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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: Tuesday, December 10, 2019
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, Christina Baker, the Director of Community Lending for the Community Forward Fund, will offer insights and alternative strategies to finance capital projects.

Christina Baker leads business development and community lending at Community Forward Fund and the Canadian Co-operative Investment Fund. She has more than 15 years of experience promoting positive community and economic growth while providing lending and financial services to businesses and community-based organizations. She holds an MBA in Finance from George Fox University and a BS in Communications from Portland State University.

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.


We’re hiring! Program Manager and Program & Communications Coordinator

PROGRAM MANAGER

Job Description

  • Initial five month contract, with the possibility of extension
  • Start Date: November 4, 2019
  • Downtown Kitchener
  • Full-time; 45,000 per year

Position Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director, duties include managing and executing all programs to ensure targets and goals are met annually and that grant needs and requirements are met. This includes working with the Executive Director and Program and Communications Coordinator as well as partners to ensure success.

Key Responsibilities

PROGRAM EXECUTION AND DELIVERY

  • Lead and execute all ABO programs to ensure program targets are met
  • Ensure that all program registration is captured and provided to the Program and Communications Coordinator
  • Continually evaluate programs to measure impact and inform new ideas that respond to the current needs of ABO’s network
  • Respond to questions via phone and email from inquiring organizations
  • Develop timelines to effectively deliver programs including travel and logistics
  • Develop program content and work with Program and Communications Coordinator on a marketing plan
  • Support, as necessary, program outreach through phone calls and emails
  • Ensure Program and Communications Coordinator and the ED has the information needed to create invoices
  • Develop reports from programs and projects for applications and knowledge sharing with ABO’s network
  • Represent ABO at 44 Gaukel as needed

PARTNERSHIP SUPPORT

  • Lead ABO’s partnerships to ensure program success
  • Maintain overall contact list regarding current and future program partners
  • Represent ArtsBuild when needed in person at ABO programs and sector events

MARKETING, COMMUNICATIONS AND WEBSITE SUPPORT

  • With the Program and Communications Coordinator, draft communications calendar as a template for the year
  • Support updating Mailchimp lists by providing all update information
  • Update website to ensure that all program information is up-to-date
  • Suggest and implement new tools to improve website
  • Contribute to the social media plan in relation to programs and work with the Program and Communications Coordinator to ensure they have all necessary program information

DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT

  • Support grant applications through reporting, review and ideas for new programs
  • Ensure annual goals for earned revenue from programs are met
  • Develop relationships with potential partners to support projects and programs

Skills Required

  • Experience delivering/hosting workshops, public speaking and delivering presentations
  • Ability to work independently and in a team, and to work within defined timelines
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively with quick turn arounds
  • Well organized, self-starter who is attentive to detail
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and technologically current with web based platforms (Adobe Connects, Hoot Suite, MailChimp, Survey Monkey and EventBrite)
  • Superior presentation and interpersonal skills to build enthusiastic partnerships and alliances.
  • Ability to maintain relationships with partners, presenters, consultants, etc…
  • Ability to coordinate and lead program committees with all communities that ABO supports in relations to creative spaces, including Indigenous communities, people who identify as having a disability, organizations in rural and remote areas, etc…
  • Previous working experience in database programs and online tools
  • Able to multi-task and work well in an entrepreneurial and creative environment.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Willingness and an ability to learn on the job a must
  • Website experience, specifically Word Press considered an asset
  • Able to work flexible hours, some evenings, weekends and travel required

Experience

  • Completion of a college or university degree in a related field
  • 1-2 years previous experience executing and managing programs
  • A working knowledge of a variety of arts disciplines as well previous experience working in the cultural sector
  • Knowledge of developing professional develop programs
  • Knowledge of database and information management
PROGRAM AND COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
  • Initial 5 month contract, with the likelihood of extension
  • Start Date: November 4, 2019
  • Downtown Kitchener
  • Full-time; 35,000 per year

Position Summary
Reporting to the Executive Director, duties include actively supporting the Program Manager and the Executive Director in executing program deliverables, managing all external communications and being the frontline support and lead for 44 Gaukel rentals.

