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Annual Report 2017

CEO/Chair Message

The Dawn of Artscape 5.0

This is a time of great challenges and opportunities in Toronto. The urban affordability crisis is an ever-growing threat not only to culture but to the sustainability of our city. Digital disruption is dramatically transforming art, life and business creating new opportunities for some but making work life more precarious for many others including artists. Notwithstanding these challenges, there is greater appreciation than ever of the value of creative placemaking and opportunities for Artscape to scale up our efforts abound.

To respond to these new realities, Artscape has become an increasingly complex organization managing and developing multiple facilities, serving thousands of stakeholders and operating many different types of programs, services and lines of business. We hope this report helps shed light on the full scope of work we are engaged in and how it fits into our plans for the future. In 2017, Artscape embarked on an ambitious new Strategic Plan: Artscape 5.0 focused on: cultivating thriving communities; serving more people and communities and building organizational resilience. This plan will guide our work and priorities over the next five years and provide the framework for reporting back to our stakeholders on the progress we are making.

This plan was approved in the Fall of 2017 and you will see in this report that we have hit the ground running. Key accomplishments by year’s end included: launching the Thriving Artists Initiative; working to ensure our existing projects remain shining examples of creative placemaking; advancing multiple new projects; and strengthening our organizational structure and policies to lay the foundation for future growth.

We are proud of the work we have accomplished to ensure that arts and culture continue to flourish in our city and thank the many dedicated volunteers and hardworking staff who are making it possible for us to do so. We look forward to working with you to foster more inclusive growth and ensure that artists and communities across the city are able to thrive.

Susan Pigott
Chair, Toronto Artscape Inc.

Tim Jones
Artscape CEO

This is a time of great challenges and opportunities in Toronto. The urban affordability crisis is an ever-growing threat not only to culture but to the sustainability of our city. Digital disruption is dramatically transforming art, life and business creating new opportunities for some but making work life more precarious for many others including artists. Notwithstanding these challenges, there is greater appreciation than ever of the value of creative placemaking and opportunities for Artscape to scale up our efforts abound.

To respond to these new realities, Artscape has become an increasingly complex organization managing and developing multiple facilities, serving thousands of stakeholders and operating many different types of programs, services and lines of business. We hope this report helps shed light on the full scope of work we are engaged in and how it fits into our plans for the future. In 2017, Artscape embarked on an ambitious new Strategic Plan: Artscape 5.0 focused on: cultivating thriving communities; serving more people and communities and building organizational resilience. This plan will guide our work and priorities over the next five years and provide the framework for reporting back to our stakeholders on the progress we are making.

This plan was approved in the Fall of 2017 and you will see in this report that we have hit the ground running. Key accomplishments by year’s end included: launching the Thriving Artists Initiative; working to ensure our existing projects remain shining examples of creative placemaking; advancing multiple new projects; and strengthening our organizational structure and policies to lay the foundation for future growth.

We are proud of the work we have accomplished to ensure that arts and culture continue to flourish in our city and thank the many dedicated volunteers and hardworking staff who are making it possible for us to do so. We look forward to working with you to foster more inclusive growth and ensure that artists and communities across the city are able to thrive.

Susan Pigott
Chair, Toronto Artscape Inc.

Tim Jones
Artscape CEO

Artscape Projects 2017

The portfolio of properties under Artscape’s management in 2017 included:

Community Cultural Hubs

Our community cultural hubs located in neighbourhoods across the city come alive on a daily basis with arts and community programming and culturally enriching events and activities, making them a gathering place for thousands of people annually.

Artscape Distillery Studios

Artscape Gibraltar Point

Artscape Youngplace

Artscape Wychwood Barns

Daniels Spectrum

Parkdale Arts & Cultural Centre

2,700

tenants, members, owners & clients were served through Artscape’s facilities, programs and services

11

Cultural Facilities

42

Public Performance and Exhibition Venues included in our portfolio

Live/Work Studio Spaces for Artists and Artist-led Families

Artscape provides below market residential space for practicing artists to rent or own within the city to help make it affordable for creative people to remain in Toronto and contribute to the beauty, vibrancy and quality of life that makes it an internationally recognized attractive place to live, work and play.

