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CREATIVE SPACES ONLINE TRAINING SERIES

Creative Spaces Online Training Series

This training series is designed to support arts managers in building the core skills necessary to support capital projects and ongoing operations in creative spaces. Delivered by topic experts working in the sector, each module focuses on a topic area identified as the most integral to capital projects by ABO’s network of 2,500+ arts organizations. The Creative Spaces Online Training Series was originally delivered from November 14, 2019 to January 23, 2020.

The Training Series includes four modules, available for $40.00 each or $140.00 for all four:

  1. Strategic Planning and Partnerships
  2. Financial Management and Capital Projects
  3. Campaigns and Community Engagement
  4. Operational Planning Before, During, and After a Capital Project

Each Module comes with:

  • A Recording of The Webinar
  • A PDF of the Presentation
  • A Transcription of the recording
  • Any extra resources the presenter(s) provided to the attendees

These modules are designed for arts managers working within creative spaces under a variety of operating models and communities. If you are interested in purchasing recordings of the modules using a credit or debit card, they can be purchased instantly below with the “Buy Now” button. If you are interested in purchasing the recordings by cheque or direct deposit, please contact Tyler Woodward, Program and Communications Coordinator, at tyler@artsbuildontario.ca.

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Module #1: Strategic Planning and Partnerships

Presenter: Devin Glowinski, Co-Founder, Kilogram Studios
Length: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Cost: $40 + HST

Participants will be introduced to concepts that support individual core competencies and their organization’s efforts in planning for capital projects at their facilities. Frameworks for partnership development in local communities will also be explored.
Topics covered during the module will be:

  • Reflection: identifying your organization’s key mandate
  • Program goals and priorities of your facilities and determining what elements are missing
  • Foundations for strategic planning, ideas, concepts and vision for your desired end state
  • Establishing community partnerships to achieve collective impact
  • Determining what is feasible through early iterations and schematic design
  • Evaluating potential outcomes
  • Developing a core project team and consultants

Presenter: Devin Glowinski

Devin Glowinski is a Toronto-based urban planner and co-founder of Kilogram Studio, a licensed architectural practice. He maintains his professional currency through teaching interdisciplinary courses at Ryerson University to both undergraduate learners and adult learners through the Chang School of Continuing Education. He is a subject matter expert at Ryerson University and is currently redeveloping the course, Community Collaborations. This course brings together students from a range of disciplines and tackles big urban issues through fieldwork and case study development. He excels at client engagement and working directly with end-users in order to develop person-focused programs. He lectures on community collaborative initiatives, stakeholder engagement, strategic planning, and community health. In 2012 he completed a community research project at the Laboratory of Contemporary Urban Design, Tel Aviv University. He looks forward to meeting and engaging with Arts Build Ontario members and partners.

Module #2: Financial Management and Capital Projects

Presenter: Brian Arnott, Principal, Novita Interpares
Length: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Cost: $40 + HST

This module will introduce you to the six stages of capital project management beginning with the roles to be played by your Board throughout the process, to the critical importance of early planning and cost control to working with your professional design team and specialists. You will learn what decisions your organization will need to make as the Owner of the capital project at each stage.

Presenter Brian Arnott:

Originally trained as a theatre designer, Brian has worked in professional theatre in Canada and the US as a production manager and company manager. He worked as an assistant designer for the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company in London. He has designed costumes, scenery, and lighting for more than 40 stage productions. He was the drama critic for That’s Showbusiness for four years and Maclean’s Magazine for one year.

Brian Arnott is widely recognized as a leading expert in North America on the design of theatres and facilities for live performance and is a member of the American Society of Theatre Consultants (ASTC.) In this capacity, he has been a visiting lecturer and guest critic at many schools of architecture.

As Head of Design for Novita’s technical company, Brian has designed more than 100 theatres and live performance facilities in Canada, the US, and abroad. He is currently working on a small recital hall in Los Angeles. Brian has also curated and designed exhibitions for the National Gallery of Canada, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and he has produced documentaries for the CBC and the National Film Board.

