A my Lavender Harris, author of Imagining Toronto, takes part in the panel Representing Toronto: Mapping the Role of the Artist in the City, on Monday, April 2, at the Koffler Centre of the Arts, in Toronto.

Amy has long been a go-to person on the topic of Toronto’s portrayal in literature, and since the publication of Imagining Toronto, shortlisted for the 2010 Gabrielle Roy Prize, she has given talks and taken part in panels across the city.

Here are the details on Monday’s event:

Representing Toronto:
Mapping the Role of the Artist in the City
Monday, April 2, 2012 | Artist-led Tour 6 PM | Panel 7 PM | FREE
80 Spadina Ave., Suite 503

How does a city form its character and unique personality? To become a livable reality, a city needs to be imagined and grow as a representation in the minds of its inhabitants. Beyond the buildings, the roads, and the landmarks, artists have a critical role in shaping the idea and identity of the city. Through their artistic practice they indirectly give form to the real physical and cultural landscape.

This panel discussion among creative urban thinkers and civically-minded creators examines the essential role of art in the city’s continuous evolution. Moderated by journalist/author John Lorinc(SpacingThe Globe and MailThe WalrusAtlantic Cities) and featuringAmy Lavender Harris (author of Imagining Toronto), Jacob Zimmer(Director/Performer/Collaborator at Small Wooden Shoe theatre company), and artist Flavio Trevisan.

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