SpaceFinder BC increases the visibility of creative workspaces throughout the province of British Columbia. Venues can market unbooked rental space by creating a listing and uploading a digital calendar, while artists and public alike can discover space based on location, price, amenities, and up-to-date availability. Built by nonprofit Fractured Atlas, SpaceFinder BC is free to list or search for space.
Initially launching to service the lower mainland, SpaceFinder BC will eventually serve all of the communities in the province of British Columbia.
Across Canada, local leaders in British Columbia, Alberta, Hamilton, Manitoba, Toronto, Waterloo Region and York Region have all stepped up to bring SpaceFinder to their communities.
Additional SpaceFinder sites can also be found in cultural hubs across the United States.
SpaceFinder is an innovative solution for both artists and creative venues. For artists, the process of finding available and affordable work space is frustrating, inefficient and time consuming. Meanwhile many rentable spaces are tragically underutilized, even as rental revenue continues to be critical for the sustainability of creative venues.
For cultural policy-makers the decision making process around building projects, subsidizing venues, or re-purposing space for cultural use often presents a serious challenge. The data collected through SpaceFinder about where spaces are and what artists are looking for can help cultural policy-makers make more informed decisions.
Funding has been provided by the Province of British Columbia and the Vancouver Foundation with additional support from The Post at 750, BC Alliance for Arts + Culture, Vancouver Creative Space Society, the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance, and Playwrights Theatre Centre. This project would not have been possible without the support of the Government of Canada.
Fractured Atlas is deeply grateful to the following funders whose leadership support has made the SpaceFinder program possible: The Kresge Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC Theater Subdistrict Council, New York State Council on the Arts.
For additional info about SpaceFinder BC, please contact:
ArtsBuild Ontario, Alex Glass firstname.lastname@example.org 519.880.3670 ext 103