Shared Spaces, Shared Values: Building Partnerships for Community Cultural Hubs

Many communities are looking to the Hub model to help to solve social challenges such as isolation, poverty, access to services and community space, as well as to share efficiencies, resources, and collaborate with other like-minded organizations. Artscape’s practice is rooted in “Creative Placemaking”, intentionally leveraging the power of the arts, culture and creativity to drive a broader agenda for growth, change and transformation. Creative Placemaking projects are about strengthening local economies, building resilient and socially inclusive communities and contributing to environmental sustainability.

Partnership is at the heart of Artscape’s practice, and has been a critical component in the development of our community cultural hub projects, including Daniels Spectrum, Artscape’s newest project located in the Regent Park neighbourhood of Toronto.

Join Seema Jethalal, Managing Director for Daniels Spectrum, a cultural hub in Regent Park, Tim Jones, President and CEO of Artscape, and Noël Raymond, Co-Artistic Director, Pillsbury House Theatre/Co-Director, Pillsbury House in Minneapolis to learn about Community Cultural Hubs and the role of partnership building and community engagement in Creative Placemaking projects.

The session features short presentations by our panelists, followed by a facilitated discussion and Q+A session.This webinar answers questions such as:
  • How do community hubs support the communities they are located within?
  • What are some strategies for engaging the community in my project?
  • Why is cross-sector collaboration important in community cultural hubs?
  • What can the arts learn from the wider non-profit sector’s experience in community hub development?
  • How can arts and cultural facilities/activities contribute to the delivery of services by the wider non-profit sector?
  • Why is partnership and collaboration an essential component in Creative Placemaking projects?
Daniels Spectrum
Artscape has partnered with Toronto Community Housing, the Daniels Corporation and members of the local community to develop Daniels Specturm, an innovative 60,000 square foot, purpose-built community cultural hub. Home to seven community and cultural tenants, and offering a diverse program of activities and events, Daniels Spectrum opened in the fall of 2012, and is part of the 10-year, six-phase revitalization of Regent Park. Regent Park is one of the most dynamic cultural neighbourhoods in Toronto - with 56 different countries of origin and 47 different languages spoken.
Pillsbury House + Theatre
Pillsbury House + Theatre is a center for creativity and community located in Minneapolis, and provides programs and services for toddler, youth, and teen development as well an open computer lab, multiple conference rooms, an industrial-sized kitchen and a large dining room. Pillsbury House Theatre is a nationally-known, critically acclaimed professional theatre that specializes in contemporary plays for an urban audience with additional award-winning programs for racial equity and for mentoring.

About the Presenters:
Tim Jones is a champion for the role that the arts play in transforming cities and communities. Under his direction as President and CEO since 1998, Artscape has grown from a Toronto-based affordable studio provider to an internationally recognized leader in creative placemaking. The term “creative placemaking” was coined by Tim in 2006 to describe the practice of leveraging the power of art, culture and creativity to act as a catalyst of change, growth and transformation of place. Today, city-builders around the world are employing creative placemaking strategies to make cities more vibrant, prosperous, sustainable and liveable.

Seema Jethalal is committed to cultivating and diversifying the arts in Toronto in order to inspire community-building and social change. Seema joined Artscape in June 2011 as the inaugural Managing Director of Daniels Spectrum, a cultural hub in Regent Park. Seema sits on the Board of Directors of Manifesto Community Projects after having worked there as the Managing Director.  She also serves on the board of the Toronto Arts Council and is a member of Civic Action's Emerging Leaders Network.  Formerly a 2012 DiverseCity Fellow, Seema was a member of the Regent Park Film Festival Board of Directors, ArtReach Toronto’s Community Advisory Committee, CSI Regent Park’s Advisory Committee and the Neighbourhood Arts Network Advisory Committee. Seema holds a B.A. in Cultural Studies from McGill University and a M.A. in Media Production from Ryerson University.

Noël Raymond: Noël has helped make theatre for over 13 years. She holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Minnesota and a BFA from Ithaca College in New York. Noël currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Multicultural Development Center and the Burning House Group Theatre Company which she co-founded in 1993. She is also a company member of Carlyle Brown and Company. She has taught acting classes and theatre movement in multiple settings to children, college students and adults with developmental disabilities.

Pru Robey: Pru joined Artscape in 2007 and takes the lead in new project research and development and major research initiatives. She led the research, partnership development and sector engagement process to build the vision and case for Daniels Spectrum, a cultural hub in Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood, and is now leading Artscape’s efforts to develop a major new facility to support creative sector entrepreneurship while also exploring the
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