MISSION STATEMENT

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Artscape Daniels Launchpad exists to empower all artists, designers and creators to prosper from their creative practice. The values that guide our work are creativity, integrity, community, collaboration and learning.

MISSION STATEMENT

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Launchpad exists to empower all artists, designers and creators to prosper from their creative practice. The values that guide our work are creativity, integrity, community, collaboration and learning.

Why Launchpad was created

Launchpad was developed by Artscape to help bridge the gap that exists between the tremendous cultural and economic value artists’ ideas contribute to society and what creative people earn for their work. Whether helping to ease the transition between post-secondary and self-employment or supporting a creative business to scale up, we help creatives succeed on their own terms. Artscape has a more than 30-year history of making space for creativity and transforming communities, and a goal to create the conditions for artists to thrive. In our over 10 years of research and consultation in developing this project, we learned that despite the fact that creative content makes up a growing share in the value of everything, it is becoming harder to make a living as an artist or designer in Canada due to a number of challenges, including: precarious contract to contract work, disparity between education and incomes, and transition from school to self-employment.

For Canadian artists

44%

are self-employed

Creatives are

2x

as likely to have a post-secondary education

With incomes up to

57%

below the average Canadian income

And almost

50%

of their income is derived from work outside of their creative practice

As a self-sustaining social enterprise, Launchpad is working to address this gap in support for creators by  bringing creatives together under one roof in a highly collaborative and multidisciplinary environment with great exposure to business opportunities and resources. Members gain affordable access to facilities, tools, services and continued entrepreneurial and technical learning – all within a supportive community of diverse creators, facilitators and mentors. They can also take advantage of deep discounts on pay-as-you-go programming, workshops and social events, as well as on booking fees for Launchpad’s Digital Media Lab.

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