Hub Ottawa holds periodic events that bring together disparate parts of the Ottawa community to connect and support each other. The events can help build crossover audiences and can help organizers share ideas and best practices. The events feature short presentations from event leaders, Q&A and networking opportunities following.
Megan Monafu, a local Ottawa facilitator and playwright, is organizing the next Hub and Spoke to coincide with the Undercurrents Festival, the contemporary performance festival that’s entering its 5th year. Megan was looking for a way to build interdisciplinary connections between artists in the city and the team at the Hub thought it was a great fit for the Hub and Spoke format.
The event, taking place February 19th, will feature Jason St-Laurent of SAW Gallery, Lindsay Fitzpatrick from Bluesfest and Festival House Ariane Nazroo and Robert Vanderberg of Nuit Blanche Ottawa-Gatineau, and Emily Pearlmen of MiCasa Theatre.
I sent Megan over a few questions to find out what motivated her to pull this event to get together and find out what she was hoping to get out of the night.
Apartment613: What was your goal in coordinating this Hub and Spoke event?
Megan Monafu: My goal is to inspire artists and audiences in the Ottawa area by creating an event that highlights and celebrates the spectrum of art projects happening in the city. I hope that this event leads to artists of different disciplines making connections with each other, finding out ways they can help each other in their work and possibly ways of collaborating.
Apt613: Do you see a gap in the city in terms of how artists are connecting?
Monafu: Yes. Artists are connecting with each other based on their art form. This is a great thing and I’m glad community is being built in that way, but I think there is also so much to gain artistically and practically from artists of different disciplines talking to each other and collaborating.
Apt613: What links do you see between the Hub and the arts community?
Monafu: HUB Ottawa has a great space in the downtown core full of vibrant, entrepreneurial people from many different sectors doing all sorts of innovative projects. It is a creatively inspiring place. It’s a great co-working office space for artists that would promote networking with other sectors (i.e. audiences). It’s also a possible venue for some artists. I know HUB is very open to hearing how artists might like to use the space.