In Canada, a school closes every week, and 175 schools in Ontario were declared surplus between the years of 2009 and 2012 (Arnott, 2013). Communities large and small in Canada and the US are facing the unique challenge of how to re-purpose school buildings that are often large, empty, and located in residential locations. The session will feature short presentations by our panelists followed by a facilitated discussion and Q+A session with your host, Artscape’s Pru Robey.