Artscape Triangle Lofts

Artscape Lofts at PACE

West Queen West

Parkdale Arts & Cultural Centre

Artscape Wychwood Barns

Artscape Lofts at 210 Simcoe

$3.3M

in cost savings on live/work and commercial occupancy

*Analysis based on comparison of comparable Class B spaces using Colliers data

37

children living in our affordable live/work units

53%

Artscape commercial rents are on average 53% of market rates

*Analysis based on comparison of comparable Class B spaces using Colliers data.

Performance and Event Venues

As part of Artscape’s work, we operate several five unique performance and event venues, located within our community cultural hubs, for artists and the public to rent for a variety of functions. Revenues we receive from this social enterprise help support artists in Artscape communities and provide community access to arts programming, events and activities.

Artscape Gibraltar Point

Artscape Youngplace

Artscape Wychwood Barns

Daniels Spectrum

Artscape Sandbox

601

clients served

$1.9M

in revenue generated through this social enterprise

1,097

events hosted by our Performance & Event Venues team

A Bold New Vision for the Future

Taking creative placemaking from the margins to the mainstream.

A major part of Artscape’s work in 2017 involved shaping our plan for the next five years. In October 2017, we unveiled a bold new vision for our future, which builds on our history and evolution as an organization dedicated to making space for culture and transforming communities, with the release of Artscape 5.0, our new five-year strategic plan.

Guided by the plan’s central objectives to:

Cultivate thriving communities

Serve more people and communities

Build organizational resilience

Artscape will create greater opportunities and resources for thousands of artists in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) and strengthen the communities around them through our new and existing creative placemaking projects, more affordable housing for artists and artist-led families, and a new model of support for professional artists, designers and creators.

In crafting Artscape 5.0, we reached beyond a “business as usual” approach to respond to the scale and urgency of the affordability crisis affecting artists today. Our major focus over the next five years will be to mainstream creative placemaking in Toronto and elsewhere and help build cities that are inclusive of arts and culture.

Read our full Strategic Plan: Artscape 5.0

Read our full Strategic Plan: Artscape 5.0

This plan also details our Thriving Artists Initiative, an evolving set of programs, services and strategies aimed at increasing revenue-generating opportunities for creative people and helping them to access resources and make new connections. At the heart of the Thriving Artists Initiative is Artscape’s ongoing commitment to help artists thrive in today’s digitally disrupted, global economy.

2017 Accomplishments

Cultivating Thriving Communities

At Artscape, we believe that thriving artists help build thriving communities. Our team is deeply committed to finding new ways to enhance this mutually beneficial relationship. Affordable space for creators is a key part of the equation but a great deal more is required for artists and communities to truly thrive. Below are some highlights from our work in cultivating thriving communities in 2017.

Thriving Artists

Affordable Space

In 2017, we announced plans to scale up our efforts on affordable housing. Given the affordability crisis in almost every major city around the world, not surprisingly, artists are finding it increasingly difficult to find affordable, appropriate space to live and work in Toronto. Affordable housing is essential to artists facing lower than average incomes typical of a career in the cultural sector. Thanks to innovative partnerships with the City of Toronto, Artscape is able to provide affordable housing in the form of rental live/work studios for artists and their families. We also provided affordable performance and event venue space to hundreds of artists and arts and cultural organizations.

Artist Residencies

Artscape Gibraltar Point continued to be a draw in 2017, welcoming nearly 400 artists, writers and musicians via our self-directed and thematic residency programs. Participants visited from every continent, excluding the Antarctic! We were also pleased to welcome as our inaugural Artist in Residence at Daniels Spectrum artist and scholar Syrus Marcus Ware.

Hallway & Community Galleries

Our Hallway Galleries at Artscape Youngplace and Daniels Spectrum, both programs of the Toronto Artscape Foundation, as well as our community gallery at Artscape Wychwood Barns, featured 36 exhibitions, showcasing the work of dozens of diverse contemporary artists. Painter Katrina Jurjans won the Artscape Award at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, granting her residency time and gallery space. Her exhibition “for a moment it all comes together (and you’re the only one)” opened in November at Artscape Youngplace.

