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Vancouver: World Leader for Public Art in Public Spaces, July 17

July 17, 2014

One of last summer’s most pleasant moments was finding a gaily painted, full-size upright piano on the seawall at False Creek, commandeered by a group of musicians just looking to make a joyful noise. They quickly attracted passers-by, as did other pianos located on Robson St. and other public spaces around the city. “Keys to the Streets,” a project of CityStudio Vancouver, a vibrant innovation and education hub, is back this year with ten pianos, including one at Lot 19, the park at Hornby and Hastings Street where this week's City Conversations will take place. On a more ambitious scale, the Vancouver Biennale is back with another two-year exhibit of public sculpture by artists from around the world. Vancouver may not have the biggest museums or concert halls, and public pianos began in another city, but our rotating and permanent public art displays in public spaces rivals those of many cities ten times its size.

How did Vancouver come to punch so far above its weight? How can it sustain this momentum and grow? Lena Soots, program manager of CityStudio, will share how they’ve done it. We’ve also invited a representative from the Vancouver Biennale. Join us for a sunny summer conversation on art at Lot 19. Rain or shine! We'll have light refreshments but as always, feel free to bring your lunch.

When: Thursday, July 17, 2014

Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Location: Lot 19 Parkette on Hornby Street at West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Cost: Free

For more information on this event, please visit the SFU Public Square City Conversations website.