About

What

SpaceFinder Waterloo Region increases the visibility of creative workspaces throughout the Region of Waterloo. Venues can market their unbooked rental space by creating a listing and uploading a digital calendar, while artists and the public alike can discover space based on location, price, amenities, and up-to-date availability. Built by non-profit Fractured Atlas, SpaceFinder Waterloo Region is free to list or search for space.

Where

SpaceFinder Waterloo Region serves all communities in the area of Waterloo Region. Additional SpaceFinder sites powered by Fractured Atlas can also be found in cultural hubs across North America. Within Canada, local leaders in Alberta, British Columbia, Hamilton, Manitoba, Toronto, Waterloo Region, Simcoe County and York Region have all stepped up to bring SpaceFinder to their communities.

Why

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.

How

SpaceFinder Waterloo Region is made possible through the support of Region of Waterloo, City of Waterloo, City of Kitchener, City of Cambridge, and the leadership of ArtsBuild Ontario and Fractured Atlas. 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 Waterloo Region, please contact:

ArtsBuild Ontario, Alex Glass alex@artsbuildontario.ca 519.880.3670 ext 103.