ArtsBuild Ontario is thrilled to launch our fourth annual online auction with an exciting new list of items! With many returning favourites and some new additions, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Head over to 32auctions.com/aboauction2019 to see the ever growing list. Some of this year’s hottest items include:
LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT is back! This two part workshop and webinar series will be offered over 2019-20 in the communities of Kitchener, Cambridge, Orangeville, Waterloo and Guelph. Through this series, ABO and presenting partners will be sharing local examples and strategies related to four key areas that support creative space capital projects. These include: Alternative Financing, Community Engagement, Building and Maintaining creative spaces.
PART 1 WORKSHOPS IN 2019
LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT PART 1 will offer two sessions on Alternative Financing for Capital Projects and Engaging Community in Capital Projects.
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.
This session is intended for non-profit arts, culture, heritage, faith and community organizations looking for solutions to financing their current or upcoming creative space project.
About our Presenter Christina Baker
Christina Baker leads business development and community lending at CommunityForwardFund 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.
About the Community Forward Fund
The Community Forward Fund (CFF) is an $11 million fund that provides loans to organizations that are committed to making a difference in their communities. We provide loans tailored to the needs of non-profits, Charities and social-enterprises – flexible financing that supports delivery of their mission and growth of enterprises. We also build financial capacity through financial reviews and coaching services. To date, CFF has advanced $18 million in loans to over 45 organizations across 8 sectors and 7 provinces and territories.
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.
About our Presenter Jeremy Freiburger
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.
About Cobalt Connect
Cobalt Connects is a non-profit arts service organization designated by the Ontario Arts Council. Cobalt Connects was initially created to address the need for affordable artist studios and cultural spaces, but has grown over the past fifteen years into a dynamic organization with expertise in cultural programming, research, and implementation.
Dividing its activities into four core areas (Space, Exchange, Consulting and Public Art), Cobalt Connects is actively playing a role in developing cultural capacity in Hamilton, Burlington, Brantford, Barrie and dozens of other municipalities each year. Our on-the-ground experience in arts programming and implementation combined with our extensive research and policy development with municipalities makes us a unique partner for a wide variety of projects.
WORKSHOP LOCATIONS AND DATES:
Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
Host: City of Kitchener Register HERE!
Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Cambridge Centre for the Arts, Donaldson Room
Host: City of Cambridge Register HERE!
Reporting to the Program & Assistant Executive Director, duties include: supporting rentals at 44 Gaukel (an arts and tech hub in downtown Kitchener); supporting ArtsBuild Ontario’s (ABO) programs as needed; actively working with organizations to list their rentals on SpaceFinder across Ontario. This will involve outreach to creative spaces across the province.
Work with Program & Communications Coordinator to support rentals program at 44 Gaukel
This involves working with artists, organizations and community groups interesting in using rental spaces
Provide tours, coordinate key sign outs, prepare rental agreements and track payments
Work with Program & Communications Coordinator to update 44 Gaukel website
Work with organizations in listing on SpaceFinder across Ontario; this includes walking organizations through the registration process
Work with Program & Communications coordinator to provide support to users
Contribute to other outreach and marketing efforts for SpaceFinder, such as social media, blog posts and communications
SOCIAL MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS
Work with Program & Communications coordinator to develop social media strategies
Support communications plans and develop content for ABO’s blog
Post secondary education in related field (arts management, communications, non-profit management)
Minimum of 1 year related experience working with non-profit/arts/community organizations
Ability to work independently and as a team player 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)
Demonstrated experience and skill with various social media
Previous working experience in database programs and online tools an asset
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 interpersonal skills to build enthusiastic partnerships and alliances
Willingness and an ability to learn on the job a must
Able to work flexible hours, some evenings, weekends and travel required
Build experience in social media, marketing and outreach
Development and fundraising: soliciting donation, sponsorship requests, auction organization
Networking opportunities with arts facilities and arts service organizations across the province
Gain applied experience using web-based platforms (Adobe Connects, HootSuite, MailChimp, Survey Monkey, WordPress and Eventbrite)
Gain applied experience working with database systems and online tools with SpaceFinder
Gain facility management experience through rentals at 44 Gaukel and working with ABO Staff
Downtown Kitchener location
Part-time (three days a week, up to 30 hrs/week ,may include weekends and/or evenings)
ArtsBuild Ontario is excited to announce upcoming accessibility webinars in the Learning Series! These webinars will focus on accessibility and creative spaces based on the Design for Public Spaces Standard, as part of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA). The webinars will explain how creative spaces need to meet accessible building standards and explore ways creative spaces can go beyond the standards.
The webinars will be supported by a toolkit for creative spaces around the topic of accessibility, which will be released in Spring 2019.
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.
Free Webinar: Invisible Disabilities and Creative Spaces Tuesday, May 14, 2019 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EST Host: Thea Kurdi, Vice President with DesignABLE Environments Presenters: Alex Bulmer, Accessibility Consultant & Actor, Writer and Director as well as Andrew Gurza, Disability Awareness Consultant Register Here
Registration is available through Eventbrite and webinars are delivered through Adobe Connect with closed captioning. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation to register or participate in our webinars, please call 519-880-3670 ext. 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of your participation.
ArtsBuild Ontario (ABO) was thrilled to take part in Arts Day on the Hill 2018 with the Canadian Arts Coalition this year! Over 100 arts advocates across Canada came together on Tuesday, October 2 to discuss how we can continue to support arts and culture in our communities. Over 100 meetings were scheduled with Members of Parliament, Senators and Ministers.
The Canadian Arts Coalition’s Messages
The Canadian Arts Coalition had five messages to share with the Government of Canada this year:
Thank you: The Government of Canada’s support encourages investment from the private sector and from other levels of government, helping to maintain a stable and vibrant creative sector.
$30 million annual increase to the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF): to be phased in over three years. By addressing CAPF, we can take advantage of economies of scale through domestic market opportunities (improves ROI) and enhance export readiness.
Continue investing in Canada Council for the Arts: Continued investments through the Canada Council for the Arts, and Canadian Heritage programs, strategically support the creative value chain with positive social and cultural returns.
Invest in the Canadian Arts Training Fund and Young Canada Works: with an additional $10 million annually for the Canadian Arts Training Fund, and an additional $500,000 for the Young Canada Works to support diverse artistic proactive and support emerging arts administrators.
Help in motivating individual donors through the Canada Cultural Investment Fund: This could take the form of an administrative increase to the Endowment Incentives program to grow the number of Canadians who make charitable donations.
Advocating for Creative Spaces
ArtsBuild Ontario spoke to the importance of all five speaking points, but also spoke to the valuable investments made in the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (CCSF), creative hubs and cultural infrastructure in both central and rural Ontario communities.
In Budget 2017, the Government of Canada invested $300 million over 10 years in CCSF to further support creative hubs and other cultural spaces. The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund is part of suite of art programs administered by the Department of Canadian Heritage that complements funding delivered by the Canada Council for the Arts.
Our #ArtsDay Team
ArtsBuild Ontario’s Alex Glass was teamed with Lesley Bramhill of the Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal/Canadian Dance Assembly, Janita Grift who is an individual arts administrator/arts advocate, and Robert Steven from the Art Gallery of Burlington. Our team met with Marwan Tabbara, MP for Kitchener-South – Hespeler; Senator Donna Dasko; Zachary Sykes on behalf of Frank Baylis, MP for Pierrefonds-Dollard; and The Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions.
We would like to thank the Canadian Arts Coalition for organizing this important and vital day of advocacy for arts and culture!