Toronto Arts Foundation

Toronto’s city-wide charity for the arts.


Toronto Arts Foundation and our supporters share a clear vision for Toronto – a vibrant and creative city where every neighbourhood is enriched by the transformative benefits of the arts. 

Through our programming and initiatives we’re focused on bringing the arts to communities throughout the city. We do this, not only because every individual deserves to enjoy the many benefits of the arts, but because engaged and inclusive communities build strong cities.

Toronto Arts Foundation began in 1995 with an investment from a private individual who believed in the powerful rippling effect of celebrating artists. With this significant gift the first annual Arts Award was created and since that time, thanks to the strong support from our expanding number of arts champions, the Foundation has grown into a thriving organization with programming, research and awards impacting artists and neighbourhoods across Toronto. With an annual operating budget of over $2.5 million, a board of 15 members and a strong executive team, Toronto Arts Foundation is recognized in the arts sector as a champion of artistic excellence in the city, and is strongly positioned to bring attention and investment to the arts sector.

We believe that the arts help cities thrive. The arts in all its forms can offer perspective and creative solutions to the challenges we face. The arts inspire, challenge, excite, spark conversations, bridge differences, and so much more.

We hope our programs, research and awards will inspire you to join us and make your own contribution towards our common vision.

Toronto Arts Foundation respectfully acknowledges the diversity of Indigenous Cultures and their connection to the Natural World we are privileged to share.  We honour the Wendat, the Anishinaabeg Peoples, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, most recently the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, and others who have walked this land or paddled these waters. We are grateful to the Ancestors and Elders of their Peoples and to their descendants who live and work with us on the back of the Great Turtle.

Toronto Arts Foundation is a Registered Charity: # 88854 7064 RR0001

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