We wanted to reach out and let you know of the proactive measures we’re taking with regards to Arts in the Parks and the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on our programming.
During this uncertain time, Toronto Arts Foundation has been working hard to make sure that we keep our communities updated, informed and safe. Arts in the Parks is a vital initiative for our city, and in this time of precarity and social distancing there is a lot of uncertainty about how major events will move forward. As you may have seen, on March 31 the City of Toronto announced the cancellation and postponement of all City-led major mass participation events, festivals, conferences and cultural programs, and all City permits for major mass participation events organized by external groups at civic centres and squares, parks, public spaces (including road closures), City-operated museums and cultural centres through June 30, 2020. Toronto Arts Foundation is proud of the City’s efforts to flatten the curve, but we know this means that Arts in the Parks may look different this year.
Arts in the Parks is a place of gathering and connection. We’ve been talking with our communities and artists and we’re working together towards creative solutions to postpone planned events or re-imagine them to be safe for participation in the near future. Although much is changing day-by-day, one thing that hasn’t changed is our belief that Arts in the Parks will continue to be an important part of the recovery period of this pandemic: a free, accessible program that will bring neighbours and families together, led by our brilliant artists and cultural workers.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay safe, healthy and at home,
The Arts in the Parks Team