imagesThe Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), in partnership with the Friends of the Arts network is meeting  with 26 Toronto City Councillors  today to discuss the importance and the impact of the arts and culture in Toronto.

DUO is a TAPA member and was there to participate on behalf of the organization and the larger dance community.

Arts Day at the City is an annual event led by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), an arts service organization representing 201 professional theatre, dance, and opera companies operating across Toronto, including commercial and not-for-profit companies, and 34 performing arts venues. The Friends of the Arts network includes: Arts Vote Toronto, Arts Etobicoke, Business for the Arts, Canadian Dance Assembly, EastEnd Arts, Lakeshore Arts, North York Arts, Scarborough Arts, Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, Toronto Arts Foundation and Urban Arts; as well as thousands of artists, arts workers, audiences, and community members who believe that a strong arts and culture sector is a vital part of the City of Toronto.

“For over a decade, Toronto’s entire arts and culture sector has advocated tirelessly to encourage Toronto City Council to increase spending on the arts and culture to $25 per capita, a goal established in 2003. We are on track to reach this milestone in 2017. The Friends of the Arts network strongly encourages Toronto City Councillors to achieve this goal and include the final instalment of $2 million in the upcoming 2017 City Budget,” said TAPA’s Executive Director Jacoba Knaapen.

Arts Day at the City includes 26 meetings scheduled throughout the day, with teams of artists, administrators and youth meeting with City Councillors to make the case for continued and growing investment for culture in Toronto.

The 7th Annual Arts Day at the City also features the Cultural Expo in the Rotunda at Toronto City Hall. The Cultural Expo features some of Toronto’s leading theatre, dance and opera companies who showcase their current seasons, as well as the important work their respective organizations perform to strengthen communities across the city.