The 2018 APAN Summit team is hard at work creating the program for this year’s event. We will update regularly as we confirm our speakers and facilitators.

We are pleased to announce that Justin Langlois will be our Keynote Speaker.

JLanglois-438x292Justin Langlois is an artist, educator, and organizer. His practice explores collaborative structures, critical pedagogy, and custodial frameworks as tools for gathering, learning, and making. He is the co-founder and research director of Broken City Lab, the founder of The School for Eventual Vacancy and curator of The Neighbourhood Time Exchange. He is currently an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of Integrated Learning in the Faculty of Culture + Community at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and the Lead Artist on Locals Only with AKA Artist-Run in Saskatoon, supported through the Canada Council’s New Chapter initiative. He lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.

We have also booked our “centrepiece” workshop with Edmonton-based artists Jason Gondziola and Brooke Leifso. They will lead participants through a hands-on, experiential community art workshop that will address the theory and ethics of working with community.

Jason GondziolaJason Gondziola is a filmmaker and youth media facilitator who has been working in digital cinema production and community media for over a decade. While living in Montreal, he spearheaded the Say it Loud, Say it Proud! oral history and storytelling project in partnership with COHDS, CUTV and the Black Community Resource Centre. He is currently living in Edmonton and working with inner-city Aboriginal communities and high-school students to facilitate digital storytelling and oral histories.

brooke leifsoBrooke Leifso is a Crip multi-disciplinary theatre practitioner and Expressive Art Facilitator with an emphasis on Devised Professional and Community Art Practice. She has worked in various capacities with Theatre Yes, Northern Light Theatre, Latitude 53, and Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre. She currently works as an Associate Producer with Edmonton-based Crip dance company, CRIPSiE. She is currently working on her MA in Expressive Arts Therapy – Conflict Transformation: looking at how the process of art making can create social change and resilient communities.


To ensure this is your summit, we’re welcoming proposals or ideas to shape the discussion at APAN 2018.

What are the most pressing issues facing public art in Alberta? Who do you want to hear from? What breakthrough has your program made in 2017? Is there a workshop you’ve always wanted to participate in or present?

Anyone can submit, and you don’t have to put together a full session (though you can) – a question you’re pondering or an interesting voice you’d like to suggest is great too.

Please submit your suggestions / ideas to Robert Harpin by end of day, May 30, 2018.