For the next year (2016), we will work with a broad-base set of arts-based and non-arts based partners to host meet-ups, events and activations that begin to map and network the landscape of people, projects and associations that are trying to engender citizen engagement, as well as social connection, inclusion and resiliency.
This work will culminate in a festival in May/June 2017 wherein we will partner with the Spur Festival to host a public and accessible festival with the theme of (presently) “Alone Together.” The Festival brings thought leaders, artists and the public together to reflect on this topic. Publicly accessible art is already an integral feature of the festival—spoken word, dance, music, etc. However, we will expand the arts component so that there are many activations occurring throughout the city while also focusing them all on a call to action that inspires audiences to make the shift from spectators into participants.
We will (1) mobilize and network many artists from diverse backgrounds, (2) deploy a broad range of interactive medium and modalities, and (3) optimize exposure (public places, buzz, etc.). Insofar as inclusive community is one where everyone belongs, it will be essential that the artists are representative of the broad constituency of community: aboriginal artists, children and youth, persons with disabilities, etc. Bursaries will be made available to arts groups and they will be provided ongoing project support, as needed.