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Awesome Arts/Arts en folie and Seniors Program

MASC proudly represents a roster of over 60 professional artists who offer workshops, performances and residencies in a variety of settings. Our community programs include: Awesome Arts en folie, Seniors Program, Art au travail.

  • Status:
    Annual Festival, Charity, Non-profit, Program, Project, MASC provides schools and communities with artistic and cultural experiences. 
  • Main Communities Served:
    All Ages 
  • Main Catchment Area:
  • Languages:
    English, French 
  • Arts Focus:
    Dance, Literary Arts, Media Arts, Multidisciplinary, Music, Theatre 
  • Main Community-Engaged Arts / Arts for Social Change Activities:
    Awesome Arts is a rich program that allows participants of all ages to explore global issues through the arts. Held in partnership with after-school school programs, organizations and community centres, Awesome Arts is an exciting series of workshops culminating in a public celebration. During Awesome Arts, participants express themselves via various art forms such as slam poetry, animation, music, theatre and video, all the while exploring important issues. Awesome Arts participants share their talents at a final performance, which can also feature professional artists, inspiring the entire community to remain connected with the arts and the issues.

    To date Awesome Arts and its French program Arts en folie has been run in a number of communities around Ottawa with a variety of partners, including 6 consecutive years in Lowertown and twice in Sandy Hill. Awesome Arts has provided 660 individual workshops to 1200 children, youth and seniors. Awesome Arts Festivals have featured performances from over 700 children, youth and seniors and 65 local professional artists to over 5275 Ottawa residents.

    After a five-year history with One World Arts, Awesome Arts moved to MASC's banner as of July 1, 2013.

    For more information as to how your school, organization or community can host an Awesome Arts program, please contact Awesome Arts Director Micheline Shoebridge at 613-725-9119


    Since 2009, MASC has been serving up the arts to seniors in Ottawa-Gatineau with programming featuring talented artists, an enthusiastic group of individuals and ensembles who entertain, educate and enlighten. MASC artists are professional musicians, visual and video artists, writers, storytellers, actors and dancers. Each offers a unique artistic activity to seniors, bringing opportunities for hands-on participation in engaging workshops or as an audience for thrilling, multi-cultural performances.

    Participants speak of learning new skills, widening their understanding of other cultures and the excitement of finding a creative ability. Performances and discussions with the artists afterwards have proved an exceptional experience for both participants and performers. For example, a presentation by Aboriginal Experiences inspired the following comment by the organizer: "Our oldest member, aged 95, was most eager to join in the friendship dance and quite a few audience members danced on stage with the performers. This kind of interactive performance really connected with them."

    MASC's Seniors Program brings professional artists in all disciplines to work with seniors in homes, centres and hospitals, offering experiences in the arts through performances, workshops and residencies. MASC programs are offered at a subsidized rate, with priority given to organizations who work with low-income seniors, or who have limited budgets for arts programming.

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    Art au travail est un projet d’interventions artistiques en milieu de travail qui s’adresse autant à l’entreprise privée, qu’aux secteurs publics et institutionnels. MASC, en partenariat avec Culture Outaouais, a demandé aux artistes de l’Outaouais de soumettre des propositions novatrices et rassembleuses pour réaliser des projets artistiques avec la collaboration des employés, et ainsi contribuer, par l’action culturelle en entreprise, au mieux-être des équipes ainsi qu’à l’amélioration des processus de gestion. Ces ateliers et projets uniques et interactifs permettront aux participants d’approfondir leurs connaissances, de revisiter leur environnement de travail et de tisser des liens de façon positive avec leurs collègues, en plus de créer des œuvres qui leur ressemblent. Qu’il s’agisse d’un atelier d’une journée qui sert de lieu de rencontre ou d’un projet plus grandiose installé en permanence au sein d’un milieu de travail, nos artistes se feront un plaisir de faciliter toutes les étapes de la conception à la réalisation de ces projets. Les échanges entre participants et artistes feront de ces rencontres une expérience des plus enrichissantes pour tous. Veuillez envoyer vos propositions par courriel à :

    Ou par la poste a/s
    Dominique Saint-Pierre au :
    432, boul. Alexandre-Taché
    Gatineau (Québec) J9A 1M7 
  • Mandate/Mission:
    MASC brings the arts and culture alive for over 100,000 children, youth, teachers and seniors each year.With a passionate commitment to provide schools and communities with experiences of artistic excellence and creative process, MASC proudly represents a roster of over 60 professional artists. All MASC artists have undergone Vulnerable Sector Screening.

    Working out of diverse cultural traditions, MASC artists offer workshops, performances, artist-in-residence programs and professional development in music, dance, drama, literary, media and visual arts. MASC programs are delivered in English and French, throughout Eastern Ontario and Western Québec to students in Kindergarten to Grade 12, and to youths and adults in a variety of community settings (daycares, museums, NCC, festivals and seniors venues.)

    MASC is known widely as a dynamic and energetic team of artists and staff who are deeply invested in the communities we serve. MASC's outreach and advocacy for arts education and creative experience is unparalleled in the region. MASC's work includes many annual events, scholarship programs for under-served communities, professional development opportunities for teachers, artists and staff, and new programs tailored specifically for seniors and street-involved youth. MASC's name is synonymous with excellence, innovation and professionalism.

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  • Main Contact Name:
    Audrey Churgin, Executive Director 
  • Secondary Contact:
    Micheline Shoebridge, Awesome Arts and Seniors Program Director 
  • Phone:
    613 725 9119 
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  • Website:
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  • Address:
    250 Holland Ave.
    Ottawa, ON  K1Y 0Y5 
  • Secondary Address:
    250 Holland Ave.
    Ottawa, ON  K1Y 0Y5 

Last updated on 2016-01-28 14:55:00. Photos credit of: Awesome Arts/Arts en folie and Seniors Program - Submitted by: Awesome Arts/Arts en folie and Seniors Program