"Urban Canvas" is about the potential of public art and creative urban design focusing on engaging and empowering youth. A panel discussion on the transformative power of public art and creative mediums in urban design to engage and empower youth.
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.
For the 2024 DesignTO Festival, Urban Minds organized a panel discussion that explores the potential of public art and creative mediums (i.e., art installations, murals, photography, videography, and design competitions) in urban design and planning, with a focus on their capacity to engage and empower youth.
Date: January 21, 2024
Time: 3pm - 5pm
Location: Innis Town Hall Theatre, University of Toronto
Featuring a diverse group of experts, including urban planners, artists, and community organizers, the discussion explored compelling case studies and best practices that have effectively harnessed art to embed diverse youth voices in community building and inspire the next generation of change makers.
Photo Journal Contest
Our photo journal contest, "Your Neighbourhood through Your Eyes", invited youth under the age of 18 to share photos that showed:
Congratulations to our photo journal contest winners: