Iranian Arts and Cultural Society of Ottawa (PACSO) is a non-profit organization. PACSO serves the Iranian community in Ottawa by providing arts, cultural, and educational events. The mission of PACSO is to fulfill and foster the creation and production of art for the benefit of all Ontarian, in accordance with the mission of the Ontario Arts Council.

Vision, Mission and Values


The main objectives of PACSO can be summarized as follows:

  • Improving a good understanding of Iranian culture and identity for the benefit of the public
  • Providing cultural and educational events that encourage tolerance, mutual understanding, as well as dialogue within Iranian-Canadian community and other communities across Canada
  • Initiating various short courses and exhibitions in visual arts for dissemination of Iranian culture
  • Organizing seminars, workshops, and social gatherings to preserve and promote Iranian intellectual background, literature, and artistic heritage
  • Providing the most current information and services for Iranian newcomers to Canada


To provide cultural, artistic and educational programs for Iranian community in Ottawa by organizing activities to enrich Iranian arts and culture and empower the community’s future generations.


To create a nurturing cultural hub for Iranian community in Ottawa.

Board Members

Mehdi Mahdavi
Email: president@pacso.ca Phone: (613) 240 -7327
Iraj Sedghi
Email: treasurer@pacso.ca
Phone: (613) 240 -7327
Behzad Shadzic
Email: secretary@pacso.ca
Phone: (613) 240 -7327
Homayoun Rastan
Director of Programming
Email: programing@pacso.ca
Phone: (613) 240 -7327
Kayvan Pezeshki
Public Relations
Email: info@pacso.ca
Phone: (613) 240 -7327
Norooz Dordari
Email: inspector@pacso.ca
Phone: (613) 240 -7327


Annual Reports and Statements

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