Mapping Northern Creative Spaces

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Four Northern Ontario communities are working in partnership with ArtsBuild Ontario and NORDIK Institute to map their existing creative spaces and arts facilities, and plan for the future.

Kenora, Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins, and Wawa are key partners in the Mapping Northern Creative Spaces project. The project has the goal of providing a snapshot of the creative spaces in Northern Ontario – what exists, where there are gaps and needs, what are the concerns, ideas, and hopes for the future. Whether you are an artist with a private home studio, an arts collective leasing space in a commercial building, or something else entirely – the project wants to hear from you.

The first phase of the mapping was done through online surveys in each of the communities.

The second phase includes virtual community forums where the project partners will discuss the survey findings with each community and identify pathways forward. Those interested can register for their community’s forum for free, or attend the 4-community forum for free.

4-Community Forum

Virtual Community Forum
March 25, 2021
3:00 p.m. – 5 p.m. Eastern Time
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Virtual Community Forum
December 3, 2020
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Central Time

Sault Ste. Marie

Virtual Community Forum
January 21, 2021
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time


Virtual Community Forum
January 12, 2021
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time


Virtual Community Forum
January 26, 2021
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time

The resulting project report and associated material are intended to be an informational and statistical base for future projects, programs, and advocacy for all involved. Project results will be available by spring 2021 on ArtsBuild Ontario’s website and through the project partners.

NORDIK Institute is an innovative community-based research hub affiliated with Algoma University that supports the region’s community economic development initiatives, and ArtsBuild Ontario is dedicated to realizing long-term solutions for building, managing and financing the sustainable arts facilities needed in Ontario communities.

The Mapping Northern Creative Spaces project is made possible through the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and key community partners: City of Kenora, The Muse Kenora, Lake of the Woods Arts Community, Northwest Business Centre, Future Sault Ste. Marie, Sault Ste. Marie Museum, The Indian Friendship Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, Independent Arts Council for Timmins, and The Economic Development Corporation of Wawa.



We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts for this project.