Making Spaces for Art: A Case Study – Dundas Valley School of Art

“In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what you want and the other is getting it.” Oscar Wilde

Dundas Valley School of Art has turned the tragedy of getting what you want into triumph.  The catalyst for some transformations is sometimes so deceptively simple. The Dundas Valley School of Art turned a minor injury into a major overhaul.  A broken ankle for Executive Director Arthur Greenblatt resulted in the renovation of the entire facility. The experience has left Greenblatt with some cautionary tales about closing your venue and renovating it tip to top, about accepting money from the Federal Government, and about navigating politics. But his biggest caution echoes the thoughts of the famous playwright Oscar Wilde. “Be careful what you wish for,” Greenblatt says.

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