FAQs

  1. What does MASC stand for?
  2. What region does MASC serve?
  3. How do I become a MASC artist?
  4. How do I register my child or student for an event?
  5. How do I book an artist for my school / event?
  6. How do I contact the artist directly?
  7. Am I eligible for subsidies?
  8. How do I apply for subsidies?
  9. Who funds MASC's programs?
  10. How are MASC artists promoted to schools and the community?
  11. What is ArtsSmarts?
  12. What is a residency?
  13. What is the invoicing process?
  14. How are travel costs calculated?
  15. What are MASC's hours of operation?
  16. What if I need to cancel a booking?
  17. What happens in case of snow-days?
  18. I want to let funders know how valuable this program was for my students/community. Who can I contact? How do I send my thanks to the artist?

1. What does MASC stand for?

MASC stands for Multicultural Arts for Schools and Communities.

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2. What region does MASC serve?

MASC artists work across Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec.

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3. How do I become a MASC artist?

We welcome applications from artists throughout the year. Program decisions are made between February and April for the following school year. For details, please click here.

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4. How do I register my child or student for an event?

To register for MASC Young Authors and Illustrators Conference click here.
To register for Your Story - MASC's Teen Authors and Illustrators Conference  Click here
To register for MASC Arts Awards Click here
To register for Festival de danse Click here

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5. How do I book an artist for my school / event?

Booking an artist is easy. Initiate the booking process here.

You may also call our office at 613-725-9119 and our staff will be happy to assist you.

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6. How do I contact the artist directly?

Once the activity is booked you will received an electronic confirmation with the dates/times/costs as well as the artist's contact info. We recommend you contact the artist one week in advance to reconfirm program details, set-up requirements or any other special needs.

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7. Am I eligible for subsidies?

Typically, funding is available for support schools, schools within rural districts of the city of Ottawa and some schools in rural districts beyond the Ottawa/Gatineau region. From time to time, new opportunities arise. Call the MASC office or consult the current year's brochure to find out if you qualify for subsidies this year. Our donors shift and a new funding source may be available that meets your particular needs.

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8. How do I apply for subsidies?

Funding for a performance or full day of workshops is distributed on a first-come first-served basis beginning each fall. Funding for long-term residency projects is available through bi-annual applications to the artist-in-residence program (deadlines mid May and early October each year).

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9. Who funds MASC's programs?

To keep our programs accessible, MASC relies on public and private funding as well as in-kind support. For a complete list of donors, please view our sponsors page.

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10. How are MASC artists promoted to schools and the community?

MASC artists are promoted in a number of ways, including through the MASC Brochure and Website, newsletters, artist events, presentations to school boards, universities and community groups, collaborations across numerous organizations and word-of-mouth.

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11. What is Arts Infused Curriculum?

In preparing your application, please keep in mind the goal of ARTS INTEGRATION
• Using an art project to meet curricular goals in non-art subject areas;
• Using art to cross the boundaries of core subjects and artistic concepts;
• Combining art with another subject to encourage the development of a new perspective on the material, which allows for a creative means of expressing what is being learned.

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12. What is a residency?

Residencies are multi-day workshop sessions. They provide hands-on learning opportunities for students through long-term, artist-led projects. Artists and teachers work collaboratively to create curriculum-based programs that can be implemented either with a single class or an entire school. Residencies typically run anywhere from 5-days to several weeks. Funding is available for high-need communities.

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13. What is the invoicing process?

The school/organization pays MASC and we pay the artist directly. Once the date(s) and time(s) of your event are scheduled, MASC will send an electronic confirmation of the event. An invoice is simultaneously sent to the person responsible for payments at your school/organization.

This electronic invoice is due one month prior to the project's completion. Please pay by cheque (payable to MASC) and include a copy of the invoice.

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14. How are travel costs calculated?

If your school is located outside the city of Ottawa, the school is responsible for the costs of transportation. All schools located 25km from Ottawa centre are charged a mileage fee of $0.40 per kilometer. For over-night stays, the school is also responsible for lodging the artist and per diems.

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15. What are MASC's hours of operation?

The MASC office is open 8:30-5:00 Monday to Friday from September to June. Call ahead if you plan to visit. Annual events, staff and artist retreats or other office activities may affect availability.

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16. What if I need to cancel a booking?

There will be no charge to the school/organization if a confirmed booking is cancelled with more than one month's notice. Cancellation of a confirmed activity with less than a month's notice will result in financial penalty. Please view our cancellation policy for specific details.

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17. What happens in case of snow-days?

If a school/organization has to cancel for reasons beyond human control (eg: bus cancellations, snow days, school closures etc) no charge will be made to the school/organization and no payment will be made to the artist. The activity will be rebooked on a suitable date.

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18. I want to let funders know how valuable this program was for my students/community. Who can I contact? How do I send my thanks to the artist?

We'd love to hear from you. Quotes are used in our reports to funders and forwarded to our artists. Your testimonials are greatly appreciated.

Please share your story with us here
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