Developing Sustainable Cultural Space: Multi-Tenant Arts Centres 101

Join experts from Canada and the USA who have worked at the cutting edge of multi-tenanted arts centre development.
Developing Sustainable Cultural Space: Multi-Tenant Arts Centres 101 features short presentations by our panelists, followed by a facilitated discussion and Q+A session with your host, Artscape’s Creative Placemaking Lab Director, Pru Robey.
Tim Jones, President & CEO of Artscape, discusses the challenges and key lessons Artscape has learned from 25 years of developing space for the creative and cultural sector.
China Brotsky, a leading expert in nonprofit social enterprises and the shared space model, shares her perspective on models for collaborative and multi-tenant centres in the wider non-profit sector and how they have been successfully applied in the creative and cultural sector.
This webinar discusses the multi-tenant model from two different perspectives (within the cultural sector and the wider non-profit sector), and answers questions such as:
  • How does the multi-tenant model work financially?
  • Why does the multi-tenant model work well in the cultural sector?
  • How do multi-tenant cultural spaces contribute to the health and vitality of their communities?
  • How do I make sure my multi-tenant space will be sustainable in the long run?
  • What should I think about when choosing tenants for my project?
About Artscape
Since 1986, Artscape has developed a reputation as Canada's leading practitioner in multi-tenant space development for the arts and culture sector, successfully transforming a portfolio of underutilized buildings across Toronto into dynamic community assets. Artscape projects are designed to build and leverage the local community's cultural assets and creative resources while serving as catalysts for neighborhood growth and transformation.

About the Presenters:
Tim Jones: 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.

China Brotsky: China joined Tides, a large US capacity builder, in 1990 as Chief Financial Officer. During her tenure at Tides, China managed the restoration and development of two green nonprofit centers, the Thoreau Centers for Sustainability in San Francisco and New York. China also co-founded and serves as a board member of The Nonprofit Centers Network, a cross-sector international network of nonprofits and their philanthropic and real estate partners. She lectures and consults internationally on the creation and operation of green nonprofit facilities and the development of shared services programs.

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 development community cultural resources in Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods.
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