Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Artscape Youngplace

Artscape is "a not-for-profit organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities" by transforming underutilized spaces and buildings into areas for artists and last week they had an open house and artist market at one of their newest projects. Artscape Youngplace is located in the old Shaw Street School which had been empty since 2000 after serving the West Queen Street West community from 1914 until then. Artscape spent millions of dollars converting the 75,000 sq ft building into a community cultural hub containing galleries, studios, and art organizations - some own their own spaces while others rent at below market rates. This enables artists to stay in this rapidly gentrifying expensive area downtown.
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click here for more signs.

19 comments:

Sharon Anck said...

I love to see things like this. It makes so much sense to provide a place for talented people to work.

Karen said...

Now that's a terrific idea! We have so many unused buildings here, it would be great if they were turned into places like this.

llandudnopictures said...

Affordable places, especially in the middle of the city, are very difficult to find. I hope this one is a huge success!

TexWisGirl said...

sounds like a great effort!

Revrunner said...

Great idea!

Lowell said...

It's a terrific thing to see this building put to such good use. It will, I'm sure, provide benefits for the community for years to come!

cieldequimper said...

Now that is just brilliant!

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Great use of a classic building!

~Lindy

Taken For Granted said...

I can't think of a better use for an old school building. There is one in our town which has been converted to offices on the first floor and apartments on the other floors, not bad, but your photo shows a better use.

Marleen said...

Great initiative.

William Kendall said...

A very worthwhile use of the building, then.

hamilton said...

It's exciting to know there are developers out there who do good work like this. We have so many schools in Hamilton closing - maybe these people could venture west?!

Randy said...

Good use for that beautiful building.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Space in such a beautiful building should not be wasted. A great idea.

Photo Cache said...

worthy undertaking. like their simple signage too.

frankly my dear

Andy said...

The building is certainly one of the old type of schools that were around when I was a kid. It's not often that they build them 3 stories high any more.

Tanya Breese said...

what a wonderful place this is!

Jack said...

It is gratifying to read that this old school building has been repurposed into a community art facility. Toronto seems to place high importance on art. Good for Toronto!

Laura. M said...

A worthwhile investment!!!