Announcement Regarding the Future of artBOX on 17E

The BRZ is excited to begin moving artBOX on 17e toward community self-sufficiency by adding a whole new aspect to its operations: a creative co-working space. We fully intend for this space to persist as a fixture in the Greater Forest Lawn community. artBOX on 17e has become a bastion of arts, culture and social gathering in the neighbourhood, and we want to use that as a foundation upon which to build a thriving creativity hub.

Now we see artBOX on 17e moving toward a point where art and economics meet, a place where artistically focused individuals and organizations can learn and develop ways to make their passions economically sustainable, and a place where entrepreneurs can learn about and inject a little creative energy into their enterprises during the day. We also envision the venue will be available in the evening for musicians, theatre groups, community events or whatever.

We would like to welcome Mark Shields, who will be the driving force behind the ArtBOXon17e winds of change. Some of you may have already met Mark, he is well known in the community as a former CJSW Radio Program Director, holds a BA and a certificate in accounting, a community activist and a mover and shaker around town.

If you have had an interest in artBOX on 17e, past or present, he would like to learn from you:

  • Was the space useful to you?
  • What kind of challenges do you or your organization face?
  • How may you see yourself fitting into an economically creative community space?
  • What might you be able to bring to this community?

The transition into making artBOX on 17e sustainable will be under a co-operative community model. This is a key turning point in the history of ArtBOXon17e and we want you to be a part of it.

Please feel free to contact Mark at any time at or 403-614-4301 or 403-248-7288 to arrange a time to chat one on one.

Please attend our artBOX on 17e Open House on Saturday, March 5th.

  • Public Drop in: 10 am – 2 p.m.
  • Structured Brainstorming Session from 2 – 4pm.