Who we are
CASE is dedicated to working with diverse populations across the city by offering free programs, projects, and creative opportunities in partnership with artists, arts organizations, institutions and community groups.
What we do
- CASE offers permanent and temporary commissioning opportunities to local community-based artists.
- Establishes an inclusive approach to partnerships involving community stakeholders.
- Incubates and supports new programs, events, and community initiatives.
Nuit Blanche Ottawa 2012 - Before I Die
Artist: Candy Chang - Location: SAW Gallery, Foster Farm Community Centre, Ottawa, ON
Partners: Community Arts + Social Engagement, SAW Gallery, Ottawa Community Housing, Nuit Blanche 2012, Foster Farm Community Centre
This project was installed at SAW Gallery in September 2012 for 2 weeks with an opening during Nuit Blanche 2012. It was dismantled and reinstalled at Foster Farm Community Centre for 3 weeks in October 2012. Our goal, in partnership with SAW Gallery, was to have the project installed in the centre of the city and at a less central, suburban location.
Artist: Candy Chang - Location: Downtown Ottawa, ON
Partners: Community Arts + Social Engagement, SAW Gallery, Nuit Blanche 2012
This temporary project was initiated by SAW Gallery and Community Arts + Social Engagement during the night of Nuit Blanche Ottawa 2012. The premise is to find an abandoned building or vacated area in your city and to imagine the potential of what it could be. In this case, our team respectfully placed removable stickers on an abandoned building in downtown Ottawa and let the community fill in the blanks hoping to capture a unique and diverse vision of Ottawa.
Designer: David Rust-Smith & Grant McLaughlin - Location: The Ottawa Mission, Ottawa, ON
Partners: Community Arts + Social Engagement, Bibz Games, the Ottawa Mission
This project involved 4 participants from the Stepping Stones learning program at the Ottawa Mission. Each participant was given the opportunity to participate in a series of creative writing and basic design workshops with the goal of developing an avatar based on the individual stories of the participants. The following results were implemented into a video game developed by Bibz Games and uploaded online. The objective is to select a character and move through the various levels. In doing so, the player learns about the individual participant’s struggles and triumphs, and ultimately becomes aware about issues faced by the homeless and the resources available in Ottawa.
Artists: OO7 Collective – Barry Ace, Rosalie Favell, Ron Noganosh, Frank Shebageget, Ariel Smith, Leo Yerxa, and Special Agent Robert Houle - Location: SAW Gallery, Ottawa, ON
Partners: Community Arts + Social Engagement, SAW Gallery, Creative City Network of Canada, Ontario Arts Council, The National Gallery of Canada
As part of the Creative City Summit in Ottawa May 2013, Community Arts + Social Engagement presented IN/Digitized: Indigenous Culture in a Digital World from May 23 to May 31, 2013 at SAW Gallery. This exhibition featured new works by the OO7 Collective (Ottawa, Ontario 7) featuring OO7 Special Agent guest artist Robert Houle. This exhibition was also in tandem with the National Gallery of Canada’s exhibition Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art.
Artists: Max Streicher - Location: Arts Court, Ottawa, ON
Partners: Community Arts + Social Engagement, SAW Gallery, Creative City Network of Canada, Ontario Arts Council.
As part of the Creative City Summit in Ottawa May 2013, Galerie SAW Gallery and Community Arts + Social Engagement presented the large scale installation Quadriga on the rooftop of Arts Court. The curator states “From a distance, these inflatable horse sculptures appear to be imposing marble masses, but upon closer scrutiny, we notice that the elements make them living and breathing creatures as fragile as the rest of us.” (Jason St-Laurent, Galerie SAW Gallery). This project was installed from May 29 to June 11, 2013.
Artist: Alexandre Castonguay - Location: Vanier Sugar Shack, Ottawa, ON
Partners: Community Arts + Social Engagement, Artengine, Make the City! We Are the City!
AGIT P.O.V (Petit Objet de Vélo) was a project presented by Community Arts + Social Engagement, Artengine, and Alexandre Castonguay as part of We Make the City! We Are the City! the theme for Artengine’s 2013 festival. Agit P.O.V is a simple project designed to give you and your bicycle a voice in the city. It is a micro hack for bicycles that relies on the persistence of vision (POV) effect. Built in collaboration with participants from the community we will illuminate the streets with personal and poetic messages. This is made possible by a modest 7 LED circuit, a micro computer as well as the power of the cyclist involved.
Publication by: APT613 - Location: Ottawa, ON
Partners: Community Arts + Social Engagement, APT613, Creative City Network of Canada, Ontario Arts Council
As part of the Creative City Summit held in Ottawa, Community Arts + Social Engagement in partnership with local blog APT613, developed a tailored and curated guide for conference delegates, tourists, and Ottawans. The guide showcases local favourites – restaurants, cafes, bike paths, shops, galleries, and highlights conference projects. The objective was to give conference delegates, and the local community, a broad perspective of what the city offers, and the diverse communities within.
