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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 Working Remotely from March 16 – May 4

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 work from home from Monday, March 16 to Monday, May 4.

ABO CONTACT INFORMATION

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
tyler@artsbuildontario.ca

Amy Poole
Program Manager
amy@artsbuildontario.ca

Alex Glass
Executive Director
alex@artsbuildontario.ca

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.

 


Fall Workshops for LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT

This Fall,  don’t miss your chance to experience LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT Part 1 in Orangeville, Waterloo and Guelph!

This year, topics will be on Alternative Financing for Capital Projects and Engaging Community in Capital Projects with presenters from Community Forward Fund and Cobalt Connect.

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: Thursday, February 27, 2020
Time: 9:30 a.m.  – 3:00 p.m.
Location: 10 Carden
Host: Guelph Arts Council
Register HERE!

ABOUT THE SESSIONS

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.

Julia Vlad leads the investment and portfolio management for the Community Forward Fund and the Canadian Co-operative Investment Fund. She has over ten years of experience in banking, finance and the non-profit sector. Her experience includes investing and portfolio management at the World Bank’s private sector arm, IFC, in Panama, Senegal and USA; advising social entrepreneurs at an accelerator in Nicaragua and financial analysis and forecasting at Scotiabank. She holds an MBA from HEC Paris, a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto and is a CFA charter holder.

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.

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.


Success Stories from ABO’s Accessibility Webinar Series

This past year, ArtsBuild Ontario presented six webinars in the Learning Series aimed at supporting creative spaces in understanding and going beyond the Design of Public Spaces Standard as part of the Accessibility for Ontarians Act (AODA).

We are excited to share some success stories from different arts leaders across the province who have applied key learnings from these webinars to their organization or practice!  Have a read through them all below:

Success Story #1: Informing Accessibility Plans

“The [webinar] was presented in a different perspective with more of a real connection to day-to-day ways of interpreting visitor needs.  It was overall, very informative and helpful as we all work toward goals of inclusion and accessibility.

This webinar has created a good way to re-assess our current accessibly plan and is a reminder that we should evaluate the plan on a more regular basis-including input from those whose needs should be met in a public space. As there are people of many different abilities, there always seems to be more to learn in the area of accessibility. Putting that information into the context of creative spaces definitely added to my current level of knowledge and the mindset needed to actually think about and implement solutions”.
– Participant from Webinar: Let’s Talk About Disability and Creative Space

Success Story #2: Deepening Discussions with Clients

As an architect, Sandra Iksandar is more than familiar with building codes and provincial legislation. Participating in the webinar Best Practices for Architects, Designers & Creative Spaces on Accessibility served as a reminder of the value added that comes with going above the legislation to create accessible and inclusive spaces. Demonstrating how accessible buildings can be stylistically creative and visually appealing, speakers provided examples that were transferable to her clients. She was able to bring this information to her clients, and communicate the importance of considering accessibility in the planning phases of a renovation project and specifying accessibility in the Request for Proposals (RFP) process.

Success Story #3: Implementing Accessible Signage

For Lisa Wacheski, this webinar series has had a direct impact on the Canadian Transportation Museum and Heritage Village’s upcoming renovation project. Board approval has recently been given to go forward with a grant application for the replacement of signage in the museum. While they are still in the planning stage, information has been shared with board members on the need to adjust the signage to better reflect those with varying accessibility needs in terms of sight and language. As a result, the creation and installation of new signs will include both English and French, larger font, better lighting and appropriately displayed based on lines of sight, to take into great account the variety in abilities of their visitors.

Success Story #4: Transforming Spaces

From this webinar series, two underlying messages resonated with Michelle Alderson, Production & Event Coordinator at the Al Green Theatre.  Firstly, she appreciated the examples that demonstrated how organizations have implemented creative designs to eliminate barriers in their facilities and remain a thriving community hub. Secondly, she was pleased the webinars highlighted the importance of forward facing customer service, consulting patrons with lived experiences and asking patrons how a space can better suit their needs.

As a member of her facility’s Accessibility Committee, she has shared lessons learned and resources provided with the committee, and will be applying them to an upcoming renovation project at the theatre. Along with plans to lower the information desk, they will soon be transforming the old box office room in their lobby into a designated area to support individuals with visible and invisible disabilities. As a multi-use space, it will be used as a quiet zone for individuals with sensory processing concerns and as a designated space to identify and make requests for access needs. It will also be equipped with assistive devices to help individuals communicate with staff if needed. As individuals of varying demographics and abilities frequent their public lobby, these facility upgrades are intended to insure their space is accommodating and inclusive.
 

Success Story #5: Improving Experiential Accessibility

In the webinar: Invisible Disabilities and Creative Spaces, presenters Alex Bulmer and Andrew Gurza highlighted practical solutions to empower creative spaces to better welcome and accommodate invisible disabilities. These included processes such as extending the time limits of online ticketing platforms; offering scent free spaces and the importance of making patrons feel comfortable expressing their access needs either in person or through digital platforms.

A participant from the webinar notes “we can update our approach to encourage a better and more inclusive level of customer service through some of the suggested practices mentioned in the webinar. We will update our orientation and training for staff and volunteers to reflect as many of these key points as we can.”


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