Image: Artist Moya Garrison. Photo credit: Farid Jalil.
Who We Are
Artscape is made up of a group of not-for-profit organizations with a mission to make space for creativity and transform communities. To fulfill our mission and vision, we engage in social enterprise in the following fields: real estate development; property management; performance and event services; consulting and knowledge exchange; artistic programming and community animation; and creative entrepreneurship development.
Over more than 30 years, Artscape has evolved from a Toronto-based affordable artist studio provider to a global leader in creative placemaking, a practice that leverages arts and culture as a catalyst for community and urban development.
To learn more about our work, view our latest Annual Report and other reports published by Artscape.
Artscape’s Creative Placemaking Lab is focused on building and sharing knowledge related to the practice of creative placemaking.
As part of our mission, we represent our community of artists and arts organizations on issues that impact their ability to live, create and earn a sustainable living in Toronto. We work with community groups, governments, developers and the public on social change initiatives to ensure that arts and culture are included as an essential part of our city’s urban planning and development.
There are several independent not-for-profit corporations in the Artscape group of organizations. The Toronto-based organizations work closely together, often collaborating to make projects, programs and services happen. BC Artscape is an independent affiliate of Artscape based in Vancouver. Learn more about the role and function of the corporations that make up the Artscape group of organizations.
Toronto Artscape Inc.
Toronto Artscape Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation that serves as the main operating entity in the Artscape group of organizations. It is governed by a 20-member board of directors.
Artscape Non-Profit Homes Inc.
Artscape Non-Profit Homes Inc. (ANPHI) is a not-for-profit housing provider that manages 48 affordable housing units at Artscape West Queen West and Artscape Wychwood Barns. ANPHI was created to comply with the terms of a Social Housing Agreement with the City of Toronto. It is governed by a five-member board of directors.
Regent Park Arts Development Inc.
The Regent Park Arts Non Profit Development Corporation (RPAD) is a joint venture between subsidiary corporations of Toronto Community Housing (TCH), The Daniels Corporation and Artscape. RPAD is legally and financially responsible for the Daniels Spectrum building. The RPAD board is composed of representatives from Artscape, The Daniels Corporation, Toronto Community Housing and the Regent Park Community.
TSCC 2118 is the residential condominium corporation of the Artscape Triangle Lofts, which is composed of 68 live-work units and gallery space on Abell Street. It is governed by a five-member board of directors.
TSCC 2397 is the commercial condominium corporation of Artscape Youngplace, which is composed of 44 non-residential units in the redeveloped former school building on Shaw Street. It is governed by a five-member board of directors.
BC Artscape is a Vancouver-based non-profit urban development organization affiliated with Artscape. Established in 2015, BC Artscape’s mandate is to develop cultural spaces in British Columbia that serve the needs of artists and cultural organizations, as well as the local community.
“In order to create maximum potential wealth and liveability in the city, artists and cultural organizations must have affordable, quality space in which to make, teach, perform, exhibit, operate their organizations, and sell their products.”
— Creative Capital Gains, an Action Plan for Toronto, 2011