Cultural Partnerships

About Cultural Partnerships

Toronto's Cultural Partnerships unit partners with the City's main arms-length arts funder, the Toronto Arts Council, to ensure funding to arts organizations and individuals. It also delivers two grant programs directly, the Major Cultural Organizations program and the Culture Build Investment Program. Collectively, this funding supports cultural activity across the city, enables the City to leverage resources, enhances planning and programs with major cultural institutions, and invests in sector development.

Cultural Partnerships also manages the Poet Laureate program, administers the Toronto Book Awards, and promotes awareness through the LiveWithCulture.ca blog and other social media.

Through its Public Art officers, Cultural Partnerships is responsible for curating, administering, conserving and maintaining Toronto’s public art and monuments collection, which includes more than 200 large-scale pieces dating back to 1874. Currently, a comprehensive conservation plan of the collection is under way.

The unit works with commercial developers, public works projects, and the City’s Planning Division to employ a strategic use of resources to contribute to cultural and community development. Current objectives are to increase the supply of affordable, accessible and sustainable cultural spaces, particularly outside the downtown core, to develop space for emerging cultural enterprises, and to contribute to neighbourhood revitalization projects, particularly in partnership with Toronto Community Housing Corporation.