Co-founder, lead Curator
In July 2013, the Friends of the Pan Am Path, in collaboration with the City of Toronto received City Council endorsement for the Pan Am Path as a Host City Showcase Program of the Pan Am/Parapan Am 2015 Games. This included a commitment to create over 80 km of continuous trail across the city(completion in 2017.)
The Friends of the Pan Am Path aligned funding, partners and supporters into a city-wide collaboration of over 100 partners to develop and execute the Pan Am Path Art Relay. From May 16 to August 15, 2015, the Pan Am Path came alive with a city-wide relay of art installations and events, celebrating Toronto’s greatest assets: diversity, nature and arts. Fourteen separate zone events took place along the Path and featured public art installations, music, performances and family-friendly festivals.
Friends of the Pan Am Path ( Panampath.org ) is a non-profit organization. The vision of the Pan Am Path is to combine the power of arts and sport to create a living trail across Toronto. Friends was established in 2013 with the mandate to:
– Bring the Pan Am Path to life through arts, culture and sport
– Engage local community-based leadership to create inclusive programming
– Establish a legacy and attraction that continues to grow beyond the Pan Am Games
Art Relay 2015 Collaborators, Locations and Dates
May 16 – Spring! Launch Event, Centre for Urban Ecology / Humber Arboretum by AFCY and CUE.
May 23 – “Freedom Fridayz Festival & Born This Way Mural”, Pine Point Park by Essencia Collective, CSSP and Freedom Fridays
May 30 – “Activate! Weston-Mount Dennis”, Cruickshank Park by Dan Bergeron and UrbanArts
June 10 – “Album”, Lambton House / Dundas St. Bridge by Red Dress Productions, Amnesty Int. and Arts Etobicoke
June 14 – “Walking Wave”, Sir Casimir Gzowski Park by Lakeshore Arts
June 20-26 – “First Story Toronto Tours and App”, Fort York by The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto
June 20 – “Live Art Festival”, Underpass Park by St.Art Toronto and Mural Routes
June 27 – “Sportsmanship Under Surveillance”, Sur Gallery, Pier 27 by LACAP
July 4, 5 – “Singing River”, Todmorden Mills / Don Valley by Evergreen Brickworks and Urbanvessel
July 11 – “Shift”, Taylor Creek Park Parking lot (off Don Mills Road) by East End Arts
July 17 – “Corridor Connections”, Centennial College Ashtonbee / Wexford Park, by No.9 Contemporary Art and the Environment
July 25 – “J’ouvert Performance & Carnival on the Pathway”, Scarborough Museum / Thompson Memorial Park by Ballet Creole
Aug 4, 5 – “Fairgrounds”, University of Toronto Scarborough by Hart House
Aug 15 – “Maadaadizi / Summer Journeys”, Rouge Beach / First Nations Trail by Jason Baerg and Denise Bolduc
Art works in image: Santee Smith / Jason Baerg, Fairgrounds by Hart House, Sean Martindale, Z*otz Collective, Native Earth.
Photo Credits: Nadya Kwandibens, Devon Ostrom, Saajid Motala, Taiwo Bah, Sean Martindale, Dan Bergeron and Martin Reis.
Layout by: Visual Tactics, Devon Ostrom and CMango.