On February 11, 2019, Carleton announced that we have officially surpassed the $300 million goal of our Collaborate Campaign! The campaign continues and will officially close at a community celebration on April 17, 2019.

In an effort to show our gratitude and to commemorate the outcomes we achieved together through Collaborate, we’ve launched a nine-week digital initiative called Thank You Thursday. Each Thursday, we will share the positive impact realized through the campaign in various priority areas thanks to the generosity of our donors. THANK YOU for all your support—cheers to being Here for Good!


Arts and culture are an important part of Carleton’s landscape. From the existence of the School for Studies in Art and Culture (SSAC), to the presence of the Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) on campus, to our growing connection to the Ottawa arts community through our recent acquisition of Dominion Chalmers, we support the study and practice of art and believe in the critical role that it plays in our lives and in our society. Our donors share this mindset and have supported our efforts to pursue priorities within the arts throughout Collaborate. For example:

  • We solidified our commitment to connect with our community, expand our positive reach beyond campus, and make a difference in the arts community in Ottawa by purchasing Dominion Chalmers. Located centrally in downtown Ottawa, the Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre provides us with a direct bridge to the Ottawa community; it will serve as a hub for local artists and community groups, as well as a multi-purpose performance space for Carleton students and faculty. The acquisition of Dominion Chalmers was made possible by multiple dedicated donors, including the Crabtree Foundation and Vera Klein. Other supporters made meaningful in-kind donations, such as the Blüthner concert grand piano (Raymond Souw) and the Harpsichord GIK. Finally, crowdfunding initiatives such as the Friends of the Pipe Organ Fund, which was established and endowed with the goal of supporting maintenance and upkeep of the Dominion Chalmers Casavant Pipe Organ, have been impactful;
  • With the goal of increasing research into and public engagement with Canadian music, Distinguished Research Professor Elaine Keillor made a transformational gift to establish the Helmut Kallmann Chair for the Study of Music; the Chair will carry out research, teaching, and collaborative work with students on topics related to Canadian music. The Koerner Foundation has also given to the initiative;
  • Professor Keillor furthered her impact in the area of Canadian music by establishing the Helmut Kallmann Graduate Scholarship in Canadian Music, which supports graduate students performing outstanding research in Canadian music;
  • We encouraged and supported students in their pursuit of studies in the arts through the establishment of various awards, including the John Osborne FASS Student Travel Fund and the Colette Osborne Scholarship. The John Osborne FASS Student Travel Fund, which was established in honour of retired faculty member and Distinguished Research Professor John Osborne, helps to cover travel costs of students participating in FASS credit courses taught outside of the Ottawa region. The Colette Osborne Scholarship supports outstanding FASS students who are majoring in French and was established in loving memory of John Osborne’s wife, Colette Osborne;
  • In an effort to expand the scope and impact of the Carleton University Art Gallery’s longstanding commitment to supporting women artists, Jane Martin committed to a generous legacy gift that will support the Jane Martin and Ewen McCuaig Curator of Art by Women position;
  • Students and faculty in the Music program—as well as others with an interest in music—have gained access to a large collection of music-related resources to augment their studies and research, including 20,000 LPs, 8,000 CDs, 3,000 78 RPM records and numerous taped interviews, as well as archival notes, books, clippings and study scores. The collection—called the Jacob Siskind Collection—was donated by the Estate of Jacob Siskind, a renowned music critic and journalist. With support from other donors, the Jacob Siskind Music Resource Centre in the MacOdrum Library was also created;
  • We further bolstered our extensive musical archives with the addition of Radio-Canada’s complete collection of commercial musical sheets in the MacOdrum Library and former Carleton professor Trevor Tolley’s vintage record collection in the Carleton University Audio Visual Resource Centre. Tolley’s bequeathed gift included 9,000+ jazz recordings and has made Carleton’s jazz collection the largest in Canada.