CSMN Mentee Spotlight: Brenda Darling, The Alumnae Theatre Company

Creative Spaces Mentoring Network

As we enter into a new iteration of the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network, we would like to share one final interview with mentee Brenda Darling around the topic of her experiences and learning with the 2020-2021 iteration of CSMN!

 

1. What motivated you to sign up for the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network?
Alumnae Theatre Company ‘s facility needed many upgrades and improvements from sound and lighting systems to accessibility. We didn’t even know what it might cost or how to find out. We asked the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network whether they could find someone to help us in create a request for proposal to upgrade a theatre facility.

2. Who was your mentor?
Phillip Silver.

3. Were they a part of the same industry/arts discipline as you? If not, were you still able
to learn things applicable to your situation from your mentor?
With experience that extended from theatre and opera set and lighting design, to renovation and design of contemporary theatre facilities to leading the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University, Phillip understood our situation immediately and could recommend exactly what we needed to do.

4. How did your one-to-one meetings take place? What kind of structure did your meetings have?
Due to the pandemic, Philip Silver and I have spoken for many, many hours, but we have never met except over Zoom. Our discussions were guided by the practical steps in developing a “Request For Proposal”. Often our next meeting would be arranged once I had completed my assigned research.

5. How did the knowledge gained from having a mentor, or how did your mentor directly, help you solve a challenge or issue you were having with your creative space project? Briefly explain the issue or challenge and how your mentor was a part of solving it.
To begin with, I had intended to write an RFP requesting a costing for every upgrade we’d dreamed about for our perfect facility. I hadn’t realized how much a consultant would charge for pricing our many options. Patiently, Phillip talked me through the cost implications of some of the more elaborate, most unlikely dreams. I removed them from the RFP: why pay to price something that we were definitely not going to undertake?

6. Over the last year, how much has your knowledge of creative space projects changed and how much of that would you attribute to the mentoring network? Do you have more confidence moving forward in your project?
I have gone from 0 to 99 in my ability to prepare an RFP, thanks to my mentor. Best of all, the basics of this this new skill can be used in multiple situations large or small, in or out of the arts, for many years to come. I also know it well enough that I could instruct others.

7. Would you recommend this program to someone who was in your position a year ago? If so, why would you?
This seems to be an ideal program in which to accomplish a specific challenge or project which requires practical steps to complete.

8. If someone wanted to make the best use of the Creative Space Mentoring Network, what would you recommend to them?
If the project is outside your experience or abilities, so much the better, especially if you intend to do all the leg work, and will rely on your mentor for just advice and guidance.

 

Brenda Darling, Past President of the Board for The Alumnae Theatre Company

We look forward to continuing the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network in 2021-2022!


ArtsBuild Ontario Announces New Interim Executive Director

KITCHENER – May 20, 2020 – The Board of Directors of ArtsBuild Ontario (ABO) is happy to announce the appointment of Diana Moser as the new Interim Executive Director.

Ms. Moser will head the organization’s overall financial, strategic, and operational leadership while the Executive Director, Alex Glass, is on maternity leave. Ms. Moser brings several years of experience with Arts Council Wood Buffalo in Fort McMurray where she held a variety of posts including Programs Manager and Interim Executive Director.

“We’re excited to have Diana on board to guide ABO. As someone with extensive experience with the arts community, facilities, and organizations she is a fantastic fit for ABO’s current need.” – Kristian Clarke, President

Ms. Moser helped establish the Arts Council Wood Buffalo as a trusted arts support organization for the region and combines this experience with her experience at the Oil Sands Discovery Centre, Theatre; Just Because and the Wood Buffalo 2018 Alberta Winter Games.

She has a BA and MA in History from McMaster University and a Master of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto.

Please join us in welcoming Ms. Moser to her new role at ABO.


Creative Spaces Online Training Series Modules Available for Purchase!

Creative Spaces Online Training Series Modules Available for Purchase!

This training series is designed to support arts managers in building the core skills necessary to support capital projects and ongoing operations in creative spaces. Delivered by topic experts working in the sector, each module focuses on a topic area identified as the most integral to capital projects by ABO’s network of 2,500+ arts organizations. The Creative Spaces Online Training Series was originally delivered from November 14, 2019, to January 23, 2020.

