Who We Are

Vision

An inclusive community that thrives through the power of the arts.

Mission

Opening hearts and minds through diverse, professional arts experiences.  

Mandate

MASC offers schools and communities arts experiences led by professional artists that awaken the creative process, deepen cultural awareness, encourage engagement, and give vivid demonstration of Canada’s diversity.

MASC is a charitable arts organization, based in Ottawa, that brings the arts and culture alive for over 120,000 children, youth, teachers and seniors each year. MASC represents a roster of 138 professional artists of diverse backgrounds, who offer workshops, performances, artist-in-residence programs and professional development in all artistic disciplines, including music, dance, drama, literary arts, media and visual arts. 

MASC is an official-languages bilingual organization, with 35% of our programming offered in French throughout Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec, in schools and community settings. As part of its core programming, MASC offers six annual multi-disciplinary arts festivals which bring additional professional artists from across the country.

MASC is committed to providing equal access to arts and cultural experiences to those living in underserved neighbourhoods and rural communities. By bringing artists into communities, MASC reduces economic and institutional barriers, allowing community members to access high quality arts programming where they live and go to school. MASC brings the arts to the people.

 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.

With the exception of the major festivals and the National Arts Centre, MASC has the largest audiences of any arts organization in the city.

Strategic Plan (2020-2025) Priorities

Artistic and Program Excellence Continue to offer high-calibre, unique arts education, community arts programs and events 

Diversity and Inclusion Lead with a lens of diversity and inclusion in all aspects of MASC’s work 

Visibility Increase visibility resulting in more significant impact in the community 

Sustainability Ensure MASC remains operationally efficient and resilient to funding fluctuations. 

Leadership Enhance the capacities of MASC staff and Board of Directors