What we do

ArtsBuild Ontario (ABO) is a provincial arts service organization that provides small and medium-sized organizations with tools, training, and advice to successfully manage physical and digital creative spaces. ABO works to reimagine the future of creative spaces through dedicated research projects and an engaged network of supportive partners.

Who we serve

It is both the honour and duty of ABO to serve Ontario’s arts, cultural, and creative communities. This includes communities who are or have been historically marginalized or underrepresented. With a focus on small to medium-sized organizations, ABO supports all those with a desire to build and manage spaces across all arts, creative, and cultural disciplines. ABO proudly works with non-profit, grassroots, and for-profit entities, as well as Indigenous communities and groups, and municipalities. In recent years, ABO has grown its service offerings in partnership with Indigenous and Northern Ontario communities.

Our impact

For over 20 years, ABO’s services have supported arts organizations, artists, and municipalities. ABO exists as an arts service organization with a unique role on the provincial and national stage. There is no other organization in Ontario or Canada dedicated to supporting arts organizations of all disciplines
with their cultural infrastructure needs. ABO’s network is wide-reaching with over 3,000 arts managers from across Ontario and beyond —in fact, over 25% come from outside of the province! With just over a third of its network based in major city centres, ABO takes great pride in supporting arts organizations from communities of all shapes and sizes.