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Canadian Heritage Defines 'Creative Hubs'
Join Us for Faith Spaces and Art Places
Get Your Bids In! ABO Auction Closes This Week
Learning Series Case Study: Calgary Folk Music Festival 

Sector News
Starting A Creative Business Workshops with WorkInCulture

Registration Now Open for OMA Annual Conference 2018
Artscape Presents: Innovations in Creative Space and Placemaking Study Tour
ABO's May Featured Vendors
Upcoming Events, Webinars & Workshops
Canadian Heritage Defines 'Creative Hub'

Over the past year Canada Cultural Spaces Fund has been working to define ‘creative hub’ as they will now fund creative hubs as part of their funding stream.

Canada Cultural Spaces now defines a creative hub as;

“…a multi-tenant facility which brings together professionals from a range of arts or heritage sectors and creative disciplines. Creative hubs feature diverse business models, such as not-for-profit and for-profit organizations and self-employed creative workers. Creative hubs provide multiple users with shared space, equipment and amenities; opportunities for idea exchange, collaboration and/or professional development; and offer space and programming that is accessible to the public"

If you are interested in applying for funds to support the creation of your creative hub we encourage you to visit their website and carefully read through their guidelines and application and contact Canada Cultural Spaces Fund for further information and with any specific questions you might have.

We are encouraged to see the inclusion of creative hubs now being supported through this fund as they have been a means of more affordable space for many creative organizations for decades and now they have the opportunity to receive the support needed.
Join Us for Faith Spaces and Art Places
How Arts Communities Are Working in Places of Faith and Creating New Multidisciplinary Cultural Hubs Together

Are you an arts organization seeking office, rehearsal or performance space? Are you a place of faith seeking to connect with the broader community?
Faith Spaces and Art Places: 
How Arts Communities Are Working in Places of Faith and Creating New Multidisciplinary Cultural Hubs Together

When | Thursday, May 31, 2018
Time | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. sharing and speed dating; 
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. reception)
Where | St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
(73 Simcoe Street, Toronto, next to Roy Thompson Hall)
Cost |  FREE!
Following the awarding of a Metcalf Foundation Leading and Learning Grant, representatives of the Toronto Arts Council, ArtsBuild Ontario, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts, and Faith & the Common Good conducted a series of research trips.  The grant funded the exploration of innovative models in space sharing that featured artists and places of faith. We invite you to join us for the sharing of their findings from trips to Philadelphia and New York as well as their learnings from around Canada.

We also invite you to imagine the future of arts and faith collaborations in our SPACE FINDING SPEED DATING SESSION, as part of the sharing event.

Arts Organizations and Faith Communities can apply to to be a part of the Speed Dating Session.  You will have the opportunity to share two slides and have three minutes to speak about what you are seeking or what you are offering.  We are accepting ten arts organizations and ten places of faith to begin this dialogue about space sharing and community creation.

The Space Finding Speed Dating Session will take part during the sharing event, and will be followed by a reception with light food and drink to talk more about the opportunities discovered. The event is free but you must be registered.

Get Your Bids In! ABO Auction Closes This Week

There's only a few days left to make your bids in ABO's annual online auction. There are over 40 amazing packages and items up for grabs - but only until May 10!

This auction helps ABO continue to provide free and low-cost resources to arts organizations across the province. So what are you waiting for? Make your bid today!

Learning Series Case Study

The fall 2016, ArtsBuild Ontario (ABO) launched The Learning Series. Over the last two years, many of the areas covered in The Learning Series focused on the topic of creative space rentals.

We interviewed three webinar attendees to showcase their creative spaces, learn more about their projects and share what they gained from the program. This case study highlights the Calgary Folk Music Festival and their space, Festival Hall. 
Calgary Folk Music Festival 

It was quickly realized that their new space was in high-demand, not just by creatives, but also weddings and corporate/private events. “There is a real demand in Calgary for useable creative space and black box theatre space, especially in the size that we operate. We fit this really great niche,” shares Liam Prost who is the Hall Rentals Manager with CFMF.

