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September 2021 marks the beginning of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-2022 launching the City’s new 10-year Strategy with its vision of “Creativity and Community – Everywhere”.
In this time when monuments are coming down and ‘the single story’ is no longer acceptable for Toronto, it is particularly critical that we live into the reality of that vision. That means surfacing and listening deeply to stories and sharing knowledges that have not typically been honoured or celebrated, and witnessing the expressions of those stories in amplified forms of public art.
Making with Place is SKETCH’s first series of public art projects in which artists consider the complexities of place, working with communities in thoughtful community-engaged design and production processes, to animate, amplify and archive suppressed, hidden or silenced environmental and social histories.
Four immersive and interactive installations innovating models of care and community will be launched in October and November of 2021, with accompanying podcasts, and online and in-person activations to June 2022.
As part of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-2022.
As Part of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-2022
These Projects have been designed and developed with curatorial mentorship from Lisa Myers.
Lisa Myers is an independent curator, artist and educator with a keen interest in interdisciplinary collaboration. Based in Toronto and Port Severn, she is a member of Chimnissing, Beausoleil First Nation and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change at York University. Myers is an artist and curator and her research focuses on Contemporary Indigenous art and curatorial practice, Indigenous food systems and food sovereignty. Through socially engaged art, she creates gatherings that respond to place, sharing Indigenous foods and reflecting on underrepresented histories and collective forms of knowledge exchange.
“Create connections for communities to live in relationship with land.” – Bert Whitecrow
“Land is sacred, un-knowable, objective, a collaborator.” – Ayrah Taerb
“Place is embodied in our physical bodies, minds and communities.” – Pree Rehal
“Make art that pertains to who we are and how we move through the world.” – Ammarah Syed
“Seeing the ordinary as extraordinary and reminding us of how beautiful and amazing elements we take for granted can be.” – Jahmal Nugent
These ideas emerged in the Making with Place Research Project of 2020 (MWP) which surfaced young peoples’ desires and intentions for community culture and place. The findings of that project provide the foundations for our public art project series. You can read more about that project soon at makingwithplace.ca (currently under construction).