Announcing the Creative Spaces Training Series!

Designed to support arts managers in building the core skills related to undertaking capital projects and ongoing operations, ABO is excited to share the news of our four part Creative Spaces Training Series! In this series, topic experts working in the sector will deliver four webinars. Each module focuses on selected topic areas identified by ABO’s network of 2,500+ arts organizations.

The Four Training Series Modules include:

Module #1: Strategic Planning and Partnerships
Presenter: Devin Glowinski, Co-Founder, Kilogram Studios
Thursday, November 14, 2019 | 1pm – 2:30pm
Cost: $25

Register HERE!

Module #2: Financial Management and Capital Projects
Presenter: Brian Arnott, Principal, Novita Interpares
Thursday, November 21,  2019 | 1pm – 2:30pm
Cost: $25
Register HERE!

Module #3: Capital Campaigns and Community Engagement
Presenter: Brian Arnott, Principal, Novita Interpares
Thursday, December 5th, 2019 | 1pm – 2:30pm
Cost: $25

Register HERE!

Module #4: Operational Planning Before, During and After a Capital Project
Presenters: Lauren Gould, Chief Operating Officer, Gardiner Museum and Jeanne LeSage, Principal, LeSage Arts Management
January 23, 2020 | 1pm – 2:30 pm
Cost: $25

Register HERE!

Read full module descriptions and presenter bios on the Training Series Webpage HERE!

Arts managers will have the opportunity to engage with presenters during the sessions. Participants will be provided with module materials, link to the recording and resources following the webinar.

These modules are designed for arts managers working within creative spaces under a variety of operating models and communities. If you have any questions about the series or would like more information, please contact Alex Glass, Interim Executive Director, at alex@artsbuildontario.ca.

This project is made possible by the Department of Canadian Heritage.


Join us on Nov. 12 for Creative Space Projects: A Brainstorming Workshop 2019

Learning Series

Creative Space Projects: A Brainstorming Workshop 2019

Date | Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Time | 10:00 AM – 3:00 p.m.
Location | Ontario Heritage Trust; The Gallery
Cost | $45

REGISTER HERE!

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

Participants will have the opportunity 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 discuss and brainstorm solutions or ideas around their own issues. Arts leaders who have completed a capital project will provide guidance and offer advice to participants based on their past experiences.

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 ArtsBuild Advisory Committee member.

Lunch will be provided to all participants. Please email any dietary restrictions/needs to Alex Glass at alex@artsbuildontario.ca.

ArtsBuild Ontario is proud to present The Learning Series, a collection of learning opportunities for arts facilities around ABOs core programs, including SpaceFinder, the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network and Asset Planner for the Arts.

This Learning Series workshop is funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage.


We’re hiring! Program Manager and Program & Communications Coordinator

PROGRAM MANAGER

Job Description

  • Initial five month contract, with the possibility of extension
  • Start Date: November 4, 2019
  • Downtown Kitchener
  • Full-time; 45,000 per year

Position Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director, duties include managing and executing all programs to ensure targets and goals are met annually and that grant needs and requirements are met. This includes working with the Executive Director and Program and Communications Coordinator as well as partners to ensure success.

Key Responsibilities

PROGRAM EXECUTION AND DELIVERY

  • Lead and execute all ABO programs to ensure program targets are met
  • Ensure that all program registration is captured and provided to the Program and Communications Coordinator
  • Continually evaluate programs to measure impact and inform new ideas that respond to the current needs of ABO’s network
  • Respond to questions via phone and email from inquiring organizations
  • Develop timelines to effectively deliver programs including travel and logistics
  • Develop program content and work with Program and Communications Coordinator on a marketing plan
  • Support, as necessary, program outreach through phone calls and emails
  • Ensure Program and Communications Coordinator and the ED has the information needed to create invoices
  • Develop reports from programs and projects for applications and knowledge sharing with ABO’s network
  • Represent ABO at 44 Gaukel as needed

