A toolkit to assist artist-run organizations with establishing permanent space within their communities. Texts compiled by the Independent Media Arts Alliance with contributors from artist run organizations across Canada.
The topic of facilities and physical spaces is familiar to nearly all non-profit arts organizations. Many not-for-profit arts groups and organizations are currently facing crisis situations in relation to their facilities. The current infrastructure related to physical spaces for the arts is tenuous. Numerous arts groups and organizations move into less expensive parts of town, seeking affordable spaces in vacated, formerly industrial buildings, only to see the neighbourhood become popular and rents increase so that they must move again. In short, these organizations are the root cause of the sudden growth and revitalization of these neighbourhoods yet they are forced to leave.
Arts groups need support in various ways to allow them to establish permanent venues for the creation and presentation of art works, be they film/video screening venues, exhibitions, audio, interactive performances or cutting edge screenings of media art. The following document will provide information and additional context to this issue in addition to outlining strategies and resources for artist run organizations. An online forum was hosted by the Independent Media Arts Alliance in 2006 where several participants contributed their thoughts on the matter. Some of these excerpts are included in this document.