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Jamaal Jackson Rogers in action at a writing workshop. Photo: MASC.

New award celebrates Ottawa’s community arts educators – deadline to apply is 02.28.22

By Apartment613 on February 10, 2022

The award recipient will receive a limited-edition print by Geraldine Taylor, a cash prize of $3,000, and complimentary membership to the Ottawa Arts Council.

This year, the Ottawa Arts Council is launching a new award focused on recognizing arts educators in the Ottawa community. The Community Arts Educator Award is being created to acknowledge excellence in community arts education and the accomplishments of Ottawa-based artists, who provide learning experiences that inspire future generations and community art projects that engage local residents.

“This award was developed to shine a spotlight on the hundreds of community arts educators that dedicate their careers to sharing their knowledge,” says Nicole Milne, Executive Director of the Ottawa Arts Council. “We believe in the importance of arts education as a relevant part of a young person’s learning, as well as engaging all ages within the community through participatory community art projects.”

Jamaal Jackson Rogers in action at a writing workshop. Photo: MASC.

Building on the program-wide review of our engagement with underrepresented communities, this award is an opportunity to grow connections with arts organizations and artists that serve and represent these communities as well. Joining the Council in celebrating and recognizing the accomplishments of community arts educators in Ottawa are sponsors MASC, Arts Network Ottawa, and Jamaal Jackson Rogers (stage name JustJamaal ThePoet).

“MASC is thrilled to partner with the Ottawa Arts Council on the new Community Arts Educator Award! Having support from both Arts Network Ottawa and long-time MASC artist Jamaal Jackson Rogers makes for a rich combination of grassroots and organizational support,” said Micheline Shoebridge, Executive Director of MASC. “Art enriches a community, and community arts educators are able to engage participants of all ages in school settings, long term care facilities, libraries, community centres and public urban and rural spaces. We believe that this award will put a spotlight on the importance of art within the community and community within art.”

“This award will put a spotlight on the importance of art within the community and community within art.”

“We know how the arts build strong communities; it is through the tireless work of community arts educators that many communities in Ottawa have access to create and participate in art in their neighbourhoods,” said Arts Network Ottawa Executive Director Cassandra Olsthoorn. “We are incredibly proud to be collaborating with MASC, the Council, and Jamaal Jackson Rogers for this award, themselves all incredible champions of community-engaged arts in our City.”

“The preservation of art is at the root of Arts Education, making the Educator a living museum—capable of sparking wonder and initiating the act of learning. I’m proud that this award will honour the presence and work of our great Arts Educators,” said Jamaal Jackson Rogers.


Visit ottawaartscouncil.ca for more information. The deadline for applications is Feb. 28, 2022.