Maintaining Creativity 3: Relevance

We are honoured to have been invited to participate in a panel discussion on affordable housing options for senior artists during the 2018 edition of C-SARN’s annual conference, “Maintaining Creativity 3: Relevance”.

ArtsPond CEO and Groundstory project manager Jessa Agilo will be speaking at Toronto Reference Library’s Bram and Bluma Appel Salon on April 19, 2018 from 2 to 4 pm. Additional panelists include Harriet Bernstein (Baba Yaga Place), Sean Gadon (City of Toronto Affordable Housing Office), and Andreas Kalogiannides (Toronto Music City). Other presenters throughout the full-day conference include celebrated Canadian actor and arts advocate R.H. Thomson and dance artist Carol Anderson.

Tickets are only $22 including continental breakfast and lunch. For more information, please visit:

Upcoming Events

This Spring, we are delighted to facilitate the inaugural activities for Groundstory with multiple community events planned from late March to early May 2018 in Toronto and Hamilton. Stay tuned for further updates as more activities are in the works in Toronto, Hamilton, Etobicoke, Scarborough, North York and elsewhere throughout 2018.

Whether you have a flexible schedule or only have an hour or two to spare, there are many ways to contribute to, and benefit from, the growing “groundswell” that is Groundstory.  We hope you will be able to make it to one of the free Information Sessions, Advisory Convening, or Public Roundtables.

The goals for these events are to help:

  • Rally the community together in a collective dialogue
  • Establish a common vision for sustaining positive systemic change in our lifetimes, including reducing the adverse impacts of growing income inequality/polarization and socio-spatial displacement due to the rising costs of real estate and an uncertain economy
  • Fill critical gaps in data and evidence
  • Identify compelling ways to communicate the urgency of the issue and its potential solutions across diverse communities.

If you are ready to join the Groundstory Community and haven’t already done so, please take a few minutes to fill out our Community Survey.  If you are unsure about how you may participate but are interested in learning more or receiving future updates, please still fill out the survey so we know how best to reach you.

To foster collaboration, a private group has also been created for community dialogue and resource sharing. To gain access to this group (including emails and file sharing), please send a registration request to

Please feel free to share this information with anyone you think will find it of interest.

Join the Groundstory Community

Are you eager to help make a difference on the effects of gentrification on the arts in Ontario? There are lots of opportunities to contribute to the Groundstory Community, including impacted people representatives, focus group or survey participants, outreach advocates, and much more. Honoraria are available in some cases. Visit our Join Us page for more information.


Researcher Orientation

Are you interested in affordable housing and spaces for the arts? Check out an archival video recording of a recent orientation webinar for volunteer researchers interested in contributing to a comprehensive literature review to uncover scholarship on the roots, ripples, and responses to gentrification around the world.