Urban Canvas: Empowering Youth Through Public Art and Creative Media
Jan 21 2024
event: talk in-person

Full of creativity and curiosity, youths have the potential to make meaningful contributions to the design processes of communities and cities. In a multicultural hub like Toronto, there is a greater importance to engage young people to foster a sense of belonging and create inclusive and vibrant urban spaces, particularly for those from underrepresented families and communities.

‘Urban Canvas: Empowering Youth through Public Art and Creative Media’ is a panel discussion organized by Urban Minds that explores the potential of public art and creative mediums with a focus on their capacity to engage and empower the youth population in our cities. These creative mediums may include public art and installations, murals, photography, videography, designs and more in our urban spaces.

Hear from a diverse group of experts in public art, creative placemaking, and empowering youth through artistic expression. Speakers include Ima Esin from STEPS Public Art, Jess Misak from The Bentway, Ernestine Aying from Corner Commons, and Sariena Luy from Flaunt It.

Photo Journal & Exhibition:
Participate in our Photo Journal competition, ‘Your Neighbourhood through Your Eyes’, for a chance to share your stories, be featured in our exhibition, and win a $50 prize! More information here.

Join us for this dialogue to learn more about the role of public art in fostering genuine youth participation in community and city design! Gain insights on how to incorporate public art into urban planning projects and be inspired to collaborate across sectors to create vibrant, inclusive urban spaces that are aesthetically enriching and empowering for young people.


Urban Minds, Ima Esin (STEPS Public Art), Jess Misak (The Bentway), Ernestine Aying (Corner Commons), Sariena Luy (Flaunt It)


Urban Minds logo
Steps Public Art logo
The Bentway logo
Jane/Finch Community and Family Centre logo
Flaunt it logo


Who should visitors contact with questions regarding accessibility?
Angela Ng
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