Public art creates destinations of neighbourhoods, bringing in customers for businesses and putting beauty on its bare concrete walls.
As Councillor I will table legislation to reduce barriers for property owners to access StreetARTToronto tax credits for commissioning murals on their walls.
I will also liberalize the structure of how public art commissions on City property are awarded to foster greater creative freedom for artists and allow for more aesthetic and intellectual diversity in our murals and in our art scene. The Selection Committee of bureaucrat-approved art critics will be scrapped and in its place will be an open public survey of all candidate pieces available online to all residents and businesses within a 1-kilometre radius of the installation. Local art will reflect local tastes.
Toronto's neighbourhoods belong to the artists and art lovers who live and work there. Not to the whims of a Selection Committee.