Mayor’s Evening for the Arts 2022 raises $941,000 in support of Toronto Arts Foundation’s Arts in the Parks and Creative City initiatives.
Mayor’s Evening for the Arts 2022 Entertainment:
The Major’s Evening was hosted by actor Jake Epstein. It featured performances by Canadian classical ballet company Ballet Jörgen, jazz saxophonist Jesse Ryan and Bridges, The Darryn de Souza Orchestra, Marcus Nance, Lauren Pearl and members of the cast of ’da Kink in My Hair. Business leaders, politicians, artists and arts supporters appreciated these artists.
Director & CEO Claire Hopkinson
Mayor Tory recognized Claire Hopkinson for her 17-years as Director & CEO of Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation: “Since 2006, she has developed Toronto Arts Council into what is the leading municipal arts council in this country. [Through her work], she’s created meaningful opportunities for audiences in every corner of the city,” She will be leaving her role in December.
Hopkinson emphasized the global impact and reach of Toronto artist: “For those who might have thought the arts were not a necessity of life, the last two years have altered that. The important economic benefits in pre-pandemic times, the explosive growth of our creative sector, have actually paled in comparison to an understanding of the basic human need for imagination, for joy and creativity,”
Major John Tory
Mayor John Tory emphasized the importance of the arts for Toronto to bring people together and as a means to recovery. He encouraged the guest them to continue their support of the arts by attending live performances and events.
About Arts in the Parks
Arts in the Parks is a city-wide initiative that brings hundreds of free arts events to Toronto parks throughout the city for residents to enjoy. It was developed in 2015 to make arts events more accessible by offering them free of charge and in public parks outside of the downtown core. In addition to Arts in the Parks, the Foundation runs other initiatives to help artists gain essential skills; provide learning opportunities for arts board members; and offer awards to celebrate Toronto’s exceptional talent. [Press release]
About Toronto Arts Foundation
Toronto Arts Foundation is a charitable organization that sparks creative connections, spotlights artistic excellence, and supports vibrant cultural growth throughout our diverse city, through private sector investment. To learn more or to make a donation, visit torontoartsfoundation.org. [Press release]
Mayor’s Evening for the Arts 2023
Mayor’s Evening for the Arts 2022 was a great event for a worthy cause! Be sure to put this event on your calendar for next year!! Visit Mayor’s Evening for the Arts 2022 for more information or to donate.
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