TORONTO, Aug. 26 /CNW/ - Today Toronto city Council passed a
recommendation to increase arts funding to $25 per capita by 2013. This
should result in 17.5 million dollars in additional yearly investment by
This city building decision was made possible by the hard fought
billboard tax initiated in 2001 by Beautifulcity.ca -- but goes above
and beyond the projected revenue. The effort was also boosted forward by
an unfulfilled council decision from 2003 from the Culture Plan and
recent studies showing the critical importance of increased investment
in arts and culture in Toronto.
Devon Ostrom, founder of the Beautifulcity. Alliance stated: "This is an
amazing day in Toronto's development. Council has fulfilled the
obligation to leverage the revenue from the billboard tax revenue into
the arts, build a vibrant cultural capital, put food in the fridges of
thousands of artists and has given a voice to hundreds of under-served
communities across the city."
Regarding the upcoming election, co-coordinator Sabra Ripley noted that,
"Almost all of the front-running mayoral candidates have endorsed using
the billboard tax to rejuvinate the arts and cultural industries in this
city. The next step is to get out and vote, encourage others to do the
same and elect arts friendly, city building politicians to make sure
this decision sticks."
/ Save the Date!
Mayoral Arts Debate - Wednesday, September 29- AGO
7pm - 8:30pm Presented by Business for the Arts, in partnership with
ArtsVote Toronto, the Toronto Arts Council, the AGO and Manifesto
For further information: For further information:
Sabra@beautifulcity.ca | 4169998903
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