Mayor's Evening for the Arts

The 2019 Mayor’s Evening for the Arts raised nearly $1.5 million for Arts in the Parks and our other creative city initiatives

Thanks to this year’s guests and sponsors, $1.48 million was raised at the Mayor’s Evening for the Arts, surpassing the Foundation’s goal of $1.3 million and ensuring Arts in the Parks will continue animating neighbourhood parks across the city in 2020.

Arts in the Parks was created in 2016 by Toronto Arts Foundation in partnership with Mayor John Tory and the City’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division to increase access to the arts. The summer program brings free high-quality arts programming to parks outside of the downtown core, including North York, Etobicoke, East Toronto and Scarborough.

In 2019, over 1,000 artists were involved in Arts in the Parks, which brought nearly 300 events featuring dance, theatre, film screenings, workshops and more to 175,000 attendees in 50 parks across the city.

Funds raised will support programming in 2020, the fifth summer of Arts in the Parks. To learn more about Arts in the Parks, visit artsintheparksto.org.