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
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.
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
the faustian ,man in the city
the spirit of the cant
communication: exquisite corpse
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