Untitled (mountain), Anish Kapoor, 1995 |
Toronto's Outdoor Art Gallery
Policy and Research
Toronto's Poet Laureate
Grants to Major Cultural Organizations
Cultural Affairs portfolio is defined by the bricks and mortar
of City-owned cultural facilities under its supervision, on the
one hand, and by its initiatives directing the City's role in
sustaining the vitality of the urban cultural scene, on the other
hand. Efforts from this section have an impact on the three other
areas within the Toronto Culture: Arts Services; Museums and Heritage Services; and Heritage Preservation Services.
With an annual capital budget of $4.5 million,
this section is responsible for the state of repair of all cultural
facilities owned and operated by the City of Toronto and all capital
improvements. The municipal amalgamation resulted in a major consolidation
effort to manage all properties located throughout the city. A
detailed inventory of these venues is being developed within the
framework of a Cultural Facilities Master Plan.
Fort York, a national historic site, to Windfields, home of the
Canadian Film Centre, the number of sites
under the supervision of Asset Management totals 60. Included
in this portfolio are all City-run museums (see Museums and
Heritage Services for a complete list) as well as City-owned sites
leased to other cultural organizations such as The Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People
and the Design Exchange.
Staff in this area are responsible for developing
culturally significant and economically viable uses for major
City-owned cultural properties in partnership with other City
departments and the arts, heritage and business communities.
sites currently under development are:
Guild, situated on the Scarborough Bluffs
John Street Roundhouse, a national historic site in the heart
of the downtown railway lands
Don Valley Brickworks, a significant geological and industrial
addition, staff are working on a new operating and governance
model for The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), located
in the Toronto Centre for the Arts.
This is the "big picture" area with
a mandate to develop cultural policy for the City of Toronto.
Cultural Affairs staff were active in developing Toronto's Culture Plan completed and approved by City Council on June 2003.
The Culture Plan is a "roadmap"
that determines priorities and directions for the evolution of Toronto
into one of the leading cultural capitals in the world -- a city
where creativity is encouraged and inspiration is supported by
policies of vision. Toronto has the potential to be a leader in
the 21st century, a creative city to which ideas and investment
will be attracted -- a cultural role model. To obtain a copy of the Culture plan click here.
Cultural Affairs team is providing in-put into the City's Official
Plan, the Economic Development Strategy and the Waterfront Plan.
Ongoing research into such areas as economic and employment impact
studies related to the cultural sector and cultural tourism provides
staff with the tools to advise City Council on related matters.
Information gathered by Cultural Affairs also provides valuable
resource material for community stakeholders including professional
arts, culture and heritage organizations and creative industries.
addition, this area manages $3.2 million of City funding
to sustain the work of a number of Toronto's major cultural organizations
including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canadian Opera Company,
Caribana, the National Ballet of Canada, the National Ballet School
of Canada and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
The City of Toronto encourages both the public
and private development of public art throughout the city. The
aim of the Public Art section of the Toronto Culture is to create
a city in which great art is a community treasure. A rich and
varied selection of public artworks throughout a city enhances
the sense of place and belonging which defines a healthy urban
environment. Currently there are more then 190 works in the City of Toronto
on City-owned land, dating from 1870 to the present day. New works
are continually being added to this 'outdoor museum'. The Culture
Division develops and administers the selection, placement, maintenance
and preservation of these works.
LRT Public Art
Toronto Transit Commission's Spadina LRT Public Art Competition
awarded eight public art commissions for Spadina Avenue to complement
the transit line.
Art - Driving Tour (356 kb)
Driving Tour Brochure offers you five distinct tours of outdoor public
art in North York. The tours include a combination of walks and
drives. Take some time to discover North York's outdoor public
more information please see Public Art
Toronto's Poet Laureate
In 2001, under the auspices of Cultural Affairs, Toronto appointed its first Poet Laureate. The Poet Laureate serves as the City's literary ambassador. As an advocate for poetry, language and the arts, he or she attends events across the city to promote and attract people to the literary world. The Poet Laureate's mandate also includes the creation of a legacy project that will be unique to the individual. The term of the Poet Laureate is three years.
Meet Toronto's Poet Laureates - past and present