“[The Artscape Award] gave me confidence to keep pursuing my work. I struggle with putting my work out into the public and networking, so it has helped me to meet people and to start building a social platform. The opportunity to do a solo exhibition and residency is incredible.”

Katrina Jurjans
Winner of the Artscape Award at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Youth Arts Programming

Through the generous support of the Toronto Artscape Foundation, the Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program at Daniels Spectrum celebrated its fifth year in operation in 2017, having welcomed 50 participants to-date. The community arts program empowers young artists to develop and deepen their creative practice. In 2017, 10 program participants worked over a period of five months with artists as well as talented mentors from their chosen artistic fields, to mount a spectacular community showcase.

Empowering Young Artists

In 2017, Artscape released the results of a census of tenants and owners conducted in the fall of 2016. The census helps identify what is working, areas for improvement at Artscape, as well as broader issues and trends that affect artists ability to thrive.

500k+

people visited Artscape projects for events and activities

100+

exhibitions took place in our Hallway and Community Galleries

81%

overall tenant and owner satisfaction

Supporting Artists to Thrive

Artscape expanded and renewed the purpose of the Artscape Communities Advisory Committee, a committee made up of board members, tenants and owners that recommends changes to tenant/owner policy and programs. One of the key initiatives of the ACAC in 2017 was developing the Thriving Artists Initiative that will expand the benefits Artscape will provide to artists under its new strategic plan.

Advocating for Space for Arts & Culture

In 2017, property taxes had been on the rise for several years, due to rapidly increasing land values. Organizations operating creative spaces, along with their artist and non-profit tenants, raised the alarm that property tax bills were threatening the survival of their facilities.

Together with our peer organizations, Artscape launched an advocacy campaign to advance a solution to this issue. Our proposal for a new tax subclass met with support from the Province and Toronto City Council.

“I used to live in Regent Park in the late 90s and have fallen back into this landscape in such a deep and familiar way [through my residency]. I have found a new home in Daniels Spectrum: a space of healing, power, support, creativity and magical transformation.”

Syrus Marcus Ware

Building Strong and Vibrant Neighbourhoods

Artscape facilities help build community by creating a platform for cultural exchange and expression. Notable achievements in 2017 included:

Half a Million People Engaged

An estimated 500,000+ people stepped through our doors to participate in events, activities and celebrations. In 2017, we were pleased to provide space to the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto Design Offsite Festival, Summerworks, Toronto Fringe and Nuit Blanche within Artscape venues. At Artscape Youngplace, we welcomed hundreds of visitors to RECESS, our free annual community event. The Toronto Artscape Foundation’s Summer Series program at Daniels Spectrum supported nine community partner organizations to host 29 cultural events with over 6,200 attendees, including the first-ever Youth Pow Wow in Regent Park.

Value Exchange Program

The Artscape Value Exchange Program, developed as part of our Thriving Artists Initiative, emerged out of discussions with our tenants, members and owners about the conditions needed to help artists and arts organizations thrive. The program enables tenants and owners to work together to contribute to the quality of life at the buildings and communities in which they live and/or work, while also benefiting from being part of that community. The Program is designed to make tenant engagement a coordinated, consistent and measurable activity in which everyone plays a role and is working toward common goals, as well as to

  • Create a positive, supportive and collaborative community
  • Enhance engagement amongst tenants, owners and staff
  • Animate and create connections between Artscape spaces and the wider community
  • Encourage an effective mix of programs, services and tools to support the capacity building needs of a range of artists.

“Living at [our Artscape condo] makes collaboration really easy! When I wrote a play for The Theatre Centre’s Wrecking Ball, all the actors came from my floor. Everyone here is an artist and we all work together. We let each other know about our shows and performances. We get together for casual parties and game nights. It’s a really unique and special environment.”

Andrea Mapili

Renewing Artscape Projects

Artscape is committed to ensuring that all of its projects remain shining examples of creative placemaking that are both grounded in strong shared visions and are financially sustainable. In 2017, we worked, in consultation with our stakeholders, to renew the vision, capital and operating plans of our existing communities over the next five years and undertook the following steps toward the renewal of our existing projects:

Asset Management

In 2017, Artscape increased its in-house capacity to respond more efficiently to maintenance issues, identify future building priorities, and plan for the long-term stewardship of all of its projects. This culminated in the adoption of an Asset Management Strategy for all facilities operated by Artscape.

