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Public Art Master Plan

We have created the Public Art Master Plan to help City staff develop and maintain public art with a clear understanding of the needs and opportunities that exist here. The plan guides our Public Art Policy and Public Art Program, which regulates how we choose sites, commission art and fund the program. 

What is public art?

Public art is defined as an art work in any media created by an artist that is planned and executed with the intention of being displayed in public space. Public art funded by the City’s capital planning and budgeting process is included in plans for new and renewed facilities, parks and infrastructure. The completed projects become part of the Civic Collection. The City also supports the commissioning of works of temporary public art. This promotes diverse cultural expression in civic spaces, places and neighbourhoods.

Why do we have a Public Art Master Plan? 

The Public Art Master Plan will:  

    • Provide staff with a framework needed to develop and maintain public art and support activity in the community
    • Align with collections management policy being developed for donations, acquisitions and de-accessioning
    • Create consistent standards for public art projects

Our consultation process

The public art master plan was informed by public and stakeholder input. The public consultation process took place between October 2013 and May 2014.

City staff from across six departments held 11 internal and external stakeholder meetings. The external stakeholder meetings involved members of the Arts Advisory Committee’s appointed public art working group and the design and development community.

More than 100 members of the public attended a public art forum held jointly by the City and the Agnes Etherington Arts Centre in October 2013. The forum panel included artists and experts in developing and maintaining public art programs.

Workshop Architecture, the consultants leading the master planning process, ran an interactive workshop as part of the Art Zoo event on Family Day, February 17, 2014. In this workshop, 300 children and their caregivers created drawings and sculptures that shared their bright public art ideas.

In partnership with the Kingston Arts Council, we initiated a program of five pieces of temporary public art, each done by local artists. By interacting with the public art, over 3000 people contributed their input to the master plan.

We received 217 responses to a public survey, either online or by paper. The survey gauged interest in a public art program and gathered input on what such a program could look like.

Contact Us

City of Kingston
City Hall
216 Ontario Street
Kingston, ON K7L 2Z3
Phone: 613-546-0000
Fax: 613-546-7816

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