Kristyn Wong-Tam has been a vocal advocate for high standards of design and excellence in well-planned neighbourhoods. As City Councillor, she has worked hard to ensure higher purposes are achieved in our public spaces to foster a liveable and vibrant city. She has also been a consistent supporter of arts programming, grants, and Toronto’s world-class libraries.
Kristyn believes that smart investments that promote equal opportunity for all residents will ensure that residents have access to the resources needed to succeed. By expanding the use and ensuring that our public spaces including parks, community centres, human-care facilities and schools are programmed for higher purposes is an excellent city-building outcome - one that will return increase cultural, economic and social dividends to all residents and the City of Toronto.
Kristyn and the community at the local mural unveiling at Toronto Street Health.
Kristyn believes that arts and culture must also be brought into daily life to enhance the vibrancy of a city. Not only has Kristyn pushed developers to higher standards of design excellence, she has ensured that millions have been invested in new public realm art projects. She was also the leader at City Hall who created the new standard for all development sites that now integrates public art, often from community artists, into construction hoarding.
Initiated in 2013 by Councillor Wong-Tam for 2014 World Pride, the Church Street Mural Project is a collection of 13 large-scale building murals that span the Church Wellesley Village.
As your City Councillor, Kristyn will:
- Continue to invest in Toronto’s arts & culture grants and programs to ensure that creative and cultural producers have access to funding and project opportunities
- Improve and expand cultural programming spaces in the downtown and on Toronto’s waterfront to provide residents and tourists with vibrant new experiences
Continue to work with local organizations, residents associations and Business Improvement Areas to create public art, murals, and other art and culture initiatives across the ward that will provide a creative legacy for generations to come
Title image of the Toronto Coach Terminal Mural revealed in 2017 at Edward Street and Elizabeth Street, produced by STEPS Initiative, facilitated by Councillor Wong-Tam and in partnership with emerging artists and residents of YWCA Toronto’s Elm Centre, an affordable housing initiative for women.