ArtsBuild Ontario’s LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT comes to Chatham-Kent

Release Date: March 5, 2015

The Chatham-Kent Public Library and the Chatham-Kent Museum bring ArtsBuild’s LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT to the region

Kitchener, ON –Chatham-Kent nonprofit organizations can strengthen their knowledge about developing and operating sustainable facilities at ArtsBuild Ontario’s LEARN IT|BUILD IT|MANAGE IT workshop on March 23 and 24, 9:30am – 4:30pm each day, at the Chatham Cultural Centre.

Hosted by the Chatham-Kent Public Library and the Chatham-Kent Museum, LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT is the first province-wide workshop designed to help non-profit organizations – including theatres, performing arts and community centres, museums, galleries, libraries and places of worship – gain knowledge and skills around building, managing and financing their facilities, and winning community support for their building projects. The workshop responds to the needs expressed at ArtsBuild’s Sustainable Creative Spaces sessions held in 2013 in eight Ontario communities.

“We are excited to be able to provide this opportunity for our local arts, culture, heritage, faith, and community organizations to build on their knowledge and skills,” explains Stephanie Saunders, Curator of the Chatham-Kent Museum. “By collaborating and sharing experiences, questions, and ideas, we will all grow stronger.” Tania Sharpe, of the Chatham-Kent Public Library also shares that “places of culture including libraries, museums and art galleries are important civic institutions. The Chatham-Kent Public Library is pleased to assist with bringing this informative and collaborative workshop to Chatham-Kent.”

Presented in a participatory manner, the workshop includes four focused half-day modules, led by recognized topic experts Rick Gosine, Derek Ballantyne, Bryn Jones and Jeremy Freiburger.

Rick Gosine, Vice President of Project Development and Marketing at The Dalton Company, has been with the firm since 1992, when he began his career as a project coordinator/estimator. Gosine’s hands-on experience has given him a special expertise and understanding of the construction industry.

Derek Ballantyne, CEO of the Community Forward Fund, is a founding director of a $430 million mutual fund and participates in the investment committees for two nonprofit organizations. He sits on the board of the Laidlaw Foundation.

Bryn Jones, Director, Building Science and Sustainability Group at Pinchin Ltd., has over 13 years of engineering experience in industrial, commercial, residential and public sectors. He holds a master’s of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Waterloo, and earned his Professional Engineers designation in Ontario and Alberta.

Chief Connector at CoBALT CONNECTS, Jeremy Freiburger has been a leader in the Hamilton creative community for almost 15 years. He focuses on regional and municipal partnership development and creative sector development.

LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT is generously supported by the Government of Ontario, Ontario Arts Council and TD.

Registration Information

The $130+HST registration fee covers participation in all four modules over two days, catered lunch each day, and access to online materials and a learning network post-workshop.

Register online at or contact Gina Duque, ArtsBuild Project Coordinator, at or call 519.880.3670 x101.


Media Contacts

Alex Glass
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
ArtsBuild Ontario
Phone: 519.880.3670 x 103
Cell: 226.792.4849

Stephanie Saunders
Chatham-Kent Museum
Phone: 519.354.8346 x 42

About ArtsBuild Ontario: ArtsBuild Ontario is the only Ontario organization dedicated to providing long-term solutions to building, managing and financing the sustainable facilities needed for vibrant cultural activity to flourish in Ontario’s communities. ArtsBuild Ontario is committed to working with leading nonprofit and private sector partner organizations to jointly and cost-effectively develop and deliver innovative tools, services and resources for the arts sector.

About Chatham-Kent Museum: For over 60 years, the Chatham-Kent Museum has been selectively acquiring artifacts of local and national significance including three dimensional objects, art, and natural science specimens. Highlights in the collection include artifacts from the War of 1812, a nationally designated Gray Dort automobile, and several locally made horse drawn vehicles. The professional staff of the Chatham-Kent Museum offer a variety of curriculum-based school programs, public programs, and special events.

About Chatham-Kent Public Library:  Chatham-Kent Public Library (CKPL) is a diverse, eleven branch library system located in Southwestern Ontario. CKPL is a registered not-for-profit organization, with a vision to “connect communities with information and inspiration.”  The Public Library in Chatham-Kent offers a range of services including a comprehensive set of virtual services, circulation and information services as well as programming to meet the needs of all ages and varied interests in our community.