Sponsor Story: CIBC

CIBC's partnership with Toronto Arts Foundation supports two programs: the Get on Board Program and the Mayor's Arts Lunch.

Get on Board Program 

Get on Board is a workshop series geared towards arts board members and is a key component of Toronto Arts Foundation's Creative Champions initiative. Creative Champions was created by Toronto Arts Foundation to find creative solutions to key challenges facing the arts community in Toronto. Volunteer leadership is a powerful force in promoting the value of the arts in society, in advancing policy, in encouraging philanthropy, and in guiding sustainable arts organizations. There is tremendous untapped potential for cohesiveness, collaboration and knowledge sharing amongst the estimated 1200 arts champions volunteering on arts boards in Toronto. To learn more about this year's workshops, contact Michelle Yeung, Development Manager at michelle@torontoarts.org.  

Mayor's Arts Lunch 

The Toronto Arts Foundation Signature Awards celebrate artistic excellence and recognize the contributions of artists and arts supporters, across disciplines, to creative city-building in Toronto. These awards are distributed during an annual ceremony: The Mayor's Arts Lunch.

The Mayor's Arts Lunch is a high-profile event that brings together a carefully curated room representing Toronto’s creative community, including artists, key business and civic leaders, politicians from all levels of government, as well as special guests and celebrities. Artists and cultural leaders are also invited each year to attend the event. Prior to the Mayor's Arts Lunch, the award finalists are celebrated at our intimate Finalists Reception, which takes place two weeks before the awards ceremony. 

“CIBC is committed to building strong, vibrant communities and by promoting artistic excellence, we are investing in the social and economic development of Toronto. That is why we are proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of the Toronto Arts Foundation Awards presented at the Mayor’s Arts Lunch, celebrating the exceptional artists and arts organizations that enrich our community,” said Tracy Best, Region Head, Retail and Business Banking, CIBC.