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AART


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AART


AART is an internationally competitive multi-disciplinary artist residency program that harnesses Toronto's bylaws and accelerated real estate development to activate and multiply the city's creative capital.

The Art & Architecture Residency Toronto Prize is a competitive artist residency program that solicits international creative talent to live in Toronto for up to one year to carry out projects whose mandate centers on art in the public realm, architecture, and urban planning. It strategically leverages existing city dynamics - the current development boom and local bylaws - to

showcase Toronto’s sustained commitment to fostering world-class public art and architecture for the benefit of residents and visitors.

AART will bolster the city’s liveability and status as one of the most vibrant, innovative, and culturally relevant cities in the world.


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SPACES & EVENTS


AART MAKES FOR A CITY WITH RENOWNED ARTISTS ACTING TO MAKE TORONTO CULTURALLY RICHER WITH BETTER, MORE ENGAGING PUBLIC SPACES AND EVENTS

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SPACES & EVENTS


AART MAKES FOR A CITY WITH RENOWNED ARTISTS ACTING TO MAKE TORONTO CULTURALLY RICHER WITH BETTER, MORE ENGAGING PUBLIC SPACES AND EVENTS

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BENEFITS


AART HAS FAR-REACHING BENEFITS FOR ALL THE PEOPLE, PLACES AND ORGANIZATIONS INVOLVED

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BENEFITS


AART HAS FAR-REACHING BENEFITS FOR ALL THE PEOPLE, PLACES AND ORGANIZATIONS INVOLVED

The City

  • Thrusts Toronto to the forefront of creative urban policies and practices that prioritize the importance of public art and architecture in 21st-century city building.
  • Introduces Toronto as a cultural and commercial innovator to the rest of the world.
  • Drives sustained international awareness of Toronto, fuelling cultural tourism.
  • Enriches the city by launching a new cultural incubator that produces an ongoing stream of art and ideas by world-class creative talent.
  • Attracts talent from outside Toronto and just as importantly retains local talent, i.e. prevents “brain drain” of the creative class.

Cultural Institutions

  • Elevates the reputations of our most prized cultural institutions by showcasing their high-profile commitment to pioneering new programs that push the boundaries of cultural production.
  • Creates infrastructure that attracts collaborations with world-class talent at limited cost.
  • Provides a platform for synergistic, cross-institution partnerships that will yield inventive and executable objectives to grow the city’s arts and culture sector.
  • Minimizes costs associated with bringing international artists to exhibit and teach in the city.

Artists & Architects

  • Local: Enhances the visibility and role of local artists who will help attract the attention of collectors from around the world and exposes them to a global network of patrons, markets, and organizations.
     
  • International: Exposes artists from around the world to a vibrant city and fresh inspiration at no cost to them. Introduces new perspectives on and potential solutions to perennial urban design issues. Increased possibility for local and international collaborations.

Developers

  • Creates a stronger and more invested relationship between developers and those who live in the buildings.
     
  • Helps developers keep Toronto dynamic and alive after their work is done; their Percent for Public Art contributions continue to feed and fuel the community long after construction has finished.

Citizens

  • More affordable, accessible art that improves the aesthetic experience of living and working in Toronto.

  • Opportunities for ongoing programming with visiting artists in venues across the GTA that actively engages the city’s residents and invites them to participate in conversations about Toronto’s aesthetic and cultural landscape.

  • Municipal businesses benefit from the installation of the program, which will attract additional local and international traffic and visibility to various communities where artists-in-residence are working, living, and teaching.