ArtworxTO Symposium: Public Art of Tomorrow Registration Now Open

A collaboration between the City of Toronto and Gouvernement du Québec.
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Public Art of Tomorrow Symposium

Online professional conference
As part of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-2022

Mon, Nov 22, 2021, 9:00 AM – Wed, Nov 24, 2021, 4:30 PM EST
Attendance is free (but limited)
Register now by clicking here.

Organized by the City of Toronto and the Gouvernement du Québec, the ArtworxTO Symposium: Public Art of Tomorrow will discuss the future role of public art and artists within urban centres. Keynote speakers, panelists, and industry leaders will discuss pandemic recovery and building back better, stronger, specifically the essential role of the cultural and creative sectors within urban areas. Public art is at the heart of a city’s development and vitality; by reimagining and animating public spaces, cities can bring people back to plazas, main streets, and neighbourhoods that were severely impacted by the pandemic. Further, the integration of public art in communities city-wide, connects citizens to their surroundings and assists with the social development and sustainability of the sector.


Iceberg. Photo by Martine Doyon

Building upon the natural relationship between the City of Toronto and the province of Québec, the ArtworxTO Symposium will connect arts organizations, industry professionals and businesses to work together towards economic recovery. The panels will discuss the importance of public art and its key role in the cities and the revitalization of public spaces. The program will promote expertise in digital creativity, immersive installations and visual arts while provoking discussions on upcoming trends and topics, helping the community prepare for the future of public art. Public art of tomorrow, public art for all.

Participating speakers, artists and industry leaders will be live from all over North America, discussing topics including:

  • Then, Now and Forward: Questions of Public Art
  • When Everyone Gets Into Bed, How Do We Make Public Art a Reality?
  • Future Public Art and Technology: Is it as Radical as it Seems?
  • Public Art: A Real Possibility for Social Change?
  • Actions to Take Now for A Better Public Art Future
  • How to Export Canadian Public Art Expertise
  • Reaching the Community & Citizens Through Public Art


Make Good. Photo by MapinHood

The ArtworxTO Symposium is fully virtual. Registrants will have access to live panels and interactive conferences, networking opportunities, artist showcases, and e-kiosks. Attendees will also have the opportunity to vote on an upcoming temporary public artwork, to be installed in Toronto as part of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-2022.

About ArtworxTO
ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021–2022 is a year-long celebration of Toronto’s exceptional public art collection and the creative community behind it. Working closely with artists and Toronto’s arts institutions, the City of Toronto is delivering major public art projects and commissions, citywide, from fall 2021 to fall 2022. Supporting local artists and new artworks that reflect Toronto’s diversity, ArtworxTO is creating more opportunities for Torontonians to engage with art in their everyday lives. This year, explore your city and discover creativity and community–everywhere. Visit for full details.

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Contact info:
Deanne Moser