Who We Are

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.