Animating Toronto Streets

Toronto Arts Council has partnered with the Toronto, City Cultural Events on a multidisciplinary grants program that will fund public art projects that take place in the public right-of-way during Nuit Blanche Toronto 2021 and ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021.

Application Deadline: October 1, 2020

For questions about this program, contact Erika Hennebury, Strategic Programs Manager | 416-392-6802 x 219 | erika[at]torontoartscouncil[dot]org


WHAT DOES THIS PROGRAM FUND?

Animating Toronto Streets is a partnership between Toronto Arts Council and City Cultural Events, Economic Development & Culture Division of the City of Toronto. This grants program funds free public art projects that take place in the public right-of-way (ROW) during Nuit Blanche Toronto 2021 and ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021. Projects must take place in the public ROW (i.e.: roads, laneways and sidewalks), and/or be directly experienced from the public ROW. For the purposes of this program, “public art” may include art in any medium that takes place in public space, including contemporary visual and media arts, performance, and other artistic disciplines. This program has two streams: Nuit Blanche and ArtworxTO. Applicants may apply to one or the other program stream, but not to both.


WHAT IS NUIT BLANCHE?

Nuit Blanche Toronto is a free, 12-hour, all-night contemporary art event that has a mandate to connect contemporary art to the broadest possible public and create opportunities for audiences to explore and engage with contemporary art in public space.


WHAT IS ARTWORXTO: TORONTO’S YEAR OF PUBLIC ART 2021?

ArtworkxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021 will spotlight art work in any medium by one or more artists, created for a publicly-accessible space, free for the public to experience; and is significant in terms of duration, scale and potential for public engagement and takes place during 2021.


WHO CAN APPLY?

Animating Toronto Streets is open to professional artists, arts organizations and artist collectives.


HOW MUCH CAN I APPLY FOR?

Applicants may apply for up to $20,000 for Nuit Blanche projects and up to $50,000 for ArtworxTO projects.


HOW DO I APPLY?

1) Read the grant program guidelines (link at top of the page) carefully. Ask yourself: Am I eligible for this grants program? Is for my project a good fit for this program?

3) Decide which program stream you are most interested in, either Nuit Blanche or ArtworxTO.

4) Sign up for a TAC Grants Online account and open the Animating Toronto Streets grant application. Read it through carefully. Make a list of all of the materials you will need to gather (i.e.: artist bios and CVs, support materials, etc).

5) Attend the Animating Toronto Streets info session, or watch the video if you missed it (ASL interpretation provided).

6) Talk to Erika Hennebury, Strategic Program Manager. TAC grants staff are here support you!

7) Submit! Complete all of the required fields, upload all of the required materials and click “submit” before the deadline (October 1, 2020 at 11:59pm).


HOW DO I PLAN PUBLIC ART EVENTS DURING COVID?

Applicants are advised to be familiar with the current public safety guidelines as part of the Province of Ontario’s reopening framework: https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario as well as the City of Toronto reopening guidelines https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/. Be prepared to be flexible with your project plans as the public health guidelines evolve.


TAC ACCESSIBILITY GRANT

Projects involving Deaf artists and artists with disabilities may apply for an additional TAC grant by completing the Accessibility Expenses section of the application and including the requisite information in their budget. A TAC Accessibility grant will provide up to a maximum of $5,000 towards accessibility costs for artists incurred during the project. Accessibility costs include but are not limited to: ASL interpretation, audio description, closed captioning, communications assistants, attendant care (including helpers for Elders), support workers and equipment rentals or other supports required to meet artists' accessibility needs).

 

APPLICATION ACCESSIBILITY SUPPORT

Applicants who are Deaf or have a disability and need support to complete their grant applications can apply for funds to cover the costs of assistance from Service Providers. Up to $500 is available per eligible applicant in each calendar year. Please contact your Grant Program Manager to learn more.


QUESTIONS? CONTACT

Erika Hennebury, Strategic Programs Manager | 416-392-6802 x 219 | erika[at]torontoartscouncil[dot]org


Full Program Guidelines for 2020 (PDF)

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