon Diamond

FundSpeak – You are Never a One-Man (or One-Woman) Shop

Sep 2, 2014

A while back I had coffee with one of Ottawa’s leading fundraisers. We chatted about our backgrounds and how we got to where we are today, and he shared some interesting and amusing anecdotes from past experiences. I was telling him about the work we are doing, from new projects I wanted to take... Read More >

New Look, Same Us

Jun 17, 2014

For the last couple of years the Council for the Arts in Ottawa has been exploring ways to brighten up our look. Our logo was feeling tired, and the website was outdated and confusing. This year, as part of our broader communication strategy, we decided we needed a fresh start. Welcome... Read More >

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FUND-Speak: Grant writing Woes

May 28, 2014

Love it or hate it, grant writing is a necessary part of the fundraising process. It is also the most nerve-wracking! While you aren’t guaranteed to be successful, here are so tips to make your application a little stronger:


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Election 2014: Late spring update

May 28, 2014

As spring slips into summer, expect municipal campaigns to be working at a quiet pace. The announcement of an Ontario provincial election on June 12, 2014, has drawn the media’s attention as the main parties unveil plans and promises. The outcome of the provincial election will create a reaction... Read More >

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FUND-Speak: Online all the Time

Feb 26, 2014

By a show of hands, how many of you have a smartphone? How many of you check your email/Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/LinkedIn account multiple times a day? How many of you feel you know exactly what everyone is doing in that moment (whether you want to or not!)? Final (and most important) question... Read More >