City to hold public consultations on strengthening community arts in Toronto



    TORONTO, April 18 /CNW/ - The City of Toronto is holding a series of
public consultations asking residents and stakeholders for their ideas on how
to build and enhance community arts programs across the city.
    Adopted by City Council in June 2003, the Culture Plan for a Creative
City identifies community arts programs as being vital to develop healthy
communities, encourage artistic growth in both emerging and established
artists, contribute to the economy, promote inclusion and social equity,
promote healthy social change and help create the audiences of the future.
    "Community arts programs are building strong, safe and vibrant
communities by getting everyone involved in the life of the city," said Rita
Davies, Executive Director, Toronto Culture. "We want to hear from all
Torontonians about their ideas that can help build a stronger community arts
sector in the city of Toronto."
    City of Toronto residents are invited to attend to:

    
    -   understand the importance of community arts and how it can make a
        difference to individuals and communities
    -   develop strategies to address identified challenges and opportunities
    -   provide input on how to build and improve community arts in Toronto's
        neighbourhoods.

    The public consultations will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. as follows:

    Tuesday, May 8    - North York Memorial Community Hall, 5110 Yonge St.,
                        Gold Room
    Thursday, May 17  - Metro Hall, 55 John St., Room 304
    Thursday, May 24  - L'Amoreaux Community Recreation Centre, 2000 McNicoll
                        Ave., Parkview Room
    Wednesday, May 30 - Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall, Meeting
                        Rooms 2 and 3

    Feedback received will be included in a report to City Council in Fall
2007 about how to strengthen and sustain community arts in Toronto. To
register, contact Margaret Chan, Senior Arts Development Co-ordinator, Toronto
Culture, 416-338-0491 or mchan4@toronto.ca.
    More information about community arts in Toronto is available on the
City's website at www.toronto.ca/culture.

    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to
a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of
Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In
the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and
innovation in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to
prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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