Making Space for Culture: Public Consultations Fall 2012


In the 2011 report, Creative Capital Gains: An Action Plan for Toronto, the City of Toronto identified its role in supplying “affordable, sustainable cultural space”for use by cultural industries, not-for-profit organizations and community groups.

The past decade has seen major public and private investment in larger anchor cultural facilities (Four Seasons Centre, ROM, AGO, National Ballet School, TIFF Bell Lightbox, etc.), but the upgrade and/or development of facilities for small and mid-size organizations and community cultural groups is a critical next step to ensure a vibrant cultural community. In particular, there is a need to develop and enhance cultural spaces in neighborhoods throughout the City to ensure that all Torontonians have access to spaces to learn, play, practice, and engage with arts and culture of all forms.

To secure space for the arts from the ground up, the cultural community must be proactive, identifying potential partners in health, social services or sports when they are in the planning stages of projects such as community hubs and recreation centres.

To help guide future potential investment when opportunities arise, Toronto’s Cultural Services has embarked on a ward-by-ward consultation and planning process to determine local priorities. Lord Cultural Resources and Robert Millward (R.E. Millward & Associates) have been engaged to work with the City to undertake this project. Steering committee members include Susan Wright (Toronto Arts Council), Heather Mathis (Toronto Public Library), Peter Langdon (City Planning), Cheryl MacDonald (Parks, Forestry and Recreation) and Elena Bird (Economic Development).

Twenty ward consultations will be conducted in 2012 with the remaining 24 wards being surveyed in 2013 and beyond. Ten sessions were held in the spring with 10 more to follow in October (see schedule below). An online survey is being conducted as part of the consultation process, dubbed Making Space for Culture: Ward Planning for Vibrant, Sustainable Cultural Infrastructure. Please take a moment to fill out the survey and join us at any of the consultations below.



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Oct. 1, 10 am – 12 pm Ward 19, MOCCA (952 Queen Street West)
Oct. 4, 10 am – 12 pm Ward 28, Young People’s Theatre (165 Front Street East)
Oct. 4, 6 – 8 pm Ward 15, Oakwood Library (341 Oakwood Avenue)
Oct. 9, 10 am – 12 pm Ward 20, Lillian H. Smith Library Auditorium (239 College Street)
Oct. 11, 6 – 8 pm Ward 23, North York Civic Centre (5100 Yonge Street)
Oct. 15, 10 am – 12 pm Ward 18, Bloor-Gladstone Library (1101 Bloor Street West)
Oct. 16, 6 – 8 pm Ward 11, Urban Arts (19 John Street)
Oct. 17, 6 – 8 pm Ward 32, Beaches Recreation Centre (6 Williamson Road)
Oct. 18, 6 – 8 pm Ward 21, Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Avenue)
Oct. 24, 6 – 8 pm Ward 35, Warden Hilltop Community Centre (25 Mendelssohn Street)

For further information please contact us at or phone (416) 392-7367.

For additional information about Creative Placemaking visit the Artscape DIY website.

For additional information about Growing Toronto’s Cultural Sector download the report, From the Ground Up.