Brian is a Founder and past National President of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP) and has published monographs on several aspects of Canadian industrial history. As a volunteer in the cultural sector, Brian has been a member of the Board of Directors of Comus Music Theatre, The Pleiades Theatre, Factory Theatre (Chair), and six years as Chair of the Advisory Board for the Theatre Program at Humber College. Brian is currently Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Heritage Carpentry Program of the Nova Scotia Community College.

Module #3: Campaigns and Community Engagement

Presenter: Brian Arnott, Principal, Novita Interpares
Length: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Cost: $40 + HST

This module will introduce you to the process of raising the money to finance your capital project. Beginning with your case for support, you will learn how to develop a fundraising plan and the requirements for leadership and management for your campaign. You will also learn about the two parts of your campaign – the quiet campaign and the public campaign and donor recognition.

Presenter Brian Arnott:

Brian Arnott is the founding partner of Novita Interpares, Canada’s oldest cultural consultancy, and he has led all the company’s cultural projects – now numbering more than 1,000 of the company’s total of 1,400 completed projects.

Originally trained as a theatre designer, Brian has worked in professional theatre in Canada and the US as a production manager and company manager. He worked as an assistant designer for the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company in London. He has designed costumes, scenery, and lighting for more than 40 stage productions. He was the drama critic for That’s Showbusiness for four years and Maclean’s Magazine for one year.

Brian Arnott is widely recognized as a leading expert in North America on the design of theatres and facilities for live performance and is a member of the American Society of Theatre Consultants (ASTC.) In this capacity, he has been a visiting lecturer and guest critic at many schools of architecture.

As Head of Design for Novita’s technical company, Brian has designed more than 100 theatres and live performance facilities in Canada, the US, and abroad. He is currently working on a small recital hall in Los Angeles. Brian has also curated and designed exhibitions for the National Gallery of Canada, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and he has produced documentaries for the CBC and the National Film Board.

Brian is a Founder and past National President of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP) and has published monographs on several aspects of Canadian industrial history. As a volunteer in the cultural sector, Brian has been a member of the Board of Directors of Comus Music Theatre, The Pleiades Theatre, Factory Theatre (Chair), and six years as Chair of the Advisory Board for the Theatre Program at Humber College. Brian is currently Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Heritage Carpentry Program of the Nova Scotia Community College.

Module #4: Operational Planning Before, During, and After a Capital Project

Presenters: Lauren Gould, Chief Operating Officer, Gardiner Museum & Jeanne LeSage, LeSage Arts Management
Length: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Cost: $40 + HST

Capital projects change organizations and communities. They can test and expand the capacity of your building and the workload of every staff member. Effective operational management at each stage of the project can positively influence its outcome. Within the framework of people, process, money, space, and communication, this session will consider the big picture in order to sustain a healthy organization. Presented and led by Lauren Gould, Chief Operating Officer of the Gardiner Museum, who has managed four capital projects in the last two years and has survived to tell the tale, with Arts HR Consultant Jeanne LeSage of LeSage Arts Management.

Presenter Lauren Gould:

Lauren Gould has worked in a variety of roles within the arts and higher education sectors with a focus on promoting public engagement, implementing organizational and capital improvements, and working in collaboration with a range of partners. Lauren has been involved in the planning, design development, fundraising, and execution of capital projects ranging from learning centres to ensuring building health to outdoor plazas. Since joining the Gardiner Museum in 2013 she has held roles as Audience Development Manager, Senior Manager of Development and Programs, and in the role of Chief Operating Officer since 2017.

Presenter Jeanne LeSage:

Jeanne LeSage, LeSage Arts Management, CHRL, MBA. Jeanne is an arts consultant with 28+ years’ experience in the sector across Canada and abroad. She is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), holds an MBA in Management Consulting, and runs LeSage Arts Management with a focus on strategic human resources, organizational development, facilitation, and strategy. Proudly starting her career as a stage manager – she now works with arts organizations to “Make Arts Work Better” through consulting, research, teaching, conference speaking, and more. www.lesagearts.com

LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT

LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT Webinar Series

In this webinar series, we shared examples and strategies on the topics of Alternative Financing for Capital Projects and Engaging Community in Capital Projects with presenting partners from the Community Forward Fund and Cobalt Connects! Both sessions included examples of projects within the arts sector. The contents of these webinars echoed the LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT Workshops that ArtsBuild Ontario.

