CALGARY, AB - Today, cSPACE Projects broke ground on it’s flagship project - the 47,000 square foot King Edward arts hub, in the south Calgary community of Marda Loop. cSPACE, Calgary Arts Development and the Calgary Foundation celebrated with supporters, including Guest of Honour Mayor Naheed Neshi. Artist-designed hardhats by 12 local artists were presented to project champions and a temporary mural by Tyler Hochhalter was unveiled at the historic front entrance of the school building.
“Collaboration is critical for making these types of projects work - momentum for realizing our vision for the King Edward has been built through the power of partnerships and an entrepreneurial approach to developing bold and innovative art space for Calgarians” said Reid Henry, President and CEO of cSPACE Projects.
“cSPACE King Edward will be transformational for our city,” says Patti Pon, President & CEO of Calgary Arts Development. “Not only will it support our creative community, enrich its neighbourhood and strengthen Calgary’s arts ecosystem, but the King Edward will also serve as a sustainable model for future arts incubators.”
“We could not be more thrilled that the cSPACE King Edward project breaks ground this week. The Calgary Foundation’s continued commitment to community and the arts is exemplified in this unique project that encourages exciting collaborations. It is this energy that revitalizes and builds our communities and neighbourhoods.” said Eva Friesen, President & CEO, the Calgary Foundation.
cSPACE is a social enterprise dedicated to supporting communities of artists, non-profits and entrepreneurs working in the culture and creative sector. Through a unique partnership between Calgary Arts Development and The Calgary Foundation, cSPACE was established in 2011 to own, build and operate large-scale, multi-tenant centres that deliver affordable space, shared resources, networking opportunities and specialized programming through a self-sustaining business model.
cSPACE’s founding organizations - the City of Calgary, Calgary Arts Development and the Calgary Foundation - delivered an initial catalytic investment of $7.8 million. The project has since attracted an additional $4.65 million from the Province of Alberta, and $2.07 million in philanthropic donations. Land purchases by 2 private-sector partners brought another $9.5 million to the project. With a total project cost of $28.2 million, cSPACE King Edward is 100% funded for Phase I of construction, with $4.2 million remaining to complete the construction of the contemporary west wing.
For more information, please contact:
Reid Henry, President and CEO
t. 403.476.2025 x 106
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