Toronto City Council Votes Unanimously in Favour of Arts Funding
Friday, April 05, 2013
Posted by: Nicole Merritt
Help us congratulation the arts communities in Toronto which will now see a 40% increase in arts funding thanks to a unanimous vote from their City Council! Read the press release distributed by the Toronto Arts Council on April 4th below to learn more.
April 4, 2013, Toronto - This
afternoon City Council voted unanimously to allocate $4 million in
additional investment to Toronto Arts Council’s grants program and $2
million to other cultural programs. This is an important first step
towards realizing the City's commitment to $25 per capita arts funding.
Chair of Toronto Arts Council, responded to the news: "Congratulations
to City Council for its great show of leadership in approving this
important funding. On behalf of Toronto Arts Council, I would like to
recognize the Mayor, Councillors, and many individuals who volunteered
their time over the years to secure this important investment in
Toronto Arts Council funds artists and arts organizations in
every neighbourhood of the city through its grants programs. In 2012,
approximately $10.3 million was disbursed to 419 arts organizations and
272 individual artists following assessment of 1562 applications.
Toronto Arts Council’s grant budget will increase to 14.3 million in
There is widespread public support for increased investment in
the arts in Toronto. In addition to contributing to a vibrant city that
attracts people to live, to work and to visit, a strong arts sector is
also perceived to bring powerful economic benefits to our businesses and
"Today marks a big step forward for the City’s creative capacity” said Claire Hopkinson,
Director and CEO of Toronto Arts Council. "This new funding is also a
catalyst for connecting more of Toronto to the arts, to making the city
more vibrant, liveable and friendly. It is an exciting day indeed.”
New funds for 2013 will have a far-reaching impact on TAC,
Toronto’s artists and the city. A $4 million increase will give TAC the
ability to begin to address funding inequities amongst currently funded
organizations while also providing new support for culturally diverse
arts organizations, youth, artists working in the inner suburbs and
community engaged arts projects. Additional funding increases
anticipated over the next three years will support TAC to develop new
programs and assist with TAC goals of increasing accessibility to the
arts throughout the entire city.
Toronto Arts Council thanks the arts, business and civic leaders
who have worked with dedication over the years to ensure increased City
Council support for arts grants. The road to successfully meeting this
objective has been long and success is attributable to many individuals
and groups including Creative Capital Gains Committee, BeautifulCity.ca,
Friends of The Arts, TAPA, Business for the Arts and the Culture team
at Toronto Economic Development and Culture whose policy work laid the
foundation for success. Many Councillors from all sides of Council
chambers led the charge for increasing arts support- of particular note
are Councillor Gary Crawford, Councillor Michael Thompson, Councillor Shelley Carroll and TAC’s Councillor Board members who have worked hard over the years to keep arts funding on the agenda.
To read the original press release distributed by the Toronto Arts Council, click here.