Tim JonesCreative Placemaking Award

Presented by Toronto Artscape Foundationand Urban Land Institute Toronto
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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.
Examples of Creative Placemaking
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The Award

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.
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Projects led by Artscape, Toronto Artscape Foundation and Urban Land Institute or their staff members will not be eligible for nomination however projects led by tenants, owners, artists commissioned by Artscape Atelier and members of these organizations will be eligible.

Nomination and Selection Process

Submissions will be evaluated against the award criteria by a selection committee managed by Toronto Artscape Foundation. Please see below for further information on submission requirements, award criteria, deadline and selection:

1. Submission Requirements

  1. A bio or CV for the lead artist(s)
  2. A project impact statement (maximum 3 pages) that describes the project and explains how it addresses the award program criteria
  3. A testimonial or letter of recommendation (maximum 1 page) from a community member(s) or organization impacted by the project
  4. Supporting documentation such as photos, videos, and media references
 Please note that submissions missing any of the elements described in 1 (a) – (d) above will be deemed ineligible.

2. Award Selection Criteria

Creativity and Originality
  1. How has the project been innovative in its use of arts and culture to foster transformation of a place?
  2. How has the project empowered creatives in community and city-building?
Project Impact
  1. What is the evidence of the project’s impact on people and place?
  2. What is the known or expected scale and duration of the transformation catalyzed by the project?
  1. How has the project fostered collaboration to achieve community impact?
  2. How has the project generated value for diverse partners i.e. artists, community members, public and private sector partners, funders, etc.?
Project Execution
  1. What measures have been taken to ensure positive impacts and outcomes of the project? Are there unintended consequences of the project and how are any negative ones being mitigated?
  2. How has the execution of the project helped to advance equity, diversity and inclusion?

3. Deadline for Submissions

The deadline for the 2021 Tim Jones Creative Placemaking Award is 5PM on Monday September 27th.

4. Award Selection

The Tim Jones Creative Placemaking Award competition will be adjudicated by a panel of experts in placemaking active in GGH arts and urban development communities. Each eligible nomination will be reviewed against the criteria with the following weighting: 
  1. Creativity and originality – 25%
  2. Project impact – 25%
  3. Collaboration – 25%
  4. Project Execution – 25%
Toronto Artscape Foundation is committed to equity in all aspects of its work and invites proposals from all potentially interested parties. Toronto Artscape Foundation will manage the selection process to ensure that the process is fair and equitable for all and that deliberations are free of conflicts of interest and bias. We thank all applicants for their time and professional interest in this call.

How to Apply

To apply for the Tim Jones Creative Placemaking Award, please click on the Apply Now button below to complete and submit the Submittable form by 5:00PM on Monday, September 27th, 2021.
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Questions? Please contact us as at cpaward@artscape.ca.