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Fall 2018 Public Art Tour: Carrie Denning Jackson and Jesse Shapins from Sidewalk Labs
October 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
Meet at the entrance of Fort York Visitor Centre
UPDATE: Carrie Denning Jackson and Amina Mohamed will now lead the tour.
The Bentway’s Fall 2018 season and public art exhibition, If, But, What If? explores what could be, what perhaps should be, and what may never be within our ever-evolving city. Looking back, what critical historical moments changed Toronto’s trajectory? Moving forward, what radical acts will help to shape the future for the city’s people, places, and more?
Join us weekly in October (October 4, 10, 18, and 25) for a series of tours exploring selected works in the public art exhibition,If, But, What If?. Each tour will be led by a different local Torontonian – artists, designers, planners, community members and active urbanists – who will reflect on the artworks, The Bentway’s layered histories and potential futures, as well as the city itself. The tour leaders will lead participants throughout The Bentway and interpret the site and works based on their own expertise and interests. Topics may include Toronto’s built form, its natural resources, its networks of infrastructure as well as its many communities.
About Carrie Denning Jackson and Jesse Shapins
Carrie is an Associate Director on Sidewalk Labs Public Realm team, where she focuses on creative industry, arts, and culture, and manages programs for 307, Sidewalk Toronto’s new experimental work space and living laboratory for urban innovation. Prior to her current role, Carrie was Sidewalk’s Chief of Staff, where she oversaw much of the company’s growth from the mid-teens to 100 plus. Before Sidewalk Labs, Carrie was the San Francisco Curator and Director of Strategy and Partnerships for the art-tech collective, Shared_Studios, which uses technology to connect strangers across the globe.
Carrie is fascinated by how technology shapes (and is shaped) by our surroundings and how that intersection can create surprise and wonder in our every day lives. For the better part of a decade, Carrie has led teams and shaped projects that dig into these areas, including three years with IBM’s Smarter Cities team and a year-long fellowship with the Environmental Defense Fund. She’s conducted research for a wide range of think tanks and organizations, including the Brookings Institution, Bloomberg Associates, San Francisco Planning and Urban Research, and Bombay First. She also spent time during her MBA at China Vanke, China’s largest residential real estate developer.
Carrie has a BA, MA, and MBA from Stanford University, and her research has appeared in Biological Conservation, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Nature Conservancy’s Science Chronicles.
Amina Mohamed is a playwright and researcher. She carries a degree from the University of Toronto in Literature and Critical Theory. She has worked for several organizations aimed at complicating Muslim, female, and black narratives, including the Tessellate Institute and the Muslim Voice Magazine as editor-in-chief. This year, Amina presented a paper at the Department of Comparative Literature’s annual conference “Comparing Canada’s” at the University of Toronto. Her research focused on the establishment of a political Canadian Muslim identity through the establishment and growth of MSAs. This past year she has also facilitated discussions on the role of art in community creation, the black-Muslim identity, and the politicization of the Muslim woman’s body.