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The Toronto Public Art Commission (TPAC) is a City of Toronto advisory body serving as an informed peer review group to advise City Planning and Urban Design on public art projects and policies. TPAC provides recommendations to staff to assist in the review of City Planning public art activities.

TPAC provides valuable independent feedback to staff in the review of Public Art Plans brought forward by private developers as part of the “Percent for Public Art Program”.

Projects reviewed by the commission could include large-scale development, district public art plans, secondary plans, master plans, multi phased and individual developments. The plans outline contributions for both on site (private property) and or off site towards public lands.

Committee responsibilities

Working with Urban Design and Community Planning staff, the Toronto Public Art Commission’s mandate includes the following:

  • To promote awareness and understanding of the importance of high quality public art
  • To provide guidance and advice to City Planning, developers and sponsors at the earliest stages of public art projects
  • Together with city planning staff, TPAC reviews public art opportunities and art selection methods brought forward by the private sector. TPAC does not select the final artwork or sit on the art jury.
  • TPAC assists in ensuring that the selected location for the public art maximizes public accessibility and visibility


The Toronto Public Art Commission is a group of 11 public volunteers.

Term of office

The term of the appointments to the Toronto Public Art Commission is usually four years.

Members may be invited to serve longer terms.


  • Artists
  • Urban Designers
  • Architects
  • Landscape Architects
  • Public Institution Representatives
  • Art Historians
  • Art Critics
  • Cultural Planners
  • Art Educators
  • Developers, lawyers and other representatives from the corporate community and individuals from the community at large who have experience in public art
  • All applicants must either reside or work in the City of Toronto.

Attendance and Meeting Schedule

The Toronto Public Art Commission meets approximately every six to eight weeks, as required. The meetings are public and usually begin at 5:30 p.m. at Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. West.

Panel meetings are open to the public and interested persons are welcome to attend.


No remuneration is paid to the members.

The deadline to apply is Friday, January 29, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.

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