goal of this project is to produce a strategy that addresses the
current needs of Toronto's creative economy, that promotes its future
growth and that leverages these creative assets to enhance economic
and social opportunity.
Credo for Creative Cities
Creativity owns imagination. And
imagination is what builds our cities. Creativity commands the allegiance
and love of the creative person as a way of being, living, thinking.
The imagination that comes of that allegiance is powerful, self-renewing,
and tireless in delight. It permeates all aspects of civic life.
It is the only limitless resource.
To know this is to release an industry
in perpetual motion. Allegiance to true creativity defines imagination
against the myopia of market greed. For the ethos of creativity
left unchecked, by its natural genius, instructs all witnesses to
the shared project of wonder. This is what makes a city great, a
society great and, yes, even productive.
Creativity must become a way of
life. It is not a question of sustainability but of survival, and
the beauty that inspires it. And the kinds of risks that true creativity
demands are crucial to that end.
Giorgio Di Cicco
Poet Laureate of Toronto