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Toronto Arts Foundation is Toronto's city-wide charity for the Arts. Strengthening Toronto through responsive, strategic and innovative investments in the arts. 


Creative City: Block by Block

  • We believe that the arts help cities thrive, and envision a vibrant and creative city where every neighbourhood is enriched by the transformative benefits of the arts.
  • We work collaboratively to develop and implement initiatives that strengthen Toronto’s artists and arts organizations and bring the arts to communities throughout the city.
  • We do this, not only because every Torontonian deserves to enjoy the benefits of the arts, but because engaged and inclusive communities build strong cities.
  • We share this vision with our affiliate Toronto Arts Council.

Toronto Arts Foundation has determined that to create change towards our vision of Toronto as a creative city, we must develop, incubate, maintain and grow initiatives that directly impact Toronto’s artists and arts organizations working in and with our communities.

These initiatives serve our strategic goals of increasing public engagement with the arts from creation to participation to appreciation, increasing inclusion to ensure that the arts reflect the diversity of Toronto, and encouraging artistic excellence.

Neighbourhood Arts Network and Arts in the Park have been developed as a direct response to issues confronting Toronto’s artists and the desire to increase arts access in neighbourhoods across the city. Creative Champions Network strengthens the arts ecology by building volunteer support and developing champions of the arts. Our Awards spotlight the work of Toronto’s artists and organizations, bringing much needed attention to their important work.

With the generous support of individual donors, corporations and our funding partners, we will continue to respond to the needs of Toronto’s artists and arts organizations across our city.

You can make a difference today by making a gift in support the work of Toronto Arts Foundation. 

What People Are Saying

"Knowing the importance of access to the arts, I'm proud of the work Toronto Arts Foundation is doing to deliver the arts to communities across our great city. "

— Mayor John Tory

"From celebrating and investing in an emerging or accomplished artist to animating a park or in a fact an entire area of Toronto for the social health the community, the Foundation continues to innovate with impact! "

— Susan Crocker, Past Board Chair and Emerging Artist Award sponsor

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