You're Invited: Making Space for Culture Consultations in Toronto Oct.4-24, 2012

You’re Invited: Making Space for Culture Consultations in Toronto Oct.4-24, 2012

This is an update to my previous blog Canadian Consultations on Cultural Spaces in Toronto: Your Input is Required May 22-June 17, 2012.

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

So, on October 4, Toronto begins next round of its ward-based consultation and planning process to assess community needs for affordable and sustainable cultural spaces.

In order to help provide Councillors and those investing in cultural infrastructure with insight about the needs and priorities of each ward, Toronto residents are invited to attend the ward consultations and to:

  • offer their input about their neighbourhood’s cultural infrastructure
    • regarding topics such as:
      • public participation in cultural activities
      • accessibility to cultural spaces
    • examples of culture spaces and infrastructure could include
      • performance venues for music, theatre or dance
      • art galleries and studios
      • rehearsal spaces

Twenty ward consultations will be conducted in 2012 with the remaining 24 wards being surveyed in 2013 and beyond:

  • Ten sessions were held in the spring with 10 more to follow in October (Please see schedule below)
  • An online survey is being conducted as part of the consultation process, dubbed Making Space for Culture: Ward Planning for Vibrant, Sustainable Cultural Infrastructure
Oct. 4, 10 am – 12 pm Ward 28, Young People’s Theatre (165 Front Street East)
Oct. 4, 6 – 8 pm Ward 15, Oakwood Library (341 Oakwood Avenue)
Oct. 9, 10 am – 12 pm Ward 20, Lillian H. Smith Library Auditorium (239 College Street)
Oct. 11, 6 – 8 pm Ward 23, North York Civic Centre (5100 Yonge Street)
Oct. 15, 10 am – 12 pm Ward 18, Bloor-Gladstone Library (1101 Bloor Street West)
Oct. 16, 6 – 8 pm Ward 11, Urban Arts (19 John Street)
Oct. 17, 6 – 8 pm Ward 32, Beaches Recreation Centre (6 Williamson Road)
Oct. 18, 6 – 8 pm Ward 21, Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Avenue)
Oct. 23, 10 am – 12 pm Ward 19, College/Shaw Library (766 College Street)
Oct. 24, 6 – 8 pm Ward 35, Warden Hilltop Community Centre (25 Mendelssohn Street)

For further information please contact them at makingspace@toronto.ca or phone (416) 392-7367.

For additional information about Growing Toronto’s Cultural Sector download the report, From the Ground Up.

Please click here for more info about Making Space for Culture: Public Consultations Fall 2012.

Funding for this project is provided by the Government of Ontario.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

NEWS RELEASE

September 28, 2012

Toronto begins next round of Making Space for Culture consultations

From October 4 through October 24, the City will roll out its ward-based consultation and planning process to assess community needs for affordable and sustainable cultural spaces.

The consultations will help provide Councillors, and those investing in cultural infrastructure, with insight about the needs and priorities of each ward.

Residents are invited to attend the consultations and to offer their input about their neighbourhood’s cultural infrastructure. Feedback about topics such as public participation in cultural activities and accessibility to cultural spaces will help guide potential future investment. Examples of culture spaces and infrastructure could include performance venues for music, theatre or dance; art galleries and studios; and rehearsal spaces.

Twenty ward consultations are being conducted in 2012. Residents who miss, or are unable to attend the consultations, can participate in an online survey. The survey and a complete list of October consultation locations and additional information is available at: http://www.toronto.ca/culture/cultural-spaces.htm

The Making Space for Culture project is a recommendation of the Creative Capital Gains Report, endorsed by Toronto City Council in 2011.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto’s government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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