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Photo by Garrison McArthur Photographers
Photo by Garrison McArthur Photographers

Photo by Garrison McArthur Photographers

Photo by Garrison McArthur Photographers

Photo by Garrison McArthur Photographers

Photo by Garrison McArthur Photographers

Photo by Garrison McArthur Photographers

Photo by Garrison McArthur Photographers

Photo by Garrison McArthur Photographers

Artwork on lawn outside Artscape Youngplace

Outdoor art space at Artscape Youngplace

Artscape Youngplace under renovation

Artscape Youngplace under renovation

historic photo at now Artscape Youngplace

Historic classroom photo, 1940s

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About Artscape Youngplace

Artscape Youngplace is a community cultural hub in the West Queen West area whose spaces include studios occupied by artists and organizations, a public lounge and café, public art galleries and ground-floor studios available for short-term rental. It occupies an historic property that was originally a public school. Artscape Youngplace is named in recognition of a generous lead gift from The Michael Young Family Foundation.

What Happens Here

Artscape Youngplace attracts a diverse crowd, and hosts many thousands of visitors every year. On any given day you’ll find people coming to enjoy galleries, the public cafe, the first-floor lounge, workshops and classes, performances, art events, and programs offered by resident organizations. The upper floors buzz with the energy of creative invention happening within the studios.

Fast Facts

Development Facts

Opened: November 19, 2013

Pre-occupancy (development) cost: $17 million

Former site: Public school (the Shaw Street School)

Affordability model: Below-market rental (commercial) and ownership (commercial); some at-market commercial ownership

Building Ownership Detail: Artscape holds a majority equity position in the building legally owned by Toronto Standard Condominium Corporation No. 2397 carrying on business as “Artscape Youngplace.”

Building Details

Area (square feet): 75,000

Spaces included: 39 studios occupied by artists and organizations; one public lounge (Urban Living Lounge); Café (mezzanine level); Hallway Galleries located in circulation spaces; four studios available for short-term rental (main floor)

Tenants: See website directory

Building accessibility: Fully accessible by Ontario standards

Partners

Developer: The Dalton Company

Design: Teeple Architects (renovation), WilliamsCraig Inc. (interior design of main floor)

Did You Know?

The transformation of the building was completed just before the centenary of its construction in 1914. The chalkboards, vitrines, signs and clocks on the walls originally belonged to the Shaw Street School.

Supporters

Artscape Youngplace Campaign

The Artscape Foundation thanks the following governments, foundations, corporations and individual philanthropists for their extraordinary generosity in bringing Artscape Youngplace to life. Together, their contributions helped build this community cultural hub and will ensure that it remains both affordable and sustainable over the long term.

Lead Gift

$2,000,000 | The Michael Young Family Foundation

Cornerstone Supporter

$1,300,000 | Department of Canadian Heritage

Patrons

$150,000+

Anonymous
BMO Financial
The Saskin Family and URBANCORP
Ontario Trillium Foundation
The City of Toronto

Champions

$100,000 – $149,999

Castlepoint Numa and Cityzen Development Group
First Capital Realty Inc.
Lifetime Developments
TD Financial Group
The Remington Group Inc. and the R. P. Bratty Family Foundation
TAS Shaping Beautiful Cities

Great Friends

$25,000 – $99,999

Alterna Savings
J.P. Bickell Foundation
Iler Campbell LLP
The Dalton Company Ltd.
Philip Deck and Kimberly Bozak
Lifetime Developments
Robert and Julia Foster
The Henry White Kinnear Foundation

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