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After a brief hiatus in late 2018/early 2019, CSArt Ottawa began seeking strategic partnerships with arts organizations in order to create a more robust platform. If you are an arts organization interested in using the CSArt model to strengthen your audience engagement and artist support, contact us at

In 2019-2020 we partnered with the Ottawa Arts Council to curate and host their On View events, showcasing Ottawa artists. We presented the Flava Factory dance school, and Métis artist Jaime Morse.

The magic of CSArt Ottawa happens during the live events. And so, during the pandemic we have ceased most activities, and continued to do strategic planning work behind the scenes. Most recently, we worked with the Ottawa Arts Council, a curator, and consultants from equity-seeking groups to re-design the Council’s approach to inclusion.

Who Are We?

We are a community of people making local art happen. Every one of us is a valuable patron, from the art history scholars to those who are just beginning in their interest in art. We believe that community is important, and that artists are important.

Read our blog for more on why we exist, and the super fun events we had in our first season.


Meet The People Behind CSArt Ottawa



Megan Piercey Monafu
Founder & Artistic Director

What she loves most about Ottawa: big enough to do exciting projects like this one, small enough to run into friends and colleagues on the canal.

Most likely to find her: writing furiously in the early morning and meeting Ottawa’s coolest people in the afternoon.



James Bomhof
Advisory Committee

What he loves most about Ottawa: it stays alive in the winter and embraces the snow.

Most likely to find him: cycling somewhere in or around Ottawa.



Toni Van Eeden
Advisory Committee

What she loves most about Ottawa: its unique subcultures, its connection to nature, and the plethora of places to sit and read or work that serve coffee.

Most likely to find her: at her kitchen table in old Ottawa south or at HUB Ottawa.



Gabbie Lazarovitz
Advisory Committee

What she loves most about Ottawa: the beauty of Ottawa and the educated, culturally astute, diverse and wonderful people who inhabit it.

Most likely to find her: looking for vintage clothes at st. Vincent de Paul, eating delicious food at El Camino, or in the rehearsal hall.



Dan Monafu
Advisory Committee

What he loves most about Ottawa: it’s almost as earnest as he is.

Most likely to find him: meeting people about upcoming projects in an overpriced coffee shop.



Nicole Milne
Advisory Committee

What she loves most about Ottawa: the size of the city, the political pulse, the walking trails and the diverse festival scene.

Most likely to find her: in the glow of her Mac, binge watching British crime dramas, tweeting, pinning, sipping and working on something very secret.


Michael Garner
Advisory Committee

What he loves most about Ottawa: Its potential, and the fact that it can be both ahead of and behind the times, simultaneously.

Most likely to find him: Juggling his passions and dreaming about how they all link together.

Melayna Simister
Advisory Committee

What she loves most about Ottawa: you can pitch a tent or sleep in a castle, experience Voice of Fire or a bonfire, all in a 5km radius.

Most likely to find her: running the NCC pathways or feeding friends in her kitchen.


About the CSArt Development Fund:

Our Patron Subscribers build up our Development Fund, which furthers the vision of CSArt Ottawa by driving initiatives that further support local artists and new collaborations.

For example:

  • Arts education workshops for children and families, encouraging intergenerational involvement in local art;
  • Arts incubator spaces, such as a retreat for all CSArtists in a multi-arts creation space, allowing artists to further develop work and learn from each other;
  • Art Parties open to the public, displaying past work developed for CSArt Ottawa, celebrating the community created, and creating awareness ;
  • CSArtist participation in other Ottawa events and festivals, leading to new partnerships.


About Community-Supported Art:

Community-Supported Art is modelled after the Community-Supported Agriculture (or ‘farm share’) model of food distribution, where customers deal directly with farmers, investing funds at the beginning of the growing season. This upfront investment in the farmers allows them to create a harvest of healthy, organic, and local food, which is delivered to customers on a weekly basis throughout the harvest. Everyone shares in the inherent risk of farming as well as in the bounty of a good harvest, and buyers are more connected to their food, to the natural season, and to the local economy.

The first CSArt project was created by Springboard for the Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota, and has since been replicated across the US as well as in Montreal, QC, and Toronto, ON.

CSArt Ottawa aims to take the best from the existing models and create a new, multidisciplinary platform –the first of its kind in Canada. Our subscribers will fund and receive work from artists in the Ottawa region, and Ottawa artists will connect with new audiences. Just as participation in Community-Shared Agriculture provides healthy, local food and a greater understanding of the local farming process, participation in our CSArt season will provide exciting local works and a greater understanding of the process and individual artists.