Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Legacy Art Project inspired by Terry Fox?
The Legacy Art Project is a grassroots, volunteer-led initiative to build a permanent, public art and landscape installation in a park setting on Toronto’s waterfront, inspired by Terry Fox’s legacy. It is a registered not-for-profit corporation No. 1979935.
What are we fundraising for?
We are asking for your help because this tribute to Terry Fox will serve as an inspiration to countless people who face obstacles in their lives. Furthermore, we believe it will be a catalyst for much-need fundraising for innovative cancer research. Your donation will help cover the capital costs of the art and landscape installation. This is a Toronto-based, citizen-funded project with a budget of $1 million. We aim to raise these funds from donors in our community. Most other expenses of the project are being off-set by volunteer effort, in-kind services & donations. We invite all Torontonians to donate generously to bring this artpark to life.
Who’s behind the Legacy Art Project inspired by Terry Fox?
The Legacy Art Project Steering Committee is comprised of volunteers and key professionals who bring specific expertise to the team. We are collaborating with the City of Toronto, Toronto Foundation, Toronto Parks & Trees Foundation and Toronto Office of Partnerships as well as a broad community of philanthropists, planners, architects and dedicated volunteers. See our champions list here. We welcome YOUR involvement, too! (see below for details).
Our volunteer Steering Committee share a deep connection over our desire to create a permanent home for Terry’s legacy of inspiration in Toronto. Over the past four years this dedicated group has blazed new trails to ensure this project gets built for Toronto. Terry unified a nation with his dream and hope for a world without cancer. Steering Committee: Geri Berholz, Co-Lead Legacy Art Project, Founder of Future Possibilities for Kids, Shari Cogan, Principal, Cogan PR. David Crombie, Consultant, former Mayor of Toronto, Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister, Gloria Epstein, Creator of McMurtry Gardens of Justice, Shayna Haddon, President, True by Navigator, Craig Jarvis, The Jarvis Group, Scotia Wealth Management, Lorraine Levene, Andy McMullan, Executive Director, Camp Winston, Robert Millward, President, Millward & Associates; former Commissioner of Planning + Development City of Toronto, Terry Nicholson, former Director of Economic Development and Culture, City of Toronto, Christine Ralphs, Principal, Lloyd Ralphs Design, Leslie Scrivener, Co-Lead Legacy Art Project, Author of Terry Fox’s biography, Andrew Sorbara, Board Chair, Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation, Irene Szylinger, Founder – Art Strategies Inc., Laura Walsh, Business Advisor, Legacy Art Project, Jacquelyn West, Legacy Art Project Strategist and Placemaking consultant.
Why honour Terry Fox?
Terry Fox’s story is part of Canada’s collective memory; it is a tale of heroic achievements, perpetual inspiration and world renown. For more than 39 years, Terry has been an emblem of the values that Canadians are most proud of. He reminds of our capacity to use our talents for the greater good, that “Anything is possible if you try”.
Where will it be built?
It will be located on Toronto’s waterfront at Queen’s Quay West, at the foot of Spadina on a portion of the site adjacent to the renowned Toronto Music Garden.
Toronto was a turning point in Terry’s Marathon of Hope in July 1980. It was in Toronto that tens of thousands of people gathered to cheered him on – providing a sharp contrast to the reception he had received in his cross-Canada run up to that point.
The welcome and love Toronto offered him bolstered Terry’s spirit and impelled him forward. Toronto provided the impetus to the raising of $24,000,000 for innovative cancer research that fulfilled Terry’s Marathon of Hope aspiration. To date, more than $800,000,000 has been raised in Terry’s name for innovative cancer research.
Over the past four years, this privately-funded initiative to honour Terry Fox’s heroism, leadership, positive energy and unfailing hope has gained momentum and community champions in Toronto. All agree it’s time to recognize Terry Fox’s impