Role: Lead Curator, Co-founder
Creation of a continuous trail was unanimously endorsed by the City of Toronto’s Executive Committee followed by City Council’s approval in a landslide 37-1 vote. The Path aims to link neighbourhoods across the city and engage diverse communities through opportunities for art, enriched public spaces, tourism and local economic development. At sites along the Path, local arts organizations will work with Pan American artists to shine a light on the best in their communities. For a quick three minute video, please visit http://www.panampath.org .
According to the staff report approved by the Deputy City Manager, “the Path is expected to be used by thousands of Toronto residents every year and has the potential to become a high profile tourist attraction in its own right.” Staff also stated that the Pan Am Path is the only legacy / city showcase project to fulfill all three assessment criteria, including: supporting economic development and tourism, sport development and healthy living, and, resident engagement and cultural celebration.
Project partners and endorsements include Manifesto Community Projects, Lord Cultural Resources, Evergreen Brick Works, The City of Toronto, TO2015, Civic Action, Metrolinx, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Bike T.O., Cycle Toronto, Park People, Ontario Trails Council, Jane’s Walk, the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, Hart House, Etobicoke Arts, Lakeshore Arts, East Arts, Urban Arts, North York Arts and the Scarborough Arts Council. The project has also been publicly endorsed by the Mayor and nine city Councillors from across the political spectrum. Councillors endorsing include the Chairs of the following committees: Economic Development and Culture, the Mayor’s Taskforce on Arts and Theatres, and the Pan Am/Parapan American Games Secretariat.
With construction of the physical path now underway, Friends of the Pan Am Path (PanAmPath.org) is now in the early stages of developing the arts and culture sites along the route.