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

Growing the Future, a Small Change Funded project by Greenest City in Toronto, Ontario.
Founded in Toronto in 2009, Small Change Fund has been strengthening the capacity of people and organizations to build lasting change from the ground up. We support important community projects that put decision-making in the hands of local people and contribute to social and environmental change.
Soulpepper’s artistic mission is to create a home in Canada’s largest city for the great dramatic works of our collective cultural inheritance; to develop the audience of the future; to encourage the arts community; to employ youth outreach and mentorship as a vital part of our collective future;...
Story Planet is a non-profit storymaking centre. We design and run workshops that encourage young people to create and tell their stories by igniting their imaginations, fueling their curiosities and equipping them with the tools they need to launch their voices.
Tarragon Theatre
Tarragon Theatre is known locally, nationally, and internationally for the development and production of new Canadian plays.
TIFF Bell Lightbox—Canada's home for film culture
TIFF is a charitable organization with a mission to transform the way people see the world, through film. By providing children and youth from under-served communities with access to free programming through Pocket Fund and our Special Delivery programme, supplying a creative outlet for mental...
Librarian reading with a young child.
Most people think that Toronto Public Library is fully supported by municipal taxes – but it isn’t. The library relies on donors to create life-changing programs, services, spaces and collections that wouldn’t be possible with government funding alone.
The Honourable Michael Chan & Peter Aceto part of the UNITY Crew
MISSION - UNITY Charity engages and empowers youth to be role models and leaders in their communities. UNITY engages youth 10 to 18 by implementing school and community programs helping youth positively express their stress and develop skills for success. UNITY empowers youth to make better choices...
UrbanArts is a non-profit Community Arts Council focused on enhancing neighbourhoods by engaging youth in community development through the arts. Our mandate is to promote, engage and facilitate cultural and community development opportunities between artists, arts organizations and community...
VIBE Arts
VIBE Arts uses the arts as agents of social change and supports the artistic agency of young people to catalyze innovations and community building. Our mission is to create a lasting impact on the lives of young people in Toronto’s neighbourhood improvement areas through arts education programs...
UforChange inspires better futures for newcomer and Canadian youth through an arts-based community-building program of experiential and intercultural learning.

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