APAN Summit: Edmonton 2011
APAN Summit #1 2011
The first Alberta Public Art Summit was held in Edmonton, Alberta in 2011, coordinated by the Edmonton Arts Council (EAC). It began as a meeting of public art administrators from municipalities from across the province of Alberta.The Edmonton Arts Council’s Public Art Committee hosted a reception at Latitude53 Contemporary Visual Culture, a local artist run centre, where participants received a welcome to Edmonton. We enjoyed an Edmonton sunset on the Latitude patio and introduced the delegates.
The summit began the next day at the City of Edmonton’s Prince of Wales Armoury building. Kristy Trinier and Rachael Seupersad gave a warm introduction to the group, beginning with their initial discussion on the need for a summit and why a coalition of administrators should be formed, to provide support and resources to Alberta public art professionals. Kristy Trinier, the EAC’s Public Art Director then gave the Host City Presentation, as overview on the development of the City of Edmonton’s Civic Art Collection, and the design of the EAC’s program from Master Plan for Public Art to Percent for Art Policy revision, and the development of the EAC’s public art conservation program. David Turnbull, the EAC’s Public Art Conservator gave a presentation on public art conservation: how the program is organized and funded, and case studies of recent conservation projects.
In the afternoon the delegates broke off into round table groups to examine case study issues in depth. The discussions were dynamic and focused on the following four topics: building a collection of art, relationships with artists/ stakeholders/ and the city, artwork conservation, and public outreach. Summit delegates shared how their municipalities handled public art projects and programs, and commented on challenges and successes.The summit closed with a rowdy bus tour visiting public artworks throughout Edmonton. The group networked and shared information throughout the event, and it was a significant day to meet all together for the first annual Alberta Public Art Summit.
Photographs courtesy Fish Griwkowsky