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Evergreen Ignite Speaker Series explores our connection to public space

Three experiential talks at the Brick Works spark ideas and action around creating sustainable, inclusive public space – launches September 20, 2022

TORONTO, ONTARIO (September 8, 2022) –How can public space connect people and build community? This fall, Evergreen explores the power and potential with public space with the Evergreen Ignite Speaker Series.Through thought-provoking panel discussions and immersive experiences with public art, performance and guided walks, the free speaker series aims to spark ideas and action around creating sustainable, animated and inclusive public spaces in our cities.

Supported by TD Ready Commitment, the series encourages conversation and reflection on our relationship with public space:

  • What is the role of public art and performance in public space?
  • How has COVID-19 changed our relationship with public space?
  • What does the ‘public space’ really mean? Who is welcome? Who is excluded?

“The Ignite Series is placemaking in action,” says Lois Lindsay, Chief Program Officer at Evergreen. “We know the vital role that public art, dance, music, storytelling and performance play in public space. This powerful new series will push us to rethink and reimagine what’s needed to shape and create public spaces that are accessible and welcoming to all.”

“TD is pleased to support Evergreen’s Ignite Series through the TD Ready Commitment, our corporate  citizenship platform," says Carolyn Scotchmer, Executive Director of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. "We believe that helping to enhance parks and public spaces provides the backbone for stronger, more resilient communities. We're proud to support these important discussions that break down the role innovation has on public space and the environment to help build liveable and resilient urban spaces."

The Ignite Series kicks off at the Brick Works on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 with a panel discussion exploring the relationship between performance and public space, followed by a special performance as part of the launch of Fall for North Dance. For more information on this event, and the others scheduled for this fall, please see below:

Inclusive Performance and Public Space 

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

6:00 p.m. panel discussion; Doors open at 5 p.m.

7:30 p.m. performance by Fall for Dance North

More than ever, public events and performances offer a reprieve and space to engage, providing an opportunity for people who animate public space to leverage this new enthusiasm and ensure that inclusion and accessibility are at the forefront.  Leah Houston from Mabelle Arts, Syma Shah from Union Station/Osmington, and Anna Gallagher-Ross from The Bentway discuss why it is important to bring performance and the arts into the public sphere, and how we can strive to make public performances more accessible to diverse audiences. Post-discussion, Fall For Dance North will illustrate the power of public performance with the premiere of Heirloom – In Blue Rooms, an outdoor site-specific celebration of dance, music and physical storytelling. Registration.

The Black Experience, Art and Public Space

Sunday, October 16, 2022 

2 p.m.

Black people have a long history of being in the outdoors in Canada. Jacqueline Scott of Black Outdoors will discuss the Black experience and nature in the city through its history. Due to the personal nature of this event, spots are limited for this walk.

To register for these events, please visit Evergreen Ignite Speaker Series.

More details announced soon for the third event in this series. Visit Evergreen Ignite Speaker Series for more details and follow us on Twitter and Instagram to join the conversation.

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Renee Tratch | Sr. Manager, PR & Content | 

Evergreen is dedicated to making cities livable, green and prosperous. Since 1991, the national not-for-profit has been facilitating change in communities through connection, innovation and sustainable actions. We work with community builders across sectors to solve some of the most pressing issues cities face: climate change, housing affordability, and access to nature and public spaces. The Brick Works, located in Toronto’s ravine system, is a year-round destination where the world comes to experience sustainability in action. Once an industrial brick factory, it is an internationally renowned showcase of green design, an award-winning public space and a test site to pilot ideas that can be scaled across the country to shape our cities for the better.

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