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. In 2020 we introduced a 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.
As the province enters Stage 3 of it’s reopening plan, our artists will also soon be offering small, in-person events to neighbourhoods, with strict health and safety regulations in place. We are maintaining conversations with park communities and artists to find creative solutions to re-imagine some live events for safe and responsible participation in parks in the near future.
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, the initiative featured 290 events in 47 parks (23/25 wards), enjoyed by 174,700 people. It has always provided an opportunity for gathering and connection. Although major events, including outdoor events, will not move forward yet, Arts in the Parks events remains a vital source of connection 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 continues to be 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, stay healthy and enjoy the outdoors.
The Arts in the Parks Team