The Training Series includes four modules, $40 each, available for purchase:

  1. Strategic Planning and Partnerships
  2. Financial Management and Capital Projects
  3. Campaigns and Community Engagement
  4. Operating Planning Before, During, and After a Capital Project

Each Module comes with:

  •  A Recording of The Webinar
  • A PDF of the Presentation
  • A Transcription of the recording
  • Any extra resources the presenter(s) provided to the attendees

We accept Credit or eTransfer. Please contact Tyler Woodward, Program and Communications Coordinator at tyler@artsbuildontario.ca to purchase.
These modules are designed for arts managers working within creative spaces under a variety of operating models and communities.


Now Hiring! Executive Director (Maternity Leave)

Date Posted: March 4, 2020
Application Deadline:
April 5, 2020
Start Date: 
May 11, 2020

Salary: $55,000 to $60,000
Job Type: 
Contract – 1 year
Career Level: 
Executive/board member

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (MATERNITY LEAVE) 

ArtsBuild Ontario (ABO) seeks an Executive Director to fill a temporary maternity leave contract. The Executive Director will lead the organization and continue its excellent work province-wide. The position will commence in early to mid May 2020. ArtsBuild Ontario’s office is located in downtown Kitchener. This position requires that the Executive Director be present in-person in the office, Monday to Friday (9am – 5pm).

Incorporated in 2006, ArtsBuild Ontario is the only organization in Ontario dedicated to realizing long-term solutions to building, managing and financing the sustainable arts facilities needed in Ontario communities. Together with industry, non-profit and government partners, ArtsBuild jointly and cost-effectively develops innovative tools, services and resources to help over 3,400 arts organizations and managers across Ontario construct and operate the facilities they need.

ArtsBuild’s organizational model is one of collaboration and partnership. By forging relationships with leading non-profit and private sector partners, ArtsBuild delivers programs for capital project planning, facilities management, sustainability and financing.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, responsibilities of the position include:

STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP

  • Execute the Strategic Plan
  • Follow, execute and expand upon the existing business plan
  • Evaluate and explore new partnerships and programs where relevant to successfully implement the strategic plan

PROGRAMMING SUPPORT

  • Ensure the smooth operation of ArtsBuild’s existing programs, program partners and commitments
  • Provide hands-on support to program staff, to successfully implement all existing programs and commitments
  • Develop and execute new programming ideas as relevant and needed

44 GAUKEL CREATIVE WORKPLACE

  • Lead recruitment of tenants and renters, and contribute to the strategic vision of 44 Gaukel Creative Workplace in partnership with the City of Kitchener and the Accelerator Centre

GRANT RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Research, write and apply to relevant grants as needed at all levels of government
  • Report to all funders, including reporting through CADAC

RELATIONSHIP BUILDING & MANAGEMENT

  • Act as ArtsBuild’s spokesperson
  • Meet with and explore opportunities with current and potential funders and partners
  • Interaction with funders, donors, volunteers and community at large
  • Continue to advocate for our constituents needs at large

BOARD

  • Provide professional support to the Board of Directors
  • Keep the board informed of major decisions, updates and news

FISCAL AND OPERATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Financial and administrative management of ArtsBuild including supervision of policy directives, grant and proposal preparations and reports to funders and Board
  • Work with bookkeeper and accountant to ensure all fiscal responsibilities are met
  • Hire, supervise and provide leadership to administrative staff,  including contracting all personnel within the organization

Our successful candidate will be a go-getter, an individual excited by the opportunity to execute ArtsBuild’s core and project -based programs, and to be a part of its growth and evolution as a valued contributor to our Province’s arts community. This individual will be prepared and willing to take an active role in all aspects of the business as needed to ensure success.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Capacity to continue the innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to business development
  • Ability to manage ArtsBuild Ontario’s human and financial resources, programs and activities
  • Experience working with public funders (municipal, provincial and federal) and applying for project funding
  • Experience working with diverse communities, including Indigenous communities and people with disabilities
  • Excellent written / verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Skills in working with small staff, board and committees, public funders, foundations and existing and new partners and collaborators
  • An appreciation of the contribution arts and culture bring to communities across the Province

HOW TO APPLY

ArtsBuild Ontario is an organization that is working to embed the values of individual and group differences within its working environment. We strive to embrace the diversity of backgrounds and perspectives of our staff, members, arts community and partners. Indigenous peoples, people of colour, and people across the spectrums of gender, sexuality, age, and abilities are encouraged to apply.

