With excitement continuing to build for York University’s new Markham Campus, members of the community recently gathered to celebrate the unveiling of the “Right the Future” art exhibit. The art display has transformed the generic wooden hoarding at Markham Campus’ construction site into a public gallery depicting stories representing York’s commitment to driving positive change, and to truth and reconciliation – while first and foremost honouring the site's Indigenous heritage which is part of the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.
Artists were asked to consider what it means to right the future at the Markham Campus. In addition, they were encouraged to contemplate the dimensions of time – past, present and future – sustainability, how different academic disciplines merge, and reconciliation with Indigenous communities. York issued a call for artistic expression last spring and eight artworks were selected to be part of the final exhibition. Featured artists received an honorarium per selected image and have been credited on-site as well as in all exhibit materials. The artwork is displayed on the construction hoarding along Enterprise Blvd. Feel free to stop by for a visit when in the York Region area.
York’s partner for the project is STEPS Public Art.
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