Arts Services develops and promotes opportunities for artistic expression, arts education and audience development by encouraging access to the arts for all.
Cultural Hotspot Project
Toronto Cultural Services in collaboration with other City Divisions, local arts, cultural and heritage organizations and community partners is embarking on a new initiative (recommended in the Creative Capital Gains Action Plan) – the Cultural Hotspot project – celebrating community, culture and creativity. The goal of this program is to highlight a geographic area of Scarborough that has an active cultural scene, engaged community, economic vibrancy and unique local history.
From May 2014 – October 2014 the Cultural Hotspot program and campaign will feature signature cultural and community activities as well as planned and informal cultural interventions in the designated HOT triangle area in Scarborough (north to Lawrence, south to the lake, east to Port Union and west to Victoria Park). We want to hear about the work you are doing in the area, to share ideas, and talk about collaborations to highlight this vibrant community.
City on the Move – Young Artists in Transit East
Coxwell Station Mural
Following a community consultation on February 26, 2013 with Councillor Janet Davis (Ward 31 Beaches-East York), Councillor Mary Fragedakis (Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth) and MPP Michael Prue (Beaches-East York), 16 youth are now ready to begin the mural that will depict the community surrounding Coxwell subway station.
Currently, the 16 local youth are working with professional artist Jim Bravo on a large scale community mural, which will be exhibited starting in the fall of 2013; during the renovation of Coxwell subway station. Each piece of the mural will be over 20 feet in length.
Arts Services is responsible for:
- Strengthening Community Arts in Toronto
- Working in Toronto’s Priority Neighbourhoods
- Cultural Centres and Art Galleries
- Arts Programming and Art Classes for All Ages
- Education Programs for Students
- Management and Care of the City’s Fine Art Collection
- Funding for Local Arts Service Organizations
- Facility Rentals
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Employment Opportunities
Strengthening Community Arts in Toronto
Positioning community arts as the bedrock for all the arts, we facilitate, develop and implement inclusive arts initiatives to build safe, healthy and cohesive communities.
Working in Toronto's Priority Neighbourhoods
Arts Services, in support of Toronto's Community Safety Plan, creates and facilitates diverse arts outreach initiatives in support of at-risk youth in the priority neighbourhoods.
Cultural Centres and Art Galleries
Arts Services owns and maintains Cultural Centres and Art Galleries that provide citizens with opportunities to explore and enjoy the arts through various art disciplines.
Arts Programming and Art Classes for All Ages
A variety of innovative and exciting arts programs are offered through Cedar Ridge Creative Centre for beginner artists and masters alike.
Education Programs for Students
Management and Care of the City's Fine
The City of Toronto has a fine art collection of over 2500 works of art dating back to the 1850s. The collection is administered through the Market Gallery, a public exhibition facility.
Local Arts Service Organizations
Arts Etobicoke, Lakeshore Arts, Scarborough Arts Council and UrbanArts Community Arts Council are Local Arts Service Organizations that contribute to creating a vibrant community arts infrastructure for the City of Toronto.
Have your next event in a unique setting. For both public and private events including weddings, workshops, performances and art shows, our facilities will make your occasion memorable.
Get involved in Community Arts! Volunteers are needed at various cultural centres and art galleries operated by Arts Services.
Arts Services hires many talented and creative people who work part time with art collections, art programming, summer camp and facility rentals.