Artscape’s FREE 2013 Webinar Series: “New Models for Cultural Space Development”

Registration now open! Artscape is pleased to announce the launch of its free 2013 Webinar Series: “New Models for Cultural Space Development”.

“New Models for Cultural Space Development” will feature four webinars that explore different approaches and new models for the development of cultural space, and will tackle important questions such as:
  • As funding declines and the pressure on the public purse increases, what are some financially sustainable models for cultural space?
  • How can we develop new approaches to the development and management of cultural space that serve creative and cultural needs, facilitate collaboration, and achieve positive economic and social outcomes, while being financially sustainable?  
Read on for more information and to register!

Webinar #1: Developing Sustainable Cultural Space: Multi-Tenant Arts Centres 101
Wednesday May 15th, 2013, 1:00 PM ET


Join Artscape for the kick-off of its 2013 webinar series, “New Models for Cultural Space Development” with an introduction to the mysteries and delights of the development and operation of multi-tenanted centres for the arts. Join experts from Canada and the USA who have worked at the cutting edge of multi-tenanted arts centre development.

Developing Sustainable Cultural Space: Multi-Tenant Arts Centres 101 will feature short presentations by our panelists, followed by a facilitated discussion and Q+A session with your host, Artscape’s Creative Placemaking Lab Director, Pru Robey.

Tim Jones, President & CEO of Artscape, will discuss the challenges and key lessons Artscape has learned from 25 years of developing space for the creative and cultural sector.

China Brotsky, a leading expert in nonprofit social enterprises and the shared space model, will share her perspective on models for collaborative and multi-tenant centres in the wider non-profit sector and how they have been successfully applied in the creative and cultural sector.

This webinar will discuss the multi-tenant model from two different perspectives (within the cultural sector and the wider non-profit sector), and will answer questions such as:
  • How does the multi-tenant model work financially?
  • Why does the multi-tenant model work well in the cultural sector?
  • How do multi-tenant cultural spaces contribute to the health and vitality of their communities?
  • How do I make sure my multi-tenant space will be sustainable in the long run?
  • What should I think about when choosing tenants for my project?
About the Presenters:
Tim Jones: Tim is a champion for the role that the arts play in transforming cities and communities. Under his direction as President and CEO since 1998, Artscape has grown from a Toronto-based provider of affordable studio space to an internationally recognized leader in city building through the arts.

China Brotsky: China is a leading expert in non-profit social enterprises and the shared space model. Among her many contributions, China has lead Tides Shared Spaces, a Tides Network initiative which creates, operates and promotes sustainable work space for non-profits.

Pru Robey: Pru joined Artscape in 2007 and takes the lead in new project research and development and major research initiatives. She led the research, partnership development and sector engagement process to build the vision and case for Regent Park Arts and Cultural Centre (now Daniels Spectrum) and is now leading Artscape’s efforts to develop a major new facility to support creative sector entrepreneurship while also exploring the development community cultural resources in Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods.




Webinar #2: Making Space for Creativity: Designing for Collaboration
Wednesday June 19th, 2013, 1:00 PM ET


Learn how three projects of different scales have successfully become centres for collaboration. Join Artscape’s Pru Robey, Director, Creative Placemaking Lab for a discussion with Joe Lobko, architect of innovative new collaborative centres such as Evergreen Brickworks and Artscape Wychwood Barns, and Jay Dodge, founding member of Vancouver’s Progress Lab 1422 for a discussion of new ways to think about designing collaborative creative and cultural infrastructure.

Emerging creative and cultural practice has placed an increased emphasis on collaborative, cross-sector and multi-platform approaches to creation, production and distribution. Much of this is driven by the potential of new “technologies of collaboration”. What were once considered set-in-stone distinctions between not-for-profit and for-profit cultural and creative enterprises are now increasingly unclear. At the same time, creative practitioners are more and more interested in crossing disciplinary and generational boundaries in their work.

Collaboration and convergence across cultural, creative and environmental spheres means that we need to think about our cultural and creative infrastructure in new ways. As new models and new combinations emerge, the ways in which cultural activity is organized and the sorts of cultural spaces that are required is also evolving.

The session will feature short presentations by our panelists, followed by a facilitated discussion and Q+A session.

This webinar will answer questions such as:
  • What are the challenges in designing shared spaces from both an architect’s and practitioner’s perspective?
  • What design aspects are important when creating a collaborative space?
  • How can collaborative space work on different scales and budgets?
About the Presenters:
Joe Lobko: With over 30 years of experience as an architect and urban designer, Joe has a broad range of experience on public and private developments with particular emphasis on urban design, adaptive reuse and the non-profit sector. In 2006, he joined DTAH as a partner with the merger of his practice Joe Lobko Architect, and in the same year he received an urban leadership award from the Canadian Urban Institute and became a fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Volunteer efforts include serving on the Board of Directors for ArtsBuild Ontario, past chair of the Toronto Society of Architects, and as a current member of the City of Toronto Design Review Panel.

Jay Dodge/Progress Lab 1422: Progress Lab 1422 is an exciting new rehearsal and development hub located in Vancouver’s east side. Founded by a consortium of four indie arts and culture organizations (Boca Del Lupo, Electric Company Theatre, Neworld Theatre and Rumble Productions), PL1422 is a 7,000 square foot former garment factory now featuring a full-size rehearsal hall as well as administration offices for the four companies. The hub is named after Progress Lab, the larger informal and co-operative arts network that counts these companies as members.

Pru Robey: See above




Webinar #3: Shared Spaces, Shared Values: Building Partnerships for Community Cultural Hubs
Wednesday October 2nd, 2013, 1:00 PM ET


Join Artscape for the third webinar in Artscape’s 2013 webinar series, “Shared Spaces, Shared Values: Building Partnerships for Community Cultural Hubs”.

This webinar will answer questions such as:
  • What are some strategies for engaging the community in my project?
  • What is a community hub? What is the hub model trying to achieve?
  • What is the same and what is different between community hubs and cultural community hub?
  • Why is cross-sector collaboration important in the hub model?
  • What can the two sectors learn from each other?
  • How do community hubs support the communities they are located within?



Webinar #4: School’s Out: Repurposing Surplus Schools as Cultural Spaces
Wednesday November 6th, 2013, 1:00 PM ET


Artscape is pleased to announce the final webinar in its 2013 webinar series, “School’s Out: Repurposing Surplus Schools as Cultural Spaces”.

Join us to explore:
  • What are some innovative models that have been used for surplus schools in the arts and culture sector?
  • How do I approach the school board/acquire the space?
  • Schools hold an important place in their communities – how do I engage the community in the process of redevelopment?
  • How do I develop the “project vision” for the space?



About Artscape
Artscape is a not-for-proft organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities.

About ArtsBuild Ontario
ArtsBuild Ontario is dedicated to realizing long-term solutions to building, managing and financing the sustainable arts facilities needed in Ontario’s communities.

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