Creative City Network of Canada
Public Art and Monuments Series

Public Art and Monuments Part 1:
Reconciliation and Relationships

A National Call for Members

Thursday, August 19, 2021

In Part 1, CCNC members are invited to a roundtable-style discussion designed to allow municipal culture workers to touch base with colleagues about how their public art policy, plan, or work has (or has not) included action towards Indigenous reconciliation or strengthening relationships with local Indigenous communities.

Who is invited:

All CCNC members are invited. CCNC will be verifying that registered emails belong to representatives of Municipal, Organizational, or Individual members. Those working on public art and/or heritage portfolios are especially encouraged to attend.

Members who identify as Indigenous to Turtle Island (First Nations, Inuit, Métis) are invited to offer first thoughts in the roundtable discussion. If this is of interest to you, please email us at [email protected] to notify staff.

Things to Bring:

We want to encourage new faces at this table. If you are a regular at our National Calls, we are so looking forward to seeing you in August. Please reach out to colleagues in public art, heritage, and those working in Indigenous Relationship roles to attend. Questions for the floor will include:

  • Was a local monument put under heightened scrutiny this summer? What was the action taken to address this at the municipal level?
  • Have the ongoing discoveries at residential school sites been the catalyst for proposed changes in your cultural plan, public art policy, heritage work, etc.?
  • What are the tools in place for community education on reconciliation?
  • How does your public art policy/plan make space for Indigenous voices?
  • Ask a question to the group.


Public Art and Monuments in Canada's Municipalities (Part 2)
Public Art and Monuments in Canada's Municipalities (Part 2)
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 There is limited space left for Part 2 with special guest Ken Lum of Monument Lab
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This event is also open to non-members and will include a Q&A with artist Ken Lum based on his work and his interview on the CCNC podcast miniseries. Participants then will attend breakout sessions on focused sub-topics of public art and monuments.

Hosted by the CCNC Public Art Network Council. 

Podcast: Ken Lum
200+ Successes

Over the last two months, Hill Strategies Research set out on CCNC’s behalf to collect stories from artists and organizations across Canada who exhibited resilience through innovation. Some quick facts of how it went:

  • 2 months
  • 4 partners (CCNC, Les art et la ville, Cultural Human Resources Council, CCUNESCO)
  • 1 team of superstar story seekers (lead by Hill Strategies Research)
  • 200+ stories of innovation and resilience
  • All disciplines of art and culture
  • A mosaic of ethno-cultural backgrounds represented
  • Submissions from both official languages
  • 10 provinces, 3 territories represented

From here, Hill Strategies will dive deeper into the 30 stories that showcase highly learnable innovation and resilience in regards to finding new audiences and generating new streams of revenue. A report on these 30 will be published and available in the fall.

In 2022, with the help of the Cultural Human Resources Council, we will develop and deliver hands-on training opportunities for the sector in a post-COVID world. The aim of this two-phase project is to build an even more resilient sector and inform future policy around sector support. 


Stay tuned for snapshots of all the stories! They are too good to not share and celebrate.

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Our fantastic summer student, William Latham, has been reaching out to members about the best way to get going on the Portal all summer. He's met with members over Zoom to walk through features like completing member profiles, adding team members, and subscribing to discussion boards. If you have not heard from William yet and would like to book a Zoom tutorial, email [email protected].


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