The City is developing a new 10-year public art strategy to renew its vision and commitment to public art. The strategy will include guiding principles and actions to enhance the impact of the City’s public art programs, and is being developed based on extensive community consultation – including artist-led public engagement, a community conversation and public meeting, and stakeholder focus groups. The strategy will be presented to City Council for consideration in fall 2019.

Consultations were held across the city in a variety of formats with various stakeholder groups.

Community Conversation and Art Walk

July 9, Great Hall, St. Paul’s Bloor Street, 227 Bloor Street East

Stakeholder Focus Groups

Producers, Curators, and Institutions: June 14, City Hall

Artists: June 14, City Hall

Communicators and Critics: June 18, City Hall

Architects, Landscape Architects, and Urban Designers: June 18, City Hall

Indigenous Arts Sector: June 26, City Hall

Street Artists: June 27, City Hall

Developers: July 18, City Hall

Art Consultants: July 19, City Hall

Artist-Led Public Consultations

Etobicoke: May 31, Mabelle Park, 49 Mabelle Avenue

Scarborough: June 15, Berner Tail Community and Recreation Centre, 120 Berner Trail

Old Toronto: June 21, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St West

North York: June 22, Salvation Army Toronto Korean Community Church, 150 Railside Road

Old Toronto: July 9 and July 10, Diane Franklin Housing Co-op

Etobicoke: July 11, MABELLEarts, 5005 Dundas Street West

Etobicoke: July 19, Lakeshore Arts, 2422 Lake Shore Blvd West

Scarborough: July 25, Malvern Library, 30 Sewells Road

York: July 27, Art Starts Street Festival, Glenhome Avenue

The City engaged over 400 Torontonians to share their insights on public art through an inclusive community and stakeholder consultation process. Consultations were designed and led by PROCESS, an independent third-party facilitator. The report below summarizes the feedback that was received by PROCESS during the consultations.

Read PROCESS’ report on consultations.

The City will use the feedback from the consultation process to develop guiding principles and actions to enhance the collective impact of its public art programs over the next ten years. Read more about the City’s public art programs.

Members of the public were invited to share feedback on PROCESS’ report by completing an online survey or providing written comments to City staff. The comment period is now closed.

The Year of Public Art will be a year-long celebration of art and community, with City- and partner-led art projects taking place in all corners of Toronto. Initial planning is currently underway for the Year of Public Art, which is expected to include a mix of temporary art installations, community-engaged art projects, public education and engagement programs, and new commissioning opportunities.

The development of Toronto’s new public art strategy is being guided by an Advisory Committee of community and cultural leaders. The Committee is meeting quarterly throughout 2019 to provide advice and feedback on the strategy.

  • Amir Akbari (Founder, Behind the Line)
  • David Anselmi (Senior Director, Real Estate, Canada Lands Company, and Chair, Toronto Public Art Commission)
  • Edward Birnbaum (Director of Legislative Affairs, Office of the Mayor, City of Toronto)
  • Rebecca Carbin (Principal, Art + Public UnLtd)
  • Kari Cwynar (Curator, Evergreen Brick Works)
  • Bonnie Devine (Artist and Founding Chair, Indigenous Visual Culture Program, OCAD University [Retired])
  • Sara Diamond (President, OCAD University)
  • Dean Drever (Artist)
  • Helena Grdadolnik (Director, Workshop Architecture, and Member, Toronto Public Art Commission)
  • Adrian Hayles (Artist and Curator, Hashtag Gallery)
  • Layne Hinton (Co-Curator, Art Spin)
  • Leah Houston (Artistic Director, MABELLEarts)
  • Luis Jacob (Artist)
  • Alexis Kane Speer (Executive Director, STEPS Initiative)
  • Lila Karim (Executive Director, North York Arts)
  • Gabriel Leung (Vice President, Development, Concord Adex)
  • Mimi Joh-Carnella (Chair, Board of Directors, Partners in Art)
  • Rui Pimenta (Co-Curator, Art Spin)
  • Asad Raza (Producer and Curator)
  • Tamira Sawatsky (Architect, Public Studio)
  • Anjuli Solanki (Director of Community Programs, STEPS Initiative)
  • Dan Silver (Associate Professor, University of Toronto)