Celebration will be at the top of the agenda at Daniels Spectrum tomorrow evening (January 30) where Toronto’s arts community — including Regent Park’s own Thompson Egbo-Egbo, above — will be cheering City Council’s decision to bolster arts funding by a whopping $6 million in 2013. The allocation represents the first phase of a $22.5 million bump in culture spending over the next four years. Revenues from the hotly contested Third Party Sign Tax (TPST) will help the City get to its long-stated goal of $25 per capita investment in arts and culture.
“This funding will unleash a surge of renewed creative energy across the City,” said Claire Hopkinson, Executive Director of Toronto Arts Council. “Toronto residents can look forward to the remarkable impact arts events and activities will have on our neighbourhoods, in our arts venues and across the city as a whole. The next few years promise to be a very exciting time in Toronto.”
TAPA‘s Executive Director Jacoba Knaapen said, “We wish to express our wholehearted thanks to the City Councillors and city staff who supported our ongoing advocacy efforts and work. Further, this is a great demonstration of our collective efforts with the Toronto Arts Foundation, Friends of the Arts and the Beautiful City billboard campaign gleaning positive results.”
The Spectrum party starts at 5:30 pm (585 Dundas Street East) with tributes, performances and a cash bar; come one, come all. Free.