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ArtsBuild Ontario News
Lindsay Golds Departs ArtsBuild Ontario as Executive Director
ABO is Hiring an Accessibility Consultant 
OTF Capital Grant Deadline is Almost Here

Enabling Accessibility Fund: Call for Proposals 

Sector News
Register Today for OMA Annual Conference 2018

Ontario Presents: Pitch Opportunity  
ABO's July Featured Vendors
Upcoming Events, Webinars & Workshops

ArtsBuild Ontario News
Lindsay Golds Departs ArtsBuild Ontario as Executive Director
As of June 29, 2018, Lindsay Golds has moved on from ArtsBuild Ontario as Executive Director. In her seven years with ABO, Lindsay has contributed to the growth, strength and sustainability of the organization. She successfully secured funding from the Ontario Arts Council, Department of Canadian Heritage, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Province of Ontario and Canada Council. She oversaw the expansion of SpaceFinder in Canada to 11 communities, spurred the Learning Series and continued ABO’s core programs, which include the Arts Facilities Mentoring Network, Asset Planner for the Arts, and our Energy Conservation Program. In 2016, Lindsay worked with the City of Kitchener, and partners at the Accelerator Centre, to establish 44 Gaukel, an arts and tech hub located in downtown Kitchener. Lindsay currently sits on the board of the Waterloo Region Arts Fund.
Lindsay has been with ABO since July 2011. Lindsay was jointly hired by ABO and Municipal Cultural Planning Inc. to develop and deliver nine Municipal Cultural Planning workshops across Ontario, as well as assist in the development of Bricks&Mortar, Ontario’s first inventory of arts spaces province-wide. From 2012-15, Lindsay was the Director of Programs. In this role, she developed and executed partnerships, programs, tools and resources for arts organizations across Ontario. In November 2015, Lindsay was promoted to Executive Director.

Patricia McKinna appointed as Executive Director Designate

Patricia McKinna will be serving as the Executive Director Designate part-time from July – September. She will begin fulltime as Executive Director of ArtsBuild Ontario in October, 2018.  Patricia can be reached at
ABO welcomes Erin Borch as Program & Communications Coordinator

ABO welcomes our new Program and Communications Coordinator, Erin Borch! She will be responsible for program support and communications for ABO initiatives, and managing 44 Gaukel rentals.    
She brings a history of producing promotional strategies and supporting programming initiatives within not for profit organizations including the Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa and the Ontario Association of Art Galleries. Erin holds an honours degree in Communications and Political Science from Carleton University and completed a Post-Graduate certificate in Arts Management from Centennial College. Erin can be reached at

ABO is Hiring an Accessibility Consultant

ABO is looking for a consultant that specializes in accessibility of physical spaces, with experience and a long standing track record of working with creative spaces, to advise on our upcoming toolkit and webinars, they will ensure that all references to the Design of Public Spaces are accurate and complete.

This will be a collaborative effort and requires working alongside creative space managers, artists with disabilities, an advisory panel and ABO staff.

This will require:
  • Being an expert on the current legislation around the Design of Public Spaces
  • Working alongside ABO to review drafts and final approval of toolkit
  • Working with an Advisory Panel of artists with disabilities to make recommendations and approve the final draft of the toolkit
  • Editing, revising an existing template/document
  • Suggesting existing case studies and best practices
The deadline to apply is July 19, 2018.

Sound like an exciting opportunity?  Click HERE to learn more! 

OTF Capital Grant Deadline is Almost Here!

The organization registration deadline for OTF's Capital Grant is coming up on July 25, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. E.T. with the application deadline following on August 15, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. E.T. 

OTF provides capital funding to improve the infrastructure required for communities to thrive. Funding is delivered through a process that allows OTF to respond flexibly and effectively to the broad and deep need for community-oriented capital funding across Ontario.

Activities funded include:

  • Buying and installing equipment
  • Doing renovations, installations and repairs
  • Building structures or spaces
  • Making better use of technological resources

Amount: From $5,000 to $150,000
Term: Up to 1 year

To learn more about the Capital Grant, visit OTF's website.
Enabling Accessibility Fund: Call for Proposals

The Government of Canada is currently accepting applications from eligible applicants interested in receiving grant funding up to $100,000 from the Enabling Accessibility Fund for small projects. This Fund supports the capital costs of construction, renovation and/or retrofit activities in workplaces and communities, as well as the provision of accessible technologies in:

  • Workplace stream: facilities where people with disabilities work, or could work in the future; and,
  • Community Accessibility stream: community spaces where programs and/or services are offered, or will be offered, to people with disabilities.

Applications must be submitted by July 26, 2018.

Learn more about qualifying criteria and the application process HERE

Sector News
Register Today 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. 

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

Ontario Presents: Pitch Opportunity


The Ontario Arts Council, the Department of Canadian Heritage and Ontario Presents/Ontario Contact are excited to announce a pitch session for Ontario-based young audience performers, taking place in St. Catharines, Ontario on September 16th, the day following Ontario Contact 2018.

Six to eight applicants will be selected to pitch new and upcoming projects to an audience of presenters and industry professionals, from Northern Ontario and beyond.

Successful applicants will receive professional coaching to develop their pitching skills, as well as travel support and a complimentary 1-day registration for Ontario Contact.

All applications must be received by July 19, 2018 

Application and conference information can be found HERE

ABO's July Featured Vendors!
Introducing ABO's July Featured Vendors! These vendors are listed on ABO's Vendor Directory and are ready to start working with YOUR creative space.
Kilogram Studios
Services | Accessibility, Adaptive Reuse, Additions, Architect, Architectural Consulting, Architectural Designs/Renderings, Building Codes, Capital Campaign/Planning, Community Consultation, Design Development, Planning Documents and Renderings, Renovations/Additions

AssurArt Inc.
Services | Board Insurance, Theatrical Liability

Check out their full listings on

Upcoming events, webinars & workshops
July 12 - Webinar: An Introduction to Online Fundraising for Small and Medium Sized Nonprofits
July 20 - Canadian Collections Care Survey Closes 
July 24-26 - How to Talk to People About Things, Three Day Intensive (Toronto)
July 25 - Organization registration deadline for OTF Capital Grant
August 1 - OAC Theater Project Grant Deadline  
August 1 - Arts Future Seminar: Immersive Experiences (Ottawa) 
August 2 - Arts Future Seminar: Immersive Experiences (Toronto)
August 23 - Charity Village Webinar: Networking Without the Butterflies 
August 13-17 - CMS Summer Institute: Planning & Designing Programs and Exhibits
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