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TO DO Tours: Creating Communities Through Art


Sat, Jan 20, 2018

11:00 am — 12:00 pm




Location Accessible


2 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, ON


Free, but requires RSVP



The ongoing renaissance at Yonge + St. Clair continues this January as Slate Asset Management joins TO DO to present a series of lobby installations. Three installations will be on display near the midtown intersection, including work from international design firms Gensler and IBI Group, as well as local studio superkul.

Join a group of public art experts for a thought-provoking walking tour at the intersection of Yonge + St. Clair. The tour will start in the lobby of 2 St. Clair Avenue West. Ilana Altman, Patricio Davila, and Anjuli Solanki will provide their own perspectives on the architect-designed installations, give insight into their experience in public art, and raise questions about art in the urban realm.


Ilana Altman is the Director of Programming at The Bentway where she works with local and international partners to implement innovative and engaging programming, revealing new possibilities for public space. She is a designer, curator, and editor based in Toronto with a background in art and architecture. Ilana has worked for number of notable international design firms including Studio Daniel Libeskind and Diller Scofidio + Renfro in New York, and KPMB Architects in Toronto. She has led the curation and design of exhibitions and installations at the SFMOMA, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and the Art Gallery of Ontario. In 2014 Ilana founded The Artful City, a multi-faceted collaborative initiative that aims to advance public art research as a tool for engagement, foster vital public art practices, and influence policies supporting healthy and imaginative cities. The Artful City engages multiple communities — from students, to artists, developers, and architects — to sustain a dialogue around the role of public art in promoting equity and inclusion across Toronto’s communities.

Patricio Davila is a designer, artist and educator. He is currently Associate Professor in Design and Associate Dean at OCAD University. He is also member of the OCADU Mobile Media Lab and Visual Analytics Lab. Patricio is director of Public Visualization Lab. His doctoral research focused on developing a theoretical framework for examining data visualization as assemblages of subjectivation and power. In his creative practice he has created mobile applications, locative media projects, essay videos, new media installations, and participatory community projects including: Powers of Kin, Chthuluscene, Tent City Projections, The Line, and In The Air Tonight. His research and practice focuses on the politics and aesthetics of participation in the visualization of spatial issues with a specific focus on urban experiences, mobile technologies and large-scale interactive public installations.

Anjuli Solanki is the Director of Community Programs at STEPS Initiative. She is a painter and public artist, coming from a background in community engagement, public programming, and urban research. Anjuli holds a Master of Science in Urban Planning from Oxford Brookes University and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Geography from the University of British Columbia. Founded in 2011, STEPS (Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space) Initiative, is a charity that bridges culture, community, and city-building by animating unlikely public spaces. While creating opportunities for hundreds of artists, and working with local communities, STEPS also builds capacity through their development programs for emerging artists and youth.

Check out what’s also happening at Yonge + St. Clair:

#ohdeer by Gensler
Second Life by superkul

Smashing Barriers, Creating Vision
The Space Between by IBI Group
TO DO Talks: Undo Toronto


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Ilana Altman, Patricio Davila, Anjuli Solanki