ArtsBuild Ontario’s CSMN 2020-21 Launches Today!

ArtsBuild Ontario is excited to announce that the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network 2020-21 officially kicks off today! After matching mentees with cultural leaders who could help them with their creative space challenge, ABO brought everyone together in an online webinar to explain the rules, learn from the experiences of last year’s participants, and more. Now, mentees and mentors are ready to start building their relationships and sharing knowledge!

This year’s participants are excited to get started!

“I’m looking forward to connecting with my mentee to contribute to their growth and share insights on the highs and challenges of establishing a viable arts destination.

The CSMN program provides a wonderful opportunity for both parties to gain perspective and further define what success means in the arts and cultural sector. I’m proud to be part of this program for a second year.”

Nadine Baker
Facility Manager
The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning
2020-21 Mentor

“We are thrilled to be part of this program and we are truly looking forward to working with Tim Jennings, CEO of the Shaw Festival. His great expertise in capital projects will be of extraordinary value to us as we move forward in all the different steps of getting ready for our infrastructure project.”

Camille Mauran Ghislain Caron
Corporate Liaison Manager Managing Director
Théâtre français de Toronto
2020-21 Mentees




“I am so looking forward to advising and supporting Susan as she plans and prepares Flick The Switch’s marketing and communications. She has created a wonderful organization, and there is so much opportunity for communication, community, connection, and cultivating sales and revenues. I am excited to be a part of the organization’s development over the next year.”

Heather Kelly
Marketing Consultant
HKC Marketing

2020-21 Mentor

“Alumnae Theatre Company’s ancient analogue sound, lighting and communications systems are now negatively affecting the quality of our productions. With the practical experience of a wonderful mentor like Phillip Silver, I now have the guidance to oversee a feasibility study which will become the roadmap for moving forward on a comprehensive digital infrastructure project.”

Brenda Darling
Past President of the Board
Alumnae Theatre Company

2020-21 Mentee

Not familiar with the Creative Spaces Mentoring Program? Read more here! Would you like notifications about registration for the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network 2021-22? Sign up for our mailing list!

More Capital Project Case Studies Available Now!

ArtsBuild Ontario is excited to release the second installment of case studies for The Creative Space Case Studies Series! This project features a series of case studies inspired by creative spaces across Ontario that have executed a capital project or renovation.

These case studies analyze the why, what, who, how and ongoing behind each project to provide specific details on each creative space project. This will allow other organizations to better understand what resources and supports they might need to execute projects and sustain their creative spaces.

Along with these new case studies we are also releasing a Best Practice Summary Report that combines the key elements from all case studies!

Case Studies

Canadian Automotive Museum (Oshawa, Ontario)

Dundas Valley School of Art (Dundas, Ontario)

FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (St. Catharines, Ontario)

Great Canadian Theatre Company (Ottawa, Ontario)

  • Coming Soon!

Idea Exchange: The Old Post Office (Cambridge, Ontario)

Meridian Hall (Toronto, Ontario)

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre/The Al Green Theatre (Toronto, Ontario)

The Theatre Centre (Toronto, Ontario)

Thunder Bay Art Gallery (Thunder Bay, Ontario)

The Westdale (Hamilton, Ontario)

Best Practice Summary

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

COVID-19 Update: ABO Staff Continue to Work Remotely

With all the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 (the coronavirus), the safety of our program participants, staff and Ontario communities comes first. We are taking precautions to prevent the spread of the virus with social and physical distancing. This means ABO staff will continue to work from home.


While we are in this period of remote working, the ABO team is still actively available online by email, phone or even Zoom/Skype! Please feel free to contact us during regular hours, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Tyler Woodward
Program & Communications Coordinator

Amy Poole
Program Manager

Diana Moser
Interim Executive Director

If you have any questions, would like more information about contacting ABO or our upcoming programs, please do not hesitate to email us.

Register today for Creative Spaces Series Recap Webinar!

