Artists in Toronto are in need of greater financial stability. The Power Plant and eight other partner organizations who formed an ad hoc collective discovered this is artists' number one need during a series of focus groups and town hall programs during Year 1 of the HORIZON initiative. During Year 2 of the initiative, HORIZON has involved larger public programs and smaller closed workshops intended to address various needs of artists, especially focused on ways for artists to increase income.
Grants at all three levels of government -- municipal, provincial and federal -- often cover materials, supplies, and production costs, including labour. As a result, The Power Plant has the following representatives to share information about grants for which artists may qualify and to offer tips that may help in the application process.
* Peter Kingstone, Visual & Media Arts Program Manager, Toronto Arts Council;
* Zhe Gu, Visual Arts and Craft Officer, Ontario Arts Council; and,
* Isidra Cruz, Program Officer, Creating, Knowing and Sharing: The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Metis Peoples Program, Canada Council for the Arts.
The program will end with questions from the audience moderated by Josh Heuman, The Power Plant's Curator of Education & Public Programs.
In Fall 2018, The Power Plant teamed up with eight other contemporary visual art and film organizations in Toronto for a two-year initiative, called HORIZON, funded with an Open Door grant from the Toronto Arts Council. During the first phase, the nine partner organizations conducted focus groups and town halls to gather information about the needs of emerging and established artists in and around Toronto. Now into the second phase, the organizations are developing and offering programs that address some of the artists’ needs.