Artscape is a not-for-profit organization that
makes space for creativity and transforms communities.
January 31, 2012
Looking to develop sustainable, affordable space for culture and creativity that contributes to the transformation and revitalization of your community? Visit Artscape DIY, the go-to source for all the tools and resources and inspiration you’ll need to get started on...
Looking to develop sustainable, affordable space for culture and creativity that contributes to the transformation and revitalization of your community? Visit Artscape DIY, the go-to source for 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!
At Artscape, creative placemaking is at the heart of what we do. Creative placemaking is an evolving field of practice that intentionally leverages the power of the arts, culture and creativity to serve a community’s interest while driving a broader agenda for change, growth and transformation in a way that also builds character and quality of place. Over 25 years, we’ve learned that creative placemaking can be an ambitious process that requires out-of-the-box thinking, unique partnerships and a collaborative approach to development.
Designed to empower and guaranteed to inspire, Artscape DIY is a FREE online resource featuring extensive case studies, tools and resources, including easy-to-use downloadable templates and examples, informational videos, guides and articles designed to help users through the business of developing sustainable, affordable space for culture and creativity.
Key Features of Artscape DIY:
Artscape DIY is the latest component of Artscape’s Knowledge Exchange Program; a continuing suite of programs that marries Artscape’s street level awareness with groundbreaking research and international connections, including: a Mentorship and Coaching Program, Research and Development, and Spacemaking and Placemaking Workshops.
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.
Over the last 25 years, Artscape has developed a reputation as Canada’s leading practitioner in multi-tenant space development for the arts, cultural and creative sector, successfully transforming a portfolio of underutilized buildings across Toronto into dynamic community assets. Artscape envisions, designs, develops, operates and increasingly programs our facilities as platforms for collaboration supporting cross-disciplinary and cross-sector innovation. The diverse partners we work with and the diversity of partnerships we build play a critical role in the realization of our developments. To make our developments happen we bring partners, investors and other stakeholders together in collaboration with the creative community, and while our projects are rooted in arts and culture they are equally about growing local economies, enriching the social fabric and promoting cleaner, greener approaches. It is not by accident that our projects are in the centre of some of Toronto’s most dynamic and creative neighbourhoods, because we have helped to grow them. Artscape’s work is supported by the Artscape Foundation, a registered charity.