About Awesome Arts

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Awesome Arts is a community engaged program that allows participants of all ages to explore issues important to their community through the arts. Held in partnership with community organizations, Awesome Arts offers an exciting series of workshops for different age groups that culminate in a public celebration. Participants express themselves via various art forms such as slam poetry, animation, music, theatre and video, all the while exploring issues important to them and their community. The Awesome Arts Festival brings the community together for an evening of celebration during which the participants share their creations. The Festival also features professional artists, inspiring the entire community to remain connected with the arts and the issues. The program has also been offered bilingually as Awesome Arts en folie.

 “I don’t know where I would have gone in life if it wasn’t for the kind of programming Awesome Arts offered me as a teen. It was my escape route for a lot of the difficulties I was experiencing. I found that it brought me healthier ways to express my frustrations, it gave me a space to laugh and write even if it was once a week. Art is a form of therapy for people like me that didn’t have the opportunity to talk to professionals through rough times. I can honestly say Awesome Arts saved me in a way.”              Akuol Luala, past Awesome Arts participant, present MASC Board Member

International Spotlight Award
In November 2017, the MASC Awesome Arts program was awarded the International Spotlight Award presented by the American National Arts and Humanitites Youth program. Along with 12 exceptional organizations from across the United States, MASC was thrilled receive the United States' highest honour for after-school arts and humanities programs that reach underserved youth.
   To date Awesome Arts has been run in a number of communities around Ottawa with a variety of partners. Awesome Arts has provided 814 individual workshops to 1942 children, youth and seniors. Awesome Arts Festivals have featured performances from over 1600 children, youth and seniors and 80 local professional artists to over 7519 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
All MASC Artists are required to undergo a Vulnerable Sector Police Check every 3 years and sign an Annual Offence Declaration in the intervening years.

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