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 June 2020 to May 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 Friday, March 13, 2020
Application Selection March 2020
Partner Matching March 2020 – May 2020
First Training Webinar Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Mentoring Sessions Begin Monday, June 1, 2020
Mid-Program Workshop/Webinar Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Wrap Up Webinar Week of April 26, 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.

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.

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.

Alternative Financing for Capital Projects Part 2: Overcoming Fear of Loans
Presenter: Julia Vlad, Vice President of Lending, Community Forward Fund
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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
Register Now!

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, May 12, 2020 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: The Cambridge Centre for the Arts, 60 Dickson Street, Cambridge, ON  N1R 8N1
Register now!

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!


ABO welcomes Kristian Clarke as President and Chris Plunkett as Vice President of our Board of Directors

ABO is pleased to share the appointment of Kristian Clarke, Executive Director of the Dancer Transition Resource Centre, as ABO’s new Board President. A long time arts sector advocate, Clarke brings with him decades of knowledge and experience in the sector and we are thrilled to have him lead the Board of Directors through the next few years.

Joining Clarke, as the Vice President, is Chris Plunkett, VP of Global Communications coming from OpenText located in Waterloo. During another period of growth, we are thankful for Plunkett’s experience and knowledge of the tech sector locally here in KW.

ABO extends a heartfelt thanks to Past President, Chris Loreto, Principal with Strategy Corp, after serving for 9 years on the board. In 2012, Loreto joined the Board of Directors and soon began serving as President. Under his leadership Loreto led a fulsome strategic planning process and developed our first Strategic Plan in 2014. Three years later, he led a refresh that continued to support our ongoing initiatives and provided direction to new opportunities.

ArtsBuild would like to gratefully acknowledge the contributions of our outgoing board members for their contributions to our organization.

Will Chow served on ABO’s board for the past 4 years. Chow brought with him expertise in finance and capital infrastructure and we were fortunate to have his insight and participation as a mentor in our Creative Spaces Mentoring Network.

Randy Dalton was been a long-standing board member of ABO since 2012. Dalton was a tremendous support in our LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT program, bringing his decades of capital infrastructure to the program as well as financial contributions.

We would also like to thank the rest of our Board Members that continue to support our work; Bill Ralph, Treasurer; Nisha Dhaliwal, Director; and Zainub Verjee, Chair of our Advisory Committee.