The Making Space for Culture project is a recommendation of the Creative Capital Gains Report, endorsed by Toronto City Council in 2011, for the following reasons:
City of Toronto in Ontario, Canada, aims to supply “affordable, sustainable cultural space” for use by cultural industries, not-for-profit organizations and community groups
The upgrade and/or development of facilities for small and mid-size organizations and community cultural groups is a critical next step to ensure a vibrant cultural community
There is a need to develop and enhance cultural spaces in neighborhoods throughout the City to ensure that all Torontonians have access to spaces to learn, play, practice, and engage with arts and culture of all forms
the “opportunity to anchor culture as a primary driver in the community’s revitalization, both physically and symbolically
the integration and celebration of a neighbourhood’s cultural richness in the revitalization play a central role in its success and in the creation of a socially inclusive, livable, healthy, safe and vibrant neighbourhood via The Regent Park Arts & Culture Centre as:
A showcase for artistic talent
An incubator of creative people and organizations
A workshop for new artistic creations
The social heart of the Regent Park Revitalization which fosters and supports:
Performances, celebrations, festivals, public and community events
Creation and production of a wide range of arts activities with a focus on the performing and visual arts
Learning, skills development, participation and creation with a special commitment to young people
Collaboration, exchange and dialogue between individuals, communities and organizations
A sense of community, well- being and social engagement”
According to the 2011 report, Creative Capital Gains: An Action Plan for Toronto, Toronto’s role in supplying “affordable, sustainable cultural space” for use by cultural industries, not-for-profit organizations and community groups requires the following actions:
After 13 public consultations with almost 500 members of Toronto’s arts, culture and business communities, 33 action recommendations of the Culture Plan were endorsed by Toronto City Council, which will assist in achieving the following goals:
Update the City’s 2003 Culture Plan for the new term of Council.
Enhance Toronto’s role as an international cultural centre, and recommend actions to amplify the sector’s economic and social contributions.
Support the growth of the cultural sector.
“Strengthen Toronto’s economy and enhance our competitive advantage on the world stage.”
“Maximizing the financial, creative and social capital” of Toronto’s cultural, government and business “sectors through the services, convening power and investments of the City of Toronto.”
The focus areas of the endorsed recommendations in the report “Creative Capital Gains: An Action Plan for Toronto” include:
Ensuring a supply of affordable, sustainable cultural space
Ensuring access and opportunity for cultural participation to all citizens, regardless of age, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, geography or socioeconomic status
Supporting the development of creative clusters and emerging cultural scenes to capitalize on their potential as generators of jobs and economic growth
Promoting Toronto’s cultural institutions, festivals and other assets to enhance the city’s position as a Creative City regionally, nationally and internationally
Keeping pace with international competitors by making a firm commitment to sustain Toronto’s cultural sector and position Toronto as a leading, globally competitive Creative Capital.
The report “Creative Capital Gains: An Action Plan for Toronto” also identifies areas for new and renewed investment and support by the City of Toronto.
Please note that a detailed implementation plan based on the findings and recommendations of this report will be presented to the Economic Development Committee later this year.