Petition to Protect Arts Funding to Keep Toronto Vibrant
Friends of the Arts
We wanted to make you aware of important deliberations taking place at Toronto City Hall about arts funding and your actions and support are very important.
Toronto's City Manager has put forward deep cuts to the city budget, and this puts arts and cultural funding for both small and large organizations at serious risk. Cutting the arts could be an economic and social catastrophe for Toronto: not only does the city achieve a huge return on a relatively small investment, but our vibrant arts scene is also a big part of what makes Toronto a great place to live, work and visit.
Friends of the Arts* has launched an online petition to let City Councillors know
Torontonians value the arts.
By signing the petition you will be sending a message to City Hall and your local councillor telling them that arts funding should be protected. Here are a few of the reasons why the arts might be important to you:
• Arts and culture are essential to Toronto’s economy, generating $9 billion every year.
• Arts and culture create jobs. 130,000 people work in the sector – and many more depend on related businesses, including hospitality and tourism.
• Torontonians care about the arts. In 2010, there were 20 million visits from every corner of Toronto to city-supported arts events.
• Every dollar Toronto invests in arts organizations attracts $17 more from private and public sources. Arts and culture funding has a great return on investment.
• Great art and artists take years to achieve commercial success; today’s funding enables tomorrow’s art.
• Artists flock to cities that support them – yet Toronto invests less in the arts than other major cities; City Council has been working to change that, and it must stay the course.
• Toronto Councillors need to know that their voters value the arts.
Although most signatures will be collected online, the Toronto Arts Council will also be sending volunteers to specific arts events with hard copies of the petition. If you’d like to help, please email: friendsoftheartsTO@gmail.com and put volunteer in the subject line.
*Friends of the Arts is a network of arts supporters including the following organizations: Arts Vote Toronto, Arts Etobicoke, BeautifulCity.ca, Business for the Arts, Creative Trust, Lakeshore Arts, Scarborough Arts, Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, Toronto Arts Foundation, and Urban Arts.
Thank you for your support. Let's keep Toronto a creative city!
Janice Price, CEO, Luminato
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