Alberta Public Art Network Annual Summit


The Edmonton Arts Council is pleased to share the final schedule for this year’s APAN Summit: Public Art ~ It’s Complicated.

This year’s event, at the Matrix Hotel in Downtown Edmonton promises to be a fabulous few days of networking, conversations, workshops, great times over dinners, and insights.

To assist with planning your timetables – here is the Summit Schedule (click to enlarge). More details about the sessions follow below.



Summit Program ~ update!

Take a stroll on the lighthearted side of public art!


Jana & Peter(Jana O’Connor & Peter Brown, 2o18 Edmonton Fringe – photo by Donovan Workun)


Fresh from their five-star, sold-out run at the 2018 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, improv and sketch virtuosos Peter Brown and Jana O’Connor of The Irrelevant Show (with a mystery guest) take a lighthearted look at the public, the art, and the administrators. They will appear live at Normand’s Restaurant on September 12.


Summit Sessions & Presenters

September 11 – Keynote Presentation, Justin Langlois
Opening reception & social at the Yellowhead Brewery.
September 12 – State of Public Art in Calgary & Edmonton
Representatives from Calgary & Edmonton will break down the public art situation in Alberta’s largest municipal public art programs.
September 12 – Conservation in Action
Public Art Conservator Andrea Bowes & Conservation Assistant Jenika Sobolewska will tackle the challenges of conserving & managing a large municipal public art collection.
September 12 – Challenges to MidSize Communities
Kelly Andres from Red Deer will discuss the specific challenges and concerns facing smaller public art programs.
September 12 – 唔該/多謝 M’GOI/ DO JEH: A call for Respect and Gratitude. Artistic gestures of resistance in Edmonton’s Chinatown.
Like many across North America, Edmonton’s Chinatown faces erasure due to gentrification resulting from city revitalization initiatives as well as socio-economic, and political changes. In this context, what roles do public art, artists, and public art institutions play in a gentrifying Chinatown? Public Art Officer Grace Law with panelists Yong Fei Guan, Paul Giang, and Shawn Tse will engage with the challenges.
September 12 – Engaging with Indigenous Artists
Artists Jerry Whitehead, Tanya Harnett, and Lauren Crazybull will discuss representation and inclusion of Indigenous artists in public spaces. This panel will be moderated by David Turnbull.
September 12 – Tour of ᐄᓃᐤ (ÎNÎW) River Lot 11∞, Edmonton’s Indigenous Art Park
Public Art Officer Chelsea Boida will lead a tour of Edmonton’s first art park dedicated to Canadian Indigenous art.
September 12 & 13 – 5X5 Presentations
Fast-paced sessions with presentations of new, interesting, and groundbreaking projects from around the province.
September 13 – Keynote Presentation, Big Rock Candy Mountain
Artists Hannah Jickling & Helen Reed explore taste, taste making, and engaging with children as collaborators.
September 13 – Curatorial Approaches to Public Art
Curator Ciara McKeown will talk about the curatorial role in large-scale multiyear projects, and the Jasper Avenue Revitalization Project.
September 13 – Cornerstone Workshop, Engagement & Ethics in Community Arts
Edmonton artists Brooke Leifso and Jason Gondziola wlll present an overview of the subject with some practical examples.
September 13 – Public Art: What an Artist Wants vs What an Administrator Expects
Public Art Officer Robert Harpin & Edmonton artist Erin Pankratz talk about the public art process and how to iron out potential conflicts.
September 13 – Communicating Public Art
Public Art Communications Officer Eva Marie Clarke talks about the importance of storytelling and information sharing for engaging stakeholders and the public.

Click here to read about all our Keynote presenters:

Justin Langlois – Keynote speaker
Hannah Jickling & Helen Reed – Big Rock Candy Mountain – Keynote presentation
Brooke Leifso & Jason Gondziola – Cornerstone workshop presenters

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Registration Information

$150 Early Bird Registration
$200 after August 11, 2018

Registration includes:

Welcome Reception at Yellowhead Brewery on September 11
Celebratory Dinner on September 12
Breakfast, Lunch, & Breaks September 12 & 13.

Click here for the Registration Form – this must be filled out!
(the form will lead you to the credit card payment option)

We accept credit card and cheque payments. Credit card payments can be made by clicking that option on the registration form.

If you prefer to pay by cheque, please send before August 31, 2018, made out to “Edmonton Arts Council” to:

Edmonton Arts Council
Suite 222 Prince of Wales Armouries Heritage Centre
10440 108 Avenue
Edmonton, AB. T5H 3Z9

*Please note, to secure your seat at the 2018 APAN Summit, the Edmonton Arts Council must receive your payment and registration form information by August 31, 2018.


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Hotel Room Bookings

The Matrix Hotel is the 2018 APAN Summit Host Hotel. The Edmonton Arts Council has secured a special conference rate, which is available from September 9-15, 2018.

King Room – single or double occupancy – $170 +applicable taxes

Additional occupants up to triple occupancy, $30 each

Your room rate includes:

Executive Breakfast Buffet – 6:30am – 9:30am
Hosted evening wine and cheese tasting
Complimentary self-parking
Daily newspaper delivered to guestroom upon request
In-room high-speed Internet access
Unlimited local phone calls & calling card or toll-free calls
In-room Keurig coffee maker
Unlimited access to the Fitness Facility
24-hour access to the Business Centre
Mini fridge with Refreshment Centre (Additional Fees Apply)

Click here to book your room.