Equity and Non-Discrimination
Toronto Outdoor Art Fair is radically welcoming and inclusive of artists and art lovers of all backgrounds and abilities.
Approved September 2018
Each year, Toronto’s Outdoor Art Fair fills our City’s most important public gathering space with a free, inclusive, and accessible festival of art. Our role is to create meaningful connections between the public and a diverse mix of visual arts and artistic expression: we embrace new voices and fresh interpretations, and make it possible for Fair-goers to see the world slightly differently and invite art and beauty into their lives.
We are committed to celebrating Toronto’s diversity by providing an inclusive and welcoming environment at all times and for everyone we deal with, including staff members, volunteers, exhibiting artists, other artists, judges, jurors, our partners, collaborators and anyone with whom we have a business relationship, and the people who attend the Fair.
We believe in the inherent dignity and the equal rights of all human beings, and strongly believe that no one should face discrimination on the basis of their race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation.
We pledge not to discriminate or tolerate discrimination on these bases in any of our actions, activities or operations and will actively seek to encourage, support and reach out to equity-seeking individuals and communities.
We will act to exclude discrimination in recruitment of Board and staff, and in employment, compensation, termination and all conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant. We will equally act to exclude discrimination in volunteer recruitment, training, placement or working conditions.
Our juries, selection processes and award decision-making will reflect our commitment to equity and non-discrimination, and we will highlight services and programs that create opportunities for artists in equity-seeking groups. Our outreach, marketing and communications will seek to “radically welcome” participation by the widest possible variety of participants and attendees.
We understand and will not tolerate infringement of our obligations under the
- Ontario Human Rights Code, the Human Rights Code of Canada, and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
- The City of Toronto’s Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Legislation and City Policy
- The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
- The Employment Standards Act
This Policy is considered to be a “living document” and will be revisited, updated and revised in response to new legislation, evolving community standards, and our ongoing evaluation of TOAF’s practices in view of community needs and expectations.
Art Encounters Program
We established Art Encounters, a special outreach program to remove barriers of access by offering dedicated space and professional development opportunities for artists and makers in priority groups - those who are disability-identified, Newcomer, and/or Indigenous.
Thanks to the generous donations from The Lindy Green Family Foundation, our individual donors, sponsors, as well as our partnership with City of Toronto’s Art Connections program we have served 50 artists in this program so far.
Toronto Outdoor Art Fair acknowledges that it was founded and continues to operate on the traditional territories of the Wendat, the Anishnaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Métis, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. Indigenous peoples have stewarded this land for thousands of years and continue to do so today.
We recognize that this gathering place is the subject of the One Dish, One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant – an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and Confederacy of the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. This land is home today to Indigenous Peoples from across Turtle Island.