Community Release
March 26, 2013

New Arts Funding! Consultation Dates and Recommendations

(1) Public Consultation Dates & Locations ( )
(2) New Position Doc. ( )
(3) Municipal Progress Update ( )

(1) Share Your Ideas: Public Consultation Dates 
Below are the dates for the joint public consultations by the City and TAC. Participation in these sessions will help the City and the TAC draft a four-year plan to 2016 on how to invest new funding from Council's $25 per-capita commitment and the billboard tax revenue.  Attendance is highly recommended in ensuring that your ideas are folded into the mix, our communities stay connected and the core values that inspired continue to be recognized.

Downtown, Saturday, April 6th 1-4 pm, St. Lawrence Hall
157 King Street East, ( )

Etobicoke, Monday, April 8th 6-9 pm, Lakeshore Assembly Hall
1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive, ( )  

Scarborough, Tuesday April 9th 6:30-9:30pm, Cedarbrae Library Auditorium
545 Markham Road, ( )

North York, Thursday April 18, 6-9 pm, Toronto Centre for the Arts
5040 Yonge St, (  )
Guiding doc
Working document, please click the image or go to:   Send ideas and critiques to

(2) Funding Recommendations recommends that new arts funding from the billboard tax is focused on meeting the following objectives:

1. Celebrate diverse voices and activate art programs across Toronto.
2. Create and build ownership of vibrant and healthy public spaces.
3. Support Toronto's living artists.
4. Build the capacity of young people.

Without excluding our partners in the LASOs and Majors, we also believe that arms-length, peer reviewed processes such as the TAC should be used wherever possible to distribute the new funds. This will prevent billboard incentives from developing within the City, help safeguard freedom of expression and ensure creative excellence.

To review the working position document, please download: 
Send critiques and ideas to 

BeautifulCity.caTownHall1 Town Hall 1, Meghan J, 2009. Please click the image to view the new guiding doc. or go to: 

(3)  Municipal Progress Update
A plan to on how to distribute the first 6 million in 2013 has passed the Economic Development and Culture Committee and will hopefully be approved at the April 3rd and 4th Council. To view the plan please visit:  

The Toronto Arts Council has also produced a plan for use of the funds in year one that include a focus on youth, better serving diverse communities and making space for new and innovative program offerings. A plan to enliven the city with art in public spaces (free festivals, installations, public performances, creative interventions, murals, free entrance etc.) is also in the works.  To view the TAC priorities please visit: is supportive of these plans going forward without delay so the funds can hit the community this summer. We are looking forward to fruitful dialogue and any concerns coming up during the public consultations. (Dates above.)

Amanda Parris, Collections Art Jam, Photo by Wade Hudson 2013. Please click the image to view the new guiding doc. or go to:  

Thank you for your time and help in making this amazing opportunity for Toronto a reality! Make sure to check out the new guiding document ( ). Also, looking forward to your participation in the consultations. The billboard tax came out of the Youth Culture Plan Consultations in 2001 so please do bring your voice and big (and small) crazy ideas for making Toronto a better place.