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June 16, 1998
Public input sought for the Arts and Culture Grant Program Review
Councillor Brian Ashton (Scarborough Bluffs), chair of the Arts and Culture
Grant Program Review Advisory Committee, is leading the analysis of how the
City of Toronto provides grants for arts and culture activities. An arts and
culture grant program review discussion paper is available, with an invitation
for public comment.

Prior to the amalgamation, the former seven municipalities all offered arts and
culture grants. However, the programs all differed in their approach,
applications, processes and priorities. "It's important to build upon the
legacy of the former municipal governments," says Ashton. "In fact, we're
looking for ways to expand cultural opportunities for residents and visitors."
The program review will result in a city-wide approach to arts and cultural
funding that will be considered by City Council later this fall.

The City of Toronto provides arts and culture grants of more than $11.1 million
to 430 organizations and 150 individual artists. The Grants Program supports
annually more than 15,000 events that are produced by every type of
organization from large national institutions to grass roots community groups.
The groups funded by the city spend more than $150 million annually and employ
more than 13,000 people.

"Our arts and culture activities are what set us apart from other large
metropolises," says Ashton. "The calibre, breadth and range of our shows,
festivals, dance, theatre and music is what draws so many people to Toronto. It
is the trademark of the city. I invite everyone to join us at the public
workshop, gives us your ideas, your solutions and your support."

Date: Tuesday, July 7, 1998

Time: 6 - 10 p.m.

North York Civic Centre
Council Chamber

To obtain a copy of the discussion paper or to register for the public
workshop, please call (416) 392-8674 or contact the City of Toronto's website



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