November 29, 2013
This past Monday, the first draft of the City Budget was released. There is a $3.6m increase in arts funding, which, while good, it is still a far cry from the $6m that we asked for.
Despite early indications that the full next phase of funding was allocated, the current budget falls short of reaching our targets. This is yet another delay in reaching the $25 per capita target that was established way back in 2003.
Increasing the city’s investment in culture is a central part of the City’s strategic plan at the highest level, and was unanimously endorsed again in 2013. We need to build on the success of 2013 and keep that momentum going.
In particular, the areas in the 2014 budget that fall short of requested amounts are the granting programs – the Toronto Arts Council, the Local Arts Service Organizations, the Major Cultural Organizations program and CultureBuild.
While many councillors are supportive of our cause, not many are going to look through the budget detail specifically with the Arts in mind. So we need to let them know. Please email your Councillor, thank them for their support and ask them to follow-up with their colleagues, with Budget committee, with staff, and voice their support for getting that number back up to $6 million. Emails can be found HERE.
Plans in our sector were and are being made based on that $6 million. Jobs and productions were and are being created. Let’s not take one step forward, and 2.4 million backwards. Email your councillor. Please.
Budget notes pertaining to Culture and Ec-Dev are here.
November 4, 2013
Saw this courtesy Naomi Snieckus and NTOW is a favourite of mine so here’s a PSA for them.
Attention Toronto Improvisers! NTOW is putting together a core cast of improv stars for a record breaking attempt at a 54-hour non-stop improvised comedy soap opera.
It’s part of IMPULSE, a new international improv festival we are running in association with Soulpepper Theatre. The Soap-a-thon will start at 3pm on Friday December 13th and finish at 9pm on Sunday December 15th at The Young Centre For The Performing Arts in the Distillery. Half of the proceeds will go to charity.
We’re going to need a core cast of lunatics to do the ENTIRE run. We’ll also need people to do big chunks of time and of course we’ll need volunteers to help run this sucker! Who’s in? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: “Impulse Soap Cast” or “Impulse Soap Volunteer”.
#artsdayTO: Fantastic blog post from Meaghan Davis over at Volcano:
Earlier this year, City Hall committed to reach a $25 per capita funding level for Toronto artists by 2017. IT’S UP TO US – artists, arts workers, students, and patrons – to make sure they follow through on that promise!
On Friday, November 8, TAPA and the Friends of the Arts Network will converge on City Hall for the 4th Annual Arts Day at the City. Show Toronto Councillors just how important their support is to our community by getting involved today: here’s what you can do