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Toronto Artscape Foundation, ULI Toronto launch Creative Placemaking Award competition

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Toronto Artscape Foundation, ULI Toronto launch Creative Placemaking Award competition

TORONTO – Applications are now being accepted for The Tim Jones Creative Placemaking Award, an annual award in recognition of an outstanding creative placemaking project in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH), presented by the Toronto Artscape Foundation and Urban Land Institute Toronto.

The purpose of the award is to make arts and culture more central to city-building by promoting and celebrating the practice of creative placemaking within the arts and urban development communities.

While the practice of placemaking began in the 1960s, the term “creative placemaking” was coined by former Artscape CEO Tim Jones in 2006 to assert that there was a unique way in which arts, culture and creative pursuits could be leveraged to add value to neighbourhoods, indicates a release.

The award will be presented at an event attended by GGH leaders from the arts and urban development communities. The award ceremony will profile three to five finalist projects. The artist(s) who conceived and helped create the winning project will receive a $10,000 cash award.

Eligible projects for the 2021 award include initiatives that have demonstrated the use of arts and culture to advance positive change, growth and transformation of place in the period between Jan. 1, 2020 and Sept. 15, 2021. While the award will recognize individuals, non-profits and private companies associated with selected projects, eligible recipients of the cash award will be limited to the artists and creatives involved in the project. 

Submissions will be evaluated against the award criteria by a committee managed by the Toronto Artscape Foundation.

Submission Requirements include a completed nomination form; a bio or CV for the lead artist(s); a project impact statement (maximum three pages) that describes the project and explains how it addresses the award program criteria; a testimonial or letter of recommendation (maximum one page) from a community member(s) or organization impacted by the project; and supporting documentation such as photos, video and media references.

The award competition will be adjudicated by a panel of experts in placemaking active in GGH arts and urban development communities with each eligible nomination reviewed against the criteria weighting 25 per cent each: creativity and originality; project impact; collaboration; and project execution.

The Toronto Artscape Foundation will manage the selection process to ensure it is fair and equitable for all and that deliberations are free of conflicts of interest and bias, adds the release.

The deadline to apply is Thursday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. For more information or to apply visit https://creativeplacemaking.artscape.ca/award/#overview 

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