LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT

LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT

LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT began as a two-part workshop and webinar series. Offered in the communities of:

  • Cambridge
  • Guelph
  • Kitchener
  • Orangeville
  • Waterloo

The series covers 4 key areas that support creative space capital projects:

  • Alternative Financing
  • Community Engagement
  • Building/Renovating
  • Maintaining/Managing Creative Spaces

Part 1 began with workshops in several of these communities. However, as the health and safety of our participants is of the utmost importance, and in light of concerns regarding workshop attendance during the COVID-19 pandemic, ABO has decided to change these workshops into one-on-one virtual sessions to complement the webinars.

Part 1: Virtual Consultative Sessions – Cambridge


Part 1, covering the topics of Alternative Financing for Capital Projects and Engaging Community in Capital Project, will conclude with two Virtual Consultative Sessions for participants within the Cambridge area.

In these sessions, participants in and near Cambridge with a creative space project in mind will have an opportunity to sign up for a one-on-one consultation with presenters. Presenters will offer guidance and perspective based on their expertise and pertaining to their session topics.

Dates

Virtual Consultation #1: Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Sessions Available Between: 10:00 a.m and 2:10 p.m.
Session 1: 10:00 a.m.– 11:10 a.m. (with Jeremy Freiburger)
Session 2: 10:00 a.m.– 11:10 p.m. (with Julia Vlad)
Session 3: 11:25 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. (with Jeremy Freiburger)
Session 4: 11:25 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. (with Julia Vlad)
Session 5: 1:00 p.m.– 2:10 p.m. (with Jeremy Freiburger and Julia Vlad)

Register for a session HERE.

Virtual Consultation #2: Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Sessions Available Between: 10:00 AM and 2:10 PM
Session 1: 10:00 a.m.– 11:10 a.m. (with Jeremy Freiburger)
Session 2: 10:00 a.m.– 11:10 a.m. (with Julia Vlad)
Session 3: 11:25 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. (with Jeremy Freiburger)
Session 4: 11:25 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. (with Julia Vlad)
Session 5: 1:00 p.m.– 2:10 p.m. (with Jeremy Freiburger and Julia Vlad)

Register for a session HERE.

Registration Note: You will be asked for a brief summary of your project, and 3-5 questions that you would like to ask the presenters so we can inform them ahead of time. Registration closes December 17, 2020.

Alternative Financing for Capital Projects

While securing funds to renew and develop creative spaces is often top of mind for arts leaders, the answer may not always be simple. In your virtual consultative session, we will explore alternative financing sources and methods that can help creative organizations start and support their projects. Drawing on recent examples and successes, Julia Vlad, Vice President of Lending for the Community Forward Fund, will offer insights and alternative strategies to finance capital projects in her virtual consultative sessions.

These sessions are intended for non-profit arts, culture, heritage, faith and community organizations in the Cambridge area looking for solutions to financing their current or upcoming creative space project.

About Julia Vlad

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.

 

About the Community Forward Fund

The Community Forward Fund (CFF) is a $12 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 the 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 your virtual consultative session, Jeremy Freiburger, Chief Connector and Cultural Strategist of Cobalt Connect, will offer guidance pertaining to strategies and recommendations for engaging the local community in capital projects and developing creative spaces around community needs in Cambridge.

These sessions are intended for non-profit arts, culture, heritage, faith and community organizations in the Cambridge area looking to engage community in their current or upcoming creative space project.

About Jeremy Freiburger

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 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 Connects

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.

Webinars


For LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT webinars, please refer to ABO’s Webinars webpage.

This program is presented in partnership with the Community Forward Fund, Cobalt Connects, the Dalton Company and WalterFedy

LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT is generously supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation

 

Sustainable Creative Spaces

In 2013, ArtsBuild gathered and shared insights from eight communities in Ontario. At each stop, Sustainable Creative Sessions were opportunities to engage local leaders, arts organizations, municipalities, funders and other decision makers in a conversation about the successes and challenges of building, managing and financing sustainable creative spaces.

ArtsBuild has completed all eight sessions. See below for each of the cities and to read the reports from each community. Participants and readers are able to share experiences within each community as well as learn about ArtsBuild’s innovative new programs that can be applied to the facility needs in communities like yours. We thank everyone who took the time to participate in each of these community engagement sessions!