Junction Arts Festival, Toronto
September 9 – 10, 2006
The many ways artists can contribute to the improvement of city life is becoming increasingly evident. Although it is widely known that artists can provide ideas for urban beautification projects, it is also clear that artists have an enormous amount to offer in terms of concepts for public housing developments, facilities planning, and local activism. The notion of a creative city is something that many municipalities are beginning to embrace, yet it is important to remember that this must be approached as more than a plan to encourage tourism or to jumpstart economics – creative thinking generates alternative points of view about the nature of community and life itself.
Trust Us, We’re Artists seeks to underscore the importance of contemporary art to everyday life as an invaluable mode of reflection, research, critique, and empowerment through a range of performance-based interventions and artist-led consultations that will warm the heart and fire up the mind.
Featured Artists: Tejpal S. Ajji (Toronto), Ulysses Castellanos (Toronto), Kirsten Forkert (Montréal/Malmö), and Jessica MacCormack & Hazel Meyer (Montréal).