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<nettime-ann> Artscape Shaw Street Centre: Request for Expressions of Interest


Calling All Artists and Not-for-Profit Arts & Community Organizations


Deadline for Submissions: March 18, 2010 by 10:00am

Request for Expressions of Interest
The objective of the Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) is to assess the interest and needs of artists and not-for-profit arts and community organizations who are interested in ownership or rental opportunities at Artscape Shaw Street Centre. Responses to this REOI will aid Artscape in determining the nature and level of interest in space at Artscape Shaw Street Centre, help further shape the vision of the Centre and inform the beginning of the design process.

In January 2010, Artscape announced it had come to an understanding with the Toronto Lands Corporation, as agent for the Toronto District School Board, to purchase the century-old inner city Shaw Street School and repurpose it as Artscape Shaw Street Centre, a 75,000 square foot centre for arts and community programming with a focus on youth. Expected occupancy date is 2012.

Located at 180 Shaw Street, Artscape Shaw Street Centre is intended to include artist studios and not-for-profit arts and community organizational space. A number of the units will be sold to artists and not-for-profit arts and community organizations through below-market non-residential ownership and the remainder will be rented as below-market non-residential work spaces. This mix will allow Artscape to continue to address the needs of the arts community for long-term affordable rental space while also offering some artists and not-for-profit organizations the opportunity to own their work space permanently.

Artscape Shaw Street Centre will offer units ranging in size from 400 to 4,500 sq. ft. on four floors. Potential uses include space for artists and not-for-profit arts and community organizations, including but not limited to: work studios, exhibition, education, programming, and administrative space. Please note: there will be no live/work studios at Artscape Shaw Street Centre.

This is not an application for space. Subsequent to the completion of the REOI process, sales are expected to open in April 2010 and the rental process will begin in June 2010. Interested artists and not-for-profit arts and community organizations are not required to submit to this Request for Expressions of Interest in order to apply for either the ownership or rental opportunities.

Submission Requirements for Expressions of Interest
Detailed information including the full Request for Expressions of Interest, along with guidelines for submissions and information forms are available at www.artscapeshawcentre.ca

Information Sessions for REOI Respondents
Three Information Sessions will be held on March 3, 2010. Sessions will consist of a 30 minute presentation on the Artscape Shaw Street Centre vision, a question and answer period about the REOI process followed by a guided tour of a portion of the building. Limited spaces are available and are intended for those planning to submit expressions of interest. Details on time and location for Information Sessions, along with RSVP details are available at www.artscapeshawcentre.ca 

Deadline for Submissions
All submissions must be received by 10:00 A.M. on March 18, 2010.

Subscribe to Updates
Artists and not-for-profit organizations interested in receiving more information about space opportunities at Artscape Shaw Street Centre, and members of the public interested in receiving updates about the project, can CLICK HERE to be taken to our subscriber form. Please check the Artscape Shaw Street Centre box on the form to receive information specific to this project.

About Artscape
Established in 1986, Artscape is a not-for-profit, urban development organization that revitalizes buildings, neighbourhoods, and cities through the arts. Artscape projects provide affordable space for creativity while generating positive cultural, economic, social, and environmental impact. Artscape currently operates seven multi-tenant creative complexes in Toronto including the award-winning Artscape Wychwood Barns and studios in the Queen Street West, Liberty Village, Toronto Island and The Distillery Historic districts. Artscape’s current development projects include Artscape Triangle Lofts, a residential condominium project for artists and non-profit arts professionals in the West Queen West neighbourhood and the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre, located in the heart of the Regent Park community revitalization project. www.torontoartscape.on.ca

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