Proposal forThe Artist Residency Programme in Downtown Oshawa November 2010
Who we are: The two artists who would initially participate in this pilot project areWendy Wallace and Jacqueline Lemmon We are both artists with a formal arts educationand a history of exhibitions and teaching experience.
What we are proposing:• We would like to ask for your support in developing a mutually beneficial programme between the artist community and the City of Oshawa. We feel that such a relationship will nurture the concept of a Creative City Initiative.• We ask for a one-year commitment of donated studio space in the downtown corridor, which will be open to the public during the daytime hours while we are working.• We also ask for an equitable stipend of $10,000 for start-up costs and materials.
What we can do: • In exchange for the City’s support of our proposal, we would create one installation each of public art for City grounds to be installed by Oshawa’s Public Works Department. In keeping with the vision of a renaissance of downtown Oshawa, after just three years the City would have six pieces of public art that could be used to feature and highlight the City’s cultural base with a walk-about brochure guide. The arts programme and subsequent installation wouldpromote a new identity for the downtown neighbourhoods and help reshape its history.
Our vision for the future: These art works would be celebrated with an opening and exhibition, which would also introduce new artists in residency and wherein the City would be recognized as a contributor.The artists in residence could also be mentors for Durham College and Durham Public and Separate School BoardsVisual Arts Programs students. The artwork produced by students who participate in the mentoring programme would be celebrated with an exhibition each semester.
Change for the better:It will encourage other artists to participate andbring about economic spin-offs.We believe the artists studio to be one step closerin encouraging people to think of the downtown of Oshawaas a family-friendly and culturally-diverse neighbourhood.The arts programme will promote a new and positive identityfor the downtown neighbourhoods.
Encouraging Growth in the Arts Community 1. The arts are one of the primary means of public dialogue The creative act can reveal and bring into lightcontrasts and contradictions in ways that speak powerfully and directly to a wide range of audiences, across boundaries of language and education.” (Tresser, 1977)
Encouraging Growth in the Arts Community 2. The arts contribute to the development of creative learning communities“Artistic activity that embraces the ideas and visions of different cultures can lead to new and innovative ideas and inventions.” (Voluntary Arts Network, 2005)
Encouraging Growth in the Arts Community 3. The arts help create healthy communities capable of action.Arts involvement creates opportunities for people to develop positive social contacts in pro-social environments (Department of Justice Canada, 1999).
Encouraging Growth in the Arts Community 4. The arts can serve as a powerful tool for community mobilization and activism Arts approaches can catalyze a community’sinterest and energy towards change (Rogers & Spokes, 2003). The arts help mobilize communities of support (Fiske, 1999).
Encouraging Growth in the Arts Community 5. The arts can build community capacity and leadership The arts can help create linkages across different groups, thus developing intergroup cooperation and establishingpartnerships.” (McCarthy, Ondaatje, Zakaras, & Brooks, 2004)
The 8 Goals Local and city-based investment in culture-based urban revitalization and urban renewal 1. To regenerate a community 2. To re-identify a negatively stereotyped community 3.To improve not only the physical but also the emotional state of urban space through creative means 4. To rediscover heritage and local history
5. To create necessary work and living spaces for new artists and cultural workers 6.To create permanent infrastructure for artists and culture, which gives essential support and legitimacy to the arts and cultural sectors 7. To develop infrastructure that increases access to arts and culture for residents and visitors 8. To regenerate the aesthetic appeal and attraction to “the real city” or the downtown
Case Profile:Quebec City – St. Roch QuarterWith a core focus on arts and culture andthe subsequent strategic integrationof economics and environmental initiatives,the St. Roch quarter serves asa model of Canadian urban renewaland cultural restoration.
Case Profile:Trackside Gallery – Victoria, B.C.The Trackside Art Gallery is an urban artcorridor that in the past has been an area proneto criminal activity. To combat this, the RockSolid Foundation has installed lights as well asrestored the area as an urban green space byremoving trash, reclaiming the weed chokedorchard, building gardens and creatingpathways. Our goal is to create an environmentwhich will evoke a sense of respect andownership in those whofrequent the area.
Case Profile: • City of Kitchener Artist in Residence Program• Did you know Kitchener created the first municipal artist-in-residence program in Canada, in 1995? The year-long program stimulates conversation between artists and Kitchener residents and visitors, as they connect with special programming presented by the artist-in-residence throughout the year.• The artist-in-residence program supports artistic innovation and excellence in contemporary art. Artists work in any visual arts medium. Although there is no studio space available for the residency, the artist has the opportunity to offer workshops in neighbourhood community centres, lectures in city hall, exhibits in partnership with other agencies, and video projections on The Cube, atop city halls Berlin Tower.• One month of the residency year is reserved for the artist to use city halls Rotunda Gallery for exhibition.
Sandra Martin Title: Grand River I and II Year: 2002 Artist: Sandra Martin Medium: Oil on canvas (series of 2) Location: The Centre in the Square 101 Queen Street North Kitchener, ON N2H 6P7Acquisition Method: Artist in Residence commission
Andrew Wright Title: Five Skies for Doon Pioneer Park Year: 2001 Medium: Photographs (series of 5) Location: Doon Pioneer Park Library 150 Pioneer Drive Kitchener, ON N2P 2C2Acquisition Method: Artist in Residence commission