Public Consultations: Affordable, Sustainable Spaces for the Arts
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.
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. An online survey will be rolled out as part of the consultation process, dubbed Making Space for Culture: Ward Planning for Vibrant, Sustainable Cultural Infrastructure. A schedule of the initial public consultations is below and will be updated on an ongoing basis.
May 22, 4 - 6 pm Ward 37, McGregor Park Public Library (2219 Lawrence Ave. East), Meeting Room
May 24, 4 - 6 pm Ward 3, Etobicoke Civic Centre (Council Chamber)
May 24, 6:30 – 8:30 pm Ward 5, Etobicoke Civic Centre (Council Chamber)
May 29, 4 - 6 pm Ward 43, Cedar Ridge Creative Centre (225 Confederation Drive)
June 4, 4 – 6 pm Ward 8, York Woods Public Library (1785 Finch Ave. West), Room 2
June 6, 4 - 6 pm Ward 1, Rexdale Community Hub (21 Panorama Court)
June 13, 6 – 8 pm Ward 10, Centennial Public Library (578 Finch Ave. West), Auditorium
June 14, 4 – 6 pm Ward 33, Fairview Public Library (35 Fairview Mall Dr.), Room 2
June 18, 4 – 6 pm Ward 40, Agincourt Public Library (155 Bonis Ave.), Auditorium
June 27, 6:30 – 8:15 pm Ward 42, Malvern Public Library (30 Sewells Road), Auditorium
For more info, please visit http://www.toronto.ca/culture/cultural-spaces.htm
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