Creative Spaces: Brainstorming Workshop 2020 Banner ImageDate | Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Time | 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Location | Ontario Heritage Trust; The Gallery, Toronto
Cost | $45


This brainstorming workshop is designed for arts organizations across Ontario considering or currently embarking on a creative space project.

This workshop provides the opportunity for participants to discuss their projects and openly problem-solve with others tackling similar projects. Participants will be guided through a series of exercises that will allow them to brainstorm solutions or ideas around their own issues. Arts leaders who have completed a capital project will provide a panel discussion and offer guidance to participants based on their past experiences. This year’s panelists are Kendra Fry, General Manager at Trinity St. Paul’s, Jaime Griffis, Director of Programming and Promotion at Idea Exchange and Nadine Baker, Facility Manager at The Tett Centre for Learning and Creativity.

Additionally, students from Conestoga College’s Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours) will present their mock plan for a creative hub at the former Schneider’s factory building in Kitchener.

Projects can include:

  • Capital Projects
  • Facility Upgrades
  • Improving Accessibility
  • Fundraising and Capital Campaigns
  • Community Engagement
  • And more!

This workshop will be facilitated by Lucy White, Principal at The Osborne Group and former ABO Advisory Committee member.

Lunch will be provided to all participants.

About our Panelist Kendra Fry

Kendra Fry has had a long career in the arts mostly as a General Manager in theatre including the iconic Theatre Passe Muraille.  Kendra is currently the General Manager of Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts, the home of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and another 30 professional and numerous amateur arts organizations.  In addition to managing TSP Kendra is an Associate with Regeneration Works, a nation wide project to regenerate old churches to enhance their community usage and value.

About our Panelist Jaime Griffis

Jaime Griffis is the Director of Programming and Promotion at Idea Exchange in Cambridge, Ontario. A graduate of Dalhousie University’s MLIS program, she began her library career at Halifax Public Library and has worked in public service management positions at Eastern Counties Regional Library, NS, in Cape Breton and Barrie Public Library, ON. A participant in the Canadian Urban Libraries Council first cohort of the Public Library Leadership Fellows Program, she discovered a passion for change leadership and innovation. Outside Idea Exchange, she can be found canoe tripping in Ontario’s backcountry wilderness.

About our Panelist Nadine Baker

Nadine Baker has passionately supported the not-for-profit arts and cultural sector both in Toronto and Kingston for 20 years. With her background in design, fine arts, and business administration, Nadine became involved with the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning,  in 2010 during its infancy as a charitable arts organization. As a founding Director of the Tett Centre’s Board of Directors, Nadine was a key leader in the development of management and sustainable business strategies in preparation for the centre’s re-opening in 2015. Owned by the City of Kingston, the waterfront heritage building is now operated independently under Nadine’s leadership as Facility Manager. With her team of dedicated staff, a volunteer Board of Directors, and in partnership with Kingston’s Department of Cultural Services, the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning is thriving as a meaningful contributor to Kingston’s arts scene.