TAPA Announcement of Second Annual Arts Day at the City


Second Annual Arts Day at the City


November 11, 2011…Toronto, ON… The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) along with Friends of the Arts will meet with over twenty five individual City Councillors on Monday November 14 to discuss the importance of and impact of the arts on Torontonians.

Arts supporters, donors, artists and arts administrators will spend the morning in meetings with councillors representing a range of wards from across the city.  Discussions will focus on the Creative Capital Gains Report issued in May 2011 which City Council unanimously supported.   A key message is to remind Council that they voted for the City’s per capita spending on arts and culture to be increased from $18 to $25.   In addition participants will be discussing the importance of enhancing Toronto’s global position as a cultural capital, and the City’s leadership role in promoting our rich cultural assets to its citizens and visitors alike.

“This is TAPA’s Second Annual Arts Day at the City”, said TAPA’s Executive Director Jacoba Knaapen, “and we are very pleased to be extending our reach to include arts workers and private sector partners this year and working together in partnership with Friends of the Arts  effectively representing thousands of artists from across the city. We are looking forward to our discussions with a majority of city councillors”.

Friends of the Arts maintains that culture is an essential part of Toronto’s internationally competitive economy and positively impacts jobs, businesses, international profile and quality of life. Cultural amenities retain and attract a talented workforce through the ideas, innovations and amenities that flow from a vibrant cultural life and scenes.

At the conclusion of the councillor meetings, all participants in Arts Day at the City will join His Worship, Mayor Rob Ford in the City Hall Rotunda at 1:00pm for the official presentation proclaiming  November 14 to 20, 2011 The National Ballet of Canada Week in celebration of its 60th anniversary.





 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, Urban Arts.

The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) is an arts service organization that represents 187 professional theatre, dance and opera companies and is committed to nurturing an environment in which the performing arts may flourish and play a leadership role in the vitality of the City of Toronto. Programs and services provided by TAPA include: T.O. TIX – Toronto’s Official One Stop Ticket Shop at Yonge-Dundas Square and online at www.totix.ca; the Dora Mavor Moore Awards; Toronto’s official Theatre Guide featuring Toronto’s only theatre map; hipTIX, offering $5 tickets to students between the ages of 15 and 29; citySPECIAL; the Commercial Theatre Development Fund; the Travel Retreat Initiatives Program – TRIP and the TAPA TRADE SERIES that provides ongoing professional development and workshops for TAPA members. For more information visit www.tapa.ca and www.totix.ca.

 For more information please contact Sue Edworthy info@sueedworthy.ca