'Change the Bill' presented by the he Native Women’s Association of Canada

When we refined our mission, vision and purpose earlier last year, we added justice as one of our main pillars. This year many of the exhibits and events featured in the Festival have a social justice focus. Read on to learn about five projects you can experience this January that we hope will help shape the future.

Shaping Space: Culturally Responsive Public Spaces. What We’ve Heard So Far
January 25, 2023 | 1PM
Join STEPS Public Art as they share findings to date from Shaping Space, an ongoing project with their partners and collaborators exploring health equity related to public space access with a special focus on equity-seeking communities.
Change the Bill
January 20–28, 2023
The Local Gallery
621 College Street, Toronto
An Indigenous woman has never appeared on a Canadian banknote. Working with Indigenous artists, the Native Women’s Association of Canada created ‘Bills of Change’, a collection of bills that bear the faces of history’s most significant Indigenous women.
BIPOC Portfolio Collaboration

January 27, 2023 | 1PM

To correct the disproportionate representation of BIPOC within the architecture and design professions, students that identify from these groups are invited to a collaborative portfolio review session with leaders in the design community.

Design for Change

January 21–26, 2023
Innis Town Hall at Innis College
2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto

‘Design for Change’ is a community design exhibit celebrating the creativity of high school students across the Greater Toronto Area, featuring youth-led design-build prototypes and concept plans for redesigning the St. James Town Co-op Community Garden.


January 11–31, 2023
Artscape Youngplace
180 Shaw Street, Toronto

Dying.exhibits’ is an exhibition series on the end of life, inviting participants to think about their relationship with life and death through art and design. Get comfortable with the uncomfortable and start talking about what truly matters.

The 2023 DesignTO Festival runs January 20-29, 2023 at venues across Toronto. View the full Festival Schedule and start planning your Festival experience.