Update: After two-years and 10 communities, our LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT workshop series has concluded. Past-participants can access workshop materials in the above link. Thank you to all who participated!

A two-day workshop to strengthen the management and financial capacity of nonprofits around facilities.

LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT is the first province-wide workshop designed to help nonprofit arts, culture, heritage, faith and community organizations – including theatres, performing arts and community centres, museums, galleries, libraries and places of worship – gain knowledge and skills around building, managing and financing the facilities you have and need,  and  winning community support for your projects.

With the support of the Government of Ontario, LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT will be presented in 10 Ontario communities from October 2014 through March 2016, including Toronto and the GTA. The in-person LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT workshop will be complemented by an Online Learning Network and the Arts Facilities Mentoring Network.


Presented in a participatory manner, LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT offers four in-depth, half-day modules, each led by a recognized topic expert who will walk you through case studies, exercises and relevant examples and let you share experiences, questions, and ideas.

Building New Facilities – The Dalton Company

A contracting and project management firm, The Dalton Company has been involved with significant projects for nonprofits, including Toronto’s Wychwood Barns. Using ArtsBuild’s online guide to capital projects PLAN IT | BUILD IT, The Dalton Company will discuss the planning and decision-making needed to deliver projects on budget and in time.

Alternative Financing Options for Creative Spaces – Community Forward Fund

Community Forward Fund (CFF) is a nonprofit loan fund serving nonprofits and charities. CFF will present financial review and assessment tools to help participants understand alternatives for financing projects.

Managing / Maintaining Sustainable Facilities – Pinchin Ltd

A province-wide firm, Pinchin Ltd identifies and implements systemic initiatives to solve building science challenges and improve building performance. Pinchin staff will discuss critical issues and affordable strategies for maintaining facilities in an energy efficient and cost-effective manner.

Engaging Your Community in Your Creative Spaces – CoBALT CONNECTS

A nonprofit organization that is the connecting element for creative communities, CoBALT CONNECTS helps organizations interact successfully with their municipalities. CoBALT CONNECTS will present ways to engage your community before, during and after your facilities projects so that community support and involvement is built in from the ground up.


  • Brampton – November 2014
  • Niagara – January 2015
  • Kitchener-Waterloo – February 2015
  • Toronto – February 2015
  • Chatham Kent – March 2015
  • Sudbury – October 2015
  • Town of The Blue Mountains – November 2015
  • Orillia – November 2015
  • London – January 2016
  • Pickering – February 2016

LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT is grateful for the support of the Government of Ontario, Ontario Arts Council, cultureONE and TD.