that all youth are encouraged to think creatively, by teaching
them to think and problem-solve ‘outside the box.’ Part
of this includes expanding creative programming (both in schools
and in communities) that is accessible to all regardless of income
levels or geography. This will not only create Toronto’s future
talent pool, but also help carry on the future vision of what each
generation imagines for Toronto.
#1: Expand Cultural Programming for Youth
Opportunity #2: Transform Local Community Centres
into Creative Community Hubs
Opportunity #3: Fund Arts and Creativity in Public
conditions that allow enterprise and their financiers to take risks,
by providing specialized business support and access to risk capital
so that firms and entrepreneurs resist the pull to other markets,
and achieve global competitiveness from a Toronto base.
support for sectors that are gaining international attention,
such as the region’s booming music scene and the highly talented
design industry, so that they become as indicative of Toronto as
the film or financial services industries.
all firms and entrepreneurs across all sectors to think creatively
(e.g. recognize the added value of investing in better design) and
also promote the convergence of creativity and innovation in the
arts and other knowledge-intensive sectors such as biotechnology
and information and communication technology.
#4: Provide Specialized Entrepreneurship Support/Business
Skill Development for Creative Industries
Opportunity #5: Increase Available Cultural/Creative
Opportunity #6: Advance Toronto as a Centre of
Opportunity #7: Develop Creativity Innovation Convergence
a balance between the need for major iconic cultural institutions
and supporting grassroots creative activity to provide various
avenues for different groups to participate in the production and
consumption of creative activity
that is affordable and sustainable for creative work and play,
that gives the city its inspiring edge and bold character, while
remaining liveable, and that innovatively makes use of untapped
natural and public space assets.
#8: Provide Affordable and Stable Creative Space Systematically
Opportunity #9: Create a Mortgage Investment Fund
for Creative Industries
Opportunity #10: Support Development of Waterfront
Opportunity #11: Support Design Review Panel
Opportunity #12: Animate the City Below –
organizing infrastructure that will connect existing creative activity
and resources that currently work in silos whether in different
creative sectors, businesses, organizations, neighbourhoods, government
departments, organizations, socio-economic groups or learning institutions.
#13: Develop New Infrastructure Dedicated to Connecting
and Promoting Creative Toronto
Opportunity #14: Provide Ongoing, Stable Funding
for Creative Projects
conditions to nurture Toronto’s creative livelihood must become
a priority. Some encouraging developments are already apparent.
The Strategies for Creative Cities Project demonstrates the beginnings
of such a multi-level and multi-sector agreement to enhance our
creative economy. Other projects paving the way include the public
consultation process for the City of Toronto Culture Plan, Artscape’s
Creative Places and Spaces Conferences, and the newly-created position
of Special Advisor to the Premier on the Future of the GTA and creative
opportunities are presented to inspire everyone – they can
be taken on by individuals, government departments, creative bodies,
foundations, community organizations or private enterprise. It is
up to all of us to determine how we can create the conditions for
the Toronto we imagine, the Toronto we can be.