Who We Are

"We pay respect to the Algonquin people, who are the traditional guardians of this land. We acknowledge their longstanding relationship with this territory, which remains unceded. We pay respect to all Indigenous people in this region, from all nations across Canada, who call Ottawa home. We acknowledge the traditional knowledge keepers, both young and old. And we honour their courageous leaders: past, present, and future.”  Written by Joan Commanda Tenasco, an Anishinàbekwe from Kitigan Zibi near Maniwaki, Quebec.


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.


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


Opening hearts and minds through diverse, professional arts experiences.  

MASC is a community 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 annually offer more than 1800 workshops, 500 performances and 100 in-depth artist-in-residence programs. Our artists identify with a wide range of diverse communities and offer programming in all artistic disciplines, including music, dance, drama, literary arts, media and visual arts. MASC also offers six annual multi-disciplinary arts festivals which bring additional professional artists from across the country. MASC is an official-languages bilingual organization, with 35% of our programming offered in French.

MASC is committed to providing equal access to arts and cultural experiences to those living in underserved neighbourhoods and rural communities. In September 2020, MASC expanded its mandate to offer virtual programming across the country with the goal or reaching remote regions that don't have access to diverse professional artists. By bringing artists into communities (virtually or in person), MASC reduces economic barriers through subsidized programming as well as removes institutional barriers by providing community members access professional 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