ArtworxTO: IMAGInuity | Live @ 5 | ArtBuzz Audio | 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:

IMAGInuity Exhibition of the Museum of the Future 3022, Nico Taylor and Queen Kukoyi, (2022)

IMAGInuity Exhibition of the Museum of the Future 3022, On View at ArtworxTO Hub North
IMAGInuity is an interactive exhibition consisting of three parts that looks at the clever, creative, and resourceful contributions of inventors who are part of the African diaspora.

The first part was an Inventor Showcase that displayed the objects of six Afrodiasporic inventors using Augmented Reality (AR) to add an interactive component. Then Visioning Sessions were held for the public to speculate on the future of these objects, focusing on how they could function, or the issues they might address 1000 years from now.

Finally, an exhibition of the Museum of the Future 3022 featuring the revolutionized objects from the Visioning Sessions in dialogue with the inventions that inspired them, was created. See it now at ArtworxTO Hub NORTH: Downsview.

IMAGInuity (2022) is a dialogue of past & future Black ingenuity curated by BSAM Canada’s Queen Kukoyi and Nico Taylor in collaboration with VR artist SPATIAL-ESK.

Learn more about IMAGInuity

Curtia Wright’s mural as part of ALLSTYLES on view at ArtworxTO Hub NORTH: Downsview located at 70 Canuck Ave, North York

Listen. Learn. Act. Zine Spotlight: How to Paint a Mural with Curtia Wright
In the second edition of Listen. Learn. Act., ALLSTYLES (2021) artist Curtia Wright describes her process of creating large-scale murals. Learn how to paint your own mural in five easy steps.

Curtia Wright is a multidisciplinary fine artist, mural artist and arts educator based in Toronto, Ontario. Her mural for ALLSTYLES is a celebration of Black hair and its ability to connect folks within the Black diaspora to one another. The ALLSTYLES mural is located at Downsview Park as part of the ArtworxTO Hub North: Downsview.

Discover more about ArtworxTO hub exhibitions in the second issue of Listen. Learn. Act., an educational toolkit/zine that invites the public to take a deep dive into the conceptual underpinnings of projects and programs at ArtworxTO hub exhibitions. Pick up your Listen. Learn. Act. Issue 002 (February – May 2022) today at any Hub location or download online.

Read the Listen. Learn. Act. Zine Spotlight with Curtia Wright

Jordan Sook, Thank You For Keeping Us On Track, 2021 Union Station, west wing. In partnership with Nia Centre For The Arts

ArtworxTO Talks: Live @ 5 – April 13th
Tune in on Wednesday, April 13th from 5-6pm for the latest ArtworxTO Talks: Live @ 5, Defining a Monument Landscape for the Future. The April edition will be hosted by Rebecca Carbin, moderated by Maya Wilson-Sanchez, and include panelists: Quentin VerCetty, Jordan Sook, Sandra Laronde and Karen Carter. 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.

Learn more about ArtworksTO Talks, Live @ 5

Dreaming by Jaume Plensa (2017) located at 100 Adelaide St W, Toronto ON

Learn About Dreaming Via ArtBuzz Audio Art Stories
Standing at 28 feet tall in the heart of the Financial District, Dreaming by Jaume Plensa (2017) represents a portrait of a subdued young girl with closed eyes enhances the architectural narrative of Oxford’s dynamic buildings. Hear directly from the creator, Jaume Plensa using your smartphone with ArtBuzz. In this two-part ArtBuzz segment, Plensa shares the intention of Dreaming; delving into the ideas and details behind the project.

ArtBuzz is a project led by documentarian David Tarnow. The digital program explores the real stories behind Public Art and Monuments within the City of Toronto. Through the integration of the ArtworxTO Interactive Map, users can access audio recordings of detailed information of over 75 artworks.

Explore the clips in the ArtworxTO On Demand media library.

Toronto Biennial of Art – On Now!
The Toronto Biennial of Art is officially open and will run until June 5, offering a variety of free exhibitions, performances and learning opportunities. The Biennial is Canada’s leading visual arts event focused exclusively on contemporary art from around the world. This year’s event is titled What Water Knows, The Land Remembers, and features city-wide programming that aims to inspire individuals, engage communities and contribute to global conversations.

Learn more about the Toronto Biennial of Art

Take the ArtworxTO Program Evaluation Survey
Tell us about your ArtworxTO experience! The ArtworxTO team seeks to understand the impact of public art on our shared spaces and experiences. Share your experience with ArtworxTO public art, programming, and events by taking the Evaluation survey. We want to continually improve the City of Toronto’s public art efforts and programming by better understanding your experiences. Share your thoughts and help shape the future of public art in Toronto.

Take the ArtworxTO Program Evaluation Survey

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