Toronto, April 19th, 2017 — Waterlution, in partnership with Greatness – The Great Lakes Project, is excited to announce that the Ontario Science Centre will be the final installation site for Great Art for Great Lakes (GAGL).

Project Lead Christopher McLeod says, “This is a fantastic opportunity for a Toronto, Great Lakes conscious artist, to access an unprecedented audience as the Ontario Science Centre sees over 1 million visitors per year.”

The Call for Proposals for Toronto artists can be viewed at: https://waterlution.org/GAGL/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Call_Toronto_OSC_F.pdf

“Artists play a critical role in enabling the public to connect and reflect upon the often forgotten importance of Lake Ontario to all of us in our daily lives. Here, a socially engaged, participatory project led by the selected artists, will create a platform where the public is integral to the project, dialogue, and the creation of the final work. The artist cannot work alone – they need the public. It is only through this collaborative process that the work can be discovered.” McLeod says.

Great Art for Great Lakes is sponsoring similar projects in seven other Great Lakes communities, including Kingston, Hamilton, Thunder Bay and Mississauga. Each community will host public workshops or events that collaboratively create a permanent work of art to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Great Art for Great Lakes is funded through the Canada 150 Fund and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

McLeod will be travelling to all eight Great Lakes communities, speaking to local artists and residents, and guiding the projects that will build on the long-lasting relationship people have with the Great Lakes.

Great Art for Great Lakes is part of a larger initiative: Greatness – The Great Lakes Project, which began at a 2015 roundtable convened by Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor. The participants, drawn from business, the arts, science and sport, resolved that “a bold and noble initiative” could make the Great Lakes a powerful symbol of “greatness” for the 40 million residents of the Great Lakes basin.

For more information or for interviews, contact:

Christopher McLeod
Project Lead, Great Art for Great Lakes

(905) 730 – 4008
chris.mcleod@waterlution.org

Project website: https://waterlution.org/GAGL/