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Ottawa Cultural Alliance


The Ottawa Cultural Alliance is a consortium of six arts, culture and heritage organizations in Ottawa, including Arts Ottawa East (AOE), the Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa, Heritage Ottawa, the Ottawa Arts Council, the Ottawa Festival Network, and the Ottawa Museum Network.

Several years ago, the City of Ottawa released the Renewed Action Plan for Arts and Culture (2013-2018). Increasing community cultural leadership was one of the key priority areas for that plan – the creation of a vehicle or organization that can advocate for culture and support and grow the sector so that it reaches its full potential.  In partial response to that directive, the Ottawa Cultural Alliance was formed to lead the way toward full realization of the opportunity for true community leadership in these areas.

The Alliance has selected Lord Cultural Resources in partnership with Nordicity to study and recommend an organizational model that can work with the City of Ottawa to achieve that goal. Our study is examining a wide range of options and testing their applicability to Ottawa’s unique situation, and will recommend a model for implementation.