Making Spaces for Art: A Case Study – McMichael Canadian Art Collection

“If we can achieve this with a log and field stone building, on a ridge, in the middle of one hundred acres, anyone can.” – Victoria Dickenson

mcmichaelVictoria Dickenson, the CEO of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, is referring to the gallery’s LEED® Silver Certified status. The McMichael occupies a special spot in the midst of one hundred acres of picturesque conservation land. And what it has done with its one hundred acres is just as wonderful and inspirational as the landscapes that first inspired Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven.

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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! ]


Making Spaces for Art: A Case Study – Arraymusic

“ Artists need centrally located, affordable space.”  Rick Sacks, Artistic Director

Arraymusic never intended to be anything other than a chamber group ensemble.  Sometimes however evolution takes over.  Arraymusic has been on a journey that both Rick Sacks, Artistic Director,  and Sandra Bell, General Manager, could not have predicted but that necessity did.  A quick visit to their website–one that gets hits from all over the world– demonstrates their split screen identity. A quick listen to their music reflects the diversity in their instrumentation.

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Making Spaces for Art: A Case Study – ROCS / Place des arts

“Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to forward, backwards, or sideways.” – H Jackson Brown Jr

Such is not the case with ROCS—or the Regroupement des organismes culturels de Sudbury. Like an octopus, there are eight extensions. But there are no roller skates involved here. ROCS has both talent and discipline and is only moving forward. ROCS is made up of eight Francophone arts and cultural organizations in Sudbury. Varying in size from staffs of eighty to solo operations, they are embarking on a journey to move forward together to create a shared facility.

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Making Spaces for Art: A Case Study – Registry Theatre

“Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments”

registryThe story of The Registry Theatre is intimately and irretrievably entwined with that of J.M. Drama and the City of Kitchener. Originally built in 1939 as the Waterloo County Registry Office, it is one of the few art deco buildings in Waterloo Region. Yet what became The Registry Theatre was the result of its own perfect marriage between the City of Kitchener and J.M. Drama. Like all relationships, they have their own romantic tales and foibles. But make no mistake, this marriage not only is growing strong, but still has its spark.

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