Art, diversity, multiculturalism and community are some of the major elements that make Toronto special. The year of 2021, Year of Public Art, has been dedicated as the kick-off year for the City’s new 10-Year of Public Art Strategy signalling Toronto’s renewed commitment to public art.
So why “High Praises”? We need positive communication to better relationships, mental health and our overall attitudes. This project aims to engage with visitors, providing them with kind reminders to lighten their day.
High Praises are a series of large-scale text installations of positive messages installed on rooftops throughout the Queen West streetscape. Each message is a reflection of the community, its rich diversity that engages visitors through dialogue that will have a positive impact. The message installations at each rooftop will encourage foot traffic to the area, with a unique scavenger hunt searching for each one will create an intimate relationship with visitors in a 24/7, accessible and inclusive format, while respecting social distancing. Who is Involved?
Covid-19 has posed some incredible challenges that we never anticipated last year and this carries forward into 2021. We are extremely limited in what we can host or produce while maintaining proper health and safety protocols.
High Praises is a unique and creative solution that can be best viewed at night as they will be illuminated.
The artist community has lost opportunity to exhibit and showcase their talents and crafts. This project provides an outlet to highlight some of the amazing artists, with a commitment to a minimum of 50% of the artist opportunities to be awarded to BIPOC identifying individuals.
269 Queen St W (Civello's)
407 Queen St W
430 Queen St W
488 Queen St W
Artist Open Call - March 2nd to March 18th
Approved Artists Announced - no later than March 25th
Production is planned from March 29th to April 12th
This open call is to solicit interested artists to be a part of this project.
Toronto-based artists who have executed a similar project in scope are eligible to apply. Artists must be capable of following health and safety measures. Liability waivers and other contractual forms will be required upon approval.
Non-Negotiable Qualifying Criteria: -be able to submit a 2-page proposal, if selected, between March 18th - March 25th -be available to paint their approved proposal between March 25th - April 12th -be available to assist with installation of their project between April 12th - April 25th -adhere to proper health and safety protocols, including COVID-19, WSIB, etc.
Evaluation Criteria: -Submit 4 to 6 images of previous work (.pdf or .jpeg) -Relevant Experience working on various mediums -Connection to the neighbourhood/community -Interpretation of the theme presented Other Requirements: -Adjust to community feedback to further refine artwork -Ensure artwork reflects to the message/theme -Represent the City and Queen Street West BIA, through appropriate protocols, promotion, communication and management. -Grant permission for the Queen West BIA and City of Toronto to promote, take photos of the artwork pieces - royalty free
"Positive Messages" will be sanded plywood and primed in advance of the painting, each ranging from 4ft to 8ft in height. Studio access is available at 1485 Dupont Street West. Upon completion, each artwork will be weather-proofed, wired for illumination and transported to be installed at each location by contracted service.
Selected artists will be paid an artist fee of $750 for their approved artwork and concept. Painting supplies will be reimbursed up to an approved amount based on the submitted proposal.
This open call will be open and accepting submissions until March 2nd until March 18th. Selected artists will be notified by March 25th.
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Land Acknowledgement The City of Toronto acknowledges that what we now call Toronto is on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The City also acknowledges that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands.