Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition exists to advance the knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts through the organization of an annual outdoor art fair and exhibition, and related programming. The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is Canada’s largest and longest running outdoor art fair, showcasing the work of over 350 artists and 100,000 visitors annually.
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Toronto Outdoor Art Fair 60th Anniversary
This application is for “Toronto Outdoor Art Fair’s 60th Anniversary” taking place May 1 to October 31, 2021 in Nathan Phillips Square. The milestone anniversary of the Fair coincides with Toronto’s Year of Public Art (YPA). As official partners of YPA, TOAF is presenting ambitious initiatives and enhanced programming. There are three pillars to TOAF’s new/expanded programming for their 60th Anniversary: (1) the addition of a 10-day online portion with an adaptation of Shopify’s platform and an optimized user-friendly website; (2) three signature 60th Anniversary programs: (i) “Art Nest Incubator”, Nathan Phillips Square, July 9-11. Six artists will be invited to bring a large-scale installation. This incubator program will develop the next generation of artists creating large-scale works for public spaces; (ii) “60 Over Sixty”, Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, North York - October 2021. 60 Over Sixty validates the continuity of creative strength and maturity of vision of senior-career artists and also highlights the work of emerging older artists; (iii) “TOAF at 60”, The Market Gallery, May-September 2021. TOAF will be partnering with Market Gallery to showcase stories of the City of Toronto through the lense of TOAF artists; and (3) increased online and in-person programming including art talks, walking tours, artist studio Interviews, dance/music performances as well as enhanced special showcases from partners at OCAD U, StART Toronto and Tangled Art + Disability. Ancillary programming includes an awards program, “Art Encounters” (an outreach program striving to remove barriers of access by offering dedicated space and professional development opportunities for artists), a dedicated student zone, community booths, “Budding Art Buyers” (kids 14-years-old and under are invited to purchase affordable original works from TOAF participating artists), and “Power Kids Workshops” (Power Plant created workshops to engage young art lovers and their families in high quality art-making activities and discussions). Covid preparedness: Organizers have plans to scale down the size and scope of the Fair at Nathan Philips Square to allow for physical distancing protocols if needed, including physically-distanced outdoor exhibition of artists and clustered in spaced-out zones with controlled-entry of the public to maintain a safe traffic flow. Staff, volunteers and artists will be monitored according to Public Health Guidelines.