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The Toronto District School Board and The Toronto Arts Council are pleased to present the 2019-20  tdsbCREATES Arts Festival


tdsbCREATES is a system-wide, grades 1 to 12 celebration of dance, drama, and visual arts festival which takes place between January to May 2020 in schools, communities, galleries, and performing arts venues around the city of Toronto.

tdsbCREATES is a Celebration of Student Voice, Creative Ideas, and Arts for All. Students will work alongside professional artists and their classroom teachers to create original work based on issues that matter to them in response to the theme "Inspire. Act. Transform."

Please see the tdsbCREATES web site for a full description of the tdsbCREATES system wide festival.



  • Artist residencies in dance, drama, and visual arts in up to 60 elementary schools for grades 1 – 6
  • tdsbCREATES Art & Film: students in grades 7-12 will create original art works in a variety of media that will be curated by professional artists and exhibited at Artscape Youngplace.
  • tdsbCREATES Dance & Spoken Word: students in grades 7-12 will create original dance works and spoken word performances that will be juried by professional artists for the final showcase at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. 

Please join our Grade 7-12 students in April and May as they share original dance, spoken word, and visual art works. Through support from Toronto Arts Council, students have been working for months alongside professional artists and their classroom teachers in response to the theme "Inspire. Act. Transform." Their exemplary work, based on questions and issues that matter to them, culminates in two outstanding showcase events!

Art Exhibition: Opening Reception 
Wednesday, April 15, 6:30 - 8:30 PM (remarks @ 7:00)
Exhibition Runs April 11 - 23
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street

Dance and Spoken Word Showcase
Wednesday, May 6, 7:30 PM
Meridian Arts Centre, George Weston Recital Hall
5040 Yonge Street
Ticket information TBA

 Toronto Arts Facts:

  • Toronto Arts Council: Toronto is home to 93% more artists than any other Canadian city. Arts and culture contribute $11.3 billion annually to Toronto’s GDP. 81% of Ontario residents believe that government should invest in the arts. Toronto Arts Facts is a compilation of the most recent available data on Toronto’s arts and economy, quality of life, tourism and community.
  • 10 Lessons the Arts Teach

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For further information contact, Program Coordinator, The Arts

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