About

What

SpaceFinder York Region increases the visibility of creative workspaces throughout York Region. Venues can market unbooked rental space by creating a listing and uploading a digital calendar, while creatives can discover space based on location, price, amenities, and up-to-date availability. Built by nonprofit Fractured Atlas, SpaceFinder York Region is free to list or search for space.

Where

SpaceFinder York Region serves all of York Region. Additional SpaceFinder sites powered by Fractured Atlas can also be found in cultural hubs across North America. Within Canada, local leaders in Alberta, British Columbia, Hamilton, Manitoba, Toronto, Waterloo Region, Simcoe County and York Region have all stepped up to bring SpaceFinder to their communities.

Why

For artists, the process of finding available and affordable work space is frustrating and inefficient. Meanwhile many spaces are tragically underutilized, even as rental revenue continues to be critical for sustainability of creative venues. SpaceFinder is an innovative solution for both artists and creative venues.

For cultural policy-makers the decision making process around building projects, subsidizing venues, or re-purposing space for cultural use often presents a serious challenge. The data collected through SpaceFinder about where spaces are and what artists are looking for can help cultural policy-makers make more informed decisions.

How

SpaceFinder York Region is brought to the communities of York Region through the local leadership of ArtsBuild Ontario, York Region Arts Council, Town of Newmarket, Town of Richmond Hill, City of Markham, and Toronto and Region Conservation for the Living City. SpaceFinder York Region is funded in part by the Government of Canada.

Fractured Atlas is deeply grateful to the following funders whose leadership support has made the SpaceFinder program possible: The Kresge Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC Theater Subdistrict Council, New York State Council on the Arts.

For additional info about SpaceFinder York Region, please contact:

ArtsBuild Ontario, Alex Glass alex@artsbuildontario.ca 519.880.3670 ext 103