COVID-19 Update: ABO Staff to Work from Home Under Provincial Lockdown Order

With the Ontario Government instating a provincial wide lockdown over the holiday break, ABO staff will not be returning to our office at 44 Gaukel until after the lockdown order has been lifted. The safety of our program participants, staff, and Ontario communities comes first. This means ABO staff will continue to work from home until further notice.


While ABO Staff works from home, we are still available online by email, phone or even Zoom/Skype! Please feel free to contact us during regular hours, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tyler Woodward
Program & Communications Coordinator

Amy Poole
Program Manager

Diana Moser
Interim Executive Director

If you have any questions, would like more information about contacting ABO or our upcoming programs, please do not hesitate to email us.

November 2020 Program Updates

After a lot of work behind the scenes, ArtsBuild Ontario is happy to announce some great news about our LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT Workshop and Webinars, and the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network 2021-2022.


LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT (LIBIMI) began as a two-part workshop and webinar series. That covered 4 key areas that support creative space capital projects:

  • Alternative Financing
  • Community Engagement
  • Building/Renovating
  • Maintaining/Managing Creative Spaces

Part 1 began with workshops in several communities. However, as the health and safety of our participants is of the utmost importance, and in light of concerns regarding workshop attendance during the COVID-19 pandemic, ABO has decided to change these workshops into one-on-one virtual sessions to complement the part 2 webinars.

Our Virtual Consultative Sessions kick off with finishing LIBIMI Part 1! Part 1 covers the topics of Alternative Financing for Capital Projects and Engaging Community in Capital Project and will conclude with two Virtual Consultative Sessions for participants within the Cambridge area.

In these sessions, participants in and near Cambridge with a creative space project in mind will have an opportunity to sign up for a one-on-one consultation with presenters Julia Vlad and Jeremy Freiburger. Presenters will offer guidance and perspective based on their expertise and pertaining to their session topics.

Cambridge Virtual Consultative Sessions are January 12 & 19 2021. Learn more about them here, or apply for a spot here. Applications close on December 10, 2020.

We will have more information about the LIBIMI Part 2 Webinars in the coming months, so please keep a lookout for that!

Creative Spaces Mentoring Network 2021-2022

We’re happy to announce the 2021-2022 edition of the Creative Space Mentoring Network! We are now seeking mentors for current and future iterations of the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network! If you have been part of a capital project, strategic plan, or have the knowledge to share in arts management, the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network provides an opportunity for you to support fellow arts managers and foster strong arts and heritage sectors.

To support our mentors during COVID-19, ABO will provide a one-time honorarium to mentors matched with mentees for CSMN 2021-2022.

How To Apply:

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please complete this Mentor Interest Form. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Poole, Program Manager, at or 519-880-3670 ext. 102.

Learn more about the CSMN 2021-2022 program here and stay tuned for when we start looking for mentees!

ArtsBuild Ontario’s CSMN 2020-21 Launches Today!

ArtsBuild Ontario is excited to announce that the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network 2020-21 officially kicks off today! After matching mentees with cultural leaders who could help them with their creative space challenge, ABO brought everyone together in an online webinar to explain the rules, learn from the experiences of last year’s participants, and more. Now, mentees and mentors are ready to start building their relationships and sharing knowledge!

This year’s participants are excited to get started!

“I’m looking forward to connecting with my mentee to contribute to their growth and share insights on the highs and challenges of establishing a viable arts destination.

The CSMN program provides a wonderful opportunity for both parties to gain perspective and further define what success means in the arts and cultural sector. I’m proud to be part of this program for a second year.”

Nadine Baker
Facility Manager
The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning
2020-21 Mentor

“We are thrilled to be part of this program and we are truly looking forward to working with Tim Jennings, CEO of the Shaw Festival. His great expertise in capital projects will be of extraordinary value to us as we move forward in all the different steps of getting ready for our infrastructure project.”

Camille Mauran Ghislain Caron
Corporate Liaison Manager Managing Director
Théâtre français de Toronto
2020-21 Mentees




“I am so looking forward to advising and supporting Susan as she plans and prepares Flick The Switch’s marketing and communications. She has created a wonderful organization, and there is so much opportunity for communication, community, connection, and cultivating sales and revenues. I am excited to be a part of the organization’s development over the next year.”

Heather Kelly
Marketing Consultant
HKC Marketing

2020-21 Mentor

“Alumnae Theatre Company’s ancient analogue sound, lighting and communications systems are now negatively affecting the quality of our productions. With the practical experience of a wonderful mentor like Phillip Silver, I now have the guidance to oversee a feasibility study which will become the roadmap for moving forward on a comprehensive digital infrastructure project.”

Brenda Darling
Past President of the Board
Alumnae Theatre Company

2020-21 Mentee

Not familiar with the Creative Spaces Mentoring Program? Read more here! Would you like notifications about registration for the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network 2021-22? Sign up for our mailing list!

New Webinar: Securing Permanent Space!

We’re excited to announce a new webinar to the Creative Space Case Studies Webinar Series! This new webinar will be on the topic of securing space for arts and creative organizations which previously had no permanent space, featuring presentations from John Kastner, General Manager of the Stratford Perth Museum, and Franco Boni, former Artistic Director of the Theatre Centre.

Securing Permanent Space
Date: August 20, 2020
Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: FREE!
Presenters: John Kastner, General Manager of the Stratford Perth Museum and Franco Boni, former Artistic Director of The Theatre Centre
Register Here

Read the full descriptions, including biographies of the presenters on our webinar page.

These webinars are intended for arts managers interested in learning more about capital project development as well as the restoration and maintenance of creative spaces. There will be time for questions and discussion with the presenter following their presentation.

Additionally, a recording of the webinar will be e-mailed to participants. These webinars will be delivered through Adobe Connect. If you require a dial-in conference line or additional accommodations to participate, please contact

The Creative Space Case Studies Webinar Series is supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage.