Sep 27 2021 Calls / Competitions /
Tim Jones Creative Placemaking Award
The Tim Jones Creative Placemaking Award is an annual award bestowed by Toronto Artscape Foundation and Urban Land Institute Toronto that aims to:
- Celebrate excellence in creative placemaking within Greater Golden Horseshoe communities
- 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
What is “creative placemaking”?
Placemaking is a practice advanced by urbanist Jane Jacobs and others in the 1960s that promoted multi-dimensional approaches to planning, designing and managing public spaces. 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 transformative value to neighbourhoods. The notion behind creative placemaking is not simply about undertaking placemaking in a creative way, but rather it is about leveraging art and culture as a catalyst for urban and community development. Since then, it has evolved into a global field of practice that encompasses a myriad of ways in which art and culture are engaged to positively grow and change place identity and distinctiveness.
The Tim Jones Creative Placemaking Award is an annual award to be given in recognition of an outstanding creative placemaking project in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH). 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 $10,000CAD cash award.
Eligible projects for the 2021 award will include initiatives that have demonstrated the use of arts and culture to advance positive change, growth and transformation of place in the period between January 1, 2020 and September 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.
Applications are encouraged from individuals that represent the full diversity of communities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, including complexities of intersecting identities such as ability, age, citizenship, class, gender, race and sexual orientation. Artscape is strongly committed to removing systemic barriers and biases by promoting the practice of inclusivity, so that all individuals have equal access to and benefit from the work that we do.