Cultural landmarks are becoming increasingly popular venues as event planners look for more built-in ambiance than what the “empty box” spaces typical of hotels and conference centres have to offer. They also know that the distinctive ambiance of cultural spaces speaks volumes about their businesses and organizations.
But landmark sites can come with the challenge of integrating an often-atypical layout into an event plan.
Rather than seeing this as a limitation, Artscape’s Fund Development Department leveraged the unusual floor plan of Artscape Youngplace, our century-old former school, to inspire the theme of annual creative black-tie gala, Artscape Extravaganza.
Here are four tips to help you take advantage of a special venue’s uncommon layout.
On April 29, 2014, a little piece of Newfoundland was transported to Artscape Wychwood Barns for one night only! Located: An Evening with Fogo Island Arts was an intimate fundraiser to help support the artist residency centre and gallery located at the Fogo Island Inn. The event included a live art auction, banquet dinner and artist presentations. Dinner was a traditional “Newfoundland Boil Up” prepared by the Inn’s Executive Chef Murray McDonald.
From Rosemary Heather, Director of Publications and Communications, Fogo Island Arts:
We really enjoyed working with you and love the venue. I think it enabled us to create a very specific impression; it would have been very different if we worked with another space. Your team was great to work with and I again would like to emphasize how happy we are that we choose Artscape Wychwood Barns for our event.
Photos by Mark Bennett, courtesy of Fogo Island Arts
The first annual Artscape Extravaganza: Hall Pass treated tuxedo-clad guests to a back-to-school adventure—a party in the halls with no detention that raised $375,000 the Artscape Youngplace capital campaign. We wouldn’t have been able to achieve this goal without our Hall Pass sponsors URBANCORP, THE DALTON COMPANY LTD., Alterna Savings and BMO Financial Group.
Extravaganza took advantage of the unique layout of Artscape Youngplace to create an event unlike any other this city had seen.
It’s hard to believe it’s only been four months since Daniels Spectrum opened its doors as the new cultural hub in Regent Park. People from all over the city have flocked to the building for art exhibitions, film screenings, concerts, dance and poetry festivals, fundraisers, meetings, speaker series, conferences and private events. It seems like there’s always something going on!
We’ve put together a collection of some of the most popular events from Daniels Spectrum’s opening season. Check out photos, recaps and reviews from events like the Manifesto Festival, Ideas Worth Rhyming, Flash Forward, World Food Day and the Toronto Urban Dance Symposium and see which notable music and film personalities have stopped by to visit!