The Ottawa Arts Council works independently and in collaboration with partners to produce educational opportunities. Workshops range from presentations by an expert panel or an individual who responds to identified current issues, legislative changes, needed skills development or information sharing.

We welcome your ideas for future topics.

Upcoming Workshops

Advocacy Training for the Arts

Wed, Apr 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

This hands-on advocacy training is designed to develop a community of advocates for the National Capital Region’s cultural sector. This program will provide participants with the information and tools to connect individual and organizational needs with collective advocacy. The training will develop confidence and messaging so that a network of advocates can use their greatest asset - their voice -  to drive the cultural sector forward.  ... Read More >

Respectful Workplaces

Wed, Feb 5, 2020 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Proudly co-presented by and Ottawa Arts Council and Arts Network Ottawa, in partnership with CHRC:

CHRC's Respectful Workplaces in the Arts is a national campaign to build a sector-wide culture of fairness, dignity and respect. Let’s work together to shape safe and healthy work environments, free from all forms... Read More >

Strategic Planning: A Seamless Transition from Development to Delivery/Execution

Thu, Dec 12, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Does your organization have a great strategy that isn’t easy to implement?
Are you finding it difficult moving to the execution stage of your plan?
Do you spend more time developing rather than delivering your strategic plan? 

 Join us for a one-day intensive session covering the foundations of strategic planning. In this session you will be able to:

How To Instagram The Right Way

Thu, Sep 26, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join social media guru and Managing Partner of Klektiv23 (@klektiv23) Eyob Tzu as he navigates maximizing your Instagram presence to build your visual voice and brand.

This workshop will focus on:

  • Practical tools on organizing your Instagram feed
  • HOW and WHO to connect with on Instagram
  • Instagram trends in 2019
  • Tips and tricks of managing your... Read More >

From Business Plan to Business Success

Thu, Sep 5, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Being an artist isn’t just about producing art; it’s also about finding ways to share it with the world while being able to support yourself. This session will give you tips and tricks on how to build a successful business plan.

Join us to learn about:

  • What a business plan is and why you need one to succeed
  • What to include in your business plan
  • How to identify and reach your target markets
  • How... Read More >

Emerging Artist Awards Information Session

Tue, Jan 22, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Are you an artist in the early stages of your career? Curious about what funding opportunities exist in Ottawa that support your work? Join us on Tuesday, January 22 to learn more about the Ottawa Arts Council’s Awards program. 

We will be sharing information on the career-oriented RBC Emerging Artist Award, and project-based... Read More >

Fundamentals of Fundraising series

Tue, Oct 2, 2018 - 1:00pm to Tue, Nov 27, 2018 - 4:00pm

October 2 to November 27, 2018
(8 weekly sessions)

Join us for the Fundamentals of Fundraising Certificate program, which will equip you with tangible tools to elevate your organization’s fundraising!

This series is designed for arts organizations, though is open to all arts professionals.

Through weekly online group-based learning and networking, participants will master skills in sponsorship, grant writing,... Read More >

Taxes and the Independent Artist

Wed, Feb 28, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

As an independent artist, does tax season make you nervous?

Do you have concerns around how to file your taxes and list all your different sources of income?

Are you unsure how to claim HST?

Join GGFL Chartered Accountants for an informative evening on best practices of taxation as an artist.

Open to all independent artists, though content will be targeted toward... Read More >

Now That You’ve Got Them, How Do You Keep Them?

Wed, Apr 19, 2017 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

You have done the work and built your audience, now what? How do you not only keep them engaged, but also get them more engaged? How do you get them to talk about your work and attract other people? This session will explore the concept of stewardship – how you continue to build your relationships with supporters and leverage these existing relationships to continue to grow your audience.

Session facilitators:

Mena... Read More >

Measuring Impact

Wed, Mar 8, 2017 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

You know your value and you have starting executing your strategies, but how do you know they are working? This session will show you how to measure results and assess impact - what tools do you need to effectively measure success and how do you use that information to take your strategy to the next level.

Session facilitator:

  • Mena Gainpaulsingh
  • Toni van Eeden


Mena is a... Read More >

Strategizing Your Success

Wed, Feb 1, 2017 - 4:00pm to Wed, Mar 1, 2017 - 7:00pm

Now that you know your value, how do you apply it to developing your supporter-bases? Through this session we will learn how to prioritize selecting key audience and revenue development strategies, and how to match your goals with your available resources.

Session facilitator: Mena Gainpaulsingh

Mena is a fundraising professional and consultant specializing in fundraising strategy, individual giving, capital campaigns, grant... Read More >

Setting the Foundation – Identifying You and Your Value

Wed, Jan 18, 2017 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Your audience is out there; they just don’t know it yet! Through this session we will help you develop a mindset so you can find your audience anywhere and everywhere. This session will start by answering these three important questions:

  1. Who are you/what is your brand?
  2. Who is your audience?
  3. What value do you bring to them and they bring to you?

By answering these questions and determining your... Read More >

Financial Planning for Individuals in the Arts

Wed, Dec 14, 2016 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Workshop Description

This workshop will help you plan your future finances, with an overview of the Canada Pension Plan, old age security, and other retirement income sources. The facilitator will also cover other investment strategies.


John Law, RBC Financial Advisor

Originally from London, UK, John moved to Ottawa with his wife in 2010. His background includes studying Economics and Statistic at... Read More >

Workshop Wednesdays: Finance for the Not-For-Profit Sector

Wed, Nov 9, 2016 - 4:30pm to 7:30pm

Workshop Wednesdays is a new joint initiative between the Ottawa Arts Council and AOE Arts Council to offer informative and interactive workshops to local artists and arts organizations across the Ottawa region. For the first workshop in the series, we are co-presenting 'Finance for the Not-For-Profit Sector' with... Read More >

Creative Capital Exchange

Tue, Sep 16, 2014 - 9:30pm to 11:00pm

The Creative Capital Exchange is designed to strengthen the Ottawa arts community by identifying areas where organizations face challenges, and creating innovative initiatives that address those issues. Through a series of dialogues, round table conversations, and interactive workshops, participants will examine common areas where cultural groups need development and will brainstorm ways to resolve those areas.

This project will focus... Read More >