Curator | Advocate | Artist
Recently completed work includes Arrivals.ca (Arrivals Canada.) As the first commission of TO2015, this project saw a 100m long transparent photo of the eyes of new citizens across the front windows of city hall — allowing City Councillors to ‘look through the eyes of a newcomer’. The project also included adding an Arrivals section to the ‘Births and Deaths’ / Obits section of the Toronto Star.
Greatest hits also include the HYPE (Helping Young People Excel) series at the AGO, a mural and research project at Kingston Penitentiary, and Canada’s first major exhibition of street art (held at the ROM). His curatorial record also includes the acclaimed Streetscape programming for Luminato 2008, which simultaneously occurred at Regent Park and the former Tent City. Devon was also the art director of Ignite the Americas which saw artistic participation from over 40 Pan American nations.
As a community organizer, Devon is a co-founder and former visual arts director of Manifesto Festival. He also founded BeautifulCity.ca – an alliance of over 60 organizations that created a levy on billboards for art. This led to Toronto council to allot 17.5 million dollars in additional annual arts spending over the next four years. Devon is a member of the Toronto City Summit Alliance’s ELN and serves as president of the CARFAC Ontario board and on the Toronto Arts Council board.
Devon holds an MA in Creative Curating from Goldsmiths, and has graduated from programs in Non-profit as well as HR management from Ryerson. Devon has done talks for CARFAC, OCAD, UofT, Luminato, Artscape, Manifesto Jamaica, OpenWalls Spain, the Canadian Conference of the Arts, the Ontario Nonprofit Network and many more. Devon has also been asked to develop and co-lead a course on Arts Advocacy for the University of Toronto for the 2014 academic year.
Devon is the lead curator and co-founder of the Pan Am Path ( http://www.panampath.org .) This project includes connecting a 80km multi-use trail from Brampton to Pickering – uniting the region with arts, culture and active living opportunities. In July 2013 the City to invested 1.9 million dollars to complete the trail’s infrastructure improvements. Devon is now developing the cultural programming for the path with arts organizations from across the region.