Parkdale Arts and Cultural Centre

One of Artscape’s oldest cultural community hubs Parkdale Arts and Cultural Centre celebrated its 20th year in 2017. Through requesting a long-term lease for this property, Artscape sparked a conversation on how the City could better use local assets to serve current and future community needs. Artscape worked with the tenants of Parkdale Arts and Cultural Centre, as well as fellow Parkdale organizations to provide input into a coordinated City process to explore how this site and several adjacent publicly-owned properties could address housing and community cultural space needs in one of Toronto’s most diverse neighbourhoods.

“We love the connection to the people that come here and that we can run workshops, as well as sell our art. It really is ideal for working artists to have a gallery/art studio.”

Joya Paul
Second Door Studio, Artscape Distillery Studios

Artscape Wychwood Barns

Artscape Wychwood Barns welcomed two new tenants to its community, Owlware and Solar Stage. The Peter MacKendrick Community Gallery was active throughout the year hosting a number of exhibitions that included two tenant art shows. The Wychwood Barns Community Association also hosted a number of events, carrying on well-known and important traditions like its annual Halloween event, Boo at the Barns.

Artscape Distillery Studios

Last year, we developed a new website for Artscape Distillery Studios to showcase the artists and arts and community organizations who work within this vibrant community and historic site on Toronto’s downtown east side.

Artscape Gibraltar Point

Last spring, we experienced major flooding at Artscape Gibraltar Point on the Toronto Islands that essentially shut down operations for most of the summer. This situation was not only a call to arms, but a call to action. The team worked tirelessly together to save the building and survive the flood without going into deficit.

“…It’s not every day one gets to watch schools of carp swimming among the trees and witness folks kayaking down the street on the islands. The evacuation ordered by the City was handled with the usual calm, aplomb, and sense of humor by [Artscape] staff. Returning to Artscape Gibraltar Point this Fall you would never know anything had happened, though the new ‘carp crossing’ signs are a welcome souvenir [of the flood].”

J. Pasila
2017 Artscape Gibraltar Point, artist residency participant

Serving more people and communities

As part of our Strategic Plan – Artscape 5.0, over the next five years Artscape will be focused on expanding its reach to make space for and provide support to more artists, as well as on creating more liveable communities through our creative placemaking practice. In 2017, Artscape had four new projects under construction, one of which advanced our goal of developing community cultural hubs to serve neighbourhoods outside of Toronto’s downtown core.  We also engaged in planning to refocus and build on our role as an innovator in creative placemaking, both locally and as a key contributor to the global creative placemaking movement.

Projects Under Construction

New Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship

Together with our development partner The Daniels Corporation, work continued in 2017 on the development of our newest and most exciting project, Artscape Daniels Launchpad. Set to open in November 2018, it is an idea that has evolved over 12 years of research and consultation, Artscape Daniels Launchpad will be a new model for creative collaboration and entrepreneurship. Launchpad is creating a community where emerging and established artists, designers and creators, who believe they are capable of more, can succeed like never before. This first-of-its-kind hub for entrepreneurs from a broad spectrum of creative disciplines will offer unparalleled access to a diverse, concentrated community of creative collaborators, coaches and mentors. This community will be housed within a fully equipped 30,000 sq. ft. facility merging co-working and creative production space with entrepreneurship skills development, business connections and opportunity.

In April 2017, we were pleased to announce the naming of Artscape Daniels Launchpad in recognition of the outstanding financial support of The Daniels Corporation and the John and Myrna Daniels Foundation, as well as thank other funders and supporters for their contributions of $21.4 million in capital and program funding for Launchpad.

Creative Placemaking Outside the Core

Through this project, Artscape’s first community cultural hub outside of the downtown core, we are excited to be expanding our reach to serve more artists and communities. Artscape Weston Common is being developed in partnership with The Rockport Group and the City of Toronto as part of a community revitalization initiative spearheaded by Councillor Francis Nunziata and other community leaders. Artscape Weston Common will create space for artists and arts organizations, including program partners, UrbanArts and Shakespeare in Action and 26 affordable live/work studios for artists and their families, plus provide indoor and outdoor community programing spaces for year-round community and cultural events.

