Did you know? Toronto is home to 93% more artists than any other Canadian city. Arts and culture contribute $11.3 billion annually to Toronto’s GDP. 81% of Ontario residents believe that government should invest in the arts.
These facts, and many more, are compiled in Toronto Arts Facts, a report on the scope, impact and power of the arts in Toronto, released today by Toronto Arts Foundation. 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 falls into three main areas: the arts’ role in the economy, its impact on communities, and its place in people’s lives.
“Toronto Arts Facts brings together knowledge about the arts in Toronto in a comprehensive and accessible manner”, said Claire Hopkinson, Director and CEO of Toronto Arts Foundation. “It tells the story of how important the arts are to the well-being of the city – economically and socially – and shows us how the arts play a central role in all our lives.”
The arts enliven and enrich Toronto’s neighbourhoods and local businesses, help young people gain purpose and confidence, enhance the livability of our city, build local pride, and help create the creative economy, engaged citizenry and social cohesion on which Toronto’s continued growth and prosperity will rest. The aim of Toronto Arts Facts is to bring researchers, arts leaders, funders and policy makers together to understand the scope, impact and power of the arts in Toronto on an engaged and appreciative community.
About Toronto Arts Foundation
Toronto Arts Foundation, a charitable organization, provides the opportunity for individuals, private and public foundations, corporations and government agencies to invest in and strengthen the arts in Toronto. We are powered by a vision: Creative City: Block by Block, a commitment to connect every Toronto neighbourhood to the transformative social and economic benefits of the arts. Through sponsorships, legacy gifts and donations to our Creative City Funds, Toronto Arts Foundation gives voice to the arts, shines the spotlight on Toronto’s exceptional talent, and connects communities to the arts.
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