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 (Multicultural Arts for Schools and Communities) is an Ottawa-based community arts organization that brings the arts and culture alive for over 210,000 children, youth, 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 that bring in 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 of 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. Institutional barriers are removed by providing community members access to professional arts programming within their own communities. 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 experiences 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 audience of any arts organization in the city.