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ArtsBuild Ontario March eNews
ArtsBuild Ontario News
Asset Planner for the Arts: Making it work for you
Announcing SpaceFinder York Region!
Update your Bricks & Mortar Profile
Upcoming Learning Series Workshops & Webinars

Sector News
Save the Date! Creative Works 2017
Upcoming Learning Opportunities with WorkInCulture's Biz Smarts
Apply to the Theatre Ontario Youth Theatre Training Program
Learning Opportunities with Ontario Presents
Canadian Heritage Announces Funding for Toronto's MOCA and Massey Hall
Upcoming events, webinars and workshops

Asset Planner for the Arts: Making it Work for You!

We get it - thinking about asset management is enough to get your head spinning. We want to make it easy. Asset Planner for the Arts allows arts managers to track facility condition, plan for repairs and track cost of key facility components. 

The best way to really understand what Asset Planner can do for you and your facility is to hear how it works for arts managers like you. We spoke to two arts managers from two drastically different facilities to see how they've used Asset Planner at their respective facilities. 
What are people saying about Asset Planner?

Asset Planner has been a real vital tool for us. It's given us a real schedule of maintenance [...] a maintenance road-map as it were. For budgeting, its been particularly helpful because we've been able to set aside a certain amount of money each year for capital. [Asset Planner] leads to responsible management and stewardship of the museum. 
- John Kastner
General Manager, Stratford Perth Museum

The [Asset Planner for the Arts] initial audit information was so thorough, we were able to have a really good idea of the equipment in our building and structure of our building and what would potentially need replacement in five years, and what could wait twenty years. I really think Asset Planner is a great tool for arts facilities. 
- Karen O'Brien
Facilities Manager, Toronto Dance Foundation
Limited spaces left... Contact us for a quote today!

What is included?
  1. Site walk-through and building inventory by Walter Fedy
  2. Online training (via webinar) on the Asset Planner software with Ameresco and ongoing support for two years
  3. Two year operating license*
  4. Access to the ArtsBuild Learning Series
Asset Planner for the Arts is now more affordable, but there are limited spaces left! Contact for a quote today. 

To learn more about this program, check out our Program Infographic or website.

Announcing SpaceFinder York Region!

ArtsBuild Ontario, in partnership with the York Region Arts Council, Town of Newmarket, Town of Richmond Hill, City of Markham and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority are pleased to announced the launch of SpaceFinder York Region!

Billed as an “Air BnB” for artists, SpaceFinder offers a large-scale solution for artists and creative spaces in York Region. SpaceFinder is designed to help increase the visibility of creative space, helping artists easily find space, and helping venues promote their under-utilized rental space.

SpaceFinder first launched in Canada in November 2014 with SpaceFinder Toronto. SpaceFinder is currently active in three Ontario regions (Toronto, Hamilton, and Waterloo Region) as well as British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba

SpaceFinder York Region is now accepting space listings! Have a creative space in York Region? List your space today!

Time to Update your Bricks&Mortar Profile!

It's time to update your profile information in Bricks&Mortar

Bricks&Mortar is the only centralized data collection tool containing vital and relevant information about our arts facilities, our respective facility needs and future plans. As the only organization in Ontario that specializes in and works for arts facilities, ArtsBuild Ontario has used Bricks&Mortar to generate reports on the state of Ontario’s arts and culture facilities and advocacy asks for increased investment in arts and culture infrastructure.

Now that it’s 2017, we want to make sure the data in Bricks&Mortar is as up-to-date as possible for ongoing advocacy efforts. We are asking that you revisit your organizational profile to update contact and facility information.
Update your Profile
New to Bricks&Mortar? Register your organization!

We're here to help! For help updating your Bricks&Mortar profile, please contact Eilidh or (519) 880-3670 ext. 101.

Upcoming Learning Series Workshops & Webinars

ArtsBuild Ontario is proud to present The Learning Series, a collection of learning opportunities for arts facilities around ArtsBuild’s core programs, including SpaceFinder, the Arts Facilities Mentoring NetworkEnergy Conservation and Asset Planner for the Arts.

Check out our upcoming workshops and webinars:

Free Webinar: Space Management 101: Keys to Success
Wed. March 29, 2017 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
Register Here!

We'll be announcing the next set of Learning Series webinars and workshops shortly - stay tuned!

Sector News
Save the Date: Creative Works 2017!
Save the date! Creative Works 2017 is Friday, May 12, 2017!