This Webinar Series includes four parts, available for $40.00 each or $140.00 for all four:

  1. Engaging Community in Capital Projects Part 1: Preparing Yourself for Outreach
  2. Alternative Financing for Capital Projects Part 1: Thinking About Your Options & How They Fit Together
  3. Engaging Community in Capital Projects Part 2: Going Public
  4. Alternative Financing for Capital Projects Part 2: Overcoming Fear of Loans

Each webinar includes:

  • A Recording of the Webinar
  • A PDF Of the Presentation Slides
  • A Transcription of the recording
  • Any extra resources the presenter provided to the attendees

All webinars are intended for non-profit arts, culture, heritage, faith, and community organizations with a current or upcoming creative space project. If you are interested in purchasing recordings of the webinars using a credit or debit card, they can be purchased instantly below with the “Buy Now” button. If you are interested in purchasing the recordings by cheque or direct deposit, please contact Tyler Woodward, Program and Communications Coordinator, at tyler@artsbuildontario.ca.

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Engaging Community in Capital Projects Part 1: Preparing Yourself for Outreach

Presenter: Jeremy Freiburger, Chief Connector and Cultural Strategist of Cobalt Connects
Length: 1 Hour
Cost: $40.00 + HST

Engaging your community is an essential act for organizations of all sizes, but it’s important that you prepare internally before making the leap. As part of ArtsBuild Ontario’s LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT series, Jeremy Freiburger of Cobalt Connects will share a series of tools aimed at helping you prepare for engagement. Topics discussed will include: setting principles, honest impact, and measuring the success of outreach activities.

Alternative Financing for Capital Projects Part 1: Thinking About Your Options & How They Fit Together

Presenter: Julia Vlad, Vice President of Lending, Community Forward Fund
Length: 1 hour
Cost: $40.00 + HST

There are several different factors to consider when securing funds to support your creative capital project! For many organizations, exploring alternative funding methods is integral to the success of a capital project. In this webinar, as part of ArtsBuild Ontario’s LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT webinar series, presenter Julia Vlad of the Community Forward Fund will introduce different approaches of alternative financing to consider, such as new donor sources, bonds, equity investment and more for capital projects. This webinar will provide you with the knowledge tools you will need when considering all options to fund your project.

Engaging Community in Capital Projects Part 2: Going Public

Presenter: Jeremy Freiburger, Chief Connector and Cultural Strategist of Cobalt Connects
Length: 1 Hour
Cost: $40.00 + HST

Approaching the public is an important moment and you want to ensure your method matches you, your audience, and the desired outcome of your efforts. Building on the information presented in previous LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT workshops and webinars on community engagement, Jeremy Freiburger of Cobalt Connects will discuss creative ways to reach the public, gather and measure data, and the communication tools that make going public effective in this webinar.

Alternative Financing for Capital Projects Part 2: Overcoming Fear of Loans

Presenter: Julia Vlad, Vice President of Lending, Community Forward Fund
Length: 1 Hour
Cost: $40.00 + HST

When financing your project, it is important to consider the value of loans to arts-based projects. Presenter Julia Vlad of the Community Forward Fund will provide an in-depth look at what lenders are looking for when it comes to financing capital projects. This presentation will also cover how loans can be leveraged alongside other funding sources and incorporated into your organization’s business plan. Julia will use two examples from arts organizations who have successfully applied for and used loans to finance part of their capital projects.

Presenters

Jeremy Freiburger is the Chief Connector and Cultural Strategist of Cobalt Connects. 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 of 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.

Julia Vlad Julia 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.

