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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:

Cannupa Hanska Luger, We Live Future Ancestral Technologies Entry Log, 2019 on view as part of I am land that speaks exhibition at ArtworxTO Hub SOUTH: Union Station. Image courtesy of the artist.

I am land that speaks Exhibition now on View
I am land that speaks Exhibition curated by Maya Wilson-Sanchez is now on view at ArtworxTO Hub SOUTH: Union Station (65 Front St. W., Toronto).

This exhibition brings attention to stories that come directly from the land. Engaging with story-telling practices specific to a certain place, the artworks in this show highlight history-making as a site-specific exercise. Exploring embodied connections to land, it also includes off-site gardens made by artists that involve participatory and community-based methods for learning and growing together.

Learn more about I am land that speaks

ArtworxTO Talks: Live @ 5: Setting the Table – June 8
Tune in on Wednesday, June 8th from 5-6 pm for the latest ArtworxTO Talks: Live @ 5: Setting the Table. Possibilities, ideals, values and politics are things that we communicate through art, they are also things we explore through food, and that we share around a table.

Hosted by Rebecca Carbin, this virtual talk will feature Noa Bronstein, Jessica Maiorano, Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky and is moderated by Chef Kareema.

Live @ 5 is a 10-part ArtworxTO-led Talks Series held on the second Wednesday of every month. Artists, experts and community leaders will discuss their recent projects and answer questions from viewers. The series will focus on how art improves and betters our lives.
The ArtworxTO Talks: Live @ 5 series is supported by Stella Artois.

Learn more about Live @ 5: Setting the Table

Mural titled Ulysses Curtis by Danilo Deluxo McCallum (2021) commissioned by XOXO Downsview on view ArtworxTO Hub NORTH: Downsview (70 Canuck Avenue, North York).

XOXO Downsview Walk – June 18th
Join Jane Farrow and special guests on June 18th for a tour showcasing the murals and installation works featured in XOXO Downsview and ArtworxTO Hub NORTH: Downsview (70 Canuck Avenue, North York).

This tour, presented by id8 Downsview, highlights the bold, vital spirit of Downsview. You’ll learn about the compelling and surprising history of music, art, heritage architecture, aviation and performance here – and how it all connects with the present day and plans for the future.

Learn more about XOXO Downsview Walk

Artist, Mark Stoddart in front of Next Kids on the Block photographic installation on view at ArtworxTO Hub EAST: Scarborough Town Centre (300 Borough Dr, Scarborough).

Next Kids on the Block by Mark Stoddart now on View
As a kid growing up in Scarborough, it has been Mark Stoddart’s mission to give back to the community that raised him. Through a months-long collaboration between Mark and school-aged children living in some of Scarborough’s most diverse neighbourhoods, the Spoken Soul Collective presents Next Kids on the Block, now on view at ArtworxTO Hub EAST: Scarborough Town Centre (300 Borough Dr, Scarborough).

This project brought Mark into the classroom environment to work with Scarborough students and encourage them to embrace where they live, who they are, and share their stories with their community and beyond!

Learn more about Next Kids on the Block

From Here Right Now by Panya Clark Espinal (2022) on view at Bayview Subway Station (550 Sheppard Ave. E. Toronto)

TTC Subway Finch to York Mills Station ArtworxTO Tour
Transform your otherwise ordinary subway ride into something memorable with this 90-minute, fully accessible TTC Subway Finch to York Mills Station ArtworxTO Tour sponsored by Stella Artois.

Discover Panya Clark Espinal’s trompe-l’œil artwork and other pieces that connect us with fellow passengers and reminds us that we inhabit shared spaces, and shared experiences.

Explore this tour and others on the DriftscapeApp today

New ArtworxTO Blog Post
Read the recent ArtworxTO Blog post titled “Buried Creeks & Ways of Remembering” authored by Tkaronto-based multi-media artist-researcher and emerging curator, Kalina Nedelcheva. This blog post discusses the untitled mural by Paula Gonzalez-Ossa, in collaboration with the Na-Me-Res located on an underpass at Shaw Street just north of Dupont.

In collaboration with emerging OCADU writers and documentations, the ArtworxTO Blog highlights public art and explores what public art means in the eyes of Torontonians and visitors. Blog posts are published on a bi-weekly basis.

Read the latest ArtworxTO Blog post

ArtworxTO Spotlight Emerging Artists Program
View submissions from our most recent ArtworxTO Spotlight award recipients; Afifa Bari and Yuluo Wei. ArtworxTO Spotlight invites emerging Toronto-based artists to tell their stories. Artists, with five years experience or less, are invited to describe their motivation and the journey taken to currently practice in Toronto. Of these submissions, 52 emerging artists will be selected for the Spotlight, one artist per week for the entire year.

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

Learn more about ArtworxTO Spotlight Emerging Artists Program

Each week ArtworxTO offers several new programs, exhibits, performances, talks, workshops and more. Bookmark and check back often!

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