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Public Art Forum to kick-off development of Master Plan

October 7, 2013 -

The City is holding a Public Art Forum to start the conversation about a Public Art Master Plan. 

"Kingston has a diverse and thriving arts community that will definitely want to be engaged in the development of the Public Art Master Plan.  We're excited about the opportunities and energy associated with this conversation," says Colin Wiginton, Acting Cultural Director.

The Public Art Forum will start at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at the Agnes Etherington Arts Centre at 36 University Ave.  On exhibit will be Critical Mass: Sculpture by Shayne Dark, who was the artist-in-residence this summer at the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum (the exhibit continues until November 3).

Dark sits on the Forum's panel along with multi-media artist c.j. fluery, public art consultant Helena Grdadolnik of WORKSHOP architecture, and Julie Dupont of the City of Ottawa's Public Art Program. They will speak to a series of topics related to Public Art, including:

  • What are the key features of a successful work of public art?
  • What are the challenges you see for a city embarking on a master plan?

The Forum's program includes:

  • 6:30 p.m. – View the exhibit, meet the panelists and hear from the Ottawa Public Art Program.
  • 7 p.m.  to 9 p.m. – Panel conversation, presentations and Q&A
  • 9 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – Dialogue

The Public Art Master Plan will provide a roadmap for the community—a vision for how public art can enhance public places, architecture, and landscapes—along with a set of policies and processes required for the development of a City public art program.

Plan to get there by bus: www.CityofKingston.ca/tripplanner

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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