Wellness and Community Programs

OAG offers subsidized creative workshops and other programming for community groups across the Ottawa-Gatineau region, in addition to building community partnerships and projects that enrich and engage the lives of our community members including seniors; youth and adults carrying the experiences of mental illness; 2SLGBTQ+; and particpants of all ages.

Creative Space & Monday Wellness workshops

Photo : Ming Wu

Weekly art and wellness workshops for mental health.

Since 2015, the OAG has partnered with the The Royal Mental Health Centre on Creative Space, a program that encourages mental health and social inclusion through weekly drop-in art-making workshops.

Supported by TD

community art Workshops

Photo : Ming Wu


OAG offers subsidized creative workshops and other programming for community groups across Ottawa-Gatineau.

Creative Wellbeing

Photo: Lindsay Ralph

Arts, Scientific Research and Wellness for a Healthy Ottawa. 

Creative Wellbeing is a city-building partnership with a vision to add artistic expression to the healthcare experience and to build awareness across Ottawa of the unique relationship between art and science as it relates to healthcare.

The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) and The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) are cooperating on a new arts award program to help rejuvenate and reignite the Ottawa-Gatineau and surrounding community through creativity. Three prizes, totalling $40,000, will be awarded in recognition of the art and artist’s role in healing and wellness, featuring:

  • The Art and Science Residency Award
  • The Indigenous, Art as Healing Award
  • The Art as Healing Award.

The selected artworks will become part of The Ottawa Hospital Collection.

Art Tent

Photo : Lindsay Ralph

OAG’s moblie community art studio!

The Canada Life OAG Art Tent is a mobile art studio that travels to festivals and community events during the warmer months. The tent provides a fun, friendly and bilingual space for adults and kids of all ages to explore their creativity.

Current Special Projects

 In partnership with OAG, the Herongate Tenant Coalition (HTC) and artist Daniel Effah are organising a community arts project entitled Create: Herongate.

Members of the Herongate Tenant Coalition and Daniel Effah will be conducting interviews with residents of the neighborhood over the summer months for this purpose.

Sanctuary Matters is a public learning series co-presented by the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) and the Ottawa Sanctuary City Network (OSCN).

Recognizing the need for social action and political change amid a global crisis of human displacement, OAG and OSCN are collaborating to present a program of talks, workshops, and other events with an aim to build public awareness and foster a culture of support for newcomers with precarious immigration status in Ottawa and beyond.

Sanctuary Matters is funded in part by a grant from the Ottawa Community Foundation.