Key Responsibilities
PROGRAM SUPPORT AND ADMINISTRATION

  • Respond to all English program inquiries via email or over the phone
  • Maintain current and up to date contact and registration lists for each ABO program
  • Respond to questions via phone and email from inquiring organizations
  • Assist in editing and reviewing program copy, content and formatting
  • Support webinars via Adobe Connects
  • Phone and email outreach for programs to support registration
  • Invoice and payment management, including invoice creation and follow up
  • Set up meetings and conference calls for ABO staff and partners
  • Provide user support, outreach and population of SpaceFinder and Bricks&Mortar

44 GAUKEL MANAGEMENT

  • Be the front-line contact for all 44 Gaukel inquiries, this may require being at a reception desk most days
  • Management and reconcile payments for 44 renters
  • Meeting renters in person when requested
  • Coordinate rentals, including schedules and key sign outs/returns
  • Attend Gaukel events outside of hours as necessary
  • Occasional maintenance of the space, including tidying up common areas, washing dishes and maintaining rehearsal space

WEBSITE MANAGEMENT

  • Update the Resource Library
  • Updater/review website weekly to promote ABO programs, resources, projects and relevant news to our network

MARKETING, COMMUNICATIONS

  • Develop and execute the Marketing and Communications calendar
  • Draft eBlasts and monthly newsletters according to the communications schedule
  • Develop and implement the social media plan using HootSuite
  • Maintain, verify and update Mailchimp lists
  • Work with promotional partners to promote programs and projects

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Execute social media for all managed programs
  • This includes but is not limited to Facebook, all Twitter accounts, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube
  • Work collaboratively with partner organizations to extend ABO reach
  • Work closely with the Program Manager to ensure all programs are promoted on all mediums

Skills Required

  • Ability to work independently and to work within defined timelines
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively with quick turn arounds
  • Well organized, self-starter who is attentive to detail
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and technologically current with web based platforms (Adobe Connects, Hoot Suite, MailChimp, Survey Monkey and EventBrite)
  • Design experience to support marketing efforts on Adobe Creative Suite and Canva considered an asset
  • Demonstrated experience and skill with various social media
  • Previous working experience in database programs and online tools
  • Website experience, specifically Word Press considered an asset
  • Able to multi-task and work well in an entrepreneurial and creative environment.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Superior presentation and interpersonal skills to build enthusiastic partnerships and alliances.
  • Willingness and an ability to learn on the job a must
  • Experience with public speaking and delivering presentations considered an asset
  • Able to work flexible hours, some evenings, weekends and travel required

Experience

  • Completion of a college or university degree in a related field
  • Previous experience of working with social media in a business/professional environment
  • Knowledge of database and information management
  • Previous experience working in a coordinator or administrator role desired
  • Customer Service Experience
  • A working knowledge of a variety of arts disciplines as well previous experience working in the cultural sector strongly desired
How to Apply:

Deadline to apply is Oct. 11, 2019. Please send your CV to Lindsay Golds @ lindsay@artsbuildontario.ca. No phone calls please.


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.”


Announcing the release of ABO’s Accessibility Toolkit for Creative Spaces!

ArtsBuild Ontario is proud to be releasing our Accessibility Toolkit for Creative Spaces!

This toolkit provides resources on accessibility legislation in Ontario, including the AODA and Design of Public Spaces Standards, Ontario Building Code and Human Rights Code. While it features resources for best practices in the built environment, it also focuses on experiential accessibility including how arts organizations are going beyond the built environment to offer inclusive space.

Download the PDF Version by clicking on the Button Below:

Button to access PDF version of Accessibility Toolkit for Creative Spaces in Ontario

Download the Microsoft Word Version by clicking on the Button Below:

Button to access Microsoft Word version of Accessibility Toolkit for Creative Spaces in Ontario

We want your feedback!  After reviewing the toolkit, please take a few moments to complete this survey so we can continue to improve programs around accessibility in creative spaces.

Find ABO’s accessibility webinar series, resources and toolkit on our Accessibility Webpage HERE.

ABO would like to thank its accessibility advisory committee for informing the webinar topics, speakers and upcoming toolkit for creative spaces in Ontario. This project is supported by the Government of Ontario.


ABO Responds to the Provincial Budget

On Thursday April 11th, the Province of Ontario released the 19/20 Budget. Under the 10-year “Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program” [ICIP] announced March 12, Ontario’s share per project will be up to 33 per cent, or $10.2 billion spread across four streams: 1. Rural and Northern 2. Public Transit 3. Green 4. Community, Culture and Recreation but the budget provided very few specifics as related to the fourth category.

Intake for the first category, Rural and Northern, is currently open until May 14 and will focus on road, bridge, air or marine infrastructure in rural and northern communities with populations under 100,000 people.

It is not clear yet how this provincial budget intends to support the fourth category, Community, Culture and Recreation, in terms of cultural space as the only references that can potential benefit them include soliciting expressions of interest for a new vision for Ontario Place and $315 million over five years for shovel-ready broadband projects in rural and remote areas.

ArtsBuild Ontario is hopeful about the potential for provincial support of cultural spaces with the launch of ICIP but still believe strongly that the province should maintain its own capital infrastructure fund to continually support the infrastructure needs of our creative spaces province wide. ABO will continue to advocate for this fund.

Full application details for all categories as they become available are found at the Grants Ontario website (click on Grant Opportunities), a “one-window” source for applicants, handling application intake, review, nomination, reporting and transfer payment management processes.

The full budget can be found here: http://budget.ontario.ca/2019/index.html


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