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Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment

A new Ottawa Art Gallery and revitalized Arts Court will open its doors in 2017, just in time for Canada’s 150th birthday. It promises to be a meeting place, a place to create, a place to be inspired. Find out more about this exciting project on Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment.

Cumberland Township History Publication

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Along the old Montreal Road, and towards the south, lies the historic township of Cumberland. It has undergone considerable change over the past two centuries: from rugged wilderness, to bustling villages; from industrious farmsteads, to vibrant urban communities.

Glimpses of Cumberland Township: For the Honour of Our Ancestors pays tribute to this rich history through stories and images, as told and shared by scores of local contributors. It was a true community effort – 200 years in the making – that highlights Bearbrook, Navan, Sarsfield, Vars, Leonard, and Cumberland Village to Orléans, among others.

The City of Ottawa’s Cultural Development and Initiatives Section, together with the Cumberland Township Historical Society, launched the book on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum.

The soft-cover book, which is illustrated by some 140 images, is available in English (287 pages) and French (300 pages) editions for $30 (including tax).

Books are for sale at the following outlets: Black Walnut Bakery (979 Cameron Street, Cumberland), J.T. Bradley Country Convenience Store (1220 Colonial Road, Navan) and Peladeau Groceries (5877 Buckland Road, Vars).

You can also order the book by mail by contacting: 

Algonquin Anishinabe Commemorative Artwork at Ottawa City Hall's Marion Dewar Plaza

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On June 14, 2016 Councillor Mathieu Fleury, along with Elders and Chiefs of the two Algonquin Anishinabe First Nations located closest to Ottawa unveiled an original commemorative artwork in Marion Dewar Plaza at City Hall. It honours the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation, the Indigenous Host Nation of Ottawa and surrounding areas.

The piece consists of a plaque attached to a large stone which was selected and moved from Pikwàkanagàn First Nation to City Hall and will remain here permanently. The plaque artwork and design is by Algonquin Anishinabe artist Dean Ottawa of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg. This commemoration honours and celebrates the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation, its peoples and land. The message on the plaque affirms the presence of the Algonquin Anishinabeg on this territory for millennia.

For more information on arts and heritage initiatives developed and implemented by Cultural Development and Initiatives Unit (CDI) in full collaboration with the Algonquin Anishinabe Host Nation since 2010, please contact: Natali Zuniga, Cultural Developer at

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Shenkman Arts Centre Strategic Plan

Since opening in 2009, the  City of Ottawa has operated the Shenkman Arts Centre in collaboration with its Resident Partners; Orléans based organizations that call the Shenkman Arts Centre home including AOE Arts Council, MIFO, OYP Theatre School, Ottawa School of Art - Orléans Campus and the Gloucester Pottery School. Together they offer professional programming in the fields of instruction, visual arts exhibitions, and performing art presentations. In 2015, the Centre launched its new vision and five-year strategic plan.