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December 9, 2016...Toronto, ON...The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), in partnership with the Friends of the Arts network will meet with 26 Toronto City Councillors on Friday, December 9, 2016 to discuss the importance and the impact of the arts and culture in Toronto.

“For over a decade, Toronto’s entire arts and culture sector has advocated tirelessly to encourage Toronto City Council to increase spending on the arts and culture to $25 per capita, a goal established in 2003. We are on track to reach this milestone in 2017. The Friends of the Arts network strongly encourages Toronto City Councillors to achieve this goal and include the final instalment of $2 million in the upcoming 2017 City Budget,” said TAPA’s Executive Director Jacoba Knaapen.

Arts Day at the City includes 26 meetings scheduled throughout the day, with teams of artists, administrators and youth meeting with City Councillors to make the case for continued and growing investment for culture in Toronto.

In addition, this year the Friends of the Arts network is championing a bold, new vision for the arts and culture in Toronto. As the city grows in unprecedented ways, there is an emerging opportunity to solidify Toronto’s position as an international cultural capital. To achieve this vision, the Friends of the Arts Network calls on Toronto City Council to double its investment in the arts and culture sector to $50 per capita by 2025. This investment will go part of the way to close the gap Toronto still faces in municipal cultural investment in comparison to other comparable Canadian cities. For instance, in a recent report released by the Observatory of Culture and Communication of Quebec finds that Montreal and Quebec City each spend $74 per capita on the arts and culture. Increased municipal investment in the arts and culture will help the City achieve its strategic priority of ensuring every Torontonian has access to cultural participation in their communities.

The 7th Annual Arts Day at the City will also feature the Cultural Expo in the Rotunda at Toronto City Hall. The Cultural Expo features some of Toronto’s leading theatre, dance and opera companies who will showcase their current seasons, as well as the important work their respective organizations perform to strengthen communities across the city.

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ABOUT US: Arts Day at the City is an annual event led by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), an arts service organization representing 201 professional theatre, dance, and opera companies operating across Toronto, including commercial and not-for-profit companies, and 34 performing arts venues. The Friends of the Arts network includes: Arts Vote Toronto, Arts Etobicoke, Business for the Arts, Canadian Dance Assembly, EastEnd Arts, Lakeshore Arts, North York Arts, Scarborough Arts, Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, Toronto Arts Foundation and Urban Arts; as well as thousands of artists, arts workers, audiences, and community members who believe that a strong arts and culture sector is a vital part of the City of Toronto.

For more information: Jacoba Knaapen - jacobak@tapa.ca or Amy Mushinski amym@coc.ca

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