Creative news and views for July 18, 2012


Again, on boards

The huge response to my post When should a board fire itself – and to numerous other posts, tweets, and facebook comments on Factory Theatre’s firing of artistic director Ken Gass – is another indication of how forcefully a board’s actions can reverberate throughout the community, eliciting anger, questions, fears and, unfortunately, division.

It highlights how crucial it is for volunteer board members to understand the context within which their organization exists and the role it plays within the arts community.

At the very least, the Factory situation should spur every arts professional in Toronto to a rigorous course of study and discussion around governance – defined as “the shared obligation of arts professionals and the board for accountability, responsibility and structures that ensure the ongoing health, more

The Audiences Project…continues

Much of the work of Creative Trust’s three-year Audiences Project has a life beyond the project: I’m particularly proud of the foundation we’ve laid for continuing work around arts education, arts access, diversifying audiences, and data bases and systems. Here are a few highlights:

Arts Education: Both because of its fundamental importance as the way people first experience, enjoy and become inspired by the arts, and as an increasingly important commitment by companies to arts access and community building, this was a transformational part of the Audiences Project. The Performing Arts Education Overview filled a gap in knowledge and information about the contribution of performing arts companies to arts education. It has also become a rallying cry and starting point for what we hope will be real growth in the excellence of these moreCongratulations to TDT and Sampradaya

It’s always wonderful to hear capital project success stories from Creative Trust members.

Check out 80 Winchester Street! It’s looking beautiful. Toronto Dance Theatre and the School of TDT have been working with heritage architect Philip Goldsmith to restore their historic Cabbagetown home. Phase one of this project is now complete, and included: replacing the flat roof and HVAC units; stabilizing the heritage south-facing stained-glass windows and restoring their wooden frames; reinforcing the building foundation; re-pointing the brick-work and replacing all windows on the more

Funding opportunities for capital projects 

 The Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Community Capital Fund (CCF) has just announced a final extension and new August 15 deadline for applications to revitalize facilities of nonprofit organizations that serve diverse cultural communities. 

Application Tips (pdf), Guidelines 2012 (pdf), Factsheet 2012 (pdf)

The Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund – an entirely new funding program for state of good repair and smaller renovation projects – has just been announced by FedDev Ontario. The application deadline of August 24 comes hard on the  more