Intercultural Dialogue Institute – Ottawa hosted its first ever Networking Evening for teachers, writers and artists in Ottawa on October 16, 2015. The event brought together such people who were interested in actively using the arts and literature to promote values of respect and diversity among Ottawa youth. The event hosted Genevieve Cimon, Director of Music Education at the National Arts Centre as the keynote speaker and discussion facilitator. Ms. Cimon discussed with the audience issues related to promoting local capacity for cultural transcendence. Specifically, she shared her vision on empowering cultural communities through NAC’s resources so that community leaders can use their cultural strengths to reach out to their members and become more engaged and productive members of society. She deliberated on the importance of trust between partnering organizations, and highlighted the value of producing music of all forms and cultural significance in shaping youth identities. The program followed an engaging discussion by the audience who shared some of the challenges of engaging youth in safer community environments. After the rich conversation, the event ended with refreshments to enjoy and friendly goodbyes.