Are you ready for Part 2 of our Virtual Consultative Sessions? ABO is looking for arts leaders and members of non-profit arts, culture, heritage, faith and community organizations in the Kitchener area who would like to participate in a one-on-one consultation with Randy Dalton of the Dalton Company, and Bryn Jones of WalterFedy. Presenters will offer guidance and perspective based on their expertise and pertaining to their session topics. These consultations are provided free of charge. There is no fee to apply and there will be no fee if you are selected!
Here is what an attendee thought of the Virtual Consultative Session for Cambridge:
“Great mix of some onscreen sharing and just being in dialogue. I really, REALLY appreciate the one on one consultation opportunity and working with both presenters in tandem. I think this enriched the conversation to play off of each other versus having silo conversations.”
– Kenn Norman | The Fashion History Museum
Randy Dalton will focus on the topic of Building/Renovating Creative Space, while Bryn Jones will focus on Managing/Maintaining Creative Spaces. The Kitchener Virtual Consultative Sessions are April 13 & 20 2021. Learn more about them here, or apply for a spot here.
With the Ontario Government instating a provincial wide lockdown over the holiday break, ABO staff will not be returning to our office at 44 Gaukel until after the lockdown order has been lifted. The safety of our program participants, staff, and Ontario communities comes first. This means ABO staff will continue to work from home until further notice.
ABO CONTACT INFORMATION
While ABO Staff works from home, we are still available online by email, phone or even Zoom/Skype! Please feel free to contact us during regular hours, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
After a lot of work behind the scenes, ArtsBuild Ontario is happy to announce some great news about our LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT Workshop and Webinars, and the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network 2021-2022.
LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT
LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT (LIBIMI) began as a two-part workshop and webinar series. That covered 4 key areas that support creative space capital projects:
Maintaining/Managing Creative Spaces
Part 1 began with workshops in several 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 part 2 webinars.
Our Virtual Consultative Sessions kick off with finishing LIBIMI Part 1! Part 1 covers the topics of Alternative Financing for Capital Projects and Engaging Community in Capital Project and 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 Julia Vlad and Jeremy Freiburger. Presenters will offer guidance and perspective based on their expertise and pertaining to their session topics.
Cambridge Virtual Consultative Sessions are January 12 & 19 2021. Learn more about them here, or apply for a spot here. Applications close on December 10, 2020.
We will have more information about the LIBIMI Part 2 Webinars in the coming months, so please keep a lookout for that!
Creative Spaces Mentoring Network 2021-2022
We’re happy to announce the 2021-2022 edition of the Creative Space Mentoring Network! We are now seeking mentors for current and future iterations of the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network! If you have been part of a capital project, strategic plan, or have the knowledge to share in arts management, the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network provides an opportunity for you to support fellow arts managers and foster strong arts and heritage sectors.
To support our mentors during COVID-19, ABO will provide a one-time honorarium to mentors matched with mentees for CSMN 2021-2022.
ArtsBuild Ontario is excited to announce that the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network 2020-21 officially kicks off today! After matching mentees with cultural leaders who could help them with their creative space challenge, ABO brought everyone together in an online webinar to explain the rules, learn from the experiences of last year’s participants, and more. Now, mentees and mentors are ready to start building their relationships and sharing knowledge!
This year’s participants are excited to get started!
“I’m looking forward to connecting with my mentee to contribute to their growth and share insights on the highs and challenges of establishing a viable arts destination.
The CSMN program provides a wonderful opportunity for both parties to gain perspective and further define what success means in the arts and cultural sector. I’m proud to be part of this program for a second year.”
Nadine Baker Facility Manager The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning 2020-21 Mentor
“We are thrilled to be part of this program and we are truly looking forward to working with Tim Jennings, CEO of the Shaw Festival. His great expertise in capital projects will be of extraordinary value to us as we move forward in all the different steps of getting ready for our infrastructure project.”
Corporate Liaison Manager
Théâtre français de Toronto
“I am so looking forward to advising and supporting Susan as she plans and prepares Flick The Switch’s marketing and communications. She has created a wonderful organization, and there is so much opportunity for communication, community, connection, and cultivating sales and revenues. I am excited to be a part of the organization’s development over the next year.”
Heather Kelly Marketing Consultant
HKC Marketing 2020-21 Mentor
“Alumnae Theatre Company’s ancient analogue sound, lighting and communications systems are now negatively affecting the quality of our productions. With the practical experience of a wonderful mentor like Phillip Silver, I now have the guidance to oversee a feasibility study which will become the roadmap for moving forward on a comprehensive digital infrastructure project.”
Past President of the Board
Alumnae Theatre Company 2020-21 Mentee
KITCHENER – May 20, 2020 – The Board of Directors of ArtsBuild Ontario (ABO) is happy to announce the appointment of Diana Moser as the new Interim Executive Director.
Ms. Moser will head the organization’s overall financial, strategic, and operational leadership while the Executive Director, Alex Glass, is on maternity leave. Ms. Moser brings several years of experience with Arts Council Wood Buffalo in Fort McMurray where she held a variety of posts including Programs Manager and Interim Executive Director.
“We’re excited to have Diana on board to guide ABO. As someone with extensive experience with the arts community, facilities, and organizations she is a fantastic fit for ABO’s current need.” – Kristian Clarke, President
Ms. Moser helped establish the Arts Council Wood Buffalo as a trusted arts support organization for the region and combines this experience with her experience at the Oil Sands Discovery Centre, Theatre; Just Because and the Wood Buffalo 2018 Alberta Winter Games.
She has a BA and MA in History from McMaster University and a Master of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto.
Please join us in welcoming Ms. Moser to her new role at ABO.