Making Spaces for Art: A Case Study – Waterloo Region Museum

wrm“It is the ambition of the Society to acquire at an early date, a substantial fireproof county building in which to preserve permanently all such records and general objects of historic interest”.  – W.H. Breithaupt, November, 1912

In 1912, disaster had to be on peoples’ minds.  After all, the unthinkable had happened when the unsinkable hit an iceberg in April that year.  One can only imagine that William Henry Breithaupt had preservation and disaster avoidance on his mind when he dreamt of a fireproof county building in November.

The Waterloo Historical Society held its inaugural meeting in November of 1912.  One of their goals was to amass and preserve a collection that represented the history of Waterloo County and to some day have a fireproof building for its preservation.

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Asset Planner for the Arts is here!

It’s tracking the condition of your facilities. It’s forecasting when repairs and upgrades need to be made. It’s planning for the unexpected (and expected).

It’s Asset Planner for the Arts – and ArtsBuild is excited to bring this tool to arts organizations that want to plan ahead by knowing the costs of keeping their buildings in good repair and by having the ability to attract smart financing to be able to do it.

Asset Planner for the Arts provides:

  • An accurate snapshot of your facility’s condition, letting you be proactive in scheduling managing annual upkeep, upgrades and capital projects.
  • Built-in modeling allowing you to do strategic, long term planning for your facility, with a focus on the next five years.
  • Reduces your risk by helping you decide which upgrades need to be done and when you need to do them

Here’s the best part – ArtsBuild is subsidizing 50% of the cost of this two year program for 24 arts organizations across Ontario. The full value of Asset Planner for the Arts is $4,800, but with ArtsBuild’s support, the program only costs participating organizations $2,400.

Get all the details on our handy fact sheet or check out our informational video!

Sign up today!


Get the training you need for an energy-efficient art facility

Now that you’ve started planning to move towards energy conservation planning, wouldn’t it be helpful to learn more about what it takes to actually get it done?

ArtsBuild, in partnership with Natural Resources Canada and supported by Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited, is holding a GTA-based workshop for arts organizations that will to cover:

  • Current best practices energy conservation including tips you can implement right away
  • Ways to make your facility more energy efficient using specific arts facilities examples
  • Review opportunities to save money through energy conservation
  • Hands-on activities and exercises so you can become more familiar with the components in your facility

You can find more details on the training and how to sign up HERE.

ArtsBuild Energy Conservation Program Launch!

It may be that nothing is certain but rain and taxes, but our experience shows that it’s likely your facility could benefit from implementing some energy conservation measures. That’s why last week we introduced the ArtsBuild Energy Conservation Program.

Designed to help arts organizations identify and implement cost-effective energy conservation projects for their buildings, the ArtsBuild Energy Conservation Program is designed specifically for creative spaces including theatres, galleries, concert halls, museums and other arts facilities.

Check out our informational video!

Uncover opportunities to save money and move towards a more energy efficient building with the ArtsBuild Energy Conservation Program!

Making Spaces for Art: A Case Study – McMichael Canadian Art Collection

“If we can achieve this with a log and field stone building, on a ridge, in the middle of one hundred acres, anyone can.” – Victoria Dickenson

mcmichaelVictoria Dickenson, the CEO of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, is referring to the gallery’s LEED® Silver Certified status. The McMichael occupies a special spot in the midst of one hundred acres of picturesque conservation land. And what it has done with its one hundred acres is just as wonderful and inspirational as the landscapes that first inspired Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven.

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