A new conference for arts & culture professionals is coming up! Creative Works 2017 is a day-long multi-disciplinary conference exploring new frontiers in the creative community and the trends that will shape the future of the cultural sector.

From discussions about the future of fundraising and content technology, to presentations about revenue-generation and creative workplace trends, this day-long conference from our friends at WorkInCulture and Humber College Business School and School of Creative and Performing Arts offers the chance to be motivated, tap into new ideas and explore opportunities.

Early Bird Tickets Deadline Extended! Register before March 10, 2017!

Register here!

Check out the website for more information - click here!

Upcoming Learning Opportunities with WorkInCulture's Biz Smarts 

WorkinCulture's Biz Smarts webinar series is back! Every Thursday in March they'll be offering five webinars delivered by five new instructors at various business/art centres across Ontario. 

These webinars are ideal for everyone, including artists, makers, creative entrepreneurs looking to learn more in the areas of business planning, marketing and financial management.

Check out Upcoming Biz Smarts Events:

Make Your Money Work For You (Managing Finances)
Thurs. Mar. 9, 2017 | 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM EST
Register Here!

Building Your Brand (Marketing Strategies)
Thurs. Mar. 16, 2017 | 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM EST
Register Here!

E-Commerce for Creatives
Thurs. Mar. 23, 2017 | 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM EST
Register Here!

Preparing for Your Taxes
Thurs. Mar. 30, 2017 | 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM EST
Register Here!

For more information about Biz Smarts, please contact Mona Afshari, Marketing and Communications Manager. 

Apply to Theatre Ontario Youth Theatre Training Program

Are you seeking financial support for a youth theatre training program? Deadline to apply to Theatre Ontario's Youth Theatre Training Program grant is March 15!

Theatre Ontario's Youth Theatre Training Program (YTTP) offers financial support to programs that deliver accessible training to young people (age 14 to 21), led by professional theatre artists, in skills such as:
  • Technical production and design;
  • Theatre administration and producing;
  • Performance skills and play creation.
Download the Application Form!

For more about the program and eligibility requirements, click here!

Upcoming Learning Opportunities with Ontario Presents!

Looking for lunch-hour learning opportunities? Ontario Presents has plenty of upcoming webinars as part of their Webinar Series for Arts Presenting! The series is designed to help volunteer to mid-size presenters access quality professional development. There is no fee to participate.

Tune in every Wednesday from 1 PM - 2 PM EST!

Current and upcoming Learning Modules include:
  • Money: Planning for it, Getting it, Tracking Results
  • Festival Presenting
  • Digital Marketing for Arts Presenting
Check out the full schedule and register here!

Canadian Heritage announces funding for Toronto's MOCA and Massey Hall

The Government of Canada has announced significant investment in two of Toronto's arts and culture spaces - the new Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada and the revitalization of the historic Massey Hall.

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage announced $5.1M for the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund. The investment will help transform 55,000 square feet of heritage-designated, former industrial space into a new forum for contemporary art in Toronto.

The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund will also be providing $8.3M to fund the revitalization of Massey Hall. Massey Hall will use the funds to renovate the hall with the goal of improving accessibility and updating technical infrastructure. The last major renovation at Massey Hall was in 1948. 

Upcoming events, webinars & workshops
Mar. 8 - Free Crowdfunding Workshop with Toronto Fringe &
Mar. 10 - Early Bird Deadline: Creative Works 2017
Mar. 10 - CPAMO Equity Education in the Arts Call for Proposals Deadline
Mar. 10 - Deadline: Call for Proposals: OMA 2017 Conference 
Mar. 15 - Deadline to Apply for Theatre Ontario Youth Theatre Training Program
Mar. 15 - Young Canada Works Building Careers in Heritage (Internships) Application Deadline
Mar. 29 - Learning Series Webinar: Space Management 101
Apr. 3 - 7 - Canadian Museums Association National Conference 2017
Apr. 4 - Ontario Arts Council Major Organizations: Operating Grant Deadline
Apr. 4 - Ontario Arts Council Multi and Inter-Arts Organizations: Operating Grant Deadline
Apr. 11 - Theatre Ontario Grant Writing Information Webinar with Pat Bradley, Theatre Officer
Apr. 28 - Early Bird Deadline for PACTcon 2017
Apr. 28 - Accessibility Ontario Introduction to Web and Digital Document Accessibility Workshop
Apr. 28 - Accessibility Ontario How to Evaluate Web Content and Digital Document Accessibility Workshop
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