The City of Thunder Bay is excited to announce a Call to Artists for three new public art opportunities that will be part of the North Core Street Scape Project.

Canadian artists and artist teams are invited to submit proposals for public art installations as part of the North Core Street Scape Project. This project aims to revitalize the city's north core by redesigning streets to create a flexible, dynamic, and human-centered space that meets the needs of a diverse community. Public art is essential to this project as it helps to define the space and create a sense of place.

“The inclusion of art within our shared public spaces contributes to a more vibrant environment,” said Laurie Abthorpe, Cultural Development and Public Art Coordinator. “In this instance, we have a great opportunity to advance inclusivity and highlight the cultural richness of our community through multiple installations.”

The project has three locations where public art will be included: Court Street Plaza (north-west corner of Court Street North and Red River Road), Mall Street Plaza (at Mall Street and Red River Road), and St. Paul Street to Cumberland Street Plaza (North side, from Cumberland Street to St. Paul Street).

A total budget of $500,000.00 has been allocated for all three installations as part of the North Core Streetscape Project, with a portion of funding provided by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation Community Enhancement Program.

The Call to Artists is now open, and the deadline for submissions is Wednesday, August 21, 2024 at 11:59 pm EDT.  Canadian artists, artist teams, and organizations are eligible to apply, with preference given for local artists, especially those who identify as Indigenous.

To learn more about this call to artists and for information on deadlines to submit, please visit


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Contact: Louisa Costanzo, Supervisor Cultural Development Community Programming and Events at 807-628-5250.