Toronto Arts Council is committed to confronting the systemic anti-Black racism and inequity that exist in Toronto’s arts sector today. TAC joins Black and Indigenous communities in support of equity, justice and human rights.

To this end, TAC is consulting with the Black arts community, guided by the TAC Equity Steering Committee. To ensure a range of perspectives and voices are heard, consultations will be led by two facilitators - Paulina O’Kieffe-Anthony and Kai ner Maa Pitanta - and include TAC Board and Committee members and external leadership.

TAC has committed new funding of $300,000 in 2020 in support of recommendations resulting from the consultations. At this time, there are no restrictions on forms the funding could take. Grant recipients could include individual artists, collectives or organizations and support could include creation, programming, administration, professional development, mentorship, residencies, etc. The granting model to be employed for this initiative is also open, and may depart from traditional processes.

Paulina and Kai will design and implement consultations using various methods to gather insights from members of the Black arts community (individuals, groups and organizations) as a means of supporting TAC to design a new grant funding stream for the Black arts community that would be accessible and have significant impact for Black artists in Toronto. Both consultants will gather data to develop a recommendation report to help guide TAC in this endeavour.

This survey will take approximately 10 mins to complete. We thank you in advance for taking the time to support this process. The end of the survey includes options for dates to participate in follow up consultation sessions. 

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* 1. Name

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* 2. Preferred Name/Artist Name

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* 3. Arts Discpline

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* 4. Arts Experience - I have been working as an artist or arts worker for:

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* 5. I am completing this survey as

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* 6. If you are representing an organization please name the organization.

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* 7. Please check any voluntary intersectional identities that you feel are important to your identity.

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* 8. How accessible do you feel Toronto Arts Council has been to you as a Black artist/arts worker/organization?

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* 9. How accessible do you feel Toronto Arts Council is to the Black Arts Community?

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* 10. Have you or your organization received funding from TAC before?
Note: ArtReach Toronto grants are funded by TAC

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* 11. In your opinion, should TAC create a new grants program specifically for Black artists and Black arts organizations?

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* 12. If you answered No/Not sure to the last question, do you have suggestions for other ways for TAC to support Black artists and Black arts organizations?

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* 13. Please rank these groups in terms of who this increased funding should prioritize.
#1 = Most Important.

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* 14. If there are any groups that were left out of the above list, please specify, and indicate where they would fall in the above ranking:

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* 15. What kinds of individual and organizational activities should new funds prioritize in supporting? Please select your top 5 from the list.

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* 16. What kinds of supports would help to close the gap for Black Artists successfully applying to and receiving grant funding?

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* 17. Rate the importance of the following:

  Not important Somewhat Important Important Very important N/A
Growth and Sustainability addressing significant inequities and gaps resulting from many years of stagnant funding.
Community Connections, achieved through support for initiatives that engage communities and youth, and Torontonians who live inside and outside of the downtown core.
Innovation and Partnerships, new ideas and collaborations that support Black cultural expression

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* 18. Are there Black art forms you want support for that are not currently supported or are under-prioritized under other TAC streams?

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* 19. How can programs promote and support Black artists and organizations in a achieving their artistic goals?

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* 20. Please rank the grant review criteria you feel would be important for the assessment panel to consider for this specific fund?
#1= Most important

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* 21. If any criteria is missing from the above list, please list it here, and indicate where it would fall in the above ranking:

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* 22. Is there anything else you would like to add that you feel TAC should consider while designing increased support for the Black arts community?

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* 23. Would you be interested in participating in a group consultation to further discuss recommendations for increased support to Black Artists and organizations from TAC?

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* 24. If you selected yes, please select up to 2 dates you could join us for a consultation. All consultations will be held via Zoom.

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* 25. To be able to participate in this consultation please let us know of any accommodations you may need:

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* 26. Please provide us with your email so that we may send you the consultation meeting link. 
Note: If you've opted out of participating in a consultation, enter N/A.

Thank you for participating in this survey! 

please contact mail@torontoartscouncil.org if you have any questions or comments about the survey. 

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