New Models for Cultural Space Development: Artscape’s free 2013 Webinar series

Artscape will be developing and delivering four webinars in 2013 as part of ArtsBuild Ontario’s two-year program to assist arts organizations with the online and in-person learning, tools, resources and software they need to address their knowledge and capacity impediments around managing, renewing and developing their facilities.

Emerging creative and cultural practice places increased emphasis on collaborative, cross-sector and multi-platform approaches to creation, production and distribution. Much of this is driven by the capabilities and potential of new “technologies of collaboration,” as well as by the assumptions and lifestyles of many artists. At the same time, there is an increasing blurring of distinctions between amateur and professional, audience, participant community and artist. This trend towards more collaborative and interdisciplinary creative practice has been reflected in a range of recent studies. What were once considered set-in-stone distinctions between not-for-profit and for-profit cultural and creative enterprises are now increasingly unclear.

Collaboration and convergence across creative, artistic and technological activities and between cultural, creative and environmental spheres creates scope for the development of innovative cultural experiences and creative products. It also means that we need to think about our cultural and creative infrastructure in new ways.

As new models and new combinations emerge, the ways in which cultural activity is organized and the sorts of cultural spaces that are required are evolving. The final report of a three-year study exploring Canada’s cultural infrastructure, Under Construction identifies the emergence of new, multi-disciplinary and cross-sector models of cultural facilities, including multi-use cultural hubs, “arts incubators” and convergence centres.

Artscape’s 2013 webinar series will explore different approaches and new models for the development of cultural space, and will tackle important questions such as:

As funding declines and the pressure on the public purse increases, what are some financially sustainable models for cultural space?

How can we develop new approaches to the development and management of cultural space that serve creative and cultural needs, facilitate collaboration, and achieve positive economic and social outcomes, while being financially sustainable?  

The four Webinars are:

* Developing Sustainable Cultural Space: Multi-Tenant Arts Centres 101 on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 1:00pm ET

* Making Space for Creativity: Designing for Collaboration on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 1:00pm ET

* Shared Spaces, Shared Values: Building Partnerships for Community Cultural Hubs on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 1:00pm ET

* School’s Out: Repurposing Surplus Schools as Cultural Spaces on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 1:00pm ET

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