Your gift to the Ottawa School of Art (OSA) will make a big impact in the community; the School, as a respectable centre of life-long learning, provides visual arts trainng to over 3000 students each year. Your generosity will make all of our programs possible – unleashing imagination, creativity and talent in our youths, adults and seniors. Art for Everyone!
Volunteer Opportunities (Listing & How to)
Community Development | Volunteer Opportunities
In all of its programs last year, OSA used over 2075 volunteer hours donated by more than 60 volunteers. The Children’s program utilizes volunteers most heavily, and volunteers make special events and art awareness and appreciation programs possible.
The OSA Outreach Program offers barrier free community-based visual art classes to at-risk children and youth throughout the city of Ottawa at no cost. Modeled after the OSA’s high quality programming, classes are taught by professional artist-instructors who are assisted by classroom technicians hired from within the community. In addition, the student-teacher ratio is kept low to ensure each child or youth receives individual attention and guidance.
Providing a safe and nurturing environment, participants are encouraged to develop their creativity and cultural awareness. They are invited to explore different types of media, such as: cartooning, sculpture, photography and painting through various projects; learning that success can be achieved through a variety of means. Many students transfer their desire to try (and succeed) at art to other academic subjects.