Gifts of Heart
Over the past two years, our wonderful supporters helped us raise over $58,000 towards giving the gift of art to 200+ frontline workers and generated revenue for 160+ very appreciative artists.
Throughout the pandemic we found a way for our many devoted Fair-goers and arts lovers to join us in doing something truly special for our artists, while honouring frontline essential workers to whom we owe so much.
Many of us were yearning for meaningful ways to express our appreciation for the personal and family sacrifices they made on our behalf. We also knew that many of our cherished artists were seriously affected by cancellations and financial hardships.
Our heartfelt Gifts of Heart campaign brought together past and new donors to spread the joy of art to tireless frontline workers, as a small token of gratitude for their heroic efforts in the way we know best — by offering the beauty and inspiration of a gift of art.
Thank you for your generosity.
The Toronto Outdoor Art Fair’s Gifts of Heart Campaign has presented the public with an incredible opportunity to support our city’s artists and frontline workers by making a donation towards gift cards for our frontline workers… I’ve been inspired by the many ways that the art fair’s virtual program has been able to celebrate Toronto artists and their creative work, while at the same time honouring all of the frontline workers who have been so effective at battling the COVID-19 virus.
- Mayor John Tory
Impact on Gifts of Heart Recipients
In total, we were able to reach 200+ health care workers from the following health care facilities in the Greater Toronto Area:
- Amica Senior Lifestyles
- North York General
- Joseph Brant Hospital
- St. Hildas Senior Care Community
- Scarborough Health Network
- University Health Network (Toronto General, Toronto Western, Princess Margaret, Toronto Rehab)
- Queen Square Family Health Team
- Sick Kids Hospital
- & many more
Katie M. posing in her office with Pink Towel, by Janna Robins Walters (Left) and Traicee C. posing with Ice Princess by Julia Louise Periera (Right).
“I have been a nurse for almost 29 years. When Covid started, I was the person doing Covid testing for our town. It was very scary at first but I eventually got used to it and have now tested many. My husband nominated me for Gifts of Heart and I was able to get this beautiful mixed silver chain made by Temino Jewellery. I absolutely love it. I wear it with pride. Thank you so much!”
- Annie F., frontline worker and GOH recipient
"I just love my piece of ceramic art. Each morning I love to watch the birds gather on my balcony in the planter as it is a safe space while they eat. It is my mindful moment as I pause to watch and listen knowing that life goes on. When I first saw Sandra Tarantino's piece of the little bird it spoke to all my senses and now it is mounted on the wall above my table bringing joy."
- Aideen C., frontline worker and GOH recipient
"I’m a registered nurse in a busy Toronto Emergency Department and worked on the frontline throughout the pandemic. I received a beautiful work of art through the TOAF Gifts of Heart program! I chose Dana Korre’s Fossilized Coral, Warm. The piece is not only beautiful, capturing the intricacies of fossilized coral, it also makes a statement about the destruction of our oceans and overuse of plastics. I hung the sculptural piece in a window in my kitchen. It has a beautiful glow when the light shines through it. Thank you TOAF and Dana!"
- Leah K., frontline worker and GOH recipient
Impact on the Artists
“My rainbow maple tree portrait is off to a new home today. I’m so honoured that a frontline worker chose my work and they will have this rainbow maple tree portrait in their home. I’m especially grateful to the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair’s Gifts of Heart campaign that allowed this to happen.”
- Nicola Woods, TOAF artist
“I believe that a piece of art can always inspire, delight, and add joy and serenity. This initiative enables me to say thank you, give back and support our essential workers for their dedicated work that affects all our lives positively every day. At the same time, contributions to the Gifts of Heart campaign enables me to extend my support to our local artist community.”
-Rana Baidas, TOAF artist