Partnership and Collaboration: Artscape's approach to building community through the arts
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Featured Speaker
Pru Robey, Vice President and Director, Creative Placemaking Lab, Artscape, Toronto

Special Guest
Celia Smith, President, Artscape, Toronto

Live Webinar Description

Artscape’s work involves clustering creative people together in real estate projects that serve the needs of the arts and cultural community and advance multiple public policy objectives, private development interests, community and neighbourhood aspirations and philanthropic missions. Based in Toronto, Artscape currently operates nine projects including the award-winning Daniels Spectrum, LEED Gold certified Artscape Wychwood Barns and our newest community cultural hub Artscape Youngplace.  Working with communities to identify unique and diverse assets our projects cluster arts, cultural and environmental organizations as well as individual artists into affordable well-designed spaces. Artscape’s projects are embraced and activated by the communities they serve, delivering shared value and positive social, economic and environmental impacts.
Artscape has a number of exciting new projects under development in Toronto including a social enterprise event venue in the heart of the Entertainment District, a new community cultural hub which is part of a larger revitalization initiative in the Weston neighbourhood, as well as Artscape Launchpad – a cutting-edge centre for creative sector entrepreneurship.
Join this free webinar to gain insight and learnings from Artscape’s unique approach in cultural space development as a not-for-profit urban development organization, affordable housing provider, and thought leader in Creative Placemaking practice.

You Will Learn

  • About Artscape’s evolution as an organization over its 29 year history
  • About Artscape’s from the ground up approach to Creative Placemaking
  • About tools for advancing cultural space development projects
  • About working with partners across public, private and non-profit sectors
  • How Artscape uses community engagement and public process to build successful projects
About the Speaker
Pru Robey
Pru Robey is a passionate advocate for the transformative impact the arts and culture have on the lives of individuals and communities. Throughout her career, the development of innovative, multi-sector approaches to support cultural sector development, creative economy activation and sustainable urban regeneration has been a centerpiece of her work. Pru has over 30 years of experience as a consultant, researcher, manager, promoter and funder in the arts, culture and creative industries in Canada and the UK. As Vice President and Creative Placemaking Lab Director at Toronto-based Artscape, Pru takes the lead in new project research and development and on major research initiatives; directs a suite of programs and services designed to build the capacity of communities internationally to undertake creative placemaking; and advises communities internationally on strategies to support city-building through the arts. She designed and teaches Canada’s only undergraduate course in Creative Placemaking for the University of British Columbia and is a member of the Placemaking Leadership Council. 

About the Special Guest

Pru RobeyCelia Smith was named President of Toronto Artscape in 2015. She joined Artscape in 2008 as Executive Vice President, following many years leading a successful arts consultancy and roles with ArtsBuild (Executive Director) and The Canadian Stage Company (General Manager). A dedicated team-builder, Celia is driven to create meaning and lasting impact through her wide-ranging work, for people, communities and the city as a whole.
Since her arrival, Celia has steered Artscape through years of continued growth, managing all areas of Artscape’s business, overseeing long-term strategic planning, governance and stakeholder engagement, and playing a leadership role in new capital project development including strategic concept development, project management supervision and financial modelling and financing.

Celia has served as Board Chair for the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts and for the Cultural Careers Council of Ontario (Work in Culture), and as a Board member of Creative Trust. She has an MBA from the University of Ottawa and a BA (Honours) from Queen’s University.

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