PARTNERSHIP SUPPORT

  • Lead ABO’s partnerships to ensure program success
  • Maintain overall contact list regarding current and future program partners
  • Represent ArtsBuild when needed in person at ABO programs and sector events

MARKETING, COMMUNICATIONS AND WEBSITE SUPPORT

  • With the Program and Communications Coordinator, draft communications calendar as a template for the year
  • Support updating Mailchimp lists by providing all update information
  • Update website to ensure that all program information is up-to-date
  • Suggest and implement new tools to improve website
  • Contribute to the social media plan in relation to programs and work with the Program and Communications Coordinator to ensure they have all necessary program information

DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT

  • Support grant applications through reporting, review and ideas for new programs
  • Ensure annual goals for earned revenue from programs are met
  • Develop relationships with potential partners to support projects and programs

Skills Required

  • Experience delivering/hosting workshops, public speaking and delivering presentations
  • Ability to work independently and in a team, and to work within defined timelines
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively with quick turn arounds
  • Well organized, self-starter who is attentive to detail
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and technologically current with web based platforms (Adobe Connects, Hoot Suite, MailChimp, Survey Monkey and EventBrite)
  • Superior presentation and interpersonal skills to build enthusiastic partnerships and alliances.
  • Ability to maintain relationships with partners, presenters, consultants, etc…
  • Ability to coordinate and lead program committees with all communities that ABO supports in relations to creative spaces, including Indigenous communities, people who identify as having a disability, organizations in rural and remote areas, etc…
  • Previous working experience in database programs and online tools
  • Able to multi-task and work well in an entrepreneurial and creative environment.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Willingness and an ability to learn on the job a must
  • Website experience, specifically Word Press considered an asset
  • Able to work flexible hours, some evenings, weekends and travel required

Experience

  • Completion of a college or university degree in a related field
  • 1-2 years previous experience executing and managing programs
  • A working knowledge of a variety of arts disciplines as well previous experience working in the cultural sector
  • Knowledge of developing professional develop programs
  • Knowledge of database and information management
PROGRAM AND COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
  • Initial 5 month contract, with the likelihood of extension
  • Start Date: November 4, 2019
  • Downtown Kitchener
  • Full-time; 35,000 per year

Position Summary
Reporting to the Executive Director, duties include actively supporting the Program Manager and the Executive Director in executing program deliverables, managing all external communications and being the frontline support and lead for 44 Gaukel rentals.

Key Responsibilities
PROGRAM SUPPORT AND ADMINISTRATION

  • Respond to all English program inquiries via email or over the phone
  • Maintain current and up to date contact and registration lists for each ABO program
  • Respond to questions via phone and email from inquiring organizations
  • Assist in editing and reviewing program copy, content and formatting
  • Support webinars via Adobe Connects
  • Phone and email outreach for programs to support registration
  • Invoice and payment management, including invoice creation and follow up
  • Set up meetings and conference calls for ABO staff and partners
  • Provide user support, outreach and population of SpaceFinder and Bricks&Mortar

44 GAUKEL MANAGEMENT

  • Be the front-line contact for all 44 Gaukel inquiries, this may require being at a reception desk most days
  • Management and reconcile payments for 44 renters
  • Meeting renters in person when requested
  • Coordinate rentals, including schedules and key sign outs/returns
  • Attend Gaukel events outside of hours as necessary
  • Occasional maintenance of the space, including tidying up common areas, washing dishes and maintaining rehearsal space

WEBSITE MANAGEMENT

  • Update the Resource Library
  • Updater/review website weekly to promote ABO programs, resources, projects and relevant news to our network

MARKETING, COMMUNICATIONS

  • Develop and execute the Marketing and Communications calendar
  • Draft eBlasts and monthly newsletters according to the communications schedule
  • Develop and implement the social media plan using HootSuite
  • Maintain, verify and update Mailchimp lists
  • Work with promotional partners to promote programs and projects

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Execute social media for all managed programs
  • This includes but is not limited to Facebook, all Twitter accounts, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube
  • Work collaboratively with partner organizations to extend ABO reach
  • Work closely with the Program Manager to ensure all programs are promoted on all mediums

