Alberta Avenue is at the forefront of arts and culture-led regeneration in our city. Arts on the Ave Edmonton Society and Arts Habitat Association of Edmonton are committed to the creation of an arts centre that uses art, culture, and creativity to invigorate and support the community of 118 Avenue and the larger community of the City of Edmonton.
With the support of the City of Edmonton we envision a vibrant and sustainable ArtsCommon where arts and community will meet to create and breathe new life into the neighbourhood.
When the Cycle Building project entered construction, several unresolvable structural problems were revealed. As a result, the City is demolishing the building and will instead develop a business case for a new facility on this location. A new facility building will become a cornerstone in the revitalization efforts already underway, and will provide much needed space for the arts in Edmonton. Check back for news!
ArtsCommon Business Plan
L. Brenneis, S. Labonne, and H. McRae, Community Services made a Pesentation
C. Morin and A. Au, Arts on the Avenue; made presentations.
C. Morin, A. Au, and R. Ritz, Arts on the Avenue; and L. Huffman, and K. Kerr, Arts Habitat Edmonton, answered the Committee’s questions.
Copies of a handout provided by C. Morin, were distributed to members of the Committee and a copy was filed with the Office of the City Clerk.
L. Brenneis, H. McRae and S. Labonne, Community Services answered the Committees questions.
ArtsCommon Joint Venture Options
That the September 10, 2013, Community Services report CR_565, be referred back to Administration to return to Committee with options for a financial model for the development of a new arts facility on 118 Avenue that includes private sector involvement or joint venture, reduced City investment, the possibility of retail projects, and greater return on investment. Due Date: Jan. 2014
In late 2009, the City of Edmonton purchased the former Alberta Cycle Building on Alberta Avenue with the intention that Arts Habitat & Arts on the Ave lead the building redevelopment as a multi-tenant and arts facility. This followed a feasibility study undertaken by the City in 2008 which demonstrated that the purchase and repurposing of the building would be instrumental in establishing a cornerstone of change along Alberta Avenue while meeting the increasing demand for affordable arts space. Arts Habitat & Arts on the Ave led a community workshop in 2009 to envision what the space could become.
In recent years Alberta Avenue has become a destination for the arts community. Situated in one of Edmonton’s oldest neighbourhoods, it was rezoned in 2008 to develop this area as a pedestrian oriented shopping and arts district. Momentum for change has since been unstoppable: just down the block from the Cycle building Arts on the Ave’s Carrot Café is bursting with live music, gallery space, meeting place all in one. Unique new boutiques and bakeries bring in daily business. The weekly Farmer’s Market along with the several annual community arts festivals together attract thousands of visitors. The newly opened Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts and Arts Habitats’ new ArtsHub Housing Cooperative add to the growing artistic energy on the Avenue. The combined efforts of Arts on the Ave, the City’s Avenue Revitalization Initiative and the Facade Improvement Strategy have set the stage for the continued transformation of the Avenue into a vibrant, community focused art district.
Despite the recent setback, a brand new ArtsCommon will be pivotal in the overall Alberta Avenue revitalization and a perfect fit for this neighbourhood.
ArtsCommon will provide much needed affordable creative workspace and will respond to the community’s need for the building to contribute to the revitalization of the neighbourhood. When it opens ArtsCommon will be a vibrant and sustainable multi-use/multi tenant arts facility hosting an atmosphere that encourages creative exchange. It will be an incubator, workshop and showcase for creative talent where the activity in the building spills onto the street and visa versa, building a vibrant and holistic sense of community.
The people will be individual artists of all disciplines, small non-profit organizations and the community at large, as audience and participant. Visitors will potentially enjoy workshops, exhibitions and performances.
Spaces will include studio, performance, rehearsal, gallery, office, and meeting activities.
A brand new ArtsCommon is in the works! We can’t wait to share what unfolds.