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Arts in the Parks & COVID-19

Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on large gatherings, Arts in the Parks remains committed to bring great art experiences to Torontonians for free. With this new feature, called Arts in the Parks Anyplace, audiences can experience content from Arts in the Parks artists and program partners, including videos, workshops and more from home.

Arts in the Parks is a city-wide Toronto Arts Foundation initiative, presented in partnership with Toronto Arts Council, the City of Toronto and Park People, that brings arts to parks across Toronto. In 2019, Arts in the Parks featured 290 events in 47 parks (23/25 wards), enjoyed by 174,700 people.

Arts in the Parks staff are maintaining conversations with park communities and artists to find creative solutions to re-imagine some postponed live events for safe and responsible participation in parks in the near future. However, plans to bring the arts outdoors once again remain unclear.

Arts in the Parks has always provided an opportunity for gathering and connection. Although there is still uncertainty about how major events, including outdoor events, will move forward, Arts in the Parks remains a vital initiative for our city.

“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,” said Claire Hopkinson, Director & CEO, Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation. “In the interim, Arts in the Parks Anyplace aims to keep the momentum and goodwill of Arts in the Parks going.”

Arts in the Parks Anyplace is part of a suite of COVID-19 Response Initiatives offered by Toronto Arts Foundation. To learn more about these initiatives, including response funds, workshops, research projects and more, please visit our website. Toronto Arts Foundation is seeking donations to maintain these vital initiatives that ensure Toronto’s artists, arts organizations and arts audiences receive support and encouragement in this difficult time.


Stay safe, healthy and at home and outdoors.


The Arts in the Parks Team

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