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.
Yasin Osman, a rising star in the world of photography, loves Regent Park. The 25-year old artist has already made his mark on his neighbourhood, founding #shootforpeace, a grassroots arts mentorship program that engages local youth in storytelling through photography. Now, he’s getting ready for his first solo photography show, Dear Ayeeyo, opening May 4 in the Daniels Spectrum Hallway Galleries.
Dear Ayeeyo presents large-scale photos taken during a visit to Somalia, where Yasin’s parents are from. The images offer an intimate glimpse into the daily lives of villagers, illuminating a resilient human spirit.
The show is dedicated to Osman’s grandmother and the country she knew.
Yasin travelled to Somalia with Love Army for Somalia to bring his Shoot for Peace program to children living in refugee camps, after pitching the idea to Vine celebrity Jérôme Jarre. The resulting images released on Instagram showed the world a different side of the humanitarian crisis in Somalia—one full of hope, love and unity.
His unique approach to documentary photography, the warmth and emotion of his images, and his focus on powerful stories of marginalization and culture have earned Yasin an international following on Instagram and 550px of 200,000 and climbing.
Yasin’s mission to bring people together and promote compassion using the creative power of photo is apparent in Dear Ayeeyo.
“For me, the most important thing is the opportunity for people to see a different, more caring version of Somalia than they’ve seen in mainstream media. My grandmother said, as long as you plan on helping our people then you have my blessing. I realized that I’m now fulfilling my grandmother’s promise.”
Dear Ayeeyo opens May 4 in the Hallway Galleries at Daniels Spectrum, with a reception from 5:30 to 9:30 PM. It is a Feature Exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, and presented by The Daniels Corporation. He is represented by KZM Agency in Toronto.