by Jini Stolk
Artscape’s New Online Do-It-Yourself Resource for Creative Placemaking and City-Building Through The Arts, Artscape DIY features extensive case studies, tools and resources, including easy-to-use downloadable templates and examples, informational videos, guides and articles designed to help users develop sustainable, affordable space for culture and creativity. Among the most valuable sections are detailed Case Studies of Artscape Projects from inception to current operations, including feasibility studies, project plans and calls for proposals; and easy-to-use Downloadable Templates, Guides, Tip Sheets and Examples such as Request for Expressions of Interest and Commercial Sublease examples, guides to Engaging the Community, Managing the Development Process, Operating Budgets and more.
ArtPlace, a public-private collaboration in “creative placemaking”, established in March 2011 by the Ford Foundation and 10 other top foundations with the National Endowment for the Arts and seven federal agencies, to drive revitalization across the U.S. through an investment model that puts arts at the center of economic development. ArtPlace supports projects where cultural groups collaborate with other community partners—private and public—to increase the vitality of neighborhoods: an inspiring idea that could spark solutions in towns and cities here in Canada.
ArtsBuild Ontario’s Facilities Portal, the first and only tool developed to provide a dynamic and continually updated inventory of the facilities used and needed by Ontario’s
non-profit arts organizations, is launching in early 2012. The most important aspect of the Portal to arts organizations is that it will strengthen and support the need for increased investment in safe, green and adequate cultural infrastructure. Registration will open soon; stay tuned.