About Us

Founded in 1972, One World Arts is a volunteer-based, charitable organization working to create awareness on world issues. With a focus on the media and performing arts, our programs are designed to engage citizens of all ages. It is our conviction that education through the arts is the most powerful and effective method of public engagement.

Central to our mission is to work together with Canadian artists and with organizations involved in human rights, social justice and the environment to further public education on issues that concern our global communities. Since its inception, One World Arts has run on the dedication of its volunteers and staff, who are passionate about combining arts and education about global issues. The organization was originally established as the Ottawa-Hull Learner Centre, in the mid-1980s changed its name to World Inter-Action Mondiale (WIAM), and in 2011 changed its name again to One World Arts -- the best reflection of our organization's two facets, arts and global issues.

Our flagship program is the One World Film Festival, which launched in 1989 and has become Ottawa's longest-running documentary film festival raising awareness on social justice, human rights and environmental issues. In the last ten years, One World Arts has emphasized the educational dimension of its mandate and has created programs that seek to bring awareness of and engagement, with arts media as the main method of engagement and action. Several youth action programs have fulfilled this objective, such as the Get Going! Theatre program, the Green Theatre Camp, and, most recently, the Awesome Indies Youth Arts Festival and the Movie Magic Workshops and the Awesome Arts Program and Festival (2012). After an excellent five-year history with One World Arts, the Awesome Arts program moved to MASC in July 2013.

One World Arts is a registered charity and will issue tax receipts for donations over $20.00.