The videos in this digital tour about public art in Winnipeg were produced by the students in the western survey course Art and Empires, taught at the University of Winnipeg in 2023. Survey courses are unwieldly and often by the last weeks of class we run out of time to fully explore contemporary art issues. To ensure we kept on track I included this assignment where students chose and researched a local contemporary public art piece that appealed to them. They created a short video response on their phones, with the goal of analysing and promoting public art in their neighbourhoods.
Winnipeg has a vital art scene and thanks to different levels of government support, especially the Winnipeg Arts Council, we can all engage freely with public art. The students studied a range of pieces, from well known, like the Bears on Broadway, to hidden gems such as window. We want to thank the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation for supporting the project and coordinating all the videos to create this digital map, making our research widely available to all Winnipeggers. We especially thank the project manager, Mackenzie Martens, who was also a student in the course, and who initiated this project.
Dr. Serena Keshavjee
Associate Professor, University of Winnipeg