Artscape Weston Common was developed from the ground up alongside the Weston-Mount Dennis community. As part of this process, in 2016, Artscape and its project partners conducted extensive engagement and consultation in order to build a Community Vision with members of the Weston neighbourhood. The result was a Community Vision to capture the spirit and intent of the project:

Artscape Weston Common is a gathering place that welcomes and is open to the whole of this community. Artscape Weston Common is a platform for creative talent and participation, a supportive home for creative people and organizations and a place that celebrates and reflects this diverse community’s histories, cultures and traditions. Artscape Weston Common is a vibrant creative community that stimulates economic revitalization and builds community pride and confidence. The community consultation included:

  • Establishing a Community Steering Committee
  • Stakeholder meetings with groups and individuals
  • Presence at 50+ community events (festivals, BBQs, Open Houses, Farmers’ Market, events at local organizations, libraries, etc.)
  • Circulating a Community Visioning Survey (309 completed surveys received!)
  • Running a Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) process
  • Sharing information through a project mailing list (400+ subscribers)
  • Visioning Workshop, attended by 75 participants

In our survey, we asked respondents to tell us what activities they wanted to see in the new hub. Here are the responses:

  • 55% Community events and festivals
  • 55% Workshops and classes
  • 53% Performances (music, dance, theatre, spoken word, etc.)
  • 39% Training for young people wanting to work in music, film, fashion, photography, etc.
  • 27% Arts exhibitions and showings
  • 25% Meetings and other activities in bookable rooms
  • 22% Artist studios and arts organizations
  • 13% Assistance/incubation for people wanting to start new cultural businesses
  • 4% Other