Arms-Length Cultural Development Feasibility Study – Get Involved!

Project launch announcement

What it is

Over the last two years, the Alliance has advocated to Ottawa City Council on the importance of continued investment in the City’s Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Culture and Heritage in Ottawa (2013-18).

As a direct result of this advocacy, Ottawa City Council approved as part of the 2017 City budget, funding to be applied to complete a community-driven, community-wide Arms-Length Cultural Development Feasibility Study.

This initiative is a key component of the Action Plan, with an aim to sustain and further advance the capacity of our dynamic cultural sector.

Our sector includes organizations and individuals involved in art, heritage, festival and fair communities, and is inclusive of Ottawa’s diverse communities, including people from diverse ancestries, geographic locations, abilities, ages, countries of origin, cultures, genders, income, languages, races and sexual orientation.

What’s next?

Over the next year (Fall 2017- Fall 2018), the Study will be led by an independent consultant, and will include research on best practices from other communities; consultations within the Ottawa cultural community, with community leaders and City staff; and will recommend potential models and/or solutions towards collectively advancing Ottawa’s cultural sector.

In year two, (Fall 2018 – Fall 2019 – subject to City Council approval), select study recommendations are to be implemented.  A summit will also take place, (another key Action Plan component) bringing together funders and other cultural community representatives to address ways to better resource local culture.

Get involved!

As a member of or key stakeholder in Ottawa’s cultural community – YOUR VOICE counts!

We want YOUR IDEAS on how to strengthen and advance our cultural community.

Here’s how to get involved:

  1. Advisory Committee: Hold a leadership position and help guide the development of the Study.   The deadline for applications was November 24, 2017.
  2. Participate in the study. Your opinion counts! Get on the Study consultation list

Find out more about the study!

  • Check this website for regular updates
  • Contact us

The Ottawa Cultural Alliance gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the City of Ottawa for this study