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ACCESSIBILITY

Best Practices for Architects, Designers and Creative Spaces on Accessibility
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Design for Public Spaces Advanced: How can Creative Spaces Go Beyond the Standard?
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Invisible Disabilities and Creative Spaces
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Safety, Fire Codes and Accessibility for Creative Spaces
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Design for Public Spaces 101: Where do Creative Spaces Start
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Let’s Talk About Disability and Creative Spaces
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Promoting Physical Accessibility in Space Rentals
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ASSET MANAGEMENT

Asset Management Part 1: Understanding your Facility
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Asset Management Part 2: Planning Ahead

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CAPITAL PROJECT SUPPORT

Expressing Community Value in Creative Spaces
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Capital Project Success: Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery and Streetcar Crowsnest
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Board Relations and Capital Projects
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Capital Project Success: Stories from the Ottawa Art Gallery and FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
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Capital Project Case Study: The Tett Centre
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Community Partnerships and Creative Spaces, featuring Carousel Players
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CREATIVE SPACE SERIES

Recap Webinar: Brainstorming Workshop, Best Practices Report (May 15, 2013)
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CREATIVE SPACE SERIES

The Creative Space Case Studies: A Webinar Series

The Creative Space Case Studies Webinar Series 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.

Restoring and Revitalizing a 1934 Independent Cinema – The Westdale Theatre

Presenter: Fred Fuchs, Chair of the Westdale Cinema Board of Directors
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Join Fred Fuchs, the Chair of the Westdale Cinema Board of Directors, as he shares the story of how a new non-profit charitable organization was able to raise $4.5 million to save the Westdale Theatre from being torn down, and then how the organization was successful in a heritage restoration. In this webinar, Fred will discuss the process of ongoing fundraising attempts as well as programming challenges that were overcome which has made the Westdale Theatre’s restoration a success.

Fred Fuchs has been involved in the film and television industry as an Independent Producer, Hollywood Film Executive, Canadian Broadcaster, and Consultant for 40 years. First in Los Angeles, then San Francisco, and next Toronto, he now lives in Dundas, Ontario. His most recent projects include the feature films The Virtuoso (Anthony Hopkins, Anson Mount, Abby Cornish), Little Italy (Emma Roberts, Hayden Christensen, Danny Aiello), Milton’s Secret (Donald Sutherland, Michelle Rodriguez) and Monkey Beach (Grace Dove, Adam Beach).

Fuchs began his career as a Producer in Los Angeles, working on award-winning television series like Faerie Tale Theatre for Showtime and Vietnam War Stories for HBO. Fuchs then segued into the feature film industry, producing Tucker: The Man and His Dream, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and executively produced by George Lucas.

Fuchs then moved to San Francisco, and for 10 years he was President of American Zoetrope Studios (Francis Coppola’s company) as well as Executive Producer of 17 features including The Godfather Part III, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Secret Garden, Don Juan Demarco, The Virgin Suicides, and John Grisham’s The Rainmaker. While at Zoetrope Studios, Fuchs also started a TV division and was Executive Producer for internationally successful mini-series like The Odyssey, Moby Dick, etc.

After moving to Toronto, Fuchs was Executive Director of Arts and Entertainment at the CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster, commissioning and supervising production of entertainment content which included the shows The Tudors, Little Mosque on the Prairie, and Heartland.

Currently, Fred is the Chair of the Board of the Westdale Cinema Group, a charitable organization that Fred helped found in Hamilton, Ontario. The Westdale Cinema Group purchased the 1935 heritage Westdale Theatre and has since restored it. The Westdale is now open, and functions as a Community Arts Hub. It mostly shows independent films, but also hosts programming, music, talks, and other community events.

The Westdale Theatre, as Hamilton’s premier, not-for-profit independent cinema and arts venue, will screen art, independent and commercial films, and provide an intimate, heritage-designated cultural space for performances and events.

The Westdale was the first theatre in Hamilton built expressly to show sound motion pictures. The theatre remained in operation until it was put up for sale in December of 2016. The newly incorporated Westdale Cinema Group (WCG) submitted an offer to purchase the building that was accepted on January 27, 2017.

The full purchase and restoration budget was raised in Hamilton, by Hamiltonians, both residents and the City of Hamilton. After over 18 months of restoration and modernization of services (washrooms, wheelchair access, heating, and air conditioning, etc.), the theatre reopened its doors on February 14th, 2019 as a cultural hub showcasing films, talks, music, performance, and special events.

