TAC Community Arts Program is now Creative Communities

Toronto Arts Council has changed the grants program name Community Arts to Creative Communities. The change is effective immediately.

The change aims to reflect the expanding scope of work being funded through the portfolio, and make the grants program more accessible to a broader range of artistic proposals, including those that involve professional development. The name change does not affect the work that is typically funded through the programs, or the eligibility of the organizations and collectives that have received funding through Community Arts in the past. The eligibility criteria and goals of programs have not changed.


The change to Creative Communities follows from several years of consultations with artists. It seeks to welcome more applicants, including those who do not identify as community artists or organizations, and proposals from all disciplines.

The Creative Communities Annual and Multi-Year Operating programs provide support to non-profit Toronto arts organizations that are engaged on an ongoing basis in community arts. TAC defines community arts as art practiced at a community level where there is active collaboration between artists and community members. It can involve one or more art practices, such as music, dance, theatre, visual arts and storytelling. Similarly, Creative Communities Projects funds arts projects that enable public participation and engagement in arts and culture.

For questions about the Creative Communities portfolio and eligibility, contact Program Manager Kevin Reigh, at kevin@torontoartscouncil.org, 416-392-6802 x 227 


About Toronto Arts Council

Toronto Arts Council (TAC) is the City of Toronto’s funding body for artists and arts organizations. Since 1974, TAC has played a major role in the city’s cultural industries by supporting a very broad range of artistic activity. From the emerging artist to the most established, from celebrated institutions to arts that challenge convention, TAC is typically the first funder to offer support. Today, TAC grants lead to exhibitions, performances, readings and workshops seen annually by over 5 million people. Through its ongoing funding of over $18 million annually, TAC cultivates a rich engagement between artists and audiences. It is proud to reflect Toronto’s vibrancy through the diversity of the artists, arts communities and audiences that it serves. 

Contact Information

For information, please contact Sarah Gladki, Communications Manager:
sarah@torontoartscouncil.org