If you have questions or concerns about accessibility throughout the hiring process, please email: alex@artsbuildontario.ca.

Please email your resume with a one to two page covering letter outlining why you are the person for this position to Alex Glass, alex@artsbuildontario.ca. No phone calls please.

This is a contract position.

Application Deadline: April 5, 2020 or until the right candidate is found.


Register today for Creative Spaces Series Recap Webinar!

Couldn’t attend our Creative Spaces Brainstorming Workshop Interested in learning more about creative space capital projects across Ontario? Don’t miss our upcoming webinar Creative Spaces Series Recap: Brainstorming Workshop, Best Practices Report.

Creative Spaces Series Recap: Brainstorming Workshop, Best Practices Report
Presenter: Amy Poole, Program Manager, ArtsBuild Ontario
Friday, March 27, 2020 | Time: 12:00 p.m.– 1:30 p.m. EST
Cost: Free!
Register Here

This webinar features two parts:

  1. Recap of the Creative Spaces Brainstorming Workshop 2020 that occurred on Tues. Feb. 25, 2020
  2. Overview of the Creative Spaces Case Study Series Best Practices Report

Part 1: Recap of the Creative Spaces Brainstorming Workshop

ABO will cover the needs and common challenges identified by arts organizations during the workshop, as well as ideas and insights shared during the session. Furthermore, she will give a brief overview of the three capital project examples that were shared by panelists Nadine Baker, Facility Manager of the Tett Centre, Kendra Fry, General Manager at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre for Faith, Justice, & the Arts, and Jaime Griffis, Director of Programming & Promotions at Idea Exchange.

In addition, we will provide a brief summary of the ‘Studio X’ presentation by Conestoga College students in the Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours) program, highlighting their mock plan to transform the former Schneider’s factory in Kitchener.

Part 2: Overview of the Creative Spaces Case Study Series Best Practices Report

The second part of the webinar will provide an overview of the Creative Space Case Study Series Best Practices Report. This report summarizes data on creative space capital projects collected from the following 19 organizations:

  • Al Green Theatre (Toronto)
  • Canadian Automotive Museum (Oshawa)
  • Carousel Players (St. Catharines)
  • Dundas Museum and Archives (Dundas)
  • Dundas Valley School of Art (Dundas)
  • FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (St. Catharines)
  • Gallerie SAW Gallery (Ottawa )
  • Great Canadian Theatre Company (Ottawa)
  • Idea Exchange: Old Post Office (Cambridge)
  • The Lighthouse Festival Theatre (Port Dover)
  • Meridian Hall (Toronto)
  • Ottawa Art Gallery (Ottawa)
  • Stratford Perth Museum (Stratford)
  • The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning (Kingston)
  • The Theatre Centre (Toronto)
  • The Thunder Bay Art Gallery (Thunder Bay)
  • Toronto Centre for the Arts (Toronto)
  • Trinity-St. Paul’s & Tafelmusik: Jeanne Lamon Hall (Toronto)
  • The Westdale Theatre (Hamilton)

We will provide a summary of the data collected from these organizations on their capital project needs, the process of how organizations executed these projects, how operations continued following these phases, and lessons learned. The Best Practices Report provides arts organizations who are considering or currently embarking on a capital project with examples of similar and differing projects, and can act as a guideline for arts organizations across Ontario.

This webinar is open to those who attended the Creative Spaces Brainstorming Workshop 2020, individuals who were unable to participate in-person, and anyone who is interested in learning about our Creative Spaces Case Study Series Best Practices Report.

This webinar is a part of ArtsBuild Ontario’s Learning Series, a collection of learning opportunities for arts facilities across Ontario. The Creative Spaces Case Study Series is funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage.