Those of you who are artistic types, or appreciate artistic types, may have been following the City of Kitchener’s efforts to establish a creative/artistic hub, which would ideally provide low cost studio, rehearsal, and performance space. After several consultations (one of which included a consideration of Sacred Heart as an arts hub), the city decided to sell off 48 Ontario and use part of the proceeds, in theory, to help support an arts hub. They also identified 44 Gaukel as the best candidate space and put out tender for an entity to run the space on a cost-recovery basis. (It is widely acknowledged that as arts generate public goods, they do not survive on cost-recover models except in special cases.) That process did not succeed, and they are back to the drawing board, per the e-mail included below and this article from the Record. Share you thoughts!
From Emily Robson: Emily.Robson@kitchener.ca
You are receiving this email because you registered for one or more of our events about the development of a creative hub in Kitchener.
Community consultation, locational analysis of various sites and research into best practices of a creative hub was undertaken in 2016. In December 2016, Council directed that 44 Gaukel Street be established as the location of the Creative Hub. Staff proceeded by issuing a request for proposal for the lease of 44 Gaukel Street (1st Floor) to identify an operator of the Creative Hub.
While the two proposals received in response to the Request for Proposal (RFP) were compelling and well-researched and supported, neither submission met all the required criteria. The response and feedback of proponents suggest that it is still possible to develop an operating model for a Creative Hub and that a Creative Hub is still needed. Therefore, a collaborative approach, bringing the strengths of various organizations to the initiative, is recommended.
This information will be presented at Council on Monday, June 26th at 7:00 pm. To read the report and get more details about the meeting, please go to:
The report recommends:
- That staff be directed to conclude the procurement process for P17-024 Lease of 44 Gaukel Street & the Creative Hub;
- That staff be directed to work with key creative industry partners to explore and develop alternative creative hub concepts and operating models and return to Council before the end of 2017 with a recommendation on the future of the Creative Hub and 44 Gaukel; and further,
- That the Mayor and Clerk be authorized to execute short-term (month-to-month) lease agreements for the first floor of 44 Gaukel Street with any of the existing tenants and sub-tenants of 44 Gaukel Street, including the University of Waterloo and/or the Accelerator Centre, with other terms and conditions consistent with the current lease agreements, with said agreements to be satisfactory to the City Solicitor.
Again, your feedback, engagement and support have been incredibly valuable in shaping our recommendations to council. During our consultation, many great ideas emerged and we will be developing those in the upcoming Arts Action Plan in 2017 – when we hope to work with stakeholders to expand on many of the themes that go beyond the realm of this project.
Our role is to help build an environment for your success in the arts, cultural and creative industries. Please contact us any time with questions or comments on how we can serve the community.
Emily Robson, MAES
Coordinator, Arts & Creative Industries | Economic Development | City of Kitchener
519-741-2200 ext. 7084 | TTY 1-866-969-9994 | firstname.lastname@example.org