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Image: Artist Moya Garrison. Photo credit: Farid Jalil.

OUR MISSION

Artscape makes space for creativity and transforms communities.

 

OUR VISION

Artscape is committed to building a world that engages art, culture and creativity as catalysts for community vibrancy, sustainability, prosperity and inclusiveness.

 

OUR VALUES

Creativity
Integrity
Community
Collaboration
Learning

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.

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Creative Placemaking Lab

Artscape’s Creative Placemaking Lab is focused on building and sharing knowledge related to the practice of creative placemaking.

Advocacy

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.

Corporate Structure

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.

Toronto Artscape Foundation

Toronto Artscape Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organization that undertakes programs, services, education and research that support its charitable purpose. It is governed by an 8-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.

Condo Corporations

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.

Artscape Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

We will hold ourselves and each other accountable through word and action with the assurance that every member of the Artscape community be treated equitably, with dignity and respect. As an employer, as staff, as leaders and community members, we will act in an inclusive manner at all times and with mutual respect of individuals’ rights to be understood and heard.

We believe equity, diversity and inclusion create a culture that embraces the uniqueness of individuals and is representative of the Canadian population and we are resolute in cultivating an environment where all people are respected and their differences embraced.

We do not condone or tolerate behaviour that undermines the dignity of any individual. Expressions of hate such as intimidation, harassment, offensiveness or hostility will not be tolerated.

We stand firm in our commitment to the erasure of and fight against all forms of discrimination and harassment, including but not limited to: Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, sexism, anti-Black racism, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism and anti-indigenous rhetoric and/or remarks.

We further commit to the creation and enforcement of open and inclusive spaces, free of hate and all forms of oppression.

We will support the growth, awareness and understanding of our most marginalized and racialized communities and will promote and encourage open dialogue that does not infringe on the rights of others or cause harm.

“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

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