First Ever Public Art Task Force!

The City of Oshawa has created a “First Ever Public Art Task Force!” aka a “feedback loop” for the arts community to perhaps influence policy for striving artists, creative businesses and “community wealth” projects in Oshawa. I wish this great group the BEST; a lot of imagination and passion in these members; and making culture count in Oshawa is an extraordinary task. Bless Up!
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First Ever Public Art Task Force!

The City of Oshawa is pleased to announce the City’s first Public Art Task Force.

The Public Art Task Force will help support the Public Art Policy and support the City’s Recreation & Culture Services staff on activities including assisting with the development of a city-wide Public Art Strategy, advising on new public art projects and priorities, reviewing public art donations and making recommendations on juried public art competitions.

The Public Art Task Force is comprised of representatives from stakeholder organizations and groups (e.g. The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Durham College, Oshawa Art Association, Cultural Leadership Council) and individual community members who were selected following a public call for applications.

The members of the Public Art Task Force members are:
• Linda Jansma – representing The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
• Sean McQuay – representing Durham College
• Mary Gartlan – representing the Oshawa Art Association
• Will McGuirk – representing the Cultural Leadership Council
• Dani Crosby – Individual Member
• Alyssia Nelson – Individual Member

A Culture Song by the Anti-hero

I enjoy living with a lot of big ideas and knowing the struggle, well challenges to see them materialize – for the hardships are just guiding me along the way to see the big picture one day completed.

Everybody relates to the world differently, yet it is in that, our language, identity forms our culture. At what vantage point do we perceive the best that a city can be civil, creative, conscious? The desire is a choice – I hope comes from a cooperative culture, a wisdom of crowds.

I wrote this poem, inspired by a note I wrote about the experiences of a faustian man dreaming a renaissance – while living in a despotic City.

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I.

experience this connexion

with a composite of

contrition and confusion

crimey and crap

 

the cloak and dagger

a creature of collective

and corrupted consciousness

courage to dream is gome

 

the callous crowds commune

our culture is compromised, compartmentalized

our arts are commercialized

chivalry is scape goated

 

II.

the faustian ,man in the city

the spirit of the cant

communication: exquisite corpse

credulous creeps

 

clay and gray cornerstones

canary in a cage confessions

a creed is called

the creed is cynicism

 

the cold, cold waters

for the creative community pulse

a story of this city’s claim

of the achievements that never came

 

-ARW