Two passionate individuals invested their own time and money, and established the right partnerships to keep the small chapel in Wanup, ON at the center of their community.
The chapel is still consistently being used for community meetings, parties and other large gatherings, creating a ‘third space’ for local residents – a space distinct from their home or work environments. This diversification of uses is what Seyler and Cross had desired as it best serves the communities needs and provides financial strength.
Little Wanup is unusual in that two individuals felt strongly enough about the need for a community ‘third space’ that they put their own money and time on the line. Joined by other groups using the space they will hopefully remain at the centre of their community.
A community hub model creates new vibrancy: St. James Centennial United in Parry Sound, ON invited its community into partnerships to share space and mission.
Hosting events is a great way to attract first time visitors to your site. If there’s a particular demographic you want to target (i.e. seniors, millennials, families) tailor your event to the experience they’re looking for. Remember there’s competition for events, so really think outside the box. Come up with themes that will create a memorable experience for your visitors that will keep them coming back.
On an unseasonably warm (22 degrees!) November evening, myself and my partners from ArtsBuild Ontario and Toronto Arts Council set out on a walk across Philadelphia to Christ Church Neighbourhood House. This was the first of two trips to explore the ways in which arts groups are thriving within faith buildings and often in collaboration with faith communities.