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October 23, 2001
Media Advisory: Toronto Artscape unveils strategy to secure space for the arts
When: Thursday, October 25

Time: 5 p.m.

Location: Toronto City Hall rotunda

Toronto Artscape will announce a five-part strategy to ensure that artists and
arts organizations continue to have access to spaces to live and work in

"Artists and arts organizations are being priced out of Toronto," said Tim
Jones, Executive Director of Toronto Artscape. "In the 1970s, it happened in
Yorkville, and in the 1980s it began along Queen Street West. Today, Spadina
Avenue, King and Parliament, Liberty Village, South Riverdale, Parkdale and the
Junction are losing artists in record numbers. In many cases, commercial rents
in these areas have risen by 400 to 500 per cent over the last 10 years."

Toronto Artscape's five-part strategy to secure space for the arts is a
multi-faceted response to the space-related challenges of Toronto's arts
community. It is a call to action built upon a wealth of strategic

The strategy is focused on four key areas:
- Create new affordable space options for artists in Toronto.
- Give artists and arts organizations the tools and information to develop
their own spaces.
- Promote dialogue and debate among urban planners and policy makers to improve
an aging arts infrastructure.
- Help make Toronto more welcoming and accessible to visiting artists.

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