Toronto Media Arts Centre

Organization Details

32 Lisgar Street
Toronto , ON
M6J 0C9

tomediaarts.org

Phone: 6476896005
Email: info@tomediaarts.org


About

TMAC is a media arts charity comprised of four Toronto non-profits serving memberships of artists, the cultural community and the general public. Our mandate is to advance the media arts in Toronto by providing accessible opportunities for audience engagement, education, production and post-production, distribution, archiving and preservation, artistic residencies and presentation. This mandate is fulfilled through a permanent, purpose-built facility including offices, public galleries and event spaces, and a 210-seat multimedia/multi-use cinema in the Queen West Triangle. TMAC is a diverse and collaborative environment where everyone can engage meaningfully with art and technology. TMAC integrates creation, production, presentation, education, conservation and dissemination practices and with a focus on community building and inclusivity. With year-round arts and cultural programming, open lab studios, equipment libraries, coworking and social areas, we provide the tools, space and freedom to play with art, media and new technologies–including film, animation, videogames, audio and sound, video, robotics, electronics and more.

Thoughts About Art and Community

TMAC strives to provide access to a platform for people to permanently shape culture in this city. As an all-volunteer team (for now!), we devote our time and energy to TMAC because we know art and technology shapes society. We believe permanent, secure space for artists will create possibilities for new modes of civic engagement, foster community where critical work is being done now, and permanently inform culture in our city.

Activities

Youth media training programs: All genders of children and teens age 9-22, especially lower-income and from culturally, ethnically and religiously diverse households. (e.g.: CSV’s Animating Democracy and Young Creatives programs; DMG’s Indigicade; Gamma Space’s TDSB mentorship program) Programs for adults: Networking, hobby, artistic and professional development opportunities for people over the age of 18, especially those underserved in tech spaces, including gender nonconforming and marginalized gender identities. (for example, DMG’s New Game Makers intensives and monthly workshops; CSV’s collaborative residency programs; CFMDC’s scholar in residence) Families: Community-driven presentations and hands-on exhibits and festivals for groups and families – Friday-night movies, collaborations with the Lisgar Park Stewardship Committee, arcade exhibitions featuring locally made games. Programs specifically serving Indigenous women and youth, immigrant communities, street-oriented youth, LGBTQ+ communities, Black communities, and South Asian groups are already in place across all four Tenant Member organizations. Indeed, serving underrepresented identities and equity-seeking groups is core to all members’ mandates. Toronto’s diversity necessitates emphasis on multicultural understanding, authentic images and representations, and cross-cultural dialogue to empower social change.