Facilities management made easy!

As ArtsBuild has traveled to different parts of the province and has been engaged in more and more conversations about arts facilities and your needs, we have really begun to recognize how much support is needed to help our organizations manage their facilities.

We have been trying to understand who is responsible for maintaining arts facilities, who is responsible for capital improvements and who pays the bills! In most cases the answer isn’t cut and dry. There is more than one player and at the end of the day it is the organization that needs their facility alive and well for the art.

Most municipalities have a system that monitors the life of their infrastructure and if the municipality owns and takes care of your building then the life of your building is tracked through this type of system.

But what happens if you are responsible for your facility? How do you afford such a system and how do you begin to find one? And, is this the right tool for you? We took these questions and began talking to those in the field of Asset Management to find a system that:

1. Would be affordable to arts organizations and

2. Would provide organizations with training and expertise.

Ameresco, an environmental sustainability company, introduced us to their system and we knew immediately that this could be the solution for our sector. This program provides arts organizations with an affordable solution, that tracks all the components of your arts facility (yes – this includes your lighting grids and temperature control systems and other such unique components).


This asset management program will help you prioritize what needs to be done to your building, when and for how much. It will give you charts, reports and data without you having to click through numerous excel sheets (and it will house all those facility documents you have lying around too).


With support from other arts service organizations Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, Ontario Association of Art Galleries and Ontario Museums Association, we are hosting two demonstrations of this system that we believe will take some of the burden off of our arts facilities managers (whether they be Executive Directors, Artistic Managers or Curators) and help with keeping our arts facilities in good repair. We have invited Ameresco’s VP of Asset Sustainability, to answer all of your questions and give you a walk-through of how you can use this system. These sessions are free and important for anyone that operates an arts facility. Graciously hosted by OMA, OAAG and TAPA – please let Lindsay MacDonald lindsay@artsbuildontario.ca know if you would like to attend.

50 Baldwin ST – George Brown House
Suite 350 – 401 Richmond – TAPA Boardroom

Asset Planner for the Arts is here!

It’s tracking the condition of your facilities. It’s forecasting when repairs and upgrades need to be made. It’s planning for the unexpected (and expected).

It’s Asset Planner for the Arts – and ArtsBuild is excited to bring this tool to arts organizations that want to plan ahead by knowing the costs of keeping their buildings in good repair and by having the ability to attract smart financing to be able to do it.

Asset Planner for the Arts provides:

  • An accurate snapshot of your facility’s condition, letting you be proactive in scheduling managing annual upkeep, upgrades and capital projects.
  • Built-in modeling allowing you to do strategic, long term planning for your facility, with a focus on the next five years.
  • Reduces your risk by helping you decide which upgrades need to be done and when you need to do them

Here’s the best part – ArtsBuild is subsidizing 50% of the cost of this two year program for 24 arts organizations across Ontario. The full value of Asset Planner for the Arts is $4,800, but with ArtsBuild’s support, the program only costs participating organizations $2,400.

Get all the details on our handy fact sheet or check out our informational video!

Sign up today!


Get the training you need for an energy-efficient art facility

Now that you’ve started planning to move towards energy conservation planning, wouldn’t it be helpful to learn more about what it takes to actually get it done?

ArtsBuild, in partnership with Natural Resources Canada and supported by Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited, is holding a GTA-based workshop for arts organizations that will to cover:

  • Current best practices energy conservation including tips you can implement right away
  • Ways to make your facility more energy efficient using specific arts facilities examples
  • Review opportunities to save money through energy conservation
  • Hands-on activities and exercises so you can become more familiar with the components in your facility

You can find more details on the training and how to sign up HERE.

Find out your Carbon Footprint for FREE with ArtsBuild!

Environment_TreeMaintaining sustainable and energy-efficient arts facilities can be a challenge if you don’t know where to get started. That’s where our partnership with CarbonCounted can help!

CarbonCounted is a Canadian not-for-profit that is designed to “empower organizations to reduce carbon emissions”. By identifying where you can start reducing your carbon footprint, you can begin to make more informed decisions on how to choose environmentally sustainable products and services.

Through ArtsBuild’s partnership with the Government of Canada, this tool is FREE for Ontario arts organizations for two years. The regular charge to subscribe to CarbonCounted is $100 per year!


[ Remember: this tool is free AND it could end up saving the planet… or at least one tree! ]


Registration Open for FREE Artscape Webinar Series

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As the only provincial organization focused on arts facilities, ArtsBuild Ontario is involved with over 700 arts organizations across Ontario. As collaborators and partners, we forge relationships with leading nonprofit and industry partners to deliver a wide range of programs across many different topics all related back to arts facilities.

In partnership with ArtsBuild, Artscapeis pleased to announce their free 2013 Webinar Series: New Models for Cultural Space Development. The first webinar, “Developing Sustainable Cultural Space: Multi-Tenant Arts Centres 101”, on May 15 at 1:00 pm ET, is an introduction to the mysteries and delights of the development and operation of multi-tenanted centres for the arts. Join experts from Canada and the USA who have worked at the cutting edge of multi-tenanted arts centre development (more…)