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Springtime for Ottawa’s cultural scene

Though Spring struggles to settle in, we’re experiencing a season of change and renewal in Ottawa’s cultural scene.

The greatly and beautifully expanded Arts Court is a new global gallery gem. It features such heritage treasures as a beautiful birch bark canoe crafted by Dan Sarazin, showcasing the legacy of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan.

At the Canadian Museums Association conference it was announced that Executive Director John McAvity would be retiring after 37 years of leadership. It was touching to see our esteemed colleague honoured by a surprise $100,000 donated in his name. And, inspirational, to hear Rick Hansen speak about his amazing achievements and then present his foundation’s first gold certification for accessibility to the expanded and enhanced Canada Science and Technology Museum. Already, the museum is seeing an increase in visitors with disability challenges, delighted with their experience.

Together with our Ottawa Cultural Alliance colleagues, we’re seeking community input on how to further support and advance culture in Ottawa over the coming years. Please take a moment to fill out the survey and attend the first public engagement session on this important initiative (info and links below).

In keeping with the Alliance’s recent Advocacy workshop at the National Arts Centre, we also encourage you to share your suggestions, and how much heritage and all things culture in Ottawa matter, with your provincial and municipal candidates in this key election year.

Together, we can continue to build a vibrant cultural city!

Catherine Lindquist, Executive Director