OSA makes a difference

How You Can Help the OSA Continue to Make a Difference

In our 140th year, The Ottawa School of Art’s vision is represented through our motto“Teaching Art to Everyone,”as the school continuously endeavours to be a leader in providing innovative educational programming in the visual arts that is accessible and affordable for one and all. The Ottawa School of Art is a registered charitable organization that relies on financial assistance and support in order to continue to create a positive impact on our community. Individual donations make up 30% of our overall funding. Corporate Donors, Foundations and Government Partners make up the remainder of our funding. Volunteers are our essential resource in support of our programming, exhibitions and events. There are many ways to help support our efforts here at the Ottawa School of Art. By donating or offeing your time you are helping us continue to do what it is that we do best for another 140 years to come.


Providing Cultural Enrichment for the National Capital Region

Ensuring sustainability is important. Throughout our long history, the OSA has played a key role in the community that it serves. The OSA offers several charitable programs that help to encourage creativity and will continue to develop initiatives that help to make an impact on the community for years to come.


Bursary Program

For over 30 years, the OSA has been providing financial assistance to people of all ages who have displayed a sincere interest in taking a course in either the Children’s or General adult Program, but are unable to afford the fee. Offering this opportunity is important, as it has been proven that increased access to an arts education helps to build a sense of self, improve problem-solving skills, and better a person’s quality of life. Along with funding set aside in the OSA’s annual budget, several named and anonymous donors help to make this opportunity possible.

Potential recipients or referees (i.e. a parent, guardian, or social service agency) are expected to complete and submit an application form to the program prior to the start of registration. A student can only receive one bursary for a course per term and is limited to two (2) bursaries in a year. Applications are available to be picked up at the front reception, or can be downloaded from the OSA’s website. The value of each individual bursary given depends on the level of financial assistance indicated on the application form and the availability funds.
During the 2007/08 school year over 160 bursaries were given out to those looking to acquire a new skill and a new means of expression with students receiving bursaries ranging from $150- $300, mostly to children and youth.

Scholarships + Stories


  • Lillian Raport Memorial Scholarship (value $1825) based on merit and open to all Diploma students;
    Note: The above scholarships are awarded as tuition credits.

Fine Arts Diploma students can apply for the following scholarships that are specifically dedicated to supporting full-time studies at the Ottawa School of Art:

  • DeSerres Adopt-an-Art-Student Scholarship Program *NEW (value $1600) For student in first year of full-time studies (Portfolio Development Program or 3-year Diploma Program) ($150 for 8 months and (8) $50 gift cards)
  • Ottawa Art Association Fine Arts Scholarship (value $1,000) for students in their second year of full-time studies;
  • David and Nicole Henderson Scholarship (value $1,000) open to all students involved in full-time studies at the OSA.
    Note: The above scholarships are awarded as tuition credits in the winter term.


Full-time students in the Fine Arts Diploma Program who have earned 60 credits at the start of the current fall season may apply for this scholarship:

  • Lee Matasi Memorial Scholarship (value $1000) open to all third year students.
    Note: The above scholarship is awarded in the fall term.

Full-time students (Diploma and Portfolio Certificate Programs) can also apply for the following scholarships, which are open to all students at the OSA:

  • Corrie Gibson Memorial Studio Scholarship (value $1000)
  • Leonard Gerbrandt Printmaking Scholarship (value $500)
  • Justine Bromiley Memorial Scholarship (value $300)
  • The Ted Marshall Memorial Scholarship (value $1900) for general program students
  • Robert Hyndman Drawing and Painting Scholarship (value $150);

For further information on scholarships contact the Diploma Coordinator.


Community Collaboration

The OSA works alongside other organizations in order to help leverage the visibility of the visual arts within the National Capital Region through a variety of initiatives. With partners including the AOE Arts Council, Nuit Blanche Ottawa/Gatineau, The Shenkman Arts Centre, The Great Canadian Theatre Company, Chinatown BIA, Byaward BIA, Gallerie La Fab, among others, the OSA has been a participant and a host for festivals and events including Culture Days, Nuit Blanche, Chinatown Blossoms, Ottawa Food Truck Rally, special exhibitions, our Community Outreach Program and more.

In addition, the OSA not only offers its own programming out of the heritage building conveniently located in the Byward Market (a high traffic area for tourists), but the school generously opens up its facilities to other local groups – either for free or a minimal fee. These organizations include:

  • Association Pour l’Integration Sociale d’Ottawa (AISO)
  • Ottawa Art Association
  • Ottawa Gatineau Printmakers Connective


Gallery Spaces

The OSA is host to seven (7) exhibition spaces open free to the public seven (7) days a week.

  • The Lee Matasi Gallery – Established to provide Diploma Program students with an opportunity to show their developing body of work
  • The OSA Boutique – Anyone belonging to the school as a member may display works for sale. Submissions to the boutique are accepted six (6) times throughout the year
  • Two (2) OSA Main Professional Exhibitions Galleries located in the ByWard Market and at our Orleans Campus – Highlight the accomplishments of practicing local, provincial, national and international artists. Features a variety of annual and bi-annual shows, such as; the Instructor’s Exhibition, an international Miniature Print Competition, and the Visiting Artist-in-residence Program.
  • Two (2)Off-Campas Galleries: PrimeCorp Brokerage Vitrines (Somerset & Bank St.) and Minto
  • The Fritzi Gallery, Great Canadian Theatre Company, 1233 Wellington St. West

The main objective of the galleries is to promote culture; making contemporary and traditional visual art practices more accessible to everyone regardless of socio-economic status. Analogous to this goal, the exhibition spaces encourage the innovation of contemporary mediums, inspire the production of new work by providing opportunities to study the techniques of professionals, and facilitate the diffusion of ideas.


OSA Charitable Registration Number 126510528 RR0001

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