The City is developing a new 10-year public art strategy to renew its vision and commitment to public art across Toronto. The strategy will include recommendations to enhance Toronto’s existing public art programs, and identify areas of focus for the City over the next 10 years. The strategy is being developed based on extensive community consultation – including artist-led public engagement, a community town hall meeting, and stakeholder focus groups.

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

A report summarizing findings from the consultation process will be issued in August 2019, along with an opportunity to provide feedback through an online survey. Feedback from participants will inform the development of the 10-year public art strategy that will be presented to council this fall.

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.