Artscape is pleased to announce Jermyn Creed as the new Community Hub Manager at Daniels Spectrum.
Jermyn is a long-time friend of Daniels Spectrum, having contributed to events and programs like the Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program for many years, and worked as a Support Worker with Pathways to Education Regent Park since 2010. He brings a wealth of experience in working with community, owing to his background as a counsellor and facilitator, and training in social justice and coaching. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the Regent Park Arts Non Profit Development Corporation—the entity that owns Daniels Spectrum—from 2016 to this year.
As Community Hub Manager, Jermyn is responsible for the day to day management of Daniels Spectrum, working with our staff, tenants, stakeholders and partners. In keeping with our mandate, he will help maintain and build our strong and vibrant community, and foster the conditions for artists and creative organizations to thrive at Daniels Spectrum.
Please join us in welcoming Jermyn to our amazing team.
On Wednesday, May 30, fire broke out within Daniels Spectrum. The building suffered limited fire and smoke damage. Portions of the first and second floors experienced water damage from the activation of the building’s sprinkler system. Local fire and police departments are investigating the incident, and have confirmed they suspect arson as the cause.
This is a challenging situation for Artscape as the building operator, and for the non-profit organizations located within the facility and the artists, community members and partners engaged with Daniels Spectrum. The building remains closed to the public since May 30 due to ongoing recovery work, and Daniels Spectrum tenants are working together to make arrangements for impacted events and programs.
Artscape CEO Tim Jones said, “Daniels Spectrum was born six years ago out of love for Regent Park, and in celebration of inclusivity. Last week’s senseless act will not diminish this love and embrace, but will ultimately strengthen Daniels Spectrum and its community of partners and supporters.”
Repairs are required to return many spaces within the building to safe and operable condition, including Ada Slaight Hall, the performance and event venue operated as a social enterprise by Artscape, Native Earth’s Aki Studio and Regent Park School of Music. Some spaces re-opened on June 3 to provide limited access to staff, some tenant organizations and Centre for Social Innovation members and visitors. The re-opening of the building will occur in phases as remediation work to floors, walls, building services and technical equipment is completed. A re-opening of Ada Slaight Hall is anticipated at the start of July.
Isaac Thomas, Managing Director of Native Earth Performing Arts said, “We’ve had to find other homes for our June presentation, and some of our rentals have been more severely impacted. However this setback is only temporary, as remediation to our studio will be completed in the following two weeks. Aki Studio programming will resume from July onwards.”
Artscape will be providing updates on its social media channels and website about how the community can support the re-opening.
We’re sad to report that this morning, May 30, 2018, Daniels Spectrum suffered minor damage as a result of a fire that broke out in Ada Slaight Hall. Authorities are still working to determine the cause. No one was injured in the incident.
Daniels Spectrum will be closed tomorrow as we work on repairing damage caused by the fire and the activation of our sprinkler system. We will notify the community once the building is deemed safe for return, and we are able to reopen, which we anticipate to be within the next couple of days.
We thank you for your patience as we deal with this unfortunate event. If you have questions for the building operator, please email DS@artscape.ca. For questions relating to specific programs and events, please contact organizers directly.
The Daniels Spectrum Summer Series brings fun programming and activities to the streets of Regent Park every summer. The program aims to engage and inspire young people and families, and provide meaningful training and employment opportunities.For its 2018 Daniels Spectrum Summer Series, Artscape is looking to partner with five organizations or individuals to deliver free, outdoor arts & cultural programs, events and/or installations in Regent Park between mid-July and September 2018.
Selected partners will:
- Receive a maximum of $5,000 to run their initiative
- Receive some in-kind staffing and equipment from Artscape
- Receive supplementary marketing and promotional support as part of the overarching Summer Series marketing plan
- Become part of a growing initiative that engages and inspires Regent Park residents through free outdoor arts and cultural programming
Interested parties are invited to read this call and submit an application by Friday May 25, 2017 at noon.