Read the full case study here!

Sector News
Starting A Creative Business Workshops with WorkInCulture

Starting a Creative Business is a one-day workshop for artists/creative professionals from all artistic disciplines thinking about starting a business. It provides the basic tools of creating, developing and putting together a solid creative business idea that will shape the business plan.

Through interactive, reflective, and writing activities that correlate with a workbook, participants get to step into the business mind frame and leave with the key components of their business more clearly defined.

Upcoming Workshops

When | Saturday, May 12 at 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Venue | Rideau Heights Community Centre 

Bruce County
When | Tuesday, May 15 at 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Venue | Southampton Arts Centre
Mississauga (Music Focus)
When | Friday, May 25 at 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Venue | Mississauga Central Library

Mississauga (Visual Arts Focus)
When | Saturday, May 26 at 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Venue | Mississauga Central Library

Mississauga (Film & Digital Arts Focus)
When | Friday, June 1 at 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Registration Now Open for OMA Annual Conference 2018
This year's OMA Conference theme Collaborating for Impact examines how museums can more effectively and efficiently serve the public through the establishment of dynamic and innovative partnerships with a variety of different actors both within and outside of the sector, including but not limited to: government, other cultural institutions, education, individuals, and non-profits. 

Building on different examples of successful (or failed!) sectoral and non-sectoral models, Collaborating for Impact looks at the connections museums form in their communities and serves to provide a fresh approach to the role of museums in contemporary society. 

Get the best rate when you register before June 15th at Last Year's Early Bird Rate! 

Members: $420 + HST
Non-Members: $520 + HST

Register online HERE or download the registration form HERE. Return your registration form by email to or by fax to 416-348-0438.

Artscape Presents: Innovations in Creative Space and Placemaking Study Tour 

Hosted by Artscape in association with the City of Toronto and World Cities Culture Forum, Innovations in Creative Space and Placemaking has been designed to help leaders unlock the creative potential of their communities.

Innovations in Creative Space and Placemaking is not a simple ‘show-and-tell’ study tour but a deeply immersive journey focusing on new approaches to building and sustaining space for culture. It features some of Toronto’s most interesting cultural spaces, and a highly accomplished roster of speakers and tour guides as well as impromptu performances. Wherever possible the program has been designed to be interactive, to take advantage of the leadership and experience that delegates will bring from many parts of the world. Lunches and dinners in extraordinary locations will allow delegates to reflect on what they have experienced with their peers and build lasting relationships.
June 4 to June 6
A fascinating program of site visits, knowledge sharing and networking opportunities.
Five Day Program
June 4 to June 8

Three days of tours and networking, plus two additional days of in-depth workshops.
More information about the program can be found here!

ABO's May Featured Vendors!
Introducing ABO's May Featured Vendors! These vendors are listed on ABO's Vendor Directory and are ready to start working with YOUR creative space.
Leyla Razeghi: Business Strategist
Services | Business Planning, Database Creation 

The Vigilant Fundraiser
Services | Capital Campaign/Planning, Communications, Consulting, Donor Relations, Donor Stewardship, Acquisition and Retention, Feasibility Study, Fund Development, Fundraising, Grant Writer

Check out their full listings on

Upcoming events, webinars & workshops
May 16 - OTF Grow Grant Application Deadline 
May 17 - Charity Village Webinar: The Importance of Self-Care 
May 28 - ONN Webinar: Strengthening Your Public Policy Strategy Through Collaboration 
May 31 - Faith Spaces and Art Places Event (Toronto)
May 31 - Charity Village Webinar: The Whys and Ways of Assertiveness at Work 
June 1 - Accessibility Ontario Workshop: How to Evaluate Your Website's Accessibility (Toronto) 
June 7 -  Charity Village Webinar: Putting Your Value to Work
June 8 - Waterloo Region Arts Fund Event: Arts Funding Forum Waterloo Region (Kitchener)
June 20 - ONN Webinar: Sharpening Your Message for Maximum Impact
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