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Call For Proposals

Art of the Danforth returns: June 17-26 2016

Deadline extended to February 5


Photo courtesy The Beach Mirror

Theme: “Neighbourhood Tectonics”

This call is for curators, artists, producers, or organizers to propose a set of projects for Art of the Danforth 2016. The deadline for submissions has been extended to February 5, 2016.

The neighbourhood around east Danforth has changed drastically over the last 10 years. Entire neighbourhoods have changed; people have moved in and out, networks shifted. Previously closed storefronts have become restaurants and shops; old businesses have disappeared, sometimes taking with them older communities.

The influx of new into old creates a fault line. The map of the Danforth neighbourhood is not just divided by streets like Monarch Park, Rhodes, Glebemount, or Moberly, but also other lines – sometimes just below the surface – occasionally travelling invisibly over the geography, making connections that push and pull between history and everyday life. A fault line is necessarily invisible, buried under the surface weight of day-to-day to life, until the one day it is not.

At the end of 2015, the walls of a home undergoing renovation near Woodbine and Danforth cracked open. The structure was deemed unstable and the authorities evacuated the surrounding neighbours and the street. Personal issues aside, conceptually, this crack represents a fortuitous breaking point for the 2016 edition of Art of the Danforth. It is literally a space that opened up – history, manifested in brick and mortar – opening up under the pressures of change.

The 2016 festival takes place, figuratively, inside this crack.

Art of the Danforth 2016 Call_Deadline Feb 5


This call is for curators, artists, producers, or organizers. Applicants are invited to either propose a set of individual projects, or treat the festival theme as a starting point and propose a curatorial theme linked by a set of projects.

Each selected curator will be paid a fee of $1,500.00 CAD and their projects will altogether be provided a budget of up to $6,500.00 CAD, depending on an assessment of the projects. There is no limit to the number of projects, however it is recommended to propose between 3 to 6 works.

Projects can take any form or format. Consideration of site specificity and public space is critical. Conceptually driven inter-disciplinary initiatives are encouraged.

Art of the Danforth takes place from June 17 – 26th, 2016 and runs for 10 days.

Projects should be able to take place over the entire duration of the festival.

Submission Details

To apply, please submit a proposal in the following format:

  1. Description of your idea, at a maximum 1250 words (strictly enforced), together with contact info.
  2. Proposal of specific artists and projects, each included on separate pages, with 500 words each (maximum) for each proposed artist.
  3. A proposed budget – the details of which will be worked out with the producer (separate page).
  4. Up to 10 supporting images, (maximum resolution 800 px W X 600 px H 300 dpi)

Deadline for all applications is February 5, 2016. Late applications will not be accepted.

Please send all applications to:

About Art of the Danforth

Art of the Danforth is an ongoing experiment in public art. In its seventh year, the Toronto festival has taken place every two years in the same section of the city, broadly around the Danforth, between Greenwood and Woodbine. Art of the Danforth is broadly inter-disciplinary. Its projects can take any form or method. On the surface, it uses the form of a community arts festival, but it is focused in actually exploring the nature and idea of community itself – how it works; what makes it up; what breaks it down; why it is the way it is; and most importantly, how it functions through public space.

For more information, please contact: Cindy at


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