Start date: 1 January, 2017
End date: 31 December, 2017
Art Starts proposes a new cartography. Cartography 17 envisions a collaborative, arts-based representation of Toronto’s geography as it existed over 150 years ago and as it exists today. Cartography 17 will see a new kind of map-making; one that restores and embraces Indigenous place names while animating and representing current neighbourhoods through hands-on artistic expression by Toronto residents.
Nature of the Project Reach
We hope to impact the communities that contribute to the vast cultural representation of Toronto. This will be done through consultations with key members of the varying communities to bring together a map that truly represents the diversity of Toronto.
Art Starts, in collaboration with a lead artist, an Indigenous artist with deep knowledge of Toronto land & history, a cartographer, and residents of neighbourhoods situated on the margins, will create a multifaceted map.
Our focus is to illuminate Native cartography which was systematically overwritten by settlers, while also giving expression to current day neighbourhoods that so often go unacknowledged. The final map, a legacy in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary and Art Starts’ 25th, will be exhibited in spaces such as libraries, galleries, City Hall, etc.