Artscape is a not-for-profit organization that
makes space for creativity and transforms communities.
In recent years, there has been an explosion of interest in the creative community’s role in driving growth, change, transformation, and the new economy. Artscape harnesses this interest by sharing its knowledge with communities across Canada and around the world through its Creative Placemaking Lab (formerly known as the Knowledge Exchange program). Many communities struggle with the challenge of translating the new interest in creative cities and economies into beneficial strategies.
Both an arts practitioner and a learning organization, Artscape has married street-level awareness with groundbreaking research and international connections – the result is our unique knowledge of creative urban development. Artscape’s Creative Placemaking Lab delivers tools, expands thinking and inspires action in communities large and small through a suite of continuing and new programs, including mentorship and coaching; research and development; online tools and resources; and workshops on spacemaking and placemaking.
Explore this section of our site to learn more about our various programs and offerings, and don't skip a visit to Artscape DIY, our external site that provides all the tools and resources and inspiration you’ll need to get started on your own cultural facility development.
Explore the practice of creative placemaking and get inspired!
Key Features of Artscape DIY:
Artscape gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation Province-Wide Fund, as well as the contributions of Ecentricarts Inc. in the creation of Artscape DIY. The development of the website was guided by an advisory committee consisting of representatives from the City of Toronto Cultural Affairs Office, ArtsBuild Ontario, the City of St. Catharines, Toronto Community Foundation, Toronto Arts Council, Martin Prosperity Institute, NarrativeNow and Interactive Ontario. The newly revised edition of Square Feet: The Artist’s Guide To Renting and Buying Creative Space was made possible by the generous assistance of the Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.