Identifying Needs within Ottawa’s Cultural Sector

Friday, September 15, 2017

On Friday the Ottawa Arts Council welcomed members from the arts, culture, heritage and festival sectors to announce the findings from a one-year research initiative called the Cultural Sustainability Project. The project focused on challenges cultural organizations faced, and aimed to explore ways to deliver support through resource sharing. Ottawa-Vanier MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers was on hand to congratulate the Council on their research and talk about the importance of collaboration.

“I am thrilled to see that the Cultural Sustainability Project has had such a successful launch thanks to its collaborative approach to resource sharing with similar organizations across Canada,” said Nathalie Des Rosiers, MPP for Ottawa-Vanier. “Only good things can come from working together to promote our arts and heritage.”

A large component of the Cultural Sustainability Project was learning about shared resource models in other communities. “Meeting with counterparts in other communities across Canada to learn about successful models was a very valuable part of this process,” said Peter Honeywell, Executive Director, Ottawa Arts Council. “In addition to building on their knowledge and experience, the Council is developing relationships with other cultural organizations in other communities.”

The report is available online.

The Ottawa Arts Council works closely with the local arts community to develop talent and grow opportunities. We connect artists and arts organizations to what they need in order to be healthy and thrive, and engage the general public in discussions around supporting and building a stronger arts and culture sector.

The Cultural Sustainability Project was generously supported by grants from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Ottawa Community Foundation.

The Ottawa Community Foundation is a public, non-profit organization created by and for the people of Ottawa. Working directly with donors, partners and stakeholders, the Foundation is committed to acting as a catalyst for positive, systemic and sustainable change in Ottawa and beyond. The Foundation currently manages assets worth almost $130M, and has provided over $100M in grants to the community since its inception. Visit

An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.

For more information, please contact:

Sharon Diamond
Development Officer
Ottawa Arts Council