Event: ART on the BALLOT/ A Reverse Mayoral Debate, ArtsVote in association with Summerworks

With the municipal election right around the corner, SummerWorks and ArtsVote Toronto offer a policy hack for prospective mayors. Mayoral candidates are invited to submit questions for our panelists in advance, and join us to hear leaders in the arts and design community respond to these questions as they debate the function and value of the arts in Toronto.

Summerworks Artistic Director Michael Rubenfeld had this to say, “”As we move closer to the Mayoral election, it felt critical to create a space for discourse about this at SummerWorks.  We’re very pleased to being partnering with ArtsVote on this event.”


“Candidates have had the better part of a year to share their visions for Toronto and we’re looking forward to hearing more of their ideas at the Mayoral Arts Debate in September,” said Artsvote co-chair Meaghan Davis.” In the meantime, we want to give the art and design community a chance to be heard during the campaign – and give the candidates a chance to learn more about issues that matter to us.”

Moderated by Kathleen Sharpe, Executive Director, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Art on the Ballot features the following panelists:

  • Joe Lobko: Partner, DTAH
  • Sarah Garton Stanley: Associate Artistic Director of English Theatre at Canada’s National Arts Centre
  • Shannon Litzenberger: dance artist, writer, director, and arts advocate
  • Yasmin Parodi: multi-disciplinary artist and youth representative

The Theatre Centre  1115 Queen St. West
August 12, 2014 at 2pm
Admission: Free

visit www.artsvote.ca for more information

ArtsVote was founded in 1993 by a dedicated team of arts workers and artists. They sought to raise awareness among the cultural community of how important it is to vote for candidates who support the cultural sector in the City of Toronto. Through four municipal elections, beginning in 1994, ArtsVote created and distributed the excellent and effective Report Card, which evaluated candidates based on their track record and aspirations for arts and culture policy; and was instrumental in getting arts-savvy voters out to the polls. Between elections, ArtsVote organized deputations to City (& Metro) Council at budget time, encouraging councillors to continue investing in the arts community.

SummerWorks supports work that has a clear artistic vision and explores a specific theatrical aesthetic. It encourages risk, questions, and creative exploration while insisting on accessibility, integrity and professionalism. SummerWorks is the place where dedicated, professional artists are free to explore new territory and take artistic risks. Rather than getting larger, we strive to get better. We look to introduce professional artists from diverse communities to each other and be inspired by our similarities and differences.