Partnerships with City divisions and agencies
The Culture Plan for the Creative City contains the following recommendation:The Cultural Services Section will work with all relevant City departments, agencies, boards and commissions to implement Council’s policy dedicating one per cent of the capital budget of all major municipal buildings and structures, including agency, board and commission buildings and structures, to public art. As such, Cultural Services has been working collaboratively with various City divisions to identify projects that span across divisions, agencies, boards and commissions that present public art opportunities.These percent for art partnerships have resulted in commissions throughout the TTC system, including:
- Spadina LRT Sheppard line subway the York University Busway and York Subway line
- St. Clair Streetcar Right of Way
- upgrades to the Bloor line subway stations: Pape, Victoria Park, Islington, Duffering and Kipling stations.
- Union Station
This partnership model also results in unique site-specific commissions, including:
- the Junction Railpath, through Cultural Services’ work with Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation
- art commissions for Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant and Dufferin Jog Elimination, in cooperation with Toronto Water, Toronto Planning, Urban Design and Toronto Transportation Services.
- Grounds for Art custom maintenance covers to be installed in Regent Park in cooperation with City of Toronto Technical Services, Toronto Water and Toronto Community Housing (TCHC).
- a new media commission at the original Lake Ontario Shoreline in partnership with Fort York, TTC and Clean and Beautiful Secertariat.
In addition, this percent for art Council recommendation will ensure that a unique and exciting public art program for the City of Toronto unfolds in conjunction with the waterfront development.
Cultural Services works with Toronto Planning, Urban Design to identify potential areas of development where public art opportunities will be coming out of City and developer activity in the area. In addition, these divisions work together when funds have been identified and secured through Toronto Planning’s development negotiations and Percent for Art Private Developer program. In these instances, the designated funds are administered by Cultural Services through our commissioning process. Examples of this partnership include MOTH Gardens, Lee Centre Park, Taddle Creek Park and June Callwood Park.