OCADU’s Artscape Design Hub at Artscape Youngplace

The partnership between OCAD University’s Impact Collective and Artscape has kick-started some exciting changes here at Artscape Youngplace. Artscape Design Hub, a team of four OCAD designers from interdisciplinary backgrounds, is now offering their services exclusively to Artscape Youngplace tenants over the next few weeks. They hope that through to the end of June, they can offer their creative services and design strategies to better help the not-for-profit community within Artscape Youngplace and support general community development through social innovation.


The Impact Collective is OCAD University’s social innovation initiative and it is pillars such as the Artscape Design hub that realize the transformational changes that The Impact Collective works toward. Artscape Design Hub arose from The Impact Collective’s collaboration initiative, as the partnership between the Design Hub and Artscape Youngplace brings dual opportunities to both the talented designers and Youngplace tenants seeking creative advice.

The team of designers, compromised of 4 women all pursuing different studies at OCAD University, is multi-talented and ready to offer their services.


Angela Cheng is approaching her 4th year at OCADU studying industrial design and minoring in illustration. Angela has a background in user experience and ethnographic research and impacts.
Find out more here:

Kendra Yee has training in visual communication, curation and social media. She has also worked in various artistic mediums such as illustration, graphic design, painting, installations and sculptures.
View Kendra’s website here:

Melody Gamble has experience with business and design consultancies as well as an interest in inclusive design practices, such as strategic and participatory design.
Check out Melody’s work here:

Rachel Hurst is a multidisciplinary designer and art director who recently graduated from OCADU’s Graphic Design program. She also has a strong interest in social strategies.
Her work can be seen here:


The collective hosts drop-in hours for Youngplace tenants to stop by the Flex Studio and begin working towards efficiently streamlining their ideas.

As mentioned by Rachel, “Everyone has a different idea of design. It’s all about getting the right people together, and we as a team collectively apply our expertise to uniquely fit the tenant’s needs.” Artscape Design Hub offers services including design consultancies, branding, developing business and creative strategies and more.

They are currently working on a rebranding project with the 3rd floor tenant Typology, among a few others.

Contact the design hub at to set up a meeting during their drop-in hours and to take advantage of this rare opportunity. A huge thank you is extended to OCADU for carefully selecting these extremely talented designers and for their willingness to collaborate with the community and tenants here at Artscape Youngplace.

Artscape Equinox: A Community Open House

March 20 @ 6 pm – 10 pm
180 Shaw Street


Join us at this family-friendly celebration of the spring, offering inspiration and temptation for our creative season ahead. Visit an open studio, watch or participate in a creative class, tour our gallery exhibitions, browse the arts and crafts market, learn about upcoming programs, and mix and mingle with artists and friends.


  • 6 pm  – drop-in programming begins; wander the building and explore an array of artistic offerings
  • 6:30 pm – join exhibition curator Heather Nicol  for a special talk and tour of the Hallway Galleries
  • after 8 pm – join us in the Flex Studios for spring cocktails at our neighbourhood mixer (cash bar), featuring tunes, treats (including kid-friendly snacks) and creative delights

RSVPs are encouraged; please RSVP to
Interested in volunteering? We could use a few extra hands – let us know, too.

Buildings of the Past

In this series of posts about the history of 180 Shaw Street and its site, we’ll be sharing the information contained in our permanent “history wall” located near the front entrance of Artscape Youngplace.

There were several buildings occupying the site where the current Artscape Youngplace building now stands. The first was a one-room schoolhouse erected by the Toronto Public School Board in 1848. It was one of two local schools to mix boys and girls in the same classroom, and was constructed on the Givins estate.

After the school board acquired additional land from this estate, it replaced the one-room schoolhouse with a two-roomed building that would better service the increasing population of the area. This new building was renamed the Givins School in 1860.

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A third building was constructed on the site in 1876, including 21 classrooms (above). The building now at 180 Shaw Street (below) was erected in 1914 under the direction and supervision of C. H. Bishop, an architect and long-serving Superintendent of Buildings for the Toronto Board of Education.

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Book Your Event

Members of the Flex Studios program can book spaces within Artscape Youngplace, but did you know that members of the community are also able to book space for events? It’s true! 180 Shaw Street offers lots of spaces ideal for a range of events, from the Urban Living Lounge to full studios on the main floor. To hear about the options and discuss your event planning, please get in touch. See our permanent page Book Your Event for details. We look forward to hosting you!

Torontoist Story: A New Life for an Old School

We’re very happy to be featured in the TORONTOIST today. Writer Steve Kupferman does a great job of highlighting some of the historical facts that make Artscape Youngplace so special, and draws attention to the unique model we’ve used to restore this community gem as a cultural hub. The photo gallery gives a great “sneak peek” of some of the things to see inside the building once it opens. Read the article and get the scoop.

History Wall in the Making

Upon entering on the Shaw Street side, visitors to Artscape Youngplace are greeted by an engaging historical timeline of the building and its site. This permanent exhibit was created a joint effort between researchers working during the lead-up to our public opening and Debbie Adams of Adams + Associates Design Consultants Inc. The history wall uses images gleaned from the archives of neighbouring Givins/Shaw Public School, and photography by Garrison McArthur Photographers and Greg Edwards.

When we started the Artscape Youngplace project, we knew there had to be a century’s worth of stories associated with this 1914 building. What we discovered through the efforts of our fabulous researchers was a wealth of information all adding colour and dimension to our understanding of this place. We were very fortunate to attract such a talented team of professionals willing to contribute their time to this undertaking and conduct archival research, community surveying and first-person social history collection. We can’t thank you enough, Samantha Irvine, Heather Read and Tara Bursey!

For everyone interested in diving into the history of 180 Shaw Street—the building and the community—we’ll be rolling out stories featured in this timeline in our News section. Stay tuned to this page for more facts from the past.


Operator, Operator…

You may have noticed our website does not yet feature a phone number. Don’t fret! We are in the process of installing our phone system and getting it up and running. We’ll update our materials with our phone number as soon as possible. For now, if you have a question or want to connect with us, you can email us, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to our RSS feed! Visit our Connect page for all the details.