Arts in the Parks 2018 Evaluation Report
This report, based on surveys with audience members, artists and arts organizations, community organizers, and volunteers provides an overview of this year’s Arts in the Parks.
Toronto Arts Foundation’s Arts in the Parks (AITP) aims to make arts accessible in neighbourhoods throughout the city. It encourages community building, enjoyment of local parks, and offers arts events for residents and tourists of all ages. Events include dance, music, and theatre performances and workshops, along with film screenings and temporary installations. Many of the artists incorporate community engagement into their practice, in which they work directly with local residents and tailor their programming around their needs and concerns - producing something that is reflective of the community. Selected parks are located throughout Toronto, from Etobicoke to Scarborough and North York to Central Toronto, to increase arts access all across the city.
Arts in the Parks is an initiative of Toronto Arts Foundation in partnership with Toronto Arts Council, Park People and the City of Toronto.
Toronto Arts Council has developed a number of new programs that were created in response to specific needs such as: access to arts space, network and community building through the arts, and leadership training. The objectives of these programs are to encourage collaboration between artists and institutions, provide access to space for arts programming, offer opportunities for arts activities outside the downtown core, and to provide leadership opportunities for arts workers.
These new programs are a result of key partnerships that allow TAC to leverage arts funding with matching funds or in-kind resources. TAC’s partnership programs create new opportunities for artists and audiences at the local level, enhance assets that are already available within the community, and build on Toronto’s vibrant arts ecology.
Upcoming deadlines for grants that support arts access outside Toronto’s downtown core include: