Artscape Gibraltar Point Renewal

We are reaching out to community leaders and key stakeholders with an interest in Artscape Gibraltar Point to ask for input as we embark on a vision renewal process for this special property.

Artscape’s new Strategic Plan, Vision 2017, includes the important strategic direction to “develop and implement a portfolio review plan that systematically addresses the renewal of current projects.” Our starting point for this is to evaluate and review the vision and operating model for Artscape Gibraltar Point
Artscape Gibraltar Point is perhaps Artscape’s most unique and tranquil property, located in a secluded park setting with its own beachfront on Toronto Island. The project, which opened in 1999 and is leased by Artscape from the City of Toronto, was initiated by a group of Toronto Island residents who contacted Artscape when the historic Toronto Island Public and Natural Science School was threatened with demolition. Working with a community advisory committee and the City of Toronto, Artscape and the Island community created a new vision for the site that included a retreat centre, artists’ lodge and long-term artist work studios.

With a small grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, staff-led building improvements and community sweat equity, this important part of the Island’s heritage found a new purpose. Artscape Gibraltar Point is now a thriving cultural hub, which offers the creative and non-profit communities an affordable place to think, experiment, create and share ideas.

Fourteen years after opening, it is time to revisit the dreams and hopes that gave birth to Artscape Gibraltar Point, to assess its strengths and weaknesses, to take an unclouded  view of the limitations, challenges and opportunities presented by the property itself and its extraordinary location.
The first step in this process were two Vision Renewal Workshops held on Tuesday, November 26 at Artscape Gibraltar Point. Community stakeholders, tenants, artists, and others from Toronto's creative and city-building communities were invited to give their input and share their ideas as we plan for many more years of creative success and community involvement at Artscape Gibraltar Point.

The complete set of notes taken from both sessions as well as a summary of the outcomes of the session are available below. As we move forward in the process, this page will be the home for updates, materials, and next steps.

Further materials and information will be posted as it becomes available.

Visioning Workshop Materials, November 26, 2013 at Artscape Gibraltar Point:
For more information, please contact Lisa Cristinzo, General Manager of Artscape Girbraltar Point, at
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