June 21, 2019Print | PDF
Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford campus is exploring the opportunity of creating an inclusive community space to encourage the collaboration, creation, and presentation of digital stories. This centre for creative media would be a multidisciplinary facility complete with creative studios, labs, collaboration, and workshop spaces, offices, and incubator outfitted with tools, equipment, technology, and resources.
The spaces and programming of the centre would give members all the required tools and resources to develop the business, technology and entrepreneurial skills required to work and thrive in today’s environment of current and emerging digital media.
The centre would operate by offering public memberships and access to office and studio space to creative content industry professionals, entrepreneurs, artists, and not-for-profits giving them an opportunity to operate their businesses and develop their projects in conjunction with, and support of, student learning, faculty research, and community involvement.
As a community focused initiative, the mission of this project would be to strengthen our regional cultural sector through a revolutionary new model of cross-sectoral collaboration between our local communities of creators, businesses, not-for-profits, and postsecondary institutions.
The proposed centre would be located in the downtown of Brantford within Laurier’s One Market building (formerly Market Square) and operated by Wilfrid Laurier University.
The centre would impact our local communities by offering:
The centre would exist to cultivate creative capacity including the entrepreneurial aptitude and business skills of self-employed individuals and micro-businesses in creative and cultural sector enterprises. The centre would support the development of a resilient, sustainable, innovative, and successful sector contributing to the prosperity of Brantford, Brant County, Norfolk County, Haldimand County, Six Nations of the Grand River, and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation communities.
The objective of this Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) is to assess interest in the new centre’s potential development and programming from a broad range of amateur and professional artists, and local not-for-profit arts organizations working in or with the creative content industry in any of the follow areas:
Your response to this REOI will help to determine the nature and level of interest in this project, further shape the vision of the space and programs, and inform the beginning of the design process.
We welcome responses from professional and community-based arts and cultural organizations, individual artists, and other organizations in the public and not-for-profit sectors.
The following is a description of the different types of potential opportunities available in the development of the centre. Respondents are welcome to identify how they will fulfil any or a combination of these roles.
There will be an opportunity to select a membership that suits your creative needs. Memberships will be tiered offering a variety of engagement levels to the centre, from access to studios only, to access to studios and co-working space or dedicated offices.
A program provider will offer regular or temporary programming in the facility but does not operate fulltime from the building as a member.
A development partner would be an individual, business, or organization with responsibility to raise significant capital funding to develop the project, either solely or in partnership.
Following evaluation of EOI submissions, project coordinators will notify respondents of the next steps.
Submissions under this REOI process does not confer obligations by the project coordinators to the respondents in relation to subsequent processes related to the centre, and specifically does not guarantee membership, program involvement, or development opportunities.
EOI’s are encouraged from community members who are interested in or working professionally in the creative content industry such as:
If your area of interest falls outside of the above list but you believe it would align with the centre, please contact the project coordinators to discuss this opportunity further.
Submissions are made online and specific forms are available to community agencies and non-profit organizations, as well as creative content professionals, entrepreneurs and artists.Creative Content Professional, Entrepreneur and Artist REOI
Submission deadline: Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 at 5 p.m.
Wilfrid Laurier University excels at educating with purpose. Laurier’s holistic approach to learning integrates innovative programming with hands-on experience outside the classroom to ensure Laurier graduates are not only ready for the real world but are inspired to leave their mark on the world. Community is at the heart of all we do. Laurier inspires students to engage in campus life and the broader community, leading to high levels of student satisfaction and engaged alumni who carry the Laurier legacy throughout the world. As a community of researchers, leaders and educators, Laurier builds knowledge that serves society and creates connections that have a lasting impact.
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