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LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT - PART 1 (Kitchener)

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Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

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Kitchener, ON N2H 6P7

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LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT is a two part workshop and webinar series that will be offered over 2019-20 in the communities of Kitchener, Cambridge, Orangeville, Waterloo and Guelph. This workshop series covers four key areas that support creative space capital projects: alternative financing, community engagement, building and maintaining creative spaces.

PART 1 will offer two sessions on Alternative Financing for Capital Projects and Engaging Community in Capital Projects.


Alternative Financing for Capital Projects

While securing funds to renew and develop creative spaces is often top of mind for arts leaders, the answer is never simple. In this session, we will explore alternative funding and financing methods that can help creative spaces support their projects. Drawing on recent examples and local successes, Christina Baker, the Director of Community Lending for the Community Forward Fund, will offer insights and alternative strategies to finance capital projects.

This session is intended for non-profit arts, culture, heritage, faith and community organizations looking for solutions to financing their current or upcoming creative space project.

About our Presenter Christina Baker:

Christina Baker leads business development and community lending at Community Forward Fund and the Canadian Co-operative Investment Fund. She has more than 15 years of experience promoting positive community and economic growth while providing lending and financial services to businesses and community-based organizations. She holds an MBA in Finance from George Fox University and a BS in Communications from Portland State University

About the Community Forward Fund

The Community Forward Fund (CFF) is an $11 million fund that provides loans to organizations that are committed to making a difference in their communities. We provide loans tailored to the needs of non-profits, Charities and social-enterprises – flexible financing that supports delivery of their mission and growth of enterprises. We also build financial capacity through financial reviews and coaching services. To date, CFF has advanced $18 million in loans to over 45 organizations across 8 sectors and 7 provinces and territories.


Engaging Community in Capital Projects

When building or renovating a creative space, uncovering and integrating community needs are essential for the success of a project. In this session, Jeremy Freiburger, Chief Connector and Cultural Strategist of Cobalt Connect, will be sharing strategies and recommendations for engaging the local community in capital projects and developing creative spaces around community needs in Kitchener.

This session is intended for non-profit arts, culture, heritage, faith and community organizations looking to engage community in their current or upcoming creative space project.


About our Presenter Jeremy Freiburger

Jeremy Freiburger is the Chief Connector and Cultural Strategist of Cobalt Connect. Jeremy has been a leader in Hamilton’s creative community for over 15 years. His experience ranges from producing award-winning theatre and ballet with the RBC Festival of Classics and Canadian Ballet Youth Ensemble, to developing more than 200,000 square feet of studio facilities, to writing policy and plans for municipalities focused on creative sector development.

Focusing primarily on regional and municipal partnership development, and organizational development, Jeremy is the founder of Cobalt Connects. Jeremy has spoken at dozens conferences on the subject of creative community economic development, and has sat on many boards and committees including the Our Cultural Community Committee (Chair, City of Hamilton Cultural Plan), Supercrawl, CANVAS and the Bay Area Restoration Council.


About Cobalt Connects:

Cobalt Connects is a non-profit arts service organization designated by the Ontario Arts Council. Cobalt Connects was initially created to address the need for affordable artist studios and cultural spaces, but has grown over the past fifteen years into a dynamic organization with expertise in cultural programming, research, and implementation.

Dividing its activities into four core areas (Space, Exchange, Consulting and Public Art), Cobalt Connects is actively playing a role in developing cultural capacity in Hamilton, Burlington, Brantford, Barrie and dozens of other municipalities each year. Our on-the-ground experience in arts programming and implementation combined with our extensive research and policy development with municipalities makes us a unique partner for a wide variety of projects.



Lunch will be provied to all participants. We kindly ask that you indicate any dietary restrictions on your registration form.

Please note there is a $10 commitment fee for participants. If cost is prohibitive to anyone wishing to participate, please contact Erin Borch at erin@artsbuildontario.ca or 519.880.3670 ext 101

This is the first session of a two-part workshop series hosted by ArtsBuild Ontario.
It is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and presented in partnership with the Community Forward Fund and Cobalt Connects.


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