Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre - Key Facts
The Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre is a 60,000 square foot, multi-tenant facility that is poised to become the artistic, cultural and social core of the revitalized Regent Park neighbourhood. Dedicated to experience, learning and innovation, its three floors will include a large performance venue, space for arts and social enterprise organizations, and youth-oriented arts programming.
The Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre is one of the most important building blocks of the revitalization of the Regent Park neighbourhood. Dedicated to experience, learning and innovation, the Centre is poised to become the artistic, cultural and social core of the new neighbourhood.
Now under construction, this 60,000 square foot, multi-tenant facility is located on Dundas Street East between Sumach and Sackville Streets. Its three floors will include a large performance venue, space for arts and social enterprise organizations, and youth-oriented arts programming. Tenants of the facility include: ArtHeart Community Art Centre, Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum, Centre for Social Innovation, COBA Collective of Black Artists, Native Earth Performing Arts, Regent Park Film Festival, and the Regent Park School of Music.
First Floor: Experience
The first floor of the Regent Park Arts and Cultural Centre features two public event venues: a 7,000 square foot performance space that seats up to 400 people and is designed to be partitioned into three distinct smaller spaces, and a 4,000 square foot outdoor performance court. Activities that might take place in these spaces include music, dance and theatre performances, film screenings, community events, meetings and conferences.
As the social hub of the building and the first place of interaction between tenant organizations and the community, the first floor will have a 4,300 square foot shared public lobby space and café.
Tenants of the first floor include:
COBA Collective of Black Artists (4,800 sq. ft.)
COBA Collective of Black Artists offers performances and training in traditional West African and Caribbean dance and drumming, while also creating contemporary works that innovate on an African movement aesthetic and reflect social realities.
Native Earth Performing Arts (3,400 sq. ft. + 1,400 sq. ft. on 2nd Floor)
Native Earth Performing Arts is the foremost Aboriginal theatre company in Canada, dedicated to creating, developing and producing professional artistic expression of the Aboriginal experience in Canada.
Second Floor: Learning
The second floor of the Regent Park Arts and Cultural Centre will house learning studios operated by community arts organizations who are dedicated to developing talent in music, visual arts and film, building a sense of place and understanding the history of the local neighbourhood.
Tenants of the second floor include:
ArtHeart Community Art Centre (1,800 sq. ft.)
ArtHeart Community Art Centre is a community-based arts organization in Regent Park that provides visual arts education, programs and materials—free-of-charge—to children, youth, adults and seniors living in Regent Park and the surrounding neighbourhood.
Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum (approx. 2,000 sq. ft.)
The Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum is a not-for-profit community museum dedicated to exploring, documenting and celebrating the history of the area from its earliest settlement to the present day.
Regent Park Film Festival (1,700 sq. ft.)
The Regent Park Film Festival is a non-profit community film festival that showcases local and international independent works that engage viewers and facilitate dialogue within and among the communities of Regent Park.
Regent Park School of Music (3,000 sq. ft.)
The Regent Park School of Music aims to provide high-quality, affordable music education to marginalized youth in Regent Park and other areas of Toronto.
Third Floor: Innovation
The third floor of the Regent Park Arts and Cultural Centre will be operated by the highly-acclaimed Centre for Social Innovation. This 10,000 square foot space will house up to 60 small non-profit, social mission and creative organizations.
Centre for Social Innovation
The Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) catalyzes and supports new ideas that make positive change by providing access to a positive work atmosphere, amenities, and programming to members who are working to meet the needs of communities across the city and around the world.