TD Bank Group champions Arts in the Parks

Toronto Arts Foundation and TD Bank Group are working together to break down financial, geographic, language and access barriers to the arts by offering Torontonians a culturally diverse range of free, family-friendly arts experiences in parks across Toronto through Arts in the Parks.

The Ready Commitment, TD's global corporate citizenship platform, supports change, nurtures progress and contributes to making the world a better, more inclusive place. Through Connected Communities, TD aspires to help people participate and be included in their community, making Arts in the Parks an important partnership with Toronto Arts Foundation.

Arts in the Parks not only breaks down barriers to arts participation, but it connects artists to audiences and participants across the city, and fosters community inclusion by deeply engaging youth, seniors, newcomers and families through community partnerships, outreach and the volunteer program.

“Through The Ready Commitment, our corporate citizenship platform, we are investing in opportunities that bring people together through arts and culture,” said Andrea Barrack, Global Head, Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship, TD Bank Group. “Connecting the arts to green spaces through Arts in the Parks is a great way to build vibrant and inclusive communities. We are proud to support the work of Toronto Arts Foundation and look forward to watching this program grow.”

North York company School of Groove performs at the 2019 Arts in the Parks launch event in Lee Lifeson Art Park

This is the first year that TD has partnered with Toronto Arts Foundation through the Arts in the Parks program. Launched in 2015, Arts in the Parks now takes place in 55 parks each year, increasing its number of activities from 249 in year one to 344 in year two, while quadrupling the number of participants from 35,000 to 155,000. Events take place in parks right across Toronto, from Etobicoke to Scarborough and North York to the downtown core.

For more information on Arts in the Parks, visit the website here.