York University programming

York University programming

York University is pleased to offer a suite of institution programming in partnership with research hubs in the humanities, arts and social sciences, our local surrounding communities, and alumni. This exciting range of events reflects a deepened understanding of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and showcases York’s strengths in interdisciplinary research, community engagement, and the arts. By positioning community art, activism and knowledges as central to the work of the humanities and social sciences, this programming seeks to bridge the gap between the university and wider society. Specifically, this programming recognizes York’s location in the Jane and Finch community, one of the most visibly racialized communities in the City of Toronto with a high proportion of youth, and refugee and immigrant families.

Programming will be featured under two overarching themes: Arts@Congress and Community Engagement and Connections. The events listed below highlight some of the programming currently in development with more details to be announced in the coming weeks.


  • An Arts@Congress showcase with exhibitions and performances by York students and faculty in disciplines across the arts, culture and design, including events curated through The School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design’s Year of the Arts program.
  • Pop-up performances throughout Congress, which may include performances by York Dance Ensemble, York Jazz Ensemble, and York University Gospel Choir, as well as Indigenous and African drumming. 
  • Evening outdoor film festival featuring popular films.
  • Screening of Indigenous films.
  • Art walks around the public art sculptures at York’s campuses with augmented reality

Community engagement and connections

  • Community Mural—in collaboration with artists from the Jane Finch community. 
  • Poetry/Spoken Word competition engaging Congress theme, “Reckonings and Re-Imaginings.”
  • High school student engagement—students in the Jane and Finch corridor attend select Big Thinking Lectures and a private debrief and Q&A.
  • Sensory and themed walks—Indigenous walking tours, Black Creek and Jane Finch walks, and architecture walks.  
  • Interdisciplinary panels of Indigenous and Black scholars, artists and activists on community-engaged research, anti-Indigenous and anti-Black racism, and new futures.

More information coming soon. 

Organized by:

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In partnership with:

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