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The Government of Canada provides funding in support of the Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion and the Arts Court Redevelopment Project
February, 17, 2017 – Ottawa – This morning the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced that the City of Ottawa is receiving $5,250,000 to fund the expansion of the Ottawa Art Gallery and the redevelopment of the Arts Court building. She also announced that the Ottawa Art Gallery is receiving an additional $1,300,000 for specialized equipment to outfit their new space.
This funding will help the City of Ottawa continue to house 26 not-for-profit arts organizations and to display the Ottawa Art Gallery’s vast collection for local residents and visitors alike.
This funding has been made possible thanks to the unprecedented investment of nearly $170,000,000 for cultural spaces over two years in the 2016 Budget. These investments will help strengthen the middle class with new jobs, provide opportunities for families to access the arts in their own communities, and create spaces for artists and artisans to perfect their craft and ensure that Canada’s unique perspective is shared with the world
“Arts Court is a great example of an institution that allows the arts to grow in our communities by creating a home for local talent. I am proud that our government can help support their great work. Investing in Canada’s cultural sector helps create jobs for the middle class and grow our economy.”
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
“I am pleased to see the Government of Canada invest generously in the new Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment project, and in our local arts sector. A vibrant and thriving arts and culture scene stimulates our city’s economic growth, and makes Ottawa an attractive destination for tourism, business and talented professionals.”
—Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa
“Ottawa is replete with amazing national cultural institutions, and it also has a thriving and growing regional arts scene. So it is wonderful to see the Government of Canada recognize this and support the Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment project!”
—Alexandra Badzak, Director and CEO of the Ottawa Art Gallery
- The Ottawa Art Gallery and Arts Court are located at the historic site of the 1870 Carleton County Courthouse in downtown Ottawa.
- $5.25 million of the announced funding will support the construction of a new and expanded space for the Ottawa Art Gallery and the renovation of the existing Arts Court facility. This project is being managed by the City of Ottawa.
- $1.3 million of the announced funding will go directly to the Ottawa Art Gallery for the purchase and installation of specialized equipment following the construction of their new facility.
- The Government of Canada is providing this support through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.
- The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, launched in 2001, invests in professional not-for-profit arts and heritage organizations for the improvement, renovation and construction of arts and heritage facilities, as well as for the acquisition of specialized equipment and the development of feasibility studies related to cultural infrastructure projects.
- As of March 31, 2016, the Fund has invested approximately $410 million in 1,381 projects in every province and territory. The program receives an average of 137 applications each year.
- As of December 31, 2016, 80 percent of the money allocated in Budget 2016 has been approved for projects. This investment is supporting 157 projects in 96 communities across the country this year.
Public and Media Relations Manager, Ottawa Art Gallery
Ottawa Art Gallery Launches OAG Out There
Ottawa, ON — January 18, 2017 — Celebrating 29 years in the Arts Court building, the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) is hosting one last party in its current location. In addition to the Depart-y farewell event, the Gallery is also launching its OAG Out There pop-up initiative which will deliver a range of engaging arts activities throughout the Ottawa-Gatineau region in collaboration with community and festival partners, as well as local businesses in the city to offer engaging programming in various neighbourhoods. The new OAGOUTTHERE.COM website was launched this week.
OAG is currently building a new gallery next door at 50 Mackenzie King Bridge, scheduled to open this Fall as part of Ottawa 2017 celebrations. The OAG Expansion coincides with the revitalization of Ottawa’s downtown which includes the reconstruction of Rideau Street, the expansion of the Rideau Centre and construction of the new O-Train Confederation Line light rail transit project.
As part of its preparation to transition into its new building, OAG closed its exhibition space at 2 Daly inside Arts Court this month. Its administrative offices remain open at this location. All future OAG exhibitions will be on view at the OAG Annex (inside Ottawa City Hall) at 110 Laurier Avenue West until the new Gallery opens. The next exhibition at the OAG Annex is When Raven Became Spider.
When Raven Became Spider
On view: Friday, January 20 to Sunday, February 26, 2017
Opening reception: Thursday, January 26, 5:30 PM | FREE (open to the public)
Where: OAG Annex (inside Ottawa City Hall) 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa
The new OAG will expand to close to 80,000 square feet. It will house a 250 seat multipurpose and multidisciplinary screening space that will be home to the Canadian Film Institute, a changing exhibition gallery, a permanent collection gallery, a studio for workshops, a café, a gallery shop for visitors, as well as a new dedicated gallery space for the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art (FCCA), a municipal treasure that includes works by the Group of Seven and other important Canadian artists. The project also includes an exciting private sector mixed-use residential complex, Arthaus by DevMcGill and a boutique hotel by Group Germain Hotels.
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