Toronto Arts Council, in partnership with the City of Toronto, is supporting public art projects that will take place during ArtworxTO in 2021.

Mural outside Westin Harbour hotel
“Best Beach” by Sarah Anne Johnson at CONTACT Photography Festival (2015). Photo by Toni Hafkenscheid


ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021 will kick-off the City’s new 10-Year of Public Art Strategy  [PDF], signalling Toronto’s renewed commitment to public art. The program will celebrate Toronto’s incredible collection of public art and the artists behind it, while creating more opportunities for the public to connect and engage with the work. Toronto’s commitment to this exciting new program underscores a dedication to the arts sector as an essential component of a vibrant city.

ArtworxTO will provide new opportunities for both Toronto and international artists to play a leading role in the development of public art projects within the city. The program will work closely with artists and Toronto’s key arts institutions to deliver major public art projects and commissions for 2021.


1. ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art partnership grant program (EDC):

Deadline: September 10, 2020

A key pillar for ArtworxTO is building strong partnerships with the city’s artists and arts organizations. The City of Toronto is committed to supporting and bolstering the activity and talent already at work, and is awarding grants of up to $100,000 to artists and arts organizations with proposals for projects slated for release in 2021.

Questions about the ArtworxTO Partnership Grant program?

Email: artworxto[at]

2. Toronto Arts Council’s Animating Toronto Streets grants program:

Grants of up to $50,000 will be available for artists, artist collectives and arts organizations to present 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.

Deadline: October 1, 2020

Toronto Arts Council is partnering with City Cultural Events, Economic Development & Culture Division (EDC) of the City of Toronto on the Animating Toronto Streets grants program that will fund public art projects for ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021.

Questions about TAC’s Animating Toronto Streets grant program?

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