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How to work with us

Are you interested in creating public arts programming for our community?

Do you have an idea for a community-based project/program that needs a venue or the support of a local arts organization like Arts New West?

If your idea is arts-based, open to the public, and there’s no cost to participate, then consider applying for a programming partnership with Arts New West. We will sponsor the rental costs of our facilities and possibly provide additional resources, such as a PA system, art supplies, tables, tents, and chairs. Your public programming activities could be one-off, weekly, or monthly and should run no longer than two hours.

For ease of booking, our spaces are available starting at 10 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm. These will be consistent times throughout the week.
Here’s a list of public programming examples (but we’re open to any ideas):

  • workshops
  • lectures
  • round tables
  • series of classes
  • concerts
  • Discussions

You can also check out examples of unique and exciting projects we’ve supported in the past in our past projects section.

Proposals

How to submit a proposal.

What we’ll need from you is a clear sense of your needs. So your proposal should include:

Print off the form, fill it out, and sent it to info@acnw.ca or drop it off in person at The Gallery at Queen’s Park.

Please plan on a launch date for your initiative three months after you’ve received a positive reply from us. This gives us time to plan and prepare for supporting you. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and adjudicated on the first of February, May, August and November. A community jury will assess applications and select proposals based on suitability and alignment with our mission, values and operational needs.

Partnerships

I have an arts-based business. Can I partner with Arts New West?

While we can’t support the ongoing operation of an arts-based business (as it would be unfair to other arts-based businesses to allow for ongoing subsidy for use of these spaces), we can help you with the incubation of a new idea or the development of a new aspect of your business. Whether that’s building a customer base, launching a new initiative, or conducting market testing, we would be open to working with you for a limited amount of time. For a proposal like this, we would ask you to submit your proposal that includes an overview that describes your initiative or your incubation idea. Your proposal should include a SMART goal. These goals need to be measurable, and it needs to be for a certain amount of time. Your request can’t go on in perpetuity. You will need to outline your objectives, what you hope to achieve, and the outcomes. This way, we can know that we’ve reached success, and your idea can transition back into other community spaces.

Space Rentals

With this programming partnership, we won’t charge any rental costs for using our spaces/resources for free public programming for the community.However, if you’re charging a participation fee (for example, if you’re putting on a workshop or concert and people pay to enter), there would be a subsidized fee for the room rental fees and potentially for any of the equipment. Each time you use these spaces, you receive an approximately 80% subsidy of the actual rental cost.

Subsidized Rental Fees

For more information about our space rentals, visit this page.

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