By David Klassen
The future of Winnipeg’s arts scene is important in maintaining the city’s identity as a leader in the creative community. Therefore, experts will gather during an upcoming symposium to make sure the direction of arts in Winnipeg isn’t lost.
The My City’s Still Breathing symposium will be held November 4-7 and will examine the importance of the arts to the social and economic fabric of the city. The symposium will be presented as part of the Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada 2010 program.
Local, national and international policy-makers, administrators and artists will gather to deliberate and debate the relationship of art and design to city-making, and the relationship between artists and their cities.
Keynotes and panellists include legendary filmmaker John Waters, architect and master planner Donald Clinton, city planner Larry Beasley, counter-cartographer Lize Mogel, dancer Sharon B. Moore, renowned artist Eric Fischl and many others.
“We are gathering an extraordinary group of people to talk about the nature of art and city,” said Carol Phillips, executive producer of the Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada 2010 program. “And the timing is perfect. Everyone is thinking about the city and our future. It is essential that the arts be included in those thoughts and plans.”
The symposium will take place at the Fort Garry Hotel, the Winnipeg Art Gallery and other locations throughout the city.
Full symposium, day, and half day passes are available, as are individual tickets to the John Waters and Eric Fischl talks, at ArtsForAll.ca.