Call for Participation – Inclusive Mentorship: Integration of New Artists to Public Art Survey

Bianca Weeko Martin

Help Shape Knowledge Sharing and Inclusion for New Artists to Public Art – Take a 5 minute Survey

A collaboration between SUMO Project and ZWARTstudio, to develop a new mentorship prototype to address barriers in the public art sector. This work is funded by a Seed Grant from the Strategic Innovation Fund from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Why take the survey?
This survey will take about 5-6 minutes. Your participation will help identify what artists new to public art need to succeed. Information gathering to date shows a need to understand the system from beginning to end, from conception or ideation all the way to fabrication and implementation. What kind of connections, tools, knowledge, and opportunities will help you create public art? Take the survey and let us know what you think.

Click here to take the survey

We’d love to hear from you if you are an artist with or without any public art experience! Surveys are anonymous. No personal information will be collected. Your responses will help shape the next steps of our efforts to make public art inclusive to all.

Survey Deadline: September 30, 2023

For more information about our research and ongoing updates click here.

Project Description
In order to develop an informed understanding prior to the creation of the final toolkit, we have been spending the last 4 months interviewing people in the field which includes experienced artists, developers, art consultants, municipalities, Business Improvement Areas (BIA’s), fabricators, TPAC members, art professionals, educators & curators etc., researching, analyzing and ultimately with the goal of producing a toolkit that will test our theoretical findings in practice.

Survey questions are about each person’s experience with public art in Ontario, how they access information, navigate the process, what they see as challenges or barriers, what has worked well, and thoughts on what is needed.

The project aims to provide tangible opportunities for novice artists by creating a toolkit after the research phase and develop collaborations and partnerships to address the barriers identified using a ‘pilot project’.

The Inclusive Mentorship research is funded by a Seed Grant from the Strategic Innovation Fund from the Canada Council for the Arts.

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