Day fifty-one

Art on a Budget

I’ve managed to get through this month so far on a budget.  I was worried that I would have to spend more money than I could to spend thirty days doing art, but I found out there are many ways to be a part of the art world without spending a lot of cash.  Here are a few ways to do art on a budget in Toronto:

  1. Many museums offer times to come wander for free:
    – The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is free from 3:30-5:30pm on Wednesdays and half-price on Fridays from 4:30-8:30pm.
    – The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is free on Wednesdays between  6-8:30pm.
    – The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art admission is Pay What You Can – open Tuesday to Sunday from 11-6pm.
    – All along Queen Street there are independent galleries that you can take a look through for free.
  2. T.O. Tix offer discount same-day tickets to the performing arts in Toronto.  They are located at Yonge-Dundas Square, open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6:30pm.  Or you can check out their website here. They also offer $5 Hip Tix to students between 15 and 29 years.
  3. Many theatre companies also offer rush tickets to see their productions.  Look up a theatre company’s website and they will have details of how to get cheap tickets.
  4. Craft supplies are easily bought for cheap on Queen Street west of Spadina, and there are many discount fabric shops in Parkdale – Queen Street, west of Dufferin.
  5. Going back to my couponing, there are coupons for tourist museums and theatre on the Attractions Ontario website.
  6. is a subscription-based way to get offers on free tickets in Toronto.  I’ve just joined a two-month trial from a coupon I got online, so I’m not sure what kind of shows they offer or how easy it is.
  7. There are so many ways to make cool looking art using stuff you find around the house, or old magazines or record covers you can find in thrift stores.  Use your imagination.
  8. There are drop-in art events (ie. the clay class I took at the Gardiner Museum) that don’t cost you too much money and don’t require you to commit to a long period of time.
Today I’m off to the ROM, then the AGO, then I’m going to take part in the Buzz Festival at Theatre Passe Muraille – a tri-annual work-in-development festival:
Artists present fifteen to thirty minutes of new work, be it the re-working of a scene or the first bit of a new piece. After each presentation, live music plays while the audience writes down their answers to the questions the playwright or company has asked about their piece. Inspired by the idea that work should be developed alongside an audience, rather than in isolation, Buzz gives creators the opportunity to receive specific feedback from their best allies: the audience. Audience as dramaturge.
It is also Pay-What-You-Can and you get a drink ticket!  I’ll write more about how it went tomorrow.

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