Playground for Creativity, Community and Collaboration

cSPACE bills itself as a Playground for Creativity, Community and Collaboration.

That is a bold promise.

And very exciting!

As part of our participation in the arts community, the S2 Seminars partners, Susan and Shelley recently visited cSPACE, an incredible building born from the sandstone carcass of the old King Edward School in southwest Calgary.

cSpace is an arts hub, innovative venue and coworking space for Calgary artists to experiment, explore and spark change.

Their mission is to provide the conditions that diverse communities of creatives need to remain vital, sustainable and innovative while generating dividends for Calgarians across the city.

They do that by providing affordable, flexible and inspiring spaces that are responsive to the evolving needs of new artistic practices, missions and enterprises while delivering unique gathering places for all Calgarians.

They provide opportunities for artists to engage with peers and collaborators, amplified through greater connectivity to surrounding neighbourhoods.

They share knowledge by providing specialized workshops, services and peer-to-peer mentorship.

cSPACE King Edward has meeting facilities, a rooftop deck, on-site cafe, and a shared workspace called the Sandbox. This space allows artists to “go to work” which can be vital for artists.  Doing their art is often a solitary activity but coming to the Sandbox alleviates encroaching “hermit-ism”.

Shelley and Susan from S2 Seminars hide in a mural at cSPACE

The day we visited, a market was being held in one of the generously wide hallways of the old school. Artisans offered their lovingly created pieces, from paintings and sculpture to jewelry and soap.

The vision for cSPACE King Edward is to ignite the intersection of art and everyday life. A cool example is the old boilers used to heat the school are mounted in the floor of a hallway, covered with thick glass and turned into a museum piece: art meets life.

Everywhere you go art is in progress or finished art is displayed. It’s tremendously inspiring, knowing this torch has been carried to here and that as a city we have access to this innovative initiative.

We were impressed and amazed. We look forward to conducting some of our training sessions at cSPACE.

If you’re an artist, looking for workspace or a community, check out cSPACE.

Check out upcoming cSPACE events.

Read the cSPACE blog.

Consider becoming a cSPACE member.

Shelley Goldbeck and Susan Cramer,
www.S2Seminars.ca

S2 Seminars, Eradicating Poverty in Artists by Teaching Business Skills, is a partnership between Shelley Goldbeck and Susan Cramer. To learn more about running your small business, attend our workshop, 3 Must-Have Tools to Market Yourself on a Shoe-String Budget.

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