What We Do

ArtsBuild Ontario is the only organization in Ontario dedicated to realizing long-term solutions for building, managing and financing the sustainable arts facilities needed in Ontario communities. We are a non-profit arts service organization that provides organizations with training, tools and resources that support the development and management of creative spaces such as theatres, galleries, concert halls, museums and other creative spaces.

How we help

Whether you are an arts organization that:

  • Already owns or leases an arts facility;
  • Is planning to have your own space;
  • Has a municipality that owns and/or manages creative spaces; or
  • funder or other decision-maker that works with creative infrastructure

… Our offerings can help you!

Many of the essential needs surrounding arts facilities fall into four categories – Building, Managing, Learning and Financing.

Equity statement

ArtsBuild Ontario recognizes, respects, and actively supports people from all backgrounds. ArtsBuild Ontario does not discriminate and does not tolerate discrimination, against anyone based on their race, country of origin, sexual preference, gender identity, mental and/or physical ability, language, or age. ArtsBuild Ontario commits to making our programs and initiatives, as well as our physical space at 44 Gaukel Creative Workspace, safe and accessible for all.

Land acknowledgment

ArtsBuild Ontario recognize that:

  • We are a settler organization and we value respectful collaboration with all the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island who have lived on this land for thousands of years and who continue to be our neighbours, friends, and colleagues.
  • Our work takes place in what is currently Ontario, which includes the traditional and unceded territories of the Anishinaabek, Attawonderonk, Petun, Cree, Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat, and Métis.
  • Our mandate is to support arts facilities and creative spaces, but we do not solely define these from a colonial perspective. Arts facilities and creative spaces are not only physical buildings, they are often the land itself.

ArtsBuild Ontario acknowledges that our office is located in the 44 Gaukel Creative Workspace, which is in a settler facility built on the traditional territory of the Attawonderonk, Anishinaabek, and Haudenosaunee peoples. 44 Gaukel is located in what is now Kitchener, Ontario, which is situated on the Haldimand Tract, land promised to Six Nations, and includes six miles on each side of the Grand River from the source of its mouth.

Statement of commitment to accessibility

ArtsBuild Ontario provides organizations with the training, tools and resources that support the development and management of healthy creative spaces and is committed to providing these resources in a welcoming and supportive way for all.

ArtsBuild Ontario will identify, prevent and remove barriers to participation on an ongoing basis, working to meet (and where possible, exceed) the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The staff of ArtsBuild Ontario will provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations to promote inclusion and access for all.

ArtsBuild Ontario Accessibility Policy