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CreateSpace Public Art Forum

STEPS Public Art believes public art has the ability to challenge the systemic inequities that exist in public space. In support of this important work, we facilitate programs that foster inclusive public art practices, build the capacity of underrepresented artists, and demonstrate how public art can help reimagine equitably designed cities.

We are thrilled to launch CreateSpace Public Art Forum, a digital forum that will virtually convene 50 participants who identify as Black, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), racialized, rural and/or youth with disabilities and between the ages of 18-25. CreateSpace Public Art Forum runs from January 10-30, 2022. This forum will foster connections, build understanding across geographies and cultures, as well as provide emerging equity-seeking artists with the skills, relationships and support needed to develop public art practices.

CreateSpace Public Art Forum will see the presentation of 10 pre-recorded talks/workshops created by professional public artists and cultural workers. These talks/workshops will be available in both video (YouTube) and audio (Podcast) versions for accessibility, with ASL translations. Each talk/workshop will be themed around various ideas and concepts of public art practices. Participants will engage with these talks/workshops and create an artistic response, with feedback from peers, as well as one on one feedback from established public artists. Their participation will culminate in a profile on the STEPS Public Art website with a virtual presentation of their work.

STEPS Public Art croit que l’art public a la capacité de défier les inégalités systémiques qui existent dans l’espace public. Pour soutenir ce travail important, nous facilitons les programmes qui encouragent les pratiques d’art public inclusives, renforcent les capacités des artistes sous-représentés et démontrent comment l’art public peut aider à réimaginer des villes conçues de manière équitable.

Nous sommes ravis de lancer CreateSpace Forum d’Art Public, un forum numérique qui réunira virtuellement 50 participants âgés de 18 à 25 ans qui s’identifient comme Noirs, Autochtones (Premières Nations, Inuits et Métis), racialisés, ruraux et/ou les jeunes handicapés. CreateSpace Forum d’Art Public se déroule du janvier 10 au 30, 2022. Ce forum encouragera l’établissement de liens, la compréhension et l’appréciation à travers les géographies et les cultures, fournira aux artistes émergents soucieux d’équité les compétences, les relations et le soutien institutionnel nécessaires à la croissance et au développement des pratiques d’art public.

CreateSpace Forum d’Art Public verra la présentation de 10 conférences/ateliers préenregistrés créés par des artistes publics professionnels et des travailleurs culturels. Ces conférences /ateliers seront disponibles en format vidéo (YouTube) et audio (Podcast), pour des raisons d’accessibilité, avec des traductions en langue des signes américaine en anglais (ASL). Chaque conférence/ateliers s’articulera autour de diverses idées et concepts liés aux pratiques de l’art public. Les participants s’engageront dans ces conférence/ateliers et créeront une réponse artistique, avec les commentaires de leurs pairs, ainsi que des commentaires individuels d’artistes publics établis. Leur participation aboutira à un profil sur le site web STEPS Public Art avec une présentation virtuelle de leur travail.

CreateSpace Public Art Participants

Meet the participants from coast to coast and explore the virtual gallery exhibit of their projects in response to the forum artist talks and workshops.

Afifa Bari

Afifa Bari

Woodbridge, ON

Alanoud Emaish

Alanoud Emaish

Scarborough, ON

Asha Cabaca

Asha Cabaca

Beamsville, ON

Ashley Beerdat

Ashley Beerdat

Brampton, ON

Aysia Tse

Aysia Tse

Etobicoke, ON

Billy Parrell

Billy Parrell

Peterborough, ON

Brandon Baghaee

Brandon Baghaee

Richmond Hill, ON

Chawntay Barrett

Chawntay Barrett

Brampton, ON

Chris Cruz

Chris Cruz

Toronto, ON

Chris Scott Martone Donde

Chris Scott Martone Donde

Montreal, QC

Christine Kos

Christine Kos

Toronto, ON

CRUNCH

CRUNCH

Toronto, ON

Diego Valera

Diego Valera

Montreal, QC

Dubem

Dubem

Winnipeg, MB

Faith Abimbola

Faith Abimbola

Edmonton, AB

Farida Zaman

Farida Zaman

Toronto, ON

Gladys Lou

Gladys Lou

North Vancouver, BC

Halcyon Zoubaidi

Halcyon Zoubaidi

Scarborough, ON

Hope Flynn

Hope Flynn

Burlington, ON

Iman Ali

Iman Ali

Winnipeg, MB

Joaquin Varela

Joaquin Varela

Toronto, ON

Kaela Murphy

Kaela Murphy

Regina, SK

Kaitlyn RICHARDSON Nobiss

Kaitlyn RICHARDSON Nobiss

Iqaluit, NU

Kawama Kasutu

Kawama Kasutu

Eastern Passage, NS

Kyla Yin James

Kyla Yin James

Montreal, QC

Laura O. Okos-iboje

Laura O. Okos-iboje

Winnipeg, MB

Leah Kwak

Leah Kwak

Oakville, ON

Liz Tsui

Liz Tsui

North York, ON

Maneesa Veeravel

Maneesa Veeravel

Scarborough, ON

Marco Marcel Muller

Marco Marcel Muller

Winnipeg, MB

Meg Diamond

Meg Diamond

Camp Morton, MB

Miéchéllè

Miéchéllè

Unionville, ON

Miranda KG

Miranda KG

Toronto, ON

Rae Swan

Rae Swan

Bird's Hill, MB

Shay Picard

Shay Picard

Winnipeg, MB

Soka Lazara

Soka Lazara

Mississauga, ON

Talia Flanzraich

Talia Flanzraich

Maple, ON

Tayler Buss

Tayler Buss

Winnipeg, MB

Tee Gordon

Tee Gordon

Toronto, ON

Tina Nguyen

Tina Nguyen

Vancouver, BC

Vicky Wang

Vicky Wang

Toronto, ON

No one (Yoanna Joseph)

No one (Yoanna Joseph)

Laval, QC

CreateSpace Public Art Forum Facilitators

Amanda Lederle

Amanda Lederle

Toronto, ON

Ammar Mahimwalla

Ammar Mahimwalla

Victoria, BC

Aubyn O'Grady

Aubyn O'Grady

Dawson City, YT

Dee Barsy

Dee Barsy

Montreal, QC

Excel Garay

Excel Garay

Halifax, NS

Florence Yee

Florence Yee

Toronto, ON

Jenel Shaw

Jenel Shaw

Winnipeg, MB

Latifa Pelletier-Ahmed

Latifa Pelletier-Ahmed

Calgary, AB

Making Space

Making Space

Calgary, AB

Su Ying StranG

Su Ying StranG

Lethbridge, AB

CreateSpace Public Art Forum Keynote Speaker

Lori Blondeau

Lori Blondeau

Keynote Address Speaker

Lori Blondeau is Cree/Saulteaux/Métis from Saskatchewan, Canada. Since the 1990s, Blondeau’s artistic practice in the fields of performance, photography and installation, along with her curatorial work and activities as co-founder and Executive Director of the Indigenous art collective TRIBE, has proved decisive to the ever-increasing centrality of Indigenous art and knowledge production in Canada. 

Partners and Funders

CreateSpace Public Art Forum is supported by Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, and CIBC.

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CreateSpace Forum d’Art Public est soutenu par Canadian Heritage, le Canadian Council pour les Arts et CIBC.

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