Current Projects

Planting Seeds Mental Health in Killaloe

Art Unveiling and Walk-about

This past winter, community members gathered to have conversations and create art about how we can support mental health in Killaloe.

4 pm: Gather and welcome Killaloe Public Library (A) 1 John St.

4:30 to 5:30 pm: Self-guided Walk-about
Experience the art installations and other surprises—visit:
Community Resource Centre (B) 15 Lake Street
Garth’s Kitchen (C) 14 Lake Street
Killaloe Post Office (D) 172 Queen Street, note: post office closes at 5 pm

5:30–6:30 pm: Gather and conclusion
Rainbow Valley Community Health Centre (E) 49 Mill St.

Event collaborators

Anya Gansterer, project coordinator
Tanya Lyons, artist-facilitator
Roberta Della Picca, community artist
Andy Trull, community poet
Emilyn Stam, musician
John Stam, musician
Sigrid Geddes, musician
Garth’s Kitchen, catering
Students at Killaloe Public School, woven banner
Jen Bennett Pond, community artist
Scott Pond, community artist

Planting Seeds Mental Health in KillaloePlanting Seeds: Art-making and Conversations about Mental Health in Killaloe

Planting Seeds: Art-making and Conversations about Mental Health in Killaloe is a collaborative project between OV-CAOS, CRC and Rainbow Valley Community Health Centre, funded by the Ontario Arts Council.

This project will use the theme of gardening to grow and deepen the conversation around mental health in Killaloe. We will engage the community in collaboratively creating miniature worlds that reflect the experiences, concerns and hopes for mental health of the participants.

The miniature worlds will become part of five public installations throughout the village of Killaloe. This project will begin in January 2019 and finish in September 2019. Click here to learn more about Planting Seeds.

The Countdown to End Sexual Violence Legacy Project Honouring Survivors of Sexual Assult

In 2016, the Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County (WSAC), Red Dress Productions (RDP), and Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio (OVCAOS) joined together with hundreds of community members to realize the Countdown Public Art Project—a community-wide initiative in Renfrew County, Ontario.

This project engaged in the creation of a large permanent public art monument, plus three sister monuments, to honour survivors of sexual violence. Since the unveilings in October 2016, people have gathered at the monuments for Take Back the Night, and less formal gatherings.

The Countdown Public Art Legacy Project will see the creation of four new sister monuments across Ontario in 2019. OV-CAOS is honoured to be supporting this second phase of the project through.

Pop Up Art Renfrew County

Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio (OV-CAOS), in partnership with the Community Resource Centre – Killaloe, has received a one-year seed grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to create a travelling pop up art exhibition and community art workshops for Renfrew County.

Pop Up Art will travel to public venues throughout the county over a six-month period starting in April 2019.

Pop Up Art will feature a curated exhibition called Extra-Ordinary Renfrew County. The exhibition will be a multi-artist and multimedia exhibit exploring how the extraordinary can be found in our everyday lives in Renfrew County.

The exhibition will pop up in unexpected places such as municipal facilities, community facilities, private businesses and other public places. In conjunction with the exhibition, the public will also be invited to participate in community art workshops as the exhibit tours through the county. Click here for more details about Pop Up Art Renfrew County.

Pembroke Youth Mural Project

The Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio will be creating a Mural Mosaic. Come share your vision and experience of being a young person living in Pembroke! All young people ages 14 to 29 are welcome. There will be snacks!

February 4,11,18 and 25 • Mondays, 3 to 6 pm
Giant Tiger Community Room, just inside the Prince Street entrance

Design Feedback Dates: March 18 and 25 • Mondays from 3 to 6 pm
Giant Tiger Community Room, just inside the Prince Street entrance

Funded by the Ontario Arts Council, this mural project will contribute to the artistic legacy of Pembroke by creating a mosaic mural from the perspective of youth in Pembroke. Megan Spencer will lead a community engaged-process with three distinct phases; research/information gathering, design and feedback, and production.

Youth will co-create the mural based on their own interests, themes, and aesthetics with the guidance and vision of the lead artist. The mural will be unveiled in September of 2019.




Dark Times Community Choir

The Dark Times Community Choir will be starting up again, on Mondays from October 22, 2018 to March 25, 2019.

The choir is in the back room at the 12 North Street Community Centre, Killaloe, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Join choirmaster Schroeder Nordholdt to sing for the fun of it! No experience necessary.