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Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre - FAQ

What is the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre?
The Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre is a 60,000 square foot, multi-tenant facility that is poised to become the artistic, cultural and social core of the revitalized Regent Park neighbourhood. Its three floors will include a large performance venue, space for arts and social enterprise organizations, and youth-oriented arts programming.

Where is the Centre located?
The Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre is situated on Dundas Street East between Sumach and Sackville Streets, directly across from the new 6-acre Big Park and Aquatic Centre to the north, and the new Community Centre to the south.

How is the project funded?
The Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre is funded by the governments of Canada and Ontario, who are each investing up to $12 million under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund program. The Artscape Foundation, Artscape’s charitable arm, is fundraising to support the additional philanthropic goals for the Centre.

Who is designing the Centre?
The Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre is designed by award-winning Diamond and Schmitt Architects, whose portfolio includes community-focused projects such as Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Centre for Green Cities at the Evergreen Brickworks, Metro Central YMCA, and Museum Station. www.dsai.ca

When will the construction of the building be completed?
The Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre will be substantially completed by October 2011 and operational by early 2012 as leasehold improvements continue to be made.

Who are the tenants of the Centre?
• ArtHeart Community Art Centre
• Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum
• Centre for Social Innovation
• COBA Collective of Black Artists
• Native Earth Performing Arts
• Regent Park Film Festival
• Regent Park School of Music.


Where are the entrances to the Centre?
The Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre will have two entrances: one on Dundas Street East leading to the North Lobby/Café; and one on Street P leading to the South Lobby.

What is Street P?
Street P is a pedestrian-friendly walkway running north-south along the east side of the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre, connecting Nelson Mandela School and the new Community Centre with the Big Park. The street will feature ground-level retail, cafés and markets.

What is the public lobby and café?
The first floor of the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre will include over 4300 sq. ft. of publicly accessible space, comprising the main lobby and café. The double-height glass enclosed café will serve as a community hub and gathering place, and along with the lobby, will be where the public begins its interaction with the tenants and events happening in the building. The lobby and café will also function as a spill-over space for the performance/event space during intermissions and festivals.

What is the performance venue?
The first floor of the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre will feature a 7,000 sq. ft. flexible performance/event space to host performances, community celebrations, festivals, lectures and conferences. The performance/event space is designed to be partitioned into three distinct smaller spaces. It will accommodate up to 400 seats and will be a fully-equipped (sound, lighting, seating and staging), free-span space with an approximate 25 feet floor to ceiling height. The performance/event space will also include an A/V booth, storage spaces and will be supported by a warming kitchen, green room and dressing rooms.

What is the outdoor performance court?
The first floor of the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre will include a 4,000 sq. ft. outdoor community gathering, performance and event space accessible from the interior performance/event space and the newly-created Street P to the east.

I noticed that the Centre is connected to another building. How are they related? The Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre shares its western wall with a residential building, PaintBox condominiums. The building is a 26-storey condominium tower comprised of 282 market-value units that range in size from studios to 2-bedroom + den. The Centre and the condominium will have different addresses and no shared entrances. For more information about the condominium units at PaintBox, please visit the Daniels presentation centre at 500 Dundas Street E. or www.paintboxcondos.ca.

What’s going on with the revitalization?
Over the next several years, Regent Park will be going through a remarkable transition that will mean big changes and exciting opportunities for both current residents and people interested in living in Toronto’s downtown. Revitalization provides a transformative way to invest in this neighbourhood and create economic opportunity. A key tenet of Toronto Community Housing's Community Revitalization Strategy is including both rent-geared-to-income and market units – together in the same community. When Regent Park is completed in over the next 10 to 15 years, 12,500 people will live in 5,115 units across 69 acres of the largest publicly funded community in Canada. The plan includes the replacement of the existing more than 2000 units in Regent Park with new, energy efficient, modern units and the introduction approximately 3000 market units for sale. Toronto Community Housing is reintegrating social housing with surrounding neighbourhoods to establish mixed income, mixed use communities and provide opportunities for affordable home ownership.

Who are the partners in the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre? Toronto Community Housing, The Daniels Corporation and Artscape formed a joint venture to develop and operate the new Centre in consultation with the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre Community Advisory Committee.

What is Toronto Community Housing?
Toronto Community Housing is Canada's largest social housing provider and home to more than 164,000 tenants with low and moderate incomes—about six per cent of the City of Toronto's population. Toronto Community Housing employs 1,400 staff in a broad range of jobs, who deliver its mission to provide affordable housing, connect tenants to services and opportunities, and work together to build healthy communities. www.torontohousing.ca

What is The Daniels Corporation?
Founded in 1982, The Daniels Corporation is one of Canada’s leading and most diversified residential builders and developers. Daniels has built more than 18,000 homes and apartments in a diverse range of award-winning communities throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Daniels has partnered with Toronto Community Housing as the developer and construction partner for all six phases of the Regent Park revitalization. Daniels has a long history of building homes to high-energy performance standards. In Regent Park, Daniels’ will set a new benchmark for environmental sustainability. The Daniels Corporation will manage the construction of the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre. www.danielshomes.ca

Who is on the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre Community Advisory Committee? The Community Advisory Committee is comprised of locally-based arts, cultural and community leaders, including:
• Neil Clarke, Community Coordinator, Regent Park Neighbourhood Initiative
• Debra Dineen, Board Member, Regent Park Neighbourhood Initiative
• Adonis Huggins, Program Director, Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre
• Leslie Lester, Executive Director, Soulpepper Theatre Company
• Lori Martin, Senior Cultural Affairs Officer, City of Toronto
• Carol Moore-Ede, Chair, Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum


What is Artscape?
Artscape makes space for creativity and transforms communities. Artscape is a not-for-profit organization that has transformed a portfolio of underutilized buildings across Toronto into dynamic community assets that serve to enable innovation and creativity, including the award-winning Artscape Wychwood Barns and multi-tenant arts facilities in the Queen Street West, Liberty Village, Toronto Island and Distillery District neighbourhoods. Collectively, Artscape manages 10 buildings for 863 artist and cultural worker tenants and owners in 417,000 square feet of space. www.torontoartscape.on.ca

What is Artscape’s role in the Centre?
As Facility Operator of the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre, Artscape will be responsible for overseeing the development and ongoing operation of the building.

Will Artscape have an office in the Centre?
Artscape will have a small office on the second floor for building management and programming staff. Artscape’s main offices are located at 171 East Liberty Street in Liberty Village.

Where can I find out more about Artscape online?
Web: www.torontoartscape.on.ca
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TorontoArtscape
Twitter: www.twitter.com/Artscape
YouTube: www.youtube.com/torontoartscape
Flickr: www.flickr.com/people/artscape/


Where can I find out more about the Regent Park Arts & Culture Centre online?
For the latest updates, visit www.regentparkarts.ca