Couldn’t attend our Creative Spaces Brainstorming Workshop Interested in learning more about creative space capital projects across Ontario? Don’t miss our upcoming webinar Creative Spaces Series Recap: Brainstorming Workshop, Best Practices Report.

Creative Spaces Series Recap: Brainstorming Workshop, Best Practices Report
Presenter: Amy Poole, Program Manager, ArtsBuild Ontario
Friday, March 27, 2020 | Time: 12:00 p.m.– 1:30 p.m. EST
Cost: Free!
Register Here

This webinar features two parts:

  1. Recap of the Creative Spaces Brainstorming Workshop 2020 that occurred on Tues. Feb. 25, 2020
  2. Overview of the Creative Spaces Case Study Series Best Practices Report

Part 1: Recap of the Creative Spaces Brainstorming Workshop

ABO will cover the needs and common challenges identified by arts organizations during the workshop, as well as ideas and insights shared during the session. Furthermore, she will give a brief overview of the three capital project examples that were shared by panelists Nadine Baker, Facility Manager of the Tett Centre, Kendra Fry, General Manager at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre for Faith, Justice, & the Arts, and Jaime Griffis, Director of Programming & Promotions at Idea Exchange.

In addition, we will provide a brief summary of the ‘Studio X’ presentation by Conestoga College students in the Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours) program, highlighting their mock plan to transform the former Schneider’s factory in Kitchener.

Part 2: Overview of the Creative Spaces Case Study Series Best Practices Report

The second part of the webinar will provide an overview of the Creative Space Case Study Series Best Practices Report. This report summarizes data on creative space capital projects collected from the following 19 organizations:

  • Al Green Theatre (Toronto)
  • Canadian Automotive Museum (Oshawa)
  • Carousel Players (St. Catharines)
  • Dundas Museum and Archives (Dundas)
  • Dundas Valley School of Art (Dundas)
  • FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (St. Catharines)
  • Gallerie SAW Gallery (Ottawa )
  • Great Canadian Theatre Company (Ottawa)
  • Idea Exchange: Old Post Office (Cambridge)
  • The Lighthouse Festival Theatre (Port Dover)
  • Meridian Hall (Toronto)
  • Ottawa Art Gallery (Ottawa)
  • Stratford Perth Museum (Stratford)
  • The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning (Kingston)
  • The Theatre Centre (Toronto)
  • The Thunder Bay Art Gallery (Thunder Bay)
  • Toronto Centre for the Arts (Toronto)
  • Trinity-St. Paul’s & Tafelmusik: Jeanne Lamon Hall (Toronto)
  • The Westdale Theatre (Hamilton)

We will provide a summary of the data collected from these organizations on their capital project needs, the process of how organizations executed these projects, how operations continued following these phases, and lessons learned. The Best Practices Report provides arts organizations who are considering or currently embarking on a capital project with examples of similar and differing projects, and can act as a guideline for arts organizations across Ontario.

This webinar is open to those who attended the Creative Spaces Brainstorming Workshop 2020, individuals who were unable to participate in-person, and anyone who is interested in learning about our Creative Spaces Case Study Series Best Practices Report.

This webinar is a part of ArtsBuild Ontario’s Learning Series, a collection of learning opportunities for arts facilities across Ontario. The Creative Spaces Case Study Series is funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage.


Announcing Two More Creative Spaces Case Studies Series Webinars!

We’re excited to announce two new webinars to the Creative Space Case Studies Webinar Series, which 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. Both of these brand new webinars are free and webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.

The Edifice Complex
Presenter: Hugh Neilson, Managing Director of The Great Canadian Theatre Company

Due to unforeseen circumstances, GCTC will be unable to present the webinar and it is, therefore, canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause those who were interested in attending.

Revving Up Canada’s Car Museum
Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. EST
Cost: FREE!
Presenter: Alexander Gates, Executive Director and Curator of The Canadian Automotive Museum

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

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