Skills Required

  • Ability to work independently and to work within defined timelines
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively with quick turn arounds
  • Well organized, self-starter who is attentive to detail
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and technologically current with web based platforms (Adobe Connects, Hoot Suite, MailChimp, Survey Monkey and EventBrite)
  • Design experience to support marketing efforts on Adobe Creative Suite and Canva considered an asset
  • Demonstrated experience and skill with various social media
  • Previous working experience in database programs and online tools
  • Website experience, specifically Word Press considered an asset
  • Able to multi-task and work well in an entrepreneurial and creative environment.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Superior presentation and interpersonal skills to build enthusiastic partnerships and alliances.
  • Willingness and an ability to learn on the job a must
  • Experience with public speaking and delivering presentations considered an asset
  • Able to work flexible hours, some evenings, weekends and travel required

Experience

  • Completion of a college or university degree in a related field
  • Previous experience of working with social media in a business/professional environment
  • Knowledge of database and information management
  • Previous experience working in a coordinator or administrator role desired
  • Customer Service Experience
  • A working knowledge of a variety of arts disciplines as well previous experience working in the cultural sector strongly desired
How to Apply:

Deadline to apply is Oct. 11, 2019. Please send your CV to Lindsay Golds @ lindsay@artsbuildontario.ca. No phone calls please.


Announcing LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT 2019-2020!

LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT is back! This two part workshop and webinar series will be offered over 2019-20 in the communities of Kitchener, Cambridge, Orangeville, Waterloo and Guelph. Through this series, ABO and presenting partners will be sharing local examples and strategies related to four key areas that support creative space capital projects. These include: Alternative Financing, Community Engagement, Building and Maintaining creative spaces.

PART 1 WORKSHOPS IN 2019

LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT PART 1 will offer two sessions on Alternative Financing for Capital Projects and Engaging Community in Capital Projects.

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, Christina Baker, the Director of Community Lending for the Community Forward Fund, will offer insights and alternative strategies to finance capital projects.

This session is intended for non-profit arts, culture, heritage, faith and community organizations looking for solutions to financing their current or upcoming creative space project.

About our Presenter Christina Baker

Christina Baker leads business development and community lending at Community Forward Fund and the Canadian Co-operative Investment Fund. She has more than 15 years of experience promoting positive community and economic growth while providing lending and financial services to businesses and community-based organizations. She holds an MBA in Finance from George Fox University and a BS in Communications from Portland State University.

 

About the Community Forward Fund

The Community Forward Fund (CFF) is an $11 million fund that provides loans to organizations that are committed to making a difference in their communities. We provide loans tailored to the needs of non-profits, Charities and social-enterprises – flexible financing that supports delivery of their mission and growth of enterprises. We also build financial capacity through financial reviews and coaching services. To date, CFF has advanced $18 million in loans to over 45 organizations across 8 sectors and 7 provinces and territories.

 

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.

This session is intended for non-profit arts, culture, heritage, faith and community organizations looking to engage community in their current or upcoming creative space project.

About our Presenter Jeremy Freiburger

Jeremy Freiburger is the Chief Connector and Cultural Strategist of Cobalt Connect. Jeremy has been a leader in Hamilton’s creative community for over 15 years. His experience ranges from producing award-winning theatre and ballet with the RBC Festival of Classics and Canadian Ballet Youth Ensemble, to developing more than 200,000 square feet of studio facilities, to writing policy and plans for municipalities focused on creative sector development.

Focusing primarily on regional and municipal partnership development, and organizational development, Jeremy is the founder of Cobalt Connects. Jeremy has spoken at dozens conferences on the subject of creative community economic development, and has sat on many boards and committees including the Our Cultural Community Committee (Chair, City of Hamilton Cultural Plan), Supercrawl, CANVAS and the Bay Area Restoration Council.