In January 2017, we announced a community vision statement for Artscape Weston Common. Developed through a community consultation process that began in 2015, involving hundreds of local residents, the vision statement embodies the spirit and intent of this space:

Community Vision Statement

Artscape Weston Common is:

  • a gathering place that welcomes and is open to the whole of this community
  • a platform for creative talent and participation, a supportive home for creative people and organizations
  • a place that celebrates and reflects this diverse community’s histories, cultures and traditions
  • a vibrant creative community that stimulates economic revitalization and builds community pride and confidence.

4

new projects under construction

106 + 15

units of affordable live/work rental and ownership housing in development for artists and their families

171,000+

square feet of cultural space under construction

Artscape Bayside Lofts

In partnership with the City of Toronto, Hines Management Company, Tridel Corporation and Waterfront Toronto, Artscape is developing 80 live/work rental homes for artists and their families. Located in the East Bayfront District within a larger condo development built to LEED™ Gold standards, these affordable homes are offered at below-market rates exclusively for artists, thanks to an agreement with City of Toronto’s Affordable Housing Office. They are designated for as long as the units exist.

Artscape Waterworks Lofts

Artscape has also partnered with Build Toronto, City of Toronto, MOD Developments, Woodcliffe Landmark Properties to build 15 housing units for artists and their families within an innovative mixed-use development that is revitalizing an historic building in downtown Toronto. The development includes 299 housing units in total, plus a new YMCA, public food hall and space for community organization Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth.

“[The Launchpad Creative Entrepreneurship Program mentors] taught me to become my own person; to achieve my dreams in the most realistic way possible. They gave me advice to stay motivated, be inspired and do what I had to do to climb to the top. Everything from networking, building websites, collaborations, how to profit and overall what it’s like to be an artist today.”

Anne Vo
Spoken word artist and theatre actor
Artscape Daniels Launchpad Creative Entrepreneurship Program Alumna

Entrepreneurship Development

An integral piece of Artscape’s work is to support creative people to thrive through a variety of tools and resources. Our newest project, Artscape Daniels Launchpad has creative entrepreneurship development as its focus. In 2017, Launchpad was already empowering hundreds of emerging and established artists, designers and creators seeking to grow their creative practices into thriving businesses through its Creative Entrepreneurship Programs.These programs ranged from intensive entrepreneurial skills and tools development, to condensed programs like the Creative Business Design program, to three-hour workshops examining common creative entrepreneurship challenges. Programs were also offered to youth and new Canadians.

458

artists, designers and creators participated in Launchpad programs in 2017

$79,800

funding received by Creative Entrepreneurship Program alumni to support their businesses through our partnership with the City of Toronto’s Starter Company Plus program

49

new businesses started by Launchpad program alumni in 2017 alone

Creative Placemaking Practice

Making Space for Culture Report

In 2017, The World Cities Culture Forum (WCCF) engaged Artscape as an advisor on solutions to the growing affordability crisis for artists worldwide. The WCCF has recognized the affordability crisis as one of the biggest challenges to culture in global cities. Through Artscape’s Creative Placemaking Lab, we began work with the WCCF to help address this crisis on a global scale, by building knowledge about what the ecosystems of healthy cultural facilities look like and developing a toolkit of policies, strategies and approaches to create environment that enables and supports the creation of these facilities. 

Artscape’s CEO, Tim Jones met with and presented on this topic to other cultural leaders from across the globe in Singapore last fall, as well as providing the Introduction to the WCCF’s new handbook for city culture leaders, Making Space for Culture.

The Bentway

In 2016, Artscape was engaged by the development partners of The Bentway to incubate The Bentway Conservancy, a new non-profit organization set up to manage, operate and program The Bentway. Through its Creative Placemaking Lab, Artscape worked for 18 months on this project to deliver planning, project management and operational support, contributing to The Bentway’s staffing and successful start-up. This unique outdoor cultural space for Toronto residents and visitors, located under the city’s west Gardiner Expressway, was launched in January 2018, and is now providing vibrant spaces for art exhibits, concerts and other cultural attractions.

