Free Webinar: Alternative Creative Spaces and Adaptive Reuse Projects

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Alternative Creative Spaces and Adaptive Reuse Projects

Presenters: Kendra Fry, General Manager at Trinity St. Paul’s and Jaime Griffis, Director of Programming and Promotion at Idea Exchange

When: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 @ 12:00 p.m.

Non-profits and municipalities are leveraging underused facilities in their communities for the creation of arts space. In this webinar, we will explore two examples of adaptive reuse projects that created multi-use arts spaces. Join Kendra Fry, General Manager at Trinity St. Paul’s and Jaime Griffis, Director of Programming and Promotion at Idea Exchange, as they share their processes, successes and strategies for working with existing infrastructure to build creative spaces. Kendra will address the renovation project at Trinity St. Paul’s in partnership with Tafelmusik and Jamie will speak on the The Old Post Office project supported by the City of Cambridge.

This webinar is for arts managers interested in hearing examples of completed adaptive reuse projects lead by organizations serving multiple sectors in the community. There will be time for questions and discussion with presenters following their presentations.

This webinar will be available with closed captioning and available as a transcript after the live session. If you require additional accommodations to participate, please contact

Background information on Trinity St. Paul’s Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts: TSP is a vibrant community hub in downtown Toronto that has been serving the local and extended neighbourhood for more than 125 years. Today, they are home to 60 organizations – cultural, educational, religious, recreational, community and social service groups.

In 2013, TSP partnered with Tafelmusik on a $3 million revitalization project to renew the centre and create Tafelmusik’s new home. The project was completed in two phases: Phase 1 enhanced acoustics of the performance hall, upgraded seating, created a permanent and expanded stage, improved audience sightlines and improved the interior beauty of the hall. Phase 2 saw the renovation of the lobby and other public spaces in the centre. This included significant accessibility improvements, which saw an elevator installed in the centre.

Background information on Idea Exchange and The Old Post Office: Based in Cambridge, Idea Exchange supports and inspires community in the exploration of reading, arts, innovation and learning.

The Old Post Office was a recent adaptive reuse project lead by Idea Exchange and the City of Cambridge. It opened in spring 2018 as a creative space to tinker, code, bend, sketch, fabricate and build. The space includes creative studios, makers spaces, discovery centre, reading room and a café.

ArtsBuild Ontario is proud to present The Learning Series, a collection of learning opportunities for arts facilities around ABOs core programs, including SpaceFinder, the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network, and Asset Planner for the Arts.

The Learning Series is funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage and Canada Council for the Arts.

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