McGuinty Government Invests In Arts And Environmental Centre

    Using Green Technology To Preserve Heritage Buildings

    TORONTO, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - The Government of Ontario is investing
$3 million in the Artscape Green Arts Barns to redevelop brownfields and the
historic Wychwood TTC streetcar repair barns, in the St. Clair and Bathurst
neighbourhood in Toronto, into a 61,000 sq. ft. multi-tenant arts facility and
community centre, Minister of Culture Caroline Di Cocco announced today.
    The redeveloped barns will showcase sustainable, energy-efficient design
principles and encourage community accessibility and collaboration. The barns
will include artists' live/work studios, rehearsal space, offices for
non-profit arts and environmental organizations, and space for year-round
community events and festivals. There will also be a greenhouse and community
    "I am pleased to see so many people sharing a passion for the creative
and innovative use of heritage property," said Di Cocco. "This project will
contribute to a dynamic and vibrant community while we preserve historical
buildings, provide studio space for artists and encourage arts education."
    "Artscape's Green Arts Barns are revitalizing this part of our great
riding and our great city. St. Paul's is all the better today thanks to this
$3-million investment by the McGuinty government," said Michael Bryant, MPP
for St. Paul's. "Local vision and local initiative together with grassroots
and business investment made this project possible."
    "This project is all about creativity and thinking-outside-the box," said
Tim Jones, CEO of Artscape. "We are creating a new model here where artists,
environmentalists, and community members can rub shoulders and generate the
kind of heat and creative energy the City thrives on."
    Artscape is a not-for-profit enterprise engaged in culture-led
regeneration. Its work includes anchoring creative communities within
affordable spaces and building authentic and dynamic places by connecting
creative and cultural resources. Artscape has played a catalytic role in the
regeneration of some of Toronto's most important creative communities,
including Distillery Historic District, Queen Street West, Liberty Village,
and Toronto Islands.
    "The Artscape Green Arts Barns is a prime example of culture as an
essential pillar in building sustainable communities," said Di Cocco. "Today's
investment makes it clear that the Ontario government, under the leadership of
Premier Dalton McGuinty, is taking the lead in fostering a cultural and
creative renaissance in Ontario."

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For further information:

For further information: Mark Thompson, Minister's Office, (416)
325-4071; Guy Lepage, Communications Branch, (416) 314-3497

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