Having never been to Regent Park, I didn’t know what to expect. But safe to say the community surprised me in many ways.
We stopped at Daniels Spectrum and found out about many different organizations.
On their official website, they describe the place as a
cultural hub in Regent Park open to everyone.
They also go on to say that
it is home to many outstanding arts-based and community-focused organizations, and contains several event, performance and exhibition spaces that host tens of thousands of visitors and hundreds of arts and cultural events each year.
I found that I was very drawn to Artscape and what they were doing not just for people living in Regent Park but other individuals or groups from other communities.
Artscape is a not-for-profit urban development organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities.
Our work involves clustering creative people together in real estate projects that serve the needs of the arts and cultural community and advance multiple public policy objectives, private development interests, community and neighbourhood aspirations and philanthropic missions.
Their work got me thinking about the lack of spacing that’s often an issue when it comes to housing, schooling, as well as other important areas in bringing people together.
I think it’s very important for children and adults to have a place where they can sing, dance, act, etc. Unfortunately, some individuals aren’t able to afford to rent a recording booth or theatre for the creative endeavours they hope to pursue. And sometimes the community as a whole can’t set aside a decent sized space with the right resources for the arts.
Often times academics come first. Then athletics. The arts are sometimes abandoned and neglected.
However, Artscape wants to offer a safe space for artistic, creative expression.
I admire that the group aims to foster the arts by giving incredible people the right place come together.
Every day, Artscape spaces come alive with the ideas and passion of the 116 organizations and 2,300+ people who work and/or live within our portfolio of buildings. Thirty-two public venues pulse with the energy of the 247,000+ people who take part in exhibitions and performances annually and the thousands more who participate in our programs, tenant-driven activities and city-wide events.
And they are just as incredible.