Help us celebrate our 10th Anniversary!

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CPAMO will be celebrating its 10th year anniversary in 2019! Help us celebrate by contributing to our next year Gatherings!

As part of CPAMO’s ongoing commitment to discuss and showcase works of art by Indigneous, racialized and historically marginalized artists, we’re raising funds!!!

We call it ‘The Gathering’ as we believe this allows those attending to bring themselves to our events and explore issues related to the arts practices of Indigenous, racialized and other marginalized artists in a non-hierarchical space.  A simple title that exemplifies our values of pluralism in which every participant is important and has a contribution to make that should, and will, be heard.

CPAMO has invited such artists in theatre (Modern Times, Aluna, Cahoots, Native Earth Performing Arts), in music (Small World Music and Polyphonic Ground), in dance (Sampradaya Dance Creations, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, Collective of Black Artists, dance Immersion)  and many individual Indigenous and racialized artists, to participate in The Gathering: CPAMO Turns 10 – A Celebration. These artists engage Indigenous, racialized, queer and intersectional communities as well as those interested in arts practices coming from these communities.

The Gathering is a series of artists’ talks and performance showcases highlighting Indigenous, racialized and other marginalized groups’ arts practices. These are open forums aimed at educating artists, arts administrators, curators/programmers, agents and the public about the vibrant arts practices emerging from those communities engaged as panelists and/or performers. This Gathering will help to define and raise the importance of arts practices based on values and traditions made contemporary and shaping the arts scene of today and tomorrow.

This is a unique opportunity for you to contribute to an event that showcases a broad range of artistic practices. The funds we receive will be to support payments to artists and speakers who are part of The Gathering: CPAMO Turns 10 – A Celebration.

Please support our next Gathering by making a contribution to our fundraiser!

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Training Video on Workplace Harassment in the Arts for Employers

Under the Respectful Workplaces in the Arts banner (, the Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) is pleased to release a training video on workplace harassment in the arts for employers – including Boards of Directors of not-for-profit organizations. A similar training video for cultural workers (including self-employed artists, contractors and employees) will follow soon.

This animated video on ‘responding to allegations of harassment’ has been produced to explain the rights and responsibilities of employers with respect to workplace harassment. It comes with practical takeaways and best practices to recognize and navigate incidents of harassment, and includes a questionnaire to test the learner’s recall of the video content.

This and several other resources on the website, will be immensely helpful to employers who are committed to eliminating harassment and ensuring respectful and safe workplaces in the arts.

CHRC acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

For more information contact Susan Annis (

CPAMO Ottawa Network: Free Workshop and Showcase Series

2019 dates of cpamo network events

Free Workshops and Showcase Nights for Immigrant and Refugee Artists of All Disciplines. Please contact Alicia Borisonik of World Folk Music Ottawa to register: or 819-329-4850

Workshops and Showcase Info:

1. Workshop with Alicia Borisonik: Pitching to Presenters
(NOTE: Not a showcase night)

Thursday, January 31st, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
National Arts Centre
1 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5W1

Artists will have the opportunity to learn from experienced presenters and representatives from the Ottawa-based arts organizations about how to present their artistic endeavors effectively. Presenters will have time allocated to discussing what catches their attention, inspires them to program, and opportunities coming up for artists to get involved with them.

2. Artist Showcase and Workshop with Arts Network Ottawa: Grant and Proposal Writing Basics

Friday, March 8th, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Arts Court
2 Daly Ave, Ottawa, ON K1N 6E2

The workshop will focus on getting information about grants, developing relationships with grant officers, drafting/submitting grant applications.

3. Artist Showcase and Workshop with Manjit Basi: Develop your own road-map/career

Friday, May 3rd. 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Arts Court
2 Daly Ave, Ottawa, ON K1N 6E2

This will enable immigrants artists to focus on practical steps in building careers as artists and involve participating arts organizations in sharing experiences with immigrant and refugee artists.