BC Artscape

In 2017, Artscape continued to incubate an independent affiliate, BC Artscape, helping the organization secure its first location for a community cultural hub, a 49,000 sq. ft. space in Vancouver’s downtown Chinatown opening in 2018.

“We got the space [at Artscape Youngplace] and were so happy. Being connected to the Artscape community allows us to develop relationships between local artists and international artists from all over the world.”

Salvador Alanis and Ximena Berecochea
Institute for Creative Exchange

Building organizational resilience

The near disaster we experienced at Artscape Gibraltar Point last year with the flood illustrated the importance of taking steps to ensure that our organization could absorb and contain unforeseen shocks and disruptions to our social enterprises. As a pillar of our Strategic Plan, in 2017, Artscape made a move to strengthen our organizational resilience through a number of measures including:

Strengthening our Social Enterprises

In 2017, we undertook a review of our organizational structure, with particular focus on our hubs and performance and event venues structure, to find efficiencies and reorganize our team to enable us to work smarter and achieve more. We also made it a priority to adopt and/or renew 12 organizational policies that included: an HR plan, anti-bullying & harassment policy, procurement policy and travel & expense policies.

Artscape heard from community members and events clients alike that booking our venues was confusing and cumbersome. We responded by implementing a one-stop shop model aimed at improving customer service, better matching people’s cultural goals and events with our spaces, and strengthening the ability of our event venues to function as sound enterprises.

Development of an Asset Management Strategy

Artscape’s portfolio of creative spaces for artists and arts organizations is an eclectic mix of non-traditional, mixed-use buildings, including some heritage structures. In 2017, we completed work on a robust Asset Management Strategy, which will be implemented in 2018 and beyond, to ensure that maintenance, repair and capital investments achieve improved building conditions and support the long-term sustainability of our projects.

Tenant and Client-Focused Management

As part of our plan, we adopted the industry standard of the Facility Condition Index, as detailed in our current Strategic Plan (Artscape 5.0, page 12). Learn more about our commitments as a landlord and property manager.

Board and Staff Survey

Last year, Artscape conducted surveys for our board and staff to measure satisfaction and assess and make change. We found that 74% of Board and staff members were satisfied with their work with Artscape.

12

organizational policies renewed or adopted

74%

Artscape volunteer and staff satisfaction

390,000+

repairs and upgrades conducted at existing Artscape buildings

2017 Financials

Financial Highlights

See our complete financial statements

Our Supporters

Artscape is grateful to the following government bodies at all levels, corporations and individuals who provided support to Artscape’s initiatives and programs between January 1 and December 31, 2017. Many generous foundations, organizations and individuals provided support to Toronto Artscape Foundation a separate and related organization. Their contributions are detailed in an annual report of Toronto Artscape Foundation.

2,426

hours of time was contributed by 179 senior volunteers toward helping artists thrive

Volunteer Leadership

We salute our senior-level volunteers for their invaluable efforts and generous contributions of time, insight and energy toward advancing our organization.

Toronto Artscape Inc. Board of Directors

Susan Pigott (Chair)

John Campbell (Vice Chair), Principal, Renovo Advisory Services

Colin Mowatt (Treasurer), Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Paul Morassutti (Secretary), Executive Vice President and Executive Managing Director, Valuation and Advisory Services, CBRE Limited

Ana Bailão, City Councillor, Ward 18, City of Toronto

Gary Crawford, City Councillor, Ward 36, City of Toronto

Thompson Egbo-Egbo, Associate and Sales Representative, Cushman & Wakefield

Clarence Ford, Founder & President, Clarence Ford Entertainment

Kevin Garland

Miriam Grenville, Artist and Textile Designer, Grenville Designs

Jeff Hull , President, Hullmark Developments

Jascha Jabes, Head of Deposits, Scotia Mocatta

Raja Khanna, Digital Media Entrepreneur

Maureen Loweth, Dean, Centre for Business, George Brown College

Judith McKay, Chief Client and Innovation Officer, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Earl Miller

Colleen Moorehead, Chief Client Officer, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Andre Morriseau, Director, Awards and Stakeholder Relations, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Erica Segal, Director, Julie M. Gallery

Sonja Smits, Actress

Retired: Andre Morriseau

Boards of Related Entities

Toronto Artscape Foundation Board

Sonja Smits (Chair), Actress

John Carrique (Treasurer), Managing Director, National Bank Financial

Shelley M. Black (Secretary), Management, Marketing and Communications Consultant

Bruce Flexman, Treasurer, Vancouver Economic Commission & former Managing Partner, KPMG tax practice

Robert J. Foster, President & CEO, Capital Canada Ltd.

