The Case for the Arts

Toronto Arts Council supports the arts in every ward of our creative city.

Mix Mix Dance Collective's Emily Law and Ashley Perez's Masterclass. Photo by Ömer Yükseke

The arts matter to Torontonians. In fact, 87% of Toronto residents see at least one benefit of the arts to their local neighbourhoods (Art Stats 2016). Some of the benefits cited include:

  • Creating a stronger sense of community;
  • Engaging young people and seniors;
  • Making the neighbourhood a better place to live;
  • And, bringing neighbours together.

As the City of Toronto’s funding body for artists and arts organizations, Toronto Arts Council (TAC) works to bring the transformative power of the arts to communities throughout the city. In 2017, TAC distributed more than $18 million in grants to 537 arts organizations and collectives, and 429 individual professional artists. TAC grants support programming in every ward, including performances, exhibitions, readings, and community engaged events.

Explore the documents below to learn about some of the TAC funded arts programming presented in your ward in 2017:

WARD 1 - Etobicoke North WARD 2 - Etobicoke Centre
WARD 3 - Etobicoke Lakeshore WARD 4 - Parkdale- High Park
WARD 5 - York South Weston WARD 6 - York Centre
WARD 7 - Humber River- Black Creek WARD 8 - Eglinton- Lawrence
WARD 9 - Davenport WARD 10 - Spadina- Fort York
WARD 11 - University Rosedale WARD 12 - Toronto- St. Paul's
WARD 13 - Toronto Centre WARD 14 - Toronto- Danforth
WARD 15 - Don Valley West WARD 16 - Don Valley East
WARD 17 - Don Valley North WARD 18 - Willowdale
WARD 19 - Beaches- East York WARD 20 - Scarborough Southwest
WARD 21 - Scarborough Centre WARD 22 - Scarborough Agincourt
WARD 23 - Scarborough North WARD 24 - Scarborough Guildwood
WARD 25 - Scarborough Rouge Park  

Explore Toronto Arts Facts and Toronto Arts Stats, two publications of Toronto Arts Foundation that present key information about the arts in Toronto.

Our affiliate Toronto Arts Foundation has developed several resources – Toronto Arts Facts and Toronto Arts Stats – to show the impact of the arts on Toronto and its residents.

Toronto Arts Facts gathers together key information about the arts in Toronto, compiled from a wide variety of research studies and statistical resources. This information – which falls into the general areas of the arts’ role in the economy, its impact on communities, and its place in people’s lives – was intended, at first, to provide fact-based information to arts funders and policy makers.

Toronto Arts Stats brings together results from a public opinion survey about the arts. For the past four years (2014-2018), Toronto Arts Foundation has partnered with Leger, the largest Canadian-owned polling, research and strategic marketing firm, to create this publication, revealing that Torontonians overwhelmingly value the creative sector.

Visit Toronto Arts Foundation's Advocacy page to learn more about these publications and what you can do to support our creative city. 

Download any of the infographics below for inclusion in your program ad or website.