Bio

 

nk-photos-ss-vs-devon-6335100 WORD BIO:
Devon is a curator, artist and advocate with a history of creating projects that connect across sectors, cities and neighbourhoods. Typically involving large assemblages of organizations  — greatest hits include collabos such as: the Pan Am Path, Arrivals Canada, Streetscape, Housepaint at the ROM, Hype at the AGO, t.h.e.m., Ignite the Americas and mural and research project in Kingston Penitentiary. A co-founder of Manifesto Festival, Devon was also a founder of Beautifulcity.ca. (A successful campaign that put a levy on billboards to fund art in Toronto.) Devon co-taught Arts Advocacy at UofT, has graduated from Nonprofit Management and HR Management programs at Ryerson and holds an MA in Curating from Goldsmiths.  See: ostrom.ca for more.

(Photo by Nick Kozack, 2013 http://www.nickkozak.com/ )


LONG BIO:
Currently, Devon is working as the lead curator for the Pan Am Path. This project included connecting an 80km multi-use trail from Brampton to Pickering – uniting the region with arts, culture and active living opportunities. This community-led project raised over 5 million dollars in legacy commitments, infrastructure improvements and local programming in under two years. The Path has been is widely celebrated as a top legacy project of the 2015 games.

Past work includes Arrivals.ca. Arrivals saw a 100m long transparent photo of the eyes of new citizens across the front windows of city hall – allowing City Councillors to ‘look through the eyes of a newcomer’. The project also included adding an Arrivals section to the ‘Births and Deaths’ section of the Toronto Star.  Greatest hits include the HYPE (Helping Young People Excel) at the AGO, a mural and research project at Kingston Penitentiary, and Canada’s first major exhibition of street art (held at the ROM). His curatorial record also includes the acclaimed Streetscape programming for Luminato 2008, which simultaneously occurred at Regent Park and the former Tent City. Devon was also the art director of Ignite the Americas which saw artistic participation from over 40 Pan American nations.

As a community organizer, Devon is a co-founder and former visual arts director of Manifesto Festival. He also founded BeautifulCity.ca – an alliance of over 60 organizations that created a levy on billboards for art. This led Toronto Council to allot over over 20 million dollars in additional spending to the arts. He also serves as vice-president of the CARFAC Ontario board, on the Toronto Arts Council board and part of Art Gallery of Ontario’s Government Relations Working Group.

Lectures include talks for CARFAC, OCAD, UofT, Luminato, Artscape, Manifesto Jamaica, OpenWalls Spain, Central St. Martins UK, the Canadian Conference of the Arts, the Ontario Nonprofit Network and many more. Devon has co-taught at UofT, holds an MA in curating from Goldsmiths, and has graduated from programs in Non-profit as well as HR management from Ryerson.

 

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(Photo by Nick Kozack, 2013 http://www.nickkozak.com/ )

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(Photo by Tyler Young, 2009)