Public Art Partnership and Educational Initiative Launched with Passionate Partners in British Columbia
Jul. 07, 2015

Public Art is a vibrant part of our lives because it tells the stories of our communities and it’s wonderful artists. Recently a very dynamic partnership has taken place in the Public Art Realm, and it is the first of its kind in the world of education. Real Estate Developer and Entrepreneur Amit Sandhu along with Dr. Cameron Cartiere, Associate Professor at Emily Carr University came up with a concept that will be a model to for the future of education and Public Art.

Through early discussions, Amit Sandhu and Dr. Cameron Cartiere found that there are not enough educational opportunities for emerging artists to transition from a studio practice to take on professional public art projects. They came up with a concept that attempts to develop an approach to help emerging artists understand the complex nature of public art projects, and facilitate and interact with stakeholders from business, community and government while encouraging them to work and further learn the practical process necessary in the realm of public art.

The realization of this project came full circle with the partnership of key organizations that have played a role in shaping Sandhu’s newest residential development. Ampri Group, The City of Richmond, Emily Carr University, andStantec Consulting partnered to bring students a dynamic curriculum filled with guest speakers and special field days including a tour of the development lands and a visit to City Hall for lectures.

This innovative partnership was formed develop an innovative learning experience for undergraduate students. The results and findings from this course will be used to design and guide the RFP process for the official public art commission, which will be open to groups of emerging artists in Metro Vancouver.

Students in the class had an opportunity to explore the following topics of discussion and areas of focus:

  • Public Art & sustainability
  • Working with various stakeholders to understand project goals and themes from multiple perspectives
  • Learning how to design creative solutions to complex projects
  • Understanding public art in the context of real estate development
  • Understanding the importance of habitat enhancements and local ecology
  • Collaborative, inter-disciplinary, hands-on learning
  • Media presentation, public relations skills & communication of deliverables
  • Digital Documentation of experts and the process through documentary interviews and video footage of the course and key stakeholders

The partners understood that this is a unique educational approach and identified an opportunity to showcase this project through a documentary. This digital showcase called “The Public Art Collective” would allow other municipalities, developers and educational institutions to learn from the experience and adopt similar approaches to support emerging artists in communities across Canada. Sharad Khare, digital journalist and documentarian of Khare Communications was brought on board by the partners to direct the educational documentary for this robust and important initiative. By documenting this process, we can establish a benchmark in public art education and exemplify a collaborative model of education globally that benefits all stakeholders. The documentary project will also result in many lessons, as we will be able to track student development, and learning outcomes and as this is a new concept there will be unforeseen outcomes that can only be measured through an interview documentary process over the time-line of the course. The documentary profiles and highlights three pillars: Community, Innovation and Creativity.  Emily Carr University engaged students to become a part of the production process, out of which film and media student Luke Pellizzari worked as a production lead and editor for Khare Communications.

The course was titled The Social Practice of Public Art and Community Design.

Please see the entire Press Release here: http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=57342a32c58f6d4933a06f570&id=272e304376

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