Have your say on the future of public art in Brampton

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Published April 3, 2023 at 9:12 am

An instalation by artist Ron Baird titles "Three screens (time, tracks, trestle bridge" at 101 Commuter Drive in Brampton.

From sculptures and monuments to interactive displays and murals, Brampton residents can have their voices heard on the future of public art projects across the city.

The City is looking for feedback from residents to help develop a public art strategy for Brampton. Input from residents will help the City fine-tune its current public art collection and help guide future projects.

Public art can include a wide range of mediums, styles and forms including murals – like one planned to honour killed Brampton rapper Sidhu Moose Wala – and sculptures, or interactive new-media installations like the GhostTrain installation on Commuter Dr.

The projects can be permanent or temporary and include beautification initiatives like the traffic control boxes pilot project, which saw local artists explore their connection to the City and capture the spirit of Brampton by bringing life and colour to City infrastructure.

The City is asking residents to take part in a survey to share their thoughts on the future of public art in Brampton. There will also be a series of community engagement sessions later this month for Bramptonians to connect with City staff to help shape the public art strategy.

Coun. Rowena Santos has been a vocal supporter of the arts in Brampton which she says “are pivotal in creating welcoming spaces.”

“We want our community to be reflective of the talent, spirit and creativity that lives here,” Santos said. “A comprehensive Public Art Strategy will help us achieve that and more, as we work to foster an environment where everyone can thrive.”

The public art survey is open until May 31 and can be found here. Below are the dates and times for the City’s public art engagement sessions:

Mount Pleasant Village Library
April 13 – 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 pm

Susan Fennell Sportsplex
April 15 – 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Gore Meadows Library
April 18 – 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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