Volume 10 Week 10

Sunday, Dec. 14


Updated March 2

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Orléans Ward
Bob Monette





(Posted 1:30 p.m., Dec. 24)

Embattled Visual Arts Centre merges with Ottawa School of Art
By Fred Sherwin
Orleans Online

The past 12 months have been a rocky ride for the Visual Arts Centre Orléans. Plagued with organizational problems, dwindling enrollment and a feud with the City of Ottawa over their potential relocation to the Shenkman Arts Centre, the centre was closed temporarily last May.

After a five-month hiatus it was reopened in September with a new artistic director at the helm. Behind the scenes, however, the board of directors was still struggling with funding issues. But rather than risk closing the centre down after serving the local arts community for the past 12 years, they decided to approach the Ottawa School of Art about a possible merger.

The result was a match made in heaven and on Jan. 1 the Visual Arts Centre Orléans became the Ottawa School of Arts, Orléans Campus.

For the time being, the OAS will offer a limited number of painting and woodcarving courses out of the existing space on the main floor of the Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex on Youville Drive.

They will also offer several youth oriented courses during the March Break. For course listings visit www.artottawa.ca or drop by the Orleans Campus between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. from Monday to Friday.

The Ottawa School of Art is expecting to offer a full slate of courses and workshops, innovative gallery exhibitions, more accessible hours, and community outreach programs when the Orléans Campus moves into the Shenkman Arts Centre in May.

The Ottawa School of Art also has a bursary program that is open to anyone wishing to enroll in one of the school’s visual art courses.

Children, youth, adults and seniors, with or without any prior visual arts experience or education, but who demonstrate a genuine interest and require financial assistance are eligible to apply.

The goal is to help students to continue their studies, or to explore their interests in the visual arts. The value of individual bursary will depend on the level of financial assistance required and on the availability of funds.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)



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