About Cobalt Connect

Cobalt Connects is a non-profit arts service organization designated by the Ontario Arts Council. Cobalt Connects was initially created to address the need for affordable artist studios and cultural spaces, but has grown over the past fifteen years into a dynamic organization with expertise in cultural programming, research, and implementation.

Dividing its activities into four core areas (Space, Exchange, Consulting and Public Art), Cobalt Connects is actively playing a role in developing cultural capacity in Hamilton, Burlington, Brantford, Barrie and dozens of other municipalities each year.  Our on-the-ground experience in arts programming and implementation combined with our extensive research and policy development with municipalities makes us a unique partner for a wide variety of projects.

 

WORKSHOP LOCATIONS AND DATES:

KITCHENER
Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m.  – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
Host: City of Kitchener
Register HERE!

CAMBRIDGE
Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m.  – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Cambridge Centre for the Arts, Donaldson Room
Host: City of Cambridge
Register HERE!

ORANGEVILLE
Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m.  – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Theatre Orangeville
Host: Theatre Orangeville
Register HERE!

WATERLOO
Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m.  – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Visitor & Heritage Centre
Host: City of Waterloo
Register HERE!

GUELPH
Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m.  – 3:00 p.m.
Location: 10 Carden
Host: Guelph Arts Council
Register HERE!

Learn more about Webinars and Part 2 Workshops on the LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT program page. 

This program is presented in partnership with the Community Forward Fund, Cobalt Connects, the Dalton Company and WalterFedy

LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT is generously supported by the the Ontario Trillium Foundation


Work with us! We are hiring a Community Coordinator

Job Description

Reporting to the Program & Assistant Executive Director, duties include: supporting rentals at 44 Gaukel (an arts and tech hub in downtown Kitchener); supporting ArtsBuild Ontario’s (ABO) programs as needed; actively working with organizations to list their rentals on SpaceFinder across Ontario. This will involve outreach to creative spaces across the province.

Key Responsibilities

44 GAUKEL

  • Work with Program & Communications Coordinator to support rentals program at 44 Gaukel
  • This involves working with artists, organizations and community groups interesting in using rental spaces
  • Provide tours, coordinate key sign outs, prepare rental agreements and track payments
  • Work with Program & Communications Coordinator to update 44 Gaukel website

SPACEFINDER

  • Work with organizations in listing on SpaceFinder across Ontario; this includes walking organizations through the registration process
  • Work with Program & Communications coordinator to provide support to users
  • Contribute to other outreach and marketing efforts for SpaceFinder, such as social media, blog posts and communications

SOCIAL MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Work with Program & Communications coordinator to develop social media strategies
  • Support communications plans and develop content for ABO’s blog

Skills Required

  • Post secondary education in related field (arts management, communications, non-profit management)
  • Minimum of 1 year related experience working with non-profit/arts/community organizations
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player within defined timelines
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively with quick turn-arounds
  • Well organized, self-starter who is attentive to detail
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Demonstrated experience and skill with various social media
  • Previous working experience in database programs and online tools an asset
  • Website experience, specifically Word Press considered an asset
  • Able to multi-task and work well in an entrepreneurial and creative environment
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Superior interpersonal skills to build enthusiastic partnerships and alliances
  • Willingness and an ability to learn on the job a must
  • Able to work flexible hours, some evenings, weekends and travel required

Learning Opportunities

  • Build experience in social media, marketing and outreach
  • Development and fundraising: soliciting donation, sponsorship requests, auction organization
  • Networking opportunities with arts facilities and arts service organizations across the province
  • Gain applied experience using web-based platforms (Adobe Connects, HootSuite, MailChimp, Survey Monkey, WordPress and Eventbrite)
  • Gain applied experience working with database systems and online tools with SpaceFinder
  • Gain facility management experience through rentals at 44 Gaukel and working with ABO Staff

Additional Info:

  • Downtown Kitchener location
  • Part-time (three days a week, up to 30 hrs/week ,may include weekends and/or evenings)
  • $17-19/hr depending on experience
  • 3-month probationary period
  • Must live in Kitchener-Waterloo

Apply by April 20, 2019

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