ArtworxTO Highlights: Public Art of Tomorrow Symposium – On Now | AM//PM Concert Series | Unmask Fear Exhibition and more

ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-2022 is a celebration of Toronto’s incredible collection of public art and the artists behind it, creating more opportunities for the public to connect and engage with artwork in their everyday lives. Working closely with artists and Toronto’s arts institutions, ArtworxTO is working to address gaps in the collection, such as the under-representation of equity-deserving communities and their histories, as well as geographic areas of the city where there are fewer public art works. From fall 2021 to fall 2022 the City of Toronto is helping to deliver more than 350 new murals, installations, exhibitions, art events, performances and productions, citywide. This year, explore your city and discover creativity and community–everywhere.

This week’s ArtworxTO Highlights:


Event Artwork for ArtworxTO Symposium Public Art of Tomorrow taking place virtually Nov 22 – 24th.

Join us at the Free ArtworxTO Symposium – ON NOW!
ArtworxTO Symposium: Public Art of Tomorrow is a free, three-day virtual event – on now! From Nov 22-24th celebrate Toronto’s impressive existing public art collection while discussing the future role of art and artists.

Join keynote speakers, panelists, and industry leaders as they discuss pandemic recovery and building back better, stronger, specifically the essential role of the cultural and creative sectors, within urban areas.

Confirmed ArtworxTO Symposium speakers include:

  • Tom Finkelpearl, former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
  • Sara Diamond, President Emerita, OCAD University
  • Ana Serrano, President & Vice Chancellor, OCAD University
  • Ashley McKenzie-Barnes, Curator and CCO/Founder, D.PE Agency
  • Pierre Poussin, artist
  • Farnoosh Talaee , Director of Maytens Projects
  • Guillaume Aniorté, Partenariat Quartier des spectacles, Montréal
  • T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss, Interdisciplinary artist (Toronto/B.C.)

It’s not too late! Register for the free ArtworxTO Symposium


Event Artwork for AM//PM at ArtworxTO taking place at Pop Up Hub: Collision Gallery on Nov 26 & 27.

AM//PM at ArtworxTO – Free Downtown Concert Series
AM//PM at ArtworxTO is an afternoon concert series taking place on Nov 26 and 27 at ArtworxTO Pop-up Hub: Collision Gallery (18 Wellington St. West). The series will feature contemporary Indigenous musicians from North and South America as part of programming related to the Locating Self Care in Urban Centres exhibition, curated by Emma Steen.

Locating Self Care in Urban Centres foregrounds the presence of Indigenous people in cities and makes space for self-care as a radical act. The exhibition continues the conversation started by Black and Indigenous curators and writers on care as a method of resistance and sovereignty. The concert series continues this work by providing a welcoming space for all, in the heart of the city.


Friday, November 26, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Evan Redsky
Quique Escamilla

Saturday, November 27, 2:00 – 5:00 pm
New Tradition
Lacey Hill
Cody Berry-Ottertail dance performance

Admission is free, with registration via Eventbrite. Proof of double vaccination is required and masks must be worn at all times. Complimentary tea will be provided.

Learn more about the AM//PM at ArtworxTO Concert Series

ArtworxTO Legacy Artist in Residence (AiR) Program
ArtworxTO invites Toronto-based professional artists to submit Expressions of Interest to participate in the inaugural Legacy Artist in Residence (AiR) Program.

The ArtworxTO Legacy Artist in Residence (AiR) Program supports the three pillars upon which both the 10-year Public Art Strategy and ArtworxTO: Year of Public Art are built: “Creativity + Community—Everywhere.” The Artist in Residence term will range from 12 to 18 months, depending on the project timeline that works best for the artist and host department, working collaboratively. The term will include 60 hours (across the first 3-6 months) working alongside a department host in a period of embedded research. Following this, the artist will embark on development of a public-facing project, which may take any number of forms. This is a working residency (not live-in) for Toronto-based artists.

Expression of Interest submissions are due by December 13, 2021.

To Learn more about this opportunity please attend the following ArtworxTO Symposium panels:

  • November 22, 2021 – Cities’ Collaborations with Artists – 3:00-4:00pm EST
  • November 24, 2021 – ArtworxTO Legacy AiR: Shortlisted Host Department Workshop Q and A – 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST

Learn more about ArtworxTO Legacy Artist in Residence (AiR) Program


No Fear by Robert Young, 2021.

Unmask Fear Exhibition
Unmask Fear is a project created by Toronto-born artist Robert Young in response to the devastating global pandemic and the international outcry for racial justice. View the Larger-than-life portraits installed on the windows of the Harbourfront Centre’s main building until November 30th.

The exclusive multiple content series features photographic portraiture and filmed stories of Black Canadians who have made remarkable contributions to community, culture and country.

Learn more about Unmask Fear

ArtworxTO Spotlight on Emerging Artists
ArtworxTO Spotlight invites emerging Toronto-based artists to tell their stories. Artists, with five years experience or less, are welcome to describe their motivations and journeys of how they arrived as their present self in Toronto. Of these submissions, 52 emerging artists will be selected for the Spotlight, one artist per week for the entire year. View the submission from our most recent award recipient, Tanveer Alam.

This project is supported by RBC through the RBC Emerging Artists Project.

Learn more about ArtworxTO Spotlight Emerging Artists Program

ArtworxTO Merch
The ArtworxTO branded merch collection is now available. From sweaters, to masks, to joggers and jackets, the ArworxTO collection has options for everyone.

Browse the ArtworxTO merchandise

Each week ArtworxTO has several new programs, exhibits, performances, talks, works and more, on offer. Bookmark and check back often!

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