Revving Up Canada’s Car Museum


Presenter: Alexander Gates, Executive Director and Curator of The Canadian Automotive Museum
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The Canadian Automotive Museum is located in a former 1920s auto dealership in downtown Oshawa, which was expected to be a “temporary” museum location, but over 50 years later the facility was in need of improvements for the health and well-being of both the collection and visitors.

As part of the Creative Space Case Studies Webinar Series, join Alexander Gates, the Executive Director of the Canadian Automotive Museum, as he shares the story of how a small independent charity secured $225,000 in government grants to improve the look and feel of the building.

In this webinar, Alexander will discuss the multi-year process of fundraising and community engagement that went into the transformation of the Canadian Automotive Museum, which was undertaken in phases in order to avoid mistakes learned from previous unsuccessful capital campaigns.

About Alexander Gates & The Canadian Automotive Museum

Alexander Gates has served as the Executive Director and Curator of the Canadian Automotive Museum since 2014. A graduate of Drake University and the University of Toronto, he began his career as the Executive Director of the North Berrien Historical Museum in Coloma, Michigan, where he is still an honorary citizen. He currently serves on the board of the Ontario Museums Association and is an advocate for heritage funding in the province.

The Canadian Automotive Museum (CAM) opened in 1963 as an independent charity, and today is home to the world’s most significant collection of Canadian cars. The museum displays more than 70 historic vehicles and offers tours and programs year-round. Since 2015, the CAM has strived to diversify its audience from traditional car enthusiasts to include young families and multilingual tourists. With only one full-time staff member, the museum relies on a team of enthusiastic volunteers whose collective knowledge allows large-scale projects to be achieved.

Securing Permanent Space

Date: August 20, 2020
Time: 12 p.m. EST
Cost: FREE!
Presenters: John Kastner, General Manager of the Stratford Perth Museum and Franco Boni, former Artistic Director of The Theatre Centre
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Join ArtsBuild Ontario, John Kastner, and Franco Boni for a webinar focused on the process of acquiring space for arts and heritage organizations. This webinar will be split into two sections, the first will feature John Kaster and the Stratford Perth Museum and the second will feature Franco Boni and The Theatre Centre.

Section 1

In the first half of the webinar, General Manager John Kastner will speak on the process leading to the acquisition of the Stratford Perth Museum’s permanent home, including the capital campaign that was launched. The acquisition of this space was not without its pitfalls and, in many ways, a permanent home was certainly not the end of the museum’s nomadic history – but very much the beginning of its current success. The story of the Stratford Perth Museum is incredible history, in more ways than one.

The Stratford Perth Museum is located 300 metres west of the Stratford city limits and has been in its current location and now permanent home since 2009.

Prior to 2009, the Stratford Perth Museum’s collections had moved from different municipal buildings in the early part of the 1900s, were bought by the City of Stratford and the County of Perth in the 1970s, and even moved to a new exhibit space in 1993. In 2008, a decision was made to buy the property and the brush brick farmhouse at 4275 Huron Road, just outside Stratford.

Section 2

In the second half of this webinar, former Artistic Director Franco Boni will speak on the process of the Theatre Centre moving into its permanent home in the West Queen Street West neighbourhood in 2014, and its $6M renovation that followed. This renovation transformed the former Carnegie Library at 1115 Queen Street West into a 21st century live arts hub and incubator, and the Theatre Centre quickly grew beyond its function as a traditional arts organization to become a community cultural hub.

The Theatre Centre firmly occupies that point of intersection between various arts disciplines and the social sectors which work to effect positive change within communities – to become the hub around which many partners with a shared interest can come together to explore innovative solutions to some of the most pressing issues in the modern-day. The complexity in today’s world necessitates artists to make art that encourages entire communities to imagine new ways of living together.

About John Kastner and the Stratford Perth Museum

John Kastner has been the General Manager of the Stratford Perth Museum since 2013. In that period, the museum changed its focus from hyper-local exhibits to presentations of a higher profile including Shakespeare’s First Folio, a traveling exhibit from The Anne Frank House, and exhibits about Harper Lee, the Franklin Expedition and most notably, the very well-attended Justin Bieber exhibit.
Previously, John was in the newspaper industry for 33 years, retiring as the managing editor of The Stratford Beacon Herald. He’s a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with a double major in English and History.

