ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021 will kick-off the City’s new 10-Year of Public Art Strategy, signalling Toronto’s renewed commitment to public art. The program will celebrate Toronto’s incredible collection of public art and the artists behind it, while creating more opportunities for the public to connect and engage with the work. Toronto’s commitment to this exciting new program underscores a dedication to the arts sector as an essential component of a vibrant city.
ArtworxTO will provide new opportunities for both Toronto and international artists to play a leading role in the development of public art projects within the city. The program will work closely with artists and Toronto’s key arts institutions to deliver major public art projects and commissions for 2021.
ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art will be driven by the guiding principles of the 10-Year Public Art Strategy and its 21 strategic actions endorsed by Toronto City Council.
Foremost among these principles is a commitment to advancing reconciliation in Toronto through Indigenous place-making. For ArtworxTO this means that:
ArtworxTO will launch Toronto’s new Public Art Strategy, with its vision of “Creativity and Community–Everywhere”
The Toronto Public Art Strategy will create new platforms for artists and community partners to create and experiment with public art.
Connecting the public with public art is fundamental to amplifying the impact of Toronto’s collection.
Public art should provide opportunities for residents to engage with the city’s diversity and creativity on an everyday basis, no matter where they live.
ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art will work in close collaboration with partners in the arts, business and government, with a focus on 11 objectives:
ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art will lay the foundation for a stronger arts sector by supporting artists, key arts institutions and the public with the following program streams:
Getting money directly to artists for artist-initiated temporary public art projects, including a new Toronto Arts Council granting stream, Animating Toronto Streets
Arts organizations and festivals will be eligible for different levels of partnership with the City of Toronto on Year of Public Art activities, including funding, communications, and production support.
Through both grants to partners and improved City efforts, the public will benefit from new tools and programs to help access and engage with public art in Toronto.
ArtworxTO will leave an enduring legacy of new works and funds, plus create sustainable opportunities for Toronto’s artists seeking to work in the public realm beyond 2021.
The Mayor’s ArtworxTO External Advisory Committee will play a crucial role in ensuring that the project is communicated and implemented in ways that resonate with Torontonians, maximize the event’s impact, and leave a lasting legacy. Each member on the Committee brings an essential and critical perspective to the development of the project and will be a champion of the Year of Public Art within their respective communities and networks.
ArtworxTO’s External Working Group provides informed advice, feedback and ideas to contribute to the implementation of Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021. The Working Group’s contributions include assistance in defining success and evaluation metrics, advising and supporting staff in the implementation of programs, and championing this important city initiative in communities across the city, amplifying reach and local engagement.
ArtworxTO will work closely with all Toronto’s major contemporary art events, institutions and City-led projects. It will include a renewed vision for public art with program expansions and multi-year artistic director appointments for Nuit Blanche Toronto and the Indigenous Arts Festival.
Through Toronto’s Year of Public Art in 2021 and in recognition of the many arts institutions and cultural hubs across the city that have made Toronto a centre of public art, the Year of Public Art will be delivered in close collaboration with a range of partners. Including, to date:
Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
Art Gallery of York University
Doris McCarthy Gallery
East End Arts
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
North York Arts
Union Station – Osmington
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Toronto Arts Council
Toronto Arts Foundation
Toronto Biennial of Art
Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
ArtworxTO is currently seeking curatorial proposals for ArtworxTO 2021, Community Cultural Hubs. Four Curators will be contracted. Each Curator will be responsible for conceiving and delivering an 11 month-long program at one of four Community Cultural Hubs across the city. The Community Cultural Hubs will comprise a series of destination venues located within publicly accessible spaces during Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021.
A primary goal within this ArtworxTO program, both for artists and audiences, is to centre voices that have been traditionally marginalized in public art. This is an ideal opportunity to foreground the voices of BIPOC artists, curators, and creators of all kinds.
Curatorial concepts for individual Community Cultural Hubs, will be generated through this open call for Curators, and developed and refined by the selected Curators in consultation with the ArtworxTO team. The overall direction for Hubs is guided by the ArtworxTO Team, supporting the central pillars of Toronto’s new 10-year Public Art Strategy (2020-2030): “Creativity and Community – Everywhere”.
The program (and its related exhibitions, installations and events) will run from approximately January 30, 2021 to December 18, 2021.
The selected Curators will receive a Curator’s Fee of $25,000 (plus HST) and will have a minimum programming/production budget of $150,000 to implement their program.
The Call for Curators: Community Cultural Hubs outlines all required application requirements, including qualifications, exhibition and programming proposal elements, application assessment criteria and more. All applications should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 19.
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