Creative Spacemaking workshop comes to Guelph

Workshop will explore strategies to connect and leverage creative and cultural resources

GUELPH, ON, March 23, 2011 – The City has partnered with Artscape to bring its Creative Spacemaking workshop to Guelph’s arts and culture sector at the River Run Centre on April 5.

The workshop will explore strategies to connect and leverage the creative and cultural resources of the community. It will bring together top practitioners and highlight innovative partnerships that have successfully secured sustainable and affordable spaces for creative communities.

Confirmed speakers for the workshop include:

  • Jeremy Freiburger, Founder and Executive Director, Imperial Cotton Centre for the Arts,
  • Roscoe Handford, Wychwood Community Animator and Green Barn Market Manager
  • Joe Lobko, Partner, du Toit Architects Limited
  • Tim Jones, President & CEO, Artscape
  • Pru Robey, Director, Knowledge Exchange, Artscape
  • Celia Smith, Executive Vice President, Artscape

The workshop will offer leading advice and hands-on tools for individuals and organizations or partnerships engaged in economic development, downtown redevelopment, tourism, cultural facility projects and culture-led initiatives. The participants will have an opportunity to meet the experts during interactive sessions on topics such as: vision development, feasibility analysis, project planning, finance and fundraising, community engagement and governance models.

“This is a great opportunity for artists, cultural organizations, and business people to come together,” says Colleen Clack, the City’s General Manger of Arts, Culture and Entertainment. “Attending this workshop will provide participants with the practical tools needed to make cultural space development happen in Guelph.”

Over the last five years, Artscape has facilitated workshops in Oshawa, Windsor, Vancouver, Calgary, Halifax, Kingston, Hamilton and Toronto, and connected more than 800 participants from more than 100 different communities.

About Artscape

Artscape has developed a reputation as Canada’s leading practitioner in multi-tenant space development for the arts and culture sector. Artscape projects are designed to build and leverage a local community’s cultural assets and creative resources while serving as catalysts for neighbourhood growth and transformation. Artscape has earned a reputation as an international leader in the fields of culture-led regeneration and city-building through the arts.

For more information

Astero Kalogeropoulos
Arts & Culture Program Officer
Community and Social Services
T 519-822-1260 x 2629
astero.kalogeropoulos@guelph.ca