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Join the Circle of Knowing: a Community Arts Project hosted at Beaver Barracks Neighbourhood, Ottawa, CA


The Eagle and Condor Collective invites you to participate in the Circle of Knowing, a three-part arts project during 2020 and 2021. We are three Indigenous artists offering free arts and music activities (online and in-person) for children, youth, and adults in Ottawa hosted by the Beaver Barracks neighbourhood of CCOC! All are welcome to learn along via our web videos! Please note, we will be updating this section of our website regularily. 

April Break Mini Workshops via Zoom

Registration is open for school aged children and youth. You are welcome to register your child for FREE!

Monday April 12th - 1 pm EST - Chef Maluh (Marlene Hale) from Wetsuwetsun First Nation will lead a Bannock Making Workshop

Tuesday April 13th - I pm to 2:30 pm - Artist Marg Boyle (Metissage/Mi'gmaw/Abenaki) will lead a eco crafts Workshop

Thursday April 15th - 1 pm to 2 pm - Awkawui (Mapuche) will lead a rythmn circle

Friday April 16th - 1 pm to 2 pm - Edgar Hernandez (Mayan) will lead a digital photography workshop. 

Tenants of Beaver Barracks, Free kits for the workshops will be delivered Sunday April 11th in the afternoon

Ottawa area families can start to do contactless pickup of FREE kits , Sunday April 11th in the evening at a location in Overbrook. 

Other families are welcome to join us but we cannot provide kits outside of these two planned kit giveaways! 

Spaces are limited in each workshop!

September to March: Circle of Life

The Circle of Life is a series of videos about our connection to the natural world. The videos include mini art workshops, teachings from Indigenous elders, and information about plants that Indigenous people use for food or medicine. The activities are for anyone ages 5 to 99! For those of you living in Beaver Barracks, we will give you a free art kit so you can try the mini art workshops at home and will deliver it to your unit in early October! Other families in Ottawa and elsewhere, we will be able to give out more art kits until we run out! You will be responsible for shipping costs or contactless pick up if you dont live in that area. Once we run out we will take the link for this registration down! See registration info. below!  

September and October: Circle of Rhythm- Sept. 26, 27, and Oct. 3 , 4 

The Circle of Rhythm is a series of music and art activities for children ages 5 (JK students and Up) and older. This circle will take place on the Museum of Nature lawn over two weekends in the Fall. Register below - space limited. Beaver Barracks Tenants, we will be meeting  at the picnic table in the courtyard. Children and Youth from other areas of the city we will meet at the lawns of the Museum of Nature facing 160 Argyle St.  We will have PPE in case you forget masks and this includes gloves for art projects and hand sanitizer. We will go over safe practises at the start of each workshop. These activities are free thanks to the generous donations of Arts Network Ottawa, The Trillium Foundation and The Ottawa Community Foundation! We will respond to your application to let you know if your child is registered or on the waiting list. Please wear masks and pre assess for covid 19 symptoms each day you arrive.  Note there is no access to washrooms during the two hour sessions! Parents must accompany their children to the meeting spots and pick them up at the end! Thanks! 

Date: Saturday September 26 and Sun. 27, and Saturday October 3 and Sun. 4


Ages 5 to 8: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m (6 spaces left)

Ages 9 to 16: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m (5 spaces left)

Spring 2021: Circle of Community

The Circle of Community is a collaborative art project. More information will be available about this circle in March 2021.

Additional Project Information


Volunteering:  If you would like to volunteer with the project, contact Marg at High School students, this is a great way to get volunteer hours! All artists and adult volunteers will have vulnerable sector police record checks.


Languages/Langues/Idiomas:  Marg, Akawui et Edgar parlent français. Akawui y Edgar hablan español. 


Accomodations: Marg is a certified Ontario teacher with qualifications in Special Education and English as a Second Language. She will be adapting our projects as necessary so that everyone can participate. Let us know if you need accommodations. We are excited to be spending time in your neighbourhood and want this project to be free of barriers!


COVID-19 and our project: We have and will continue to adapt our project to current guidelines from Ontario and Ottawa health authorities. We will communicate with you about safety measures as the project progresses. We are getting supplies of masks, hand sanitizers, and disinfectants sponsored byt Arts Network Ottawa. Also we are doing socially distanced video mini workshops and outdoor face to face workshops. For registration note you will be lining up using 2 meter distancing between each family.


Social media: Find our Facebook group and Instagram by searching Eagle and Condor Collective! See home page for direct links to all our social media channels.


The Circle of Knowing is a project of Neighbourhood Arts Ottawa, a community-engaged program presented by Arts Network Ottawa and funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Ottawa Community Foundation. It is a hosted by CCOC Beaver Barracks. The program engages Ottawa residents to participate in the arts through professional artist-led projects.

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