Entries by moira

10 Years of Innercity Arts

As we near the 10th anniversary of Innercity Arts, I wanted to look back on how the program came about. I recently spoke with Jason Pino, the Youth Outreach Worker who started the program 10 years ago. Jason told me that back in 2009 he was doing regular street outreach – engaging with youth on […]

New Bursary Program

For the past several years, the Canadian Stone Carving Festival has raised funds for Innercity Arts. The festival founders are passionate about supporting street-involved youth through the arts, and wanted to make a meaningful impact. We are proud to announce a new initiative in partnership with the Canadian Stone Carving Festival and the Ottawa School […]

Showing Love Through Food

   Each month, Terri drops off a home cooked meal for the youth of Innercity Arts. She always puts such love and care into her meals, making sure there are lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, delicious desserts, and plenty of food for seconds and thirds!  Terri has a heart for youth on the streets, […]

When the Streets are Safer than Affordable Housing

“Honestly, sometimes it was easier living on the streets” You may be surprised to learn that I have heard this been said many times. Today, it was said by Sarah – a young person in our art program. Up until a couple of years ago, Sarah was living on the streets and things were rough. […]

Thanks to the Canadian Stone Carving Festival!

The Canadian Stone Carving Festival took place this past weekend on Sparks Street. This is the second year that the festival has partnered with Ottawa Innercity Ministries in order to raise funds for Innercity Arts. If you want to learn how we first got connected with the festival, you can read it here. I spent […]

Conversation at the Drop-In

  “I’ve been on my own a long time. I left home when I was 10. Been on my own ever since.” Edward told me this as we sat together in the drop-in.  He is about 65, with tired but kind eyes. He is a quiet, gentle man who can be easily missed in the […]

Searching for Affordable Housing

You would think that in a city like Ottawa, when a vulnerable citizen faces a crisis and loses their housing, there would be a system in place to support him in finding affordable housing. And there is. But the truth is – the system is flawed.   Take Jack: a young man in his twenties […]

She is Not Unknown

  You see her every day on your way to work. Usually she is sitting at Tim Horton’s or resting on a bench.  She is hard to miss – a small woman, probably less than 100 pounds – wearing many layers of clothing which make her look even tinier. She is small but strong; carrying […]