In addition to the museum, John is actively involved in athletics and sits on the Board of the Ontario Hockey Federation, a number of Hockey Canada committees, and he is also the commissioner of the Intercounty Baseball League.

A museum in Stratford has been around, in one form or another, for over 100 years. The original municipal collection of artifacts was in the basement of the Stratford Public Library beginning in 1909. That Carnegie Library, located in downtown Stratford, was the first of many homes for the museum which has had, to put it best, somewhat of a nomadic existence; the artifacts that were stored at the library in the early part of the 1900s moved around from one municipal building to another. Incredibly, much of the collection was stored, without the public’s knowledge, in the abandoned railway repair shops for many years. Meanwhile, the majority of the historical artifacts in Stratford and Perth County were part of a private collection most often referred to as the Thomson Museum.

The City of Stratford and the County of Perth bought that collection in the 1970s with the idea of creating a municipal museum. Political problems prevented that from happening and finally, in the 1990s, the Stratford-Perth Museum Association was formed.

And in 1993, the Museum had its first permanent exhibit space in an old factory just outside the city’s downtown core. That location didn’t seem to work and a few years later the museum moved to the Discovery Centre, the former Stratford Normal School, which was right across the parking lot from the main Stratford Festival Theatre. That site was not great either and the Stratford Festival was in dire need of the space. Finally, a decision was made to buy the property and the brush brick farmhouse at 4275 Huron Road, just outside Stratford, and the Museum found its permanent home by 2008.

About Franco Boni and The Theatre Centre

From 2003 – 2019, Franco Boni served as Artistic Director of The Theatre Centre, leading the company in a $6M Capital Campaign and in the building of its new performance venue in Toronto. Franco is a recognized cultural innovator, facilitator, and community builder.

Franco also previously served as Artistic and Executive Director of the PuSh Festival, Festival Director of Rhubarb!, and Artistic Producer of the SummerWorks Festival. In 1999, he co-founded the Buddies in Bad Times Queer Youth Program, supporting intergenerational dialogue.

Franco is one of the founders, and sits on the Steering Committee, of Active 18 – a local West Queen West community association that is instrumental in advocating for good design and retaining the cultural fabric of the West Queen West neighbourhood.

He is additionally the inaugural recipient of the Ken McDougall Award for emerging directors and was awarded the Rita Davies Cultural Leadership Award, recognizing his outstanding leadership in the development of arts and culture in the City of Toronto. Most recently, Franco received the George Luscombe Mentorship Award in Theatre.

The Theatre Centre , founded in 1979, is a nationally recognized multi-arts venue in Toronto. The Centre promotes artistic innovation by encouraging artists to collaborate across genres, including theatre, music, dance, visual art, and new media. The Theatre Centre invests in ideas, and challenge artists to develop new ways of working.

CREATIVE HUBS

NEW MODELS FOR CULTURAL SPACE DEVELOPMENT

Webinar #1: Developing Sustainable Cultural Space: Multi-Tenant Arts Centres 101. (May 15, 2013)
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Webinar #2: Making Space for Creativity: Designing for Collaboration. (June 19, 2013)
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Webinar #3: Shared Spaces, Shared Values: Building Partnerships for Community Cultural Hubs. (October 2nd, 2013)
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Webinar #4: School’s Out: Re-purposing Surplus Schools as Cultural Spaces. (November 6th, 2013)
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ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Energy Efficient Lighting for Performing Arts Facilities with Ledvance Sylvania
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Energy Efficient Lighting for Visual Arts Facilities and Museums with Ledvance Sylvania
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MANAGING CREATIVE SPACES

Working Together: Multi-Partner Creative Space Projects
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Alternative Creative Spaces and Adaptive Reuse Projects 
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Engaging Community in Municipal Performing Arts Space Projects 
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Recap from the Creative Spaces Projects Brainstorming Session
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Volunteer Boards and Creative Space Projects
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SPACE RENTALS

Balancing Programming and Space Rentals

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Staffing Strategies for Space Rentals & Events
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Using Data to Find your Renter Audience
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Marketing your Rental Spaces
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Contracts and Agreements: Landlords and Tenants
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Space Management 101: Keys to Success
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