At our Fundraiser on 28 October 2017, the legendary China Doll led us through an array of entertainment including a screening of the fabulous 1975 cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, along with karaoke, a Silent Auction, and a 50-50 draw.

The Ottawa Art Society, whose mission is to showcase and support visual arts organizations in Ottawa, was thrilled the Shanghai Restaurant very kindly offered to host our first fundraiser to help us raise $2,500 for our 2018 grant, which was awarded to the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO).

SPAO is an independent, charitable, not-for-profit photographic visual arts school and a registered private career college, whose mandate is to provide an intensive and collaborative learning experience and to enrich the photographic and visual arts culture of Ottawa and beyond.

SPAO’s activities include community collaborations, classes and workshops, exhibitions, and outreach. Their aim is to offer students the knowledge, resources, and environment necessary for the advancement of their photographic artistry, visual literacy, and personal vision.

IMAGE: China Doll courtesy artist.


  • Screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Karaoke
  • Silent Auction*
  • 50-50 draw

*The Silent Auction included Gift Certificates from the Shanghai Restaurant, the Ottawa Art Society, the National Gallery of Canada, the Ottawa Art Gallery, the National Arts Centre, the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO), Patrick Gordon Framing, LPM Projects, Top Shelf Distillery, Jet Black Hair Studio, Inner Joy Essentials, Oriental Charm, Salt Wave, and Wallack’s.


We are delighted that the SPAO Centre, which houses the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO), the SPAO International Residency Program, and the Red Wall Gallery, is now located at 77 Pamilla Street in Little Italy, in a new  purpose-built space designed by Architect Barry Hobin.

We have given previous grants of $2,500 to the Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion Fund (2016) and to the Carleton University Art Gallery (2017) in support of the 2018 restrospective exhibition of work by the late Inuk artist, Alootook Ipellie (1951-2007). The 2019 grant was awarded to the Ottawa Arts Council in support of the Project X Photography Award.

The Ottawa Art Society Fund is a Donor-Advised Fund
managed by the
Ottawa Community Foundation