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Vision & Strategic Pillars

Building on the foundational policies of the City’s Official Plan, and the passion and wisdom expressed by the more than 400 community members engaged through our consultation process, the Toronto Public Art Strategy envisions public art empowering creativity and community — everywhere.

Image: Tepknuset, Jordan Bennett, 2019

This is a vision for public art that puts artists and communities at the heart of the strategy. It's a vision for artistic creativity and experimentation, exploring new opportunities for artists to use Toronto as their canvas, building and affirming the city’s position as a cultural capital leader. It prioritizes the public experience and mobilizes communities to engage with public art. This vision is underpinned by a commitment to embed truth and reconciliation with Indigenous communities as foundational principles. This commitment is fundamental to addressing the deficit of Indigenous cultural representation in the public realm, and also positions Toronto to build a collection of public art unlike any other—one that is deeply connected to the cultural expression of Indigenous communities.

Read the City of Toronto’s new 10-year Public Art Strategy