MP Peter Braid Announces Federal Government Support for ArtsBuild Ontario Project

Peter Braid Announcement
(L to R) – Betty Anne Keller (City of Waterloo), Waterloo Mayor Brenda Halloran, Bill Poole (Waterloo Clay & Glass Gallery), Adele Dobkowski (ArtsBuild), MP Peter Braid.

WATERLOO, Ontario (July 24, 2012) – A new investment from the Government of Canada will benefit Ontario arts organizations and create jobs and growth. Peter Braid, Member of Parliament (Kitchener–Waterloo), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced funding for an innovative project by ArtsBuild Ontario.

The project brings together seven Ontario non-profit and private sector partners. This collaborative initiative will allow 944 cultural organizations across Ontario and in Calgary—as well as service organizations, arts councils, and others that support their work—to benefit from new tools, resources, and training related to facilities management.

“Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in important arts organizations like ArtsBuild Ontario,” said Minister Moore. “By supporting this project, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy and support our arts, culture, and heritage.”

“We commend ArtsBuild Ontario for spearheading this important partnership,” said Mr. Braid. “Kitchener–Waterloo has a thriving arts community, and we are pleased to support an organization that contributes not only to our cultural vitality, but also to our economy, here and across the province.”

“This strategic investment in ArtsBuild Ontario will unlock and amplify a huge untapped potential,” said Steve Mumford, ArtsBuild Board Chair, and Jason van Eyk, Advisory Committee Chair. “By collaboratively scaling up capacity building and knowledge mobilization around cultural infrastructure planning and management, Ontario will reap huge benefits in cultural tourism, economic revitalization, cross-sectoral collaboration, green and sustainable practices, and most importantly in community vibrancy and quality of living.”

The Government of Canada is providing $600,000 under the Strategic Initiatives component of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund. The Strategic Initiatives component provides funding for projects supported by multiple partners and benefiting many organizations. These initiatives help arts and heritage organizations diversify their revenue streams and strengthen the efficiency of their management and business practices.

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Sign-up for a sneak peek of the Portal

[G]reat news!  After months of research, planning and development, the ArtsBuild Ontario Facilities Portal is almost here!  We’re so excited about this helpful tool and the possibilities it holds that we’ve arranged sneak previews across Ontario over the next few weeks.

Just like the Portal itself, the previews are FREE, so if you are an arts organization, municipal employee or stakeholder, come out and join us as we show you how to explore and best take advantage of this dynamic tool.

January 20, 2012 – Wellington, Ontario

3pm to 4:30pm

Wellington and District Community Centre
111 Belleville Street
For more information and to register for free visit

January 26, 2012 – Wawa, Ontario

2:30pm to 4pm

Michipicoten Memorial Community Centre
3 Chris Simon Drive
For more information and to register for free visit

February 3, 2012Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario

2:45pm to 4:30pm

Waterloo Region Museum
10 Huron Road
For more information and to register for free visit

February 8, 2012 – Caledon East, Ontario

3pm to 4pm

Caledon Community Complex
6215 Old Church Road
For more information and to register for free visit

February 16, 2012 – Elora, Ontario

3pm to 4:30pm

75 Melville Street

For more information and to register for free contact

More locations will be added shortly, so check back soon.  We look forward to connecting with you at these demonstrations!

Attend Brampton Creative Economy Summit

[O]n Thursday, February 2, 2012, we’ll be attending a very exciting event in Brampton.  The city is hosting a Creative Economy Summit to promote awareness of the creative economy and Brampton’s role within it.  The goal is to educate and define the creative economy by sharing information and best practices and creating a networking environment for its members.

As if that isn’t already enough incentive to attend, there are also two very interesting keynote speakers confirmed: Jian Ghomeshi and Tim Jones. Jian Ghomeshi an award-winning broadcaster, writer, musician and producer. Tim Jones is the President and CEO of Artscape, a non-profit organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities.  Additional speakers are set to be announced shortly.

You might have noticed that this Summit and our upcoming Facilities Portal have a common goal of bringing the arts world together to engage in knowledge sharing, so of course we are eager to participate.  We’ll have a booth set up in the Atrium during breaks, so be sure to stop in to learn more and to catch a sneak preview of the Facilities Portal in action!

For more information and to register for FREE, visit