Arboretum Arts Festival - Architectural Features
Architects: Various - new graduates and emerging architects from Carleton University Architectural Program - Location: Arts Court, Ottawa, ON
Partners: Community Arts + Social Engagement, Arboretum Festival, Nepean Creative Arts Centre
In partnership with Arboretum Arts Festival, Community Arts + Social Engagement developed a pilot project to determine how the program could integrate into a festival setting. The objective was to work with a group of emerging architects selected by Arboretum Arts Festival and undergo the challenge of developing artistic features for the festival grounds. Part of this project included construction space provided by Nepean Creative Arts Centre. The final product included the realization of benches, tables, stage decorations and various adornments, working with the theme of Breaking Ground (emphasizing the future redevelopment of Arts Court, and the progress of the festival, within the city).
Public Art Commission – Fire Station 46 & 47
Artist: Michael Kinghorn - Location: Fire Station 46 – 34 Iber Road, Stittsville, ON and Fire Station 47 3559 Greenbank Road, Ottawa, ON
Partners: Community Arts + Social Engagement, Ottawa Fire Services, Public Art Program
Local artist Michael Kinghorn was selected as the winner of the public art competition for Fire Stations 46 & 47. Kinghorn developed, designed and implemented two original works, Overhaul and Collapse, based on community interaction, dialogue and with the fire fighters and staff at 46 and 47.
As an artist, Michael Kinghorn has been exploring the use of found objects since 1987. Applying his skills as a blacksmith and welder, he recycles these objects into inspirational sculptural works. Working with geometric forms, he combines found objects with layers of steel and copper to create unique pieces that explore life in the 21st century. Since 1994, Kinghorn has been working out of his studio, forging decorative ironwork, creating sculptures and periodically teaching students and training apprentices.
Artists: Gerald and Maas, Allison Rowe, Dominique Sirois, the Think Tank that has yet to be named, and Guillermo Trejo. Curated by Michael Davidge. - Location: Byward Market, on the corner of George and William.
Partners: Centrepointe Theatre, Nepean Creative Arts Centre, Nepean Visual Arts Centre and the Shenkman Arts Centre and Nuit Blanche Ottawa+ Gatineau.
Michael Davidge was chosen through a juried Call to Curators to put together a project for Nuit Blanche Ottawa + Gatineau 2013, which took place in the night of September 21st - 22nd. The project Nova Express connected to the festival’s theme Supernova!, with the idea of creating an instillation that mimicked the explosion of ongoing information that we encounter. Nova Express brought together local, national and international artists, from a variety of disciplines.
Artists: Rehab Nazzal, Bear Witness, Josée Dubeau and Ryan Stec. Curated by Christopher Rohde. - Location: Web based
Partners: SAW Video, Creative City Network of Canada and the Ontario Arts Council.
Power Plays is an online selection of four videos that explore how new technologies are currently diversifying and accelerating. Curated for the 2013 Creative City Summit, the videos were released online one by one over the course of the summit (May 28, 29, 30, 31) and are still posted on the SAW Video website http://www.sawvideo.com/programming/screeningroom/curated
Artists: Basil AlZeri - Location: Byward Market, on the corner of George and William.
Partners: The Ottawa Art Gallery, Creative City Network of Canada and the Ontario Arts Council.
The Postal Card Project was an interactive installation in the Byward Market, active from May 29th to May 31st, 11:00 am to 6:00pm as part of the 2013 Creative City Summit. The public were invited to interact with the artist, chose one of the seven post cards that he had created around the theme of Canadian identity and immediately send it out with the provided postage.
National Youth Arts Week 2013 - You Create Youth Create
Artist: Various - Location: Arts Court
Partners: The Ottawa Art Gallery, Artengine, Jerry Longboat, the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, National Youth Arts Week.
This event provided free creative family and youth workshops as part of National Youth Arts Week in the Capital to celebrate youth initiative and youth engagement in arts and culture. The Ottawa Art Gallery, Artengine and Jerry Longboat, showcased their youth programming with free drop-in workshops on May 5, 2013 between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Art Animation Team
Partners: The Ottawa Art Gallery, Artengine, Ottawa Public Library
The Arts Animation team is composed of a multidisciplinary talented group of students, each with experience in music, visual art, theatre, dance, written/spoken word and media arts. The team creates and delivers innovative multidisciplinary arts workshops across the city; including community centres, libraries, the Night Art Market, and the Mini Maker fair. This year as a new initiative, the team worked with The Ottawa Art Gallery and Artengine to showcase their public programming.
Lunchtime Performing Arts Series
Each Thursday of the summer, the City invites the community to experience the arts at select wading pool parks in Ottawa. Diverse performances take place from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., while the Major Event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with activities for all ages including arts activities by the Arts Animation team, games and special groups.
Canadian Tire Jumpstart Foundation - I Love to Dance
Partners: Canadian Tire Jumpstart Foundation.
The Canadian Tire Jumpstart I Love to Dance Program is offered to children who have never had the opportunity to follow instructional dance classes or perform on stage. This program runs each winter across the city and provides children with free dance classes and a final performance and wrap-up party at the end of the program.
Special Needs Theatre Classes
Location: Nepean Creative Arts Centre
Partners: Nepean Creative Arts Centre
Specialized Theatre courses offered by the City of Ottawa to participants with Special Needs. Classes are conceived of by a professional actor/director. The course culminates in a final performance for family and friends.