Connecting creativity with business at the King Edward Arts Incubator

 In cSPACE News, Latest Thinking

Calgary is a city that prides itself on its entrepreneurial culture. Startups incubated by industry-focused resources are building a growing ecosystem of innovative thinkers and entrepreneurial professionals. When compared to healthy emerging ventures in energy, finance, and technology, there is a lack of economic opportunities for growth within the arts.

Entrepreneurial communities of artists, designers, musicians and makers promise to shape our city for the future. However, they will need access to an ample range of resources to help them turn their ideas into successful businesses. The Arts Incubator at the King Edward will provide purpose-built space, resources and programming needed by creative entrepreneurs to turn their passions into sustainable enterprise.

Punctuating the top floor of the contemporary west wing addition, the Arts Incubator will be the social heart for the building’s resident and member community. The 2500 square feet of adaptable space will provide members with flexible collaboration rooms, informal gathering areas, individual work areas, a social kitchen, and a panoramic exterior deck offering prime views of the city and mountains in all directions. This unique collaborative space will be the foundation of Western Canada’s first incubator dedicated to supporting entrepreneurship in the arts.

Office resource management should never stand in the way of establishing a creative practice. Several private/semi-private spaces may be booked for board meetings and other collaboration sessions. These spaces will include flexible seating, high-speed wifi, room darkening blinds, white boards, printer and fax access, conference call phones and AV equipment including LCD screens or projectors. The incubator will accommodate intimate groups to large meetings of 60 people. A hot cup of coffee or tea from the social kitchen will help kick things into gear. These shared office resources will help our members take their creative practices to the next level.

The Arts Incubator will be a marquee location for the missions of the King Edward tenant community and cSPACE to intersect. Programming will focus on mentorship, knowledge exchange and business teaching tailored for the creative entrepreneur. A strong network of peers will provide a consistent level of support, and will always be close by to act as a sounding board for new ideas. Mentorship from business leaders and established artists will provide relevant, experiential learning opportunities. Programming will connect members with our rich tenant base, as well as external institutions dedicated to bringing entrepreneurship to the arts.

If you have a creative idea that’s ready to grow into a sustainable enterprise, the Arts Incubator is designed for you.

Calgary’s creative community needs support from people like you. Learn more about how you can become a partner here.

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