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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:

Last Chance to See The FACE OF ISLAM Exhibition
The FACE OF ISLAM portrait series by Zahra Siddiqui is only on view until July 28th at ArtworxTO Hub NORTH: Downsview (70 Canuck Avenue, Toronto). This is your last chance to experience the exhibit that captures and illustrates the diversity within the Islamic Community in Toronto. It is meant to challenge people’s ideas and hopefully channel energy from their hearts, to move from a place of Humanity.

Learn more about The FACE OF ISLAM

Image of Zahra Siddiqui’s flower design featured in Listen. Learn. Act. Issue 003 (May – October 2022)

Listen. Learn. Act. Zine Artist Spotlight: Zahra Siddiqui
In the third edition of Listen. Learn. Act., Flowers for You artist Zahra Siddiqui describes how her background as a youth worker has influenced the photographer and community activator she is today. The artist feature invites readers participate in her Flowers for You project by cutting out a flower designed by Zahra and sharing photos on social media.

Zahra Siddiqui’s project The FACE OF ISLAM is on view until July 28th at ArtworxTO Hub North: Downsview (Downsview Park, 70 Canuck Ave, North York)

Discover more about ArtworxTO hub exhibitions in the third 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 003 (May – October 2022) today at any Hub location or download online.

Read the Listen. Learn. Act. Zine Artist Spotlight: Zahra Siddiqui

Image of Project T-Dot installation on view at Toronto City Hall (100 Queen St W).

Project T-Dot on View Now
Project T-Dot is a definitive visual story by artist and photographer Ajani Charles that sheds new light on the city’s hip-hop scene, presenting a Toronto subculture in a way that exemplifies the cultural richness of Toronto. Project T-Dot features large-scale prints on the main and second floor windows of the south west corner of Toronto City Hall (100 Queen St W).

Learn more about Project T-Dot

Sandra Brewster, A Place to Put Your Things, 2021-2022. Courtesy the artist. Installation view: By Way of Communion, The Power Plant, 2022. Photo: Henry Chan

A Place to Put Your Things by Sandra Brewster
This large-scale installation located at the Harbourfront Centre is artist Sandra Brewster’s first public artwork. A Place to Put Your Things piece invites participants to enjoy, “a place to rest and be at peace, to unburden oneself, and simply sway at one’s own pace and rhythm.” This project is funded by ArtworxTO Partner Grant in partnership with The Power Plant.

Learn more about A Place to Put Your Things

Watch the Recording of the latest ArtworxTO Talk, Live @ 5 On-Demand
The final ArtworxTO Talks, Live @ 5: Setting the Table session is now available to watch On-Demand. This online talk was hosted by Rebecca Carbin, moderated by Chef Kareema and featured speakers Sameer Farooq, Diane Borsato, Rob Shostak and Berlin Reed.

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 ArtworxTO Talks: Live @ 5 series is supported by Stella Artois.

Watch the recording of ArtworxTO Talks, Live @ 5

New ArtworxTO Blog Post: Time Track
Read the recent ArtworxTO Blog post titled “Time Track” authored by aspiring curator and art historian Anqi Li. This blog post discusses Time Track by Mille Chan and Warren Quigley (2000) located at Dempsey Park 250 Beecroft Rd, North York) is an excellent example of rejecting the essentializing qualification for monumental public installation.

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

Help Shape the Future of Public Art in Toronto!
Have your say on Toronto public art and help shape the future! Share your experience with ArtworxTO public art, programming, and events by taking this quick feedback survey below and have a chance to receive a free ArtworxTO T-shirt. The results of this survey will be analyzed at the group level and will be used towards the evaluation of the overall ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-2022 program. This survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

Take the ArtworxTO Program Evaluation Survey

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ArtworxTO Merchandise Now Available
ArtworxTO branded merch created by Toronto artist and graphic designer Mark Stoddart is now available for purchase.

All proceeds from the sale of ArtworxTO merchandise will go towards RISE Edutainment. R.I.S.E. is a grassroots organization empowering BIPOC youth in the Greater Toronto Area to create meaningful art rooted in self-knowledge and self-expression.

Buy now and support local artists!

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

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