Announcing The Creative Spaces Case Studies Webinar Series!

The Creative Space Case Studies Webinar Series features case studies inspired by creative spaces across Ontario that have executed a capital project or renovation. Presenters, who are arts managers who have completed a capital project, will share their road map on how they started from the visioning/planning stage to designing/building to operating/sustaining their creative spaces. Webinar participants will have the opportunity for questions.

Restoring and Revitalizing a 1934 Independent Cinema – The Westdale Theatre
Presenter: Fred Fuchs, Chair of Board of the Westdale Cinema Group
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST
Cost: Free!
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Improving Venue Accessibility – The Al Green Theatre
Presenters: Peter Fehlhaber, Manager of Theatre & Bookings, MNJCC & Angie Stillitano, Director of Leadership Development & Organizational Transformation, MNJCC
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST
Cost: Free!
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Read the full descriptions, including biographs 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 amy@artsbuildontario.ca.

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


The Creative Spaces Mentoring Network is Accepting Applications for 2020-21!

 

Mentorship is about expanding your knowledge, growing your skills and making connections. ArtsBuild Ontario’s Creative Spaces Mentoring Network (CSMN) is a mentoring program for cultural leaders in Ontario’s art sector focused on strengthening the business and management skills needed to successfully oversee, renew and develop creative spaces. The 2020-21 CSMN program is now open for applications!

HOW IT WORKS
ArtsBuild Ontario will match cultural leaders from around Ontario with experienced mentors from their own or other sectors.  After an initial training workshop, the mentoring teams will meet in person for up to three hours monthly from May 2020 to March 2021. The mentoring team discussions are confidential and will focus on particular challenges and skills identified by the mentee at the beginning of the partnership. All teams will take part in a Kick-Off Workshop and Wrap Up Webinar.  Additional training materials and learning opportunities, including webinars on creative space projects, will be provided to participants.

PROGRAM TIMELINE

Deadline for Mentee Applications Thursday, January 30, 2020
Application selection January 2020 – February 2020
Partner Matching February 2020 – March 2020
First Training Workshop Week of April 13, 2020
Mentoring Sessions Begin Friday, May 1, 2020
Wrap Up Webinar Week of March 29, 2021

HOW TO APPLY
1. Complete the Application Form
2. Provide a letter of support for your mentee application
3. Record a 1 – 2 minute video on your smartphone or web camera telling us: about you and your organization, your facilities plans and/or projects, and how this opportunity would benefit you. Email your video with your application.
4. Submit the application online and email the letter of support as well as a video file or link to Amy Poole, Program Manager at amy@artsbuildontario.ca.

If you are selected and matched with a mentor there will be a $200 +HST program fee and there will be a letter of agreement to be signed outlining your role and our expectations.

If you are selected by ArtsBuild Ontario, we will work hard to match you with a suitable mentor based on the skills outlined in your application.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

For more information about the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network, please contact Amy Poole, Program Manager at 519.880.3670 ext 102 or amy@artsbuildontario.ca.

Read more information on the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network page!


Join us for the LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT Webinar Series!

In this webinar series, we will be sharing examples and strategies on the topics of Alternative Financing for Capital Projects and Engaging Community in Capital Projects with presenting partners from the Community Forward Fund and Cobalt Connects! Both sessions will include examples of projects within the arts sector. The contents of these webinars echos the LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT Workshops that ArtsBuild Ontario has offered in the past – with two more workshops coming to Guelph & Cambridge in 2020!

All webinars are intended for non-profit arts, culture, heritage, faith and community organizations with a current or upcoming creative space project.

The LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT Webinar Series includes:

Engaging Community in Capital Projects Part 1: Preparing Yourself for Outreach
Presenter: Jeremy Freiburger, Chief Connector & Cultural Strategist, Cobalt Connects
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $25
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Alternative Financing for Capital Projects Part 1: Thinking About Your Options & How They Fit Together
Presenter: Julia Vlad, Vice President of Lending, Community Forward Fund
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $25
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Engaging Community in Capital Projects Part 2: Going Public
Presenter: Jeremy Freiburger, Chief Connector & Cultural Strategist, Cobalt Connects
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $25
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Alternative Financing for Capital Projects Part 2: Overcoming Fear of Loans to Support Capital Projects
Presenter: Julia Vlad, Vice President of Lending, Community Forward Fund
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $25
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Read the full descriptions, including biographs of the presenters on our webinar page.

These webinars will be delivered through Adobe Connect. There will be time for questions and discussion with the presenter following their presentation. If you require a dial-in conference line or additional accommodations to participate, please contact amy@artsbuildontario.ca.

LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and presented in partnership with the Community Forward Fund and Cobalt Connects.


Winter LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT Part 1 Workshops in Guelph and Cambridge!

In part 1 of this 2 part workshop series, we will be sharing examples and strategies on the topics of Alternative Financing for Capital Projects and Engaging Community in Capital Projects with presenting partners from the Community Forward Fund and Cobalt Connects! Each topic will be a session at the workshop. Both sessions will include examples of projects within the arts sector.

LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT – Part 1 – Guelph
Presenters: Julia Vlad, Vice President of Lending, Community Forward Fund & Jeremy Freiburger, Chief Connector & Cultural Strategist, Cobalt Connects
Thursday, February 27, 2020 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: 10 Carden, 42 Carden St, Guelph, ON N1H 3A2
Host: Guelph Arts Council
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LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT – Part 1 – Cambridge
Presenters: Julia Vlad, Vice President of Lending, Community Forward Fund & Jeremy Freiburger, Chief Connector & Cultural Strategist, Cobalt Connects
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Cambridge Centre for the Arts, 60 Dickson Street, Cambridge, ON, N1R 8N1
Host: City of Cambridge
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Alternative Financing for Capital Projects

While securing funds to renew and develop creative spaces is often top of mind for arts leaders, the answer is never simple. In this session, we will explore alternative funding and financing methods that can help creative spaces support their projects. Drawing on recent examples and local successes, Julia Vlad, the Vice President of Lending for the Community Forward Fund, will offer insights and alternative strategies to finance capital projects.

Engaging Community in Capital Projects

When building or renovating a creative space, uncovering and integrating community needs are essential for the success of a project. In this session, Jeremy Freiburger, Chief Connector and Cultural Strategist of Cobalt Connect, will be sharing strategies and recommendations for engaging the local community in capital projects and developing creative spaces around community needs.

Learn more about the workshops and presenters on the LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT page.


Registration for the 2020 Creative Spaces Brainstorming Workshop is now open!

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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.

Additionally, students from Conestoga College’s Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours) will present their mock plan for a creative hub at the Joseph Schneider Haus 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. Please email any dietary restrictions/needs to Amy Poole at amy@artsbuildontario.ca.

Our Panelists Include:

 

Creative Space Projects: A Brainstorming Workshop 2020
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 | 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Ontario Heritage Trust; The Gallery, Toronto
$45 (Lunch included!)
Register Here!

Learn more about the panelists and workshop on the Brainstorming Workshop Page!