Judy Matthews, Urban Planner

Artscape Non-Profit Homes Inc. Board of Directors

Mark Guslits (Chair & Treasurer), Architect, Urban Design & Development Consultancy

Phillip H. Carter (Secretary), Architect

Ellen Vera Allen, Architect

Warren Cass, Associate, WeirFoulds LLP

Eva Lewarne, Artist/Tenant

Regent Park Arts Development (Rpad) Board of Directors

Martin Blake (Interim Chair), Vice President, The Daniels Corporation

Ilidio Coito (Treasurer), Senior Construction Manager, Toronto Community Housing

Jermyn Creed, Life Skills Coach & Community Worker

LoriAnn Girvan, Chief Operating Officer, Artscape

Dr. Mahbub Hasan, Fundraising Coordinator, Council of Agencies Serving South Asians

Richard Marsella, Director, Regent Park School of Music

Vivian Nguyen, Regent Park Revitalization Community Animator

Carlene Whittingham, Community Planner, Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Condo Corporation Board Members

Officers

Lori Ann Girvan, President

Ian Goodtimes, Vice President

Wing Yee Wong, Treasurer

Jennifer Pierce, Secretary

Additional Officers

Alec Stevenson

Joint Committees of Toronto Artscape Inc. and Artscape Non-Profit Homes Inc.

Joint Executive Committee

Susan Pigott (Chair)

John Campbell

Colin Mowatt (Treasurer)

Paul Morassutti (Secretary)

Thompson Egbo-Egbo

Jascha Jabes

Colleen Moorehead

Mark Guslits, Chair, Artscape, Non-Profit Homes Inc.

Sonja Smits, Chair, Toronto Artscape Foundation

Joint Audit & Finance Committee

Colin Mowatt (Chair)

Richard Simm

Mark Guslits

John Carrique

Joint Nominations Committee

Colleen Moorehead (Chair)

Thompson Egbo-Egbo

Warren Cass

Maureen Loweth

Susan Pigott

Sonja Smits

“I got to know Artscape through using their spaces for my program, Raising Artists. I discovered that Artscape environments inherently foster creativity through their involvement in local communities. I was happy to join the ACAC this year to help the organization maximize its impact on creatives in Toronto.”

Alessandra Moretti
CEO and Founder, Raising Artists

Toronto Artscape Sub-Committees

Artscape Communities Advisory Committee

In 2017, we recruited 10 new participants for our 12-member Community Advisory Committee (ACAC), a sub-committee of the Toronto Artscape Inc. Board of Directors, to  champion Artscape’s initiatives to create the conditions for tenants and owners to thrive.

Thompson Egbo-Egbo (Co-Chair)

Miriam Grenville (Co-Chair)

Erica Segal

Earl Miller

Daniel Roher

Michelle Park

Biddy Livesey

Claire Tallarico

Elena Mahno

Joe Calleja

Alessandra Moretti

Delwyn Higgens

Campaign Cabinet

Robert Foster (Co-Chair)

Sonja Smits (Co-Chair)

Jack Winberg

Colleen Moorehead

Kevin Garland

Government Relations Committee

Jascha Jabes (Chair)

Kevin Garland

Cllr. Ana  Bailão

Cllr. Gary Crawford

Portfolio Development Committee

Paul Morassutti (Chair)

Mark Guslits

John Campbell

Jeff Hull

Kevin Garland

Strategic Planning & Governance Committee

Susan Pigott (Chair)

