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Panel: Redefining Public Art in Toronto: A Mixed Method Approach to Public Art Policy

  • Room: 204 Accolade West, York University 89 York Boulevard North York, ON, M3J 2S5 Canada (map)

Researchers from OCAD University and the University of Toronto are undertaking public policy research that seeks to answer the question, “How can the City of Toronto become an international leader in public art?”  All manner of work—spanning from the traditional materials of bronze, wood, stone to new electronic media and murals, as well as ephemeral events such as Nuit Blanche, now defines the realm of public art, lending character to a rapidly evolving city with its complex mix of diversity neighbourhoods and cultures. We will share our mixed methods approach which combines contemporary art and design history research, cultural studies and cultural sociology.  We will consider how public art is defined in Toronto and beyond, and explore its funding base. We will share best practices gleaned from a significant literature review, the application of Natural Language Processing to extract policies and themes, and the results of interviews and forums. We will point to policy directions that are emerging from the research.

Moderator: Dr. Sara Diamond, President, OCAD University (moderator)

Panelist: Dr. Marie-Josée Therrien, OCAD University; Francisco Alvarez, OCAD U; Dr. Dan Silver, University of Toronto, Dr. Analays Alvarez Hernandez, University of Toronto.