Our Values

MASC was founded on the importance of introducing professional artists of diverse backgrounds to students with the goal of developing a culture of awareness and cultural appreciation through schools. Find out more about our values below.

Land Acknowledgement

“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. She is a semi-retired Algonquin language teacher and continues to develop the curriculum. She also works as a translator to ensure the continuous existence of the Anishinàbe language.

Artistic and Program Excellence

MASC offers high-calibre, unique arts education and community arts programs and events. We are dedicated to curating programs led by diverse artists experienced in and passionate about arts education and/or community engagement who are booked regularly by MASC partners. We aim to deliver consistently strong programs and events with exceptional artists that provide both in-depth experiences as well as reach broadly into the community.

Equity and Diversity Policy

At MASC, we recognize the diverse background in race, ethnicity, nationality, nationhood, religions, culture, sex, gender, sexuality, age, income, and ability as a fundamental characteristic of Canadian society. Through equitable strategic planning and policymaking, we aim to identify and eliminate systemic barriers that affect diverse communities and individuals to participate in our workforce, programs, and activities. MASC’s Equity & Diversity Policy ensures the development and implementation of strategies and regulations to promote equitable participation of individuals and communities of diverse backgrounds and identities in its workplace and in its activities.

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Cultural Appropriation Policy

Guided by our Mandate and the Equity and Diversity Policy, MASC is committed to offering professional artistic experiences that genuinely represent Canada’s diversity in schools and communities. We fully embrace the ethical responsibilities and sensitivities that arise when working with individuals and groups belonging to Indigenous Peoples & Equity-Seeking Groups (IP & ESG) communities and Culturally Diverse Groups in this specific context. MASC will rigorously strive to avoid arts programming that is cultural appropriation.

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Anti-Racism Statement

MASC condemns all types of racism, including systemic, against Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour. At MASC, we champion the fundamental diversity of Canadian society and oppose discrimination, harassment and stereotypes based on race, ethnicity, nationhood, nationality, sex, gender, sexuality, creed, disability, age, income, marital status, family status, literacy level, and conviction for which a pardon has been granted.   MASC believes in the need of dismantling systemic racism. This means the de-construction of racist laws, processes, procedures, and protocols within all public and private institutions. We truly believe that “In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist”. - Angela Davis.