Judith McKay

Shelley Black

Heather Tremain

Cathy Jonasson

Shaneeza Naszeer Ally

Additional Committees of Artscape

Tenant Selection Committee

Salvador Alanis

Elaine Chan-Dow

Rong Fu

Nathan Heuvingh

Delwyn Higgens

Elena Manho

Helen Melbourne

Marketa Ornova

Michelle Park

Claire Tallarico

Artscape Daniels Launchpad Steering Committee

Maureen Loweth (Chair)

Erica Segal

Diane Davy

Emma Quin

Christina Zeidler

Erin Creasey

Heather Tay

James Weyman

Jeffrey Remedios

Raju Rangaswami

Michael Lozier

Randy Sabourin

Sarah Dougall

Artscape Daniels Launchpad Champions

David Crombie, Former Mayor, City of Toronto

Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice Chancellor, OCAD University

Richard Florida, Author and Director, Martin Prosperity Institute

Meric Gertler, President, University of Toronto

John Honderich, Chair, Board of Directors, TORSTAR

Ross McGregor, Founder and former Chair and CEO, Ketchum Canada Inc.

Emma Quin, Executive Director, Textile Museum of Canada

Anne Sado, President, George Brown College

Karen Thorne-Stone, President and CEO, Ontario Media Development Corporation

Michael Williams, General Manager, Economic Development, Culture and Tourism, City of Toronto

Bill Young, President and Founder, Social Capital Partners

Artscape Triangle Lofts Building Improvement Committee

Lise Downe

Shona Kearney

Wing Yee Tong

Michelle Uy

Artscape Triangle Lofts Neighbourhood Watch Committee (Safety Committee)

Suzanne Andrews

Chris Mills

Artscape Weston Common Steering Committee

Laura Alderson

Mike Fenton

Rosa Fracassa

Paulina O’Kieffe

Suri Weinberg-Linsky

Artscape West Queen West Garden Committee

Greg Edwards

Katja Jacobs

Eva Lewarne

Joe McFadden

Bruno Simoes

Gene Threndyle

Artscape West Queen West Lobby Gallery Committee

Katja Jacobs

Artscape Wychwood Barns Tenant Liaison Committee

Tais Amdrade

Kanaka Kulendran

Marc Lemyre

The Stop Community Food Centre

Wayne Wightman

Denise Williams

Artscape Youngplace Community & Curatorial Advisory Committee

Ruth Adler

Miriam Grenville

Isabel Martinez

Heather Nicol

Mark Osler

Shani Parsons

Lyla Rye

Talia Shapero

Mary Wolff

Daniels Spectrum Programming Advisory Committee

Foz Ashkir

Trevlyn Kennedy

Rania El Mugammar

Ananya Ohri

Kenneth Slater

Lisa Smart

Daniels Spectrum Tenant Liaison Committee

Steven Chaung

Robert Gaudette

Christopher Jackman

Richard Marsella

Ananya Ohri

Denise Soueidan-O’Leary

Isaac Thomas

Sandi Wong

Our Staff

Artscape acknowledges and thanks our growing group of passionate and dedicated full- and part-time staff for their work in 2017.  They offer support and services to the tenants, owners and members living and working within our spaces; operate our Performance and Event Venue spaces; support the construction of our real estate projects; and ensure that our community cultural hubs remain vibrant, creative community gathering places that welcome thousands of Toronto residents annually.

Senior Management Team

Tim Jones, Chief Executive Officer

LoriAnn Girvan, Chief Operating Officer

Alec Stevenson, Director of Finance & Administration

Jane Hopgood, Director, Fund Development

Mark Barnett, Director, Facilities & Community Services

Lisa Cristinzo, Director, Hub Services

Nidhi Khanna, Director, Artscape Performance and Event Venues & Programs

Carol Davies, Director, Marketing & Communications

Elisabeth Kohn, Director, Communications (until June)

Joanna La Pointe, Director, Human Resources

Andreas Sokolowski, Director, Portfolio Development

Pru Robey, Director, Creative Placemaking Lab

Karim Rahemtulla, Managing Director, Artscape Daniels Launchpad

Carmen Douville, Director, Partnerships and Network Engagement, Artscape Daniels Launchpad

Jerrold McGrath, Director, Artscape Daniels Launchpad Programs