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A city without public art is...? 

How do we define public art? Does it relate to our values or influence how we identify with our city? What’s our relationship with artists’ process? Join d.talks for a discussion on the value of public art. Not the cost, but the ways that public art connects people to place.


  • Alana Bartol / Artist
  • Iman Bukhari / Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation
  • Dan Jacobson / IMMERSE research group, University of Calgary
  • Michelle Reid / Cultural Landscape Lead, City of Calgary
  • Moderated by: Ciara McKeown / Public Art Consultant and Curator

Join us on Thursday June 7th  6pm

Victoria Pavilion at the Calgary Stampede. Map here.

Click here for the walking map to the Victoria Pavilion.

Advance Tickets: $12 Adult, $6 Student  ($15 at the door)

Born in Halifax, Canada, Alana Bartol comes from a long line of water witches.Through performance, research based, and community embedded practices, her site-responsive works propose walking and divination as ways of understanding across places, species, and bodies. Bartol’s work has been screened and presented across Canada at InterAccess (Toronto); PlugIn Institute for Contemporary Art (Winnipeg); Access Gallery (Vancouver); M:ST Performative Arts Festival (Calgary); Art Gallery of Windsor; and Group Intervention Vidéo (Montréal), as well as in Romania, Germany, Mexico and the United States. She currently lives in Calgary where she teaches at Alberta College of Art+Design. 

Iman Bukhari is the founder and CEO of Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation, a non profit millennial organization working to mitigate racism and create cultural understanding. She has worked on national campaigns, arts movements and educational projects that shed light on race-related issues, success, and solutions. Iman has a Master's in Multimedia Communications and has worked in the not-for-profit sector for 10+ years. Iman recently received the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation's 30 under 30 award.

Dr. Dan Jacobson is an Associate Professor and the director of the IMMERSE research group based in the Department of Geography at the University of Calgary. Specializing in providing accessibility to blind and vision impaired individuals, the research focuses upon how individuals understand, communicate and represent spatial environments. These are explored through multi sensory computer interfaces that include sound and touch. He was the chair of the International Cartographic Association Commission on maps and graphics for the blind 2007-2011. Throughout, he has collaborated with blind pedestrians, cyclists…and sailors.

Ciara McKeown is a public art commissioner, curator and project manager. Her consulting business plans and commissions public art for artists, art organizations, government agencies and private clients, and she is currently the Public Art Curator for Edmonton Arts Council’s Jasper Avenue Streetscape project. Recently, a Project Manager with the artist practice Sans façon, they collaborated to complete the CSO Art Master Plan for King County, 4Culture in Seattle, and PLUS, the Succession Plan for Watershed+, a City of Calgary Public Art Project. She is an Executive Board Member with Public Art Dialogue, and was a Co-Organizer of Public Art: New Ways of Thinking and Working, a symposium hosted by York University in May 2017. The first of its kind in Canada, it gathered cross-disciplinary perspectives and research to critically examine the current state of Contemporary public art practices. McKeown has written for Public Art Review and Americans for the Arts among others. Her essay about the City of Calgary’s Watershed+ has just been published in the University of Calgary’s Institute for the Humanities Water in the West 2018 anthology.

Michelle Reid is the Cultural Landscape Lead with The City of Calgary. She conserves, manages and celebrates some of Calgary’s most significant historic landscapes, ranging from a formal Victorian garden, a turn of a century pleasure ground, a brutalist/expressionist landscape, as well as indigenous visioning, camp, and buffalo kill sites. Her work has been recognized at the local, provincial, and national level by landscape architecture, planning and heritage organizations. In addition to her MEDes, she has an undergraduate degree in landscape architecture. She is a member of CSLA, CIP, ICOMOS Canada, and the Alliance for the Preservation of Historic Landscapes.

This event is supported by the Calgary Stampede. Invitation is by Alex Ferko.


Earlier Event: March 25
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Later Event: June 8
Saturday June 23 1:00pm