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How Public is Public Art?

By Adam Cohoon, Lorna Craig, Devon Ostrom, Emily Gillespie, and Gloria Bernal, Researchers

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Saturday, May 7

2:30PM - 3:30PM 


Language: English 

Area: Downtown

Theme: Advocacy, Arts & Architecture, Diversity & Inclusion

Accessibility: Breaks Offered, Busy Sidewalks, Loud Noises, Wheelchair-friendly, Speaker or Amplification, Remote / hybrid / captioned version to be announced after the walk.


A rolling talk around the canary district to discuss research on sensorial and physical access to creative public spaces. Co-learn new ways of understanding creative public spaces in Toronto.

  • Walk Start Location: 434 Front Street East, M5A 0J6Look for Lamp Post Sculpture (Untitled / Toronto Lamp Posts, Tadashi Kawamata, 2015)

  • Nearest Public Transit: Cherry x Front St. E Streetcar Stop, OR: King St East x Sumach St

Route Map:

Please note, there will be filming and photography during this walk. The documentation may be used for non-commercial, nonprofit and educational purposes towards improving accessibility of the city. If you do not want to be photographed or filmed, or your face to not be shown in footage, please contact the organizers onsite or email Registrants will also be shown a preview version prior to any public release of filmed documentation. By confirming registration you agree to these terms. Thank you for understanding and participating in this event.

AccessArt’s mission is to expand who shapes and enjoys the benefits of creative public spaces.  AccessArt’s mandate is to improve access to creative public spaces for deaf / neurodiverse / disabled artists. Activities include dialogue, open-source research and developing mapping solutions led, co-led and implemented by Neurodiverse / Deaf / Disabled Artists, arts workers with disabilities and allies.  We aim to produce sustainable improvement to both the accessibility of physical spaces and the processes that shape our shared creative spaces.  

More on
Phase 2 wrap video: (4 mins, CC)
Co-Design Poster:

AccessArt is proud to be a part of the inaugural year of Provocation Ideas: a new festival bringing together disparate voices working for positive change. View the full line-up of speakers at is Supported by:


Image Credit: Photo by Saajid Motala, 2021.


Image Description: The distorted photo depicts a tangle of bent metal bars at various heights and light bulbs. In the centre is a shadow of a person that stretches off to the sides and merges with shadows of the sculpture at the centre. The image distortion is due to the photo lens used. The art piece depicted is titled: Untitled / Toronto Lamp Posts and was completed by Tadashi Kawamata in 2015. This is also the meeting point for the talk.


30 person maximum. Click here to register.

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