Arts & Culture

Arts and culture inspire us, help fuel innovation and are critical components of a global city.

Why it matters:

Arts and culture contribute $11.3 billion annually to the city’s GDP:

    - In 2013, film, television and other screen-based media production spending exceeded $1billion for the third year in a row. á

      Screen-based animation spending increased by $15 million to exceed $100 million for the first time. 

The City increased its cultural spending by 1.1% in the 2014 budget:

    - The per capita municipal investment in culture is now slightly over $22 (the goal, set more than a decade ago, is $25 per

       capita in direct arts funding by 2016). Montreal spends $55 per capita on arts funding.

 

- Toronto's Vital Signs® Report 2014

We bring people together with art to see, experience and understand the world in new ways.
Art Starts Children's Mural
Art Starts inspires and cultivates social change through community building arts initiatives.
ArtReach Showcase 2010
ArtReach's goal is to support arts initiatives that engage excluded youth. This is carried out through the provision of resources, mentorship, tools and skill-building opportunities for young artists, youth leaders and youth-led groups and organizations in Toronto.
The Arts Access Fund provides opportunities for arts engagement to children and youth, who would otherwise not have the opportunity to pursue creative exploration and artistic excellence under the guidance of professional artists.
North Etobicoke youth participants in Exploring Creativity in Depth
Established in 1973, Arts Etobicoke is a community arts service organization that believes everyone should have access to art. Located in a beautiful storefront gallery in the heart of Islington Village, Arts Etobicoke offers numerous free high-quality arts programs for the community and...
image of Daniels Spectrum
Artscape is a not‐for‐profit urban development organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities.
Bata Shoe Museum
For every shoe, there’s a story. Although feet are the same around the world, what people choose to wear on their feet is incredibly diverse. It is in this diversity that some of the most interesting aspects of culture are revealed. The Bata Shoe Museum strives to share these compelling cultural...
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre creates vital Canadian theatre by developing and presenting voices that question sexual and cultural norms. Built on the political and social principles of queer liberation, Buddies supports artists and works that reflect and advance these values.
Cahoots Theatre Company - Theatre in Full Colour
Cahoots Theatre investigates and examines the complexities of diversity through the creation and production of new theatre works, development of professional artists and the engagement of communities.
The Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) was established in 1990 in Toronto as Canada’s applied urban policy institute. Our mandate is to build wisdom and inspire leadership for healthy urban development. CUI is a public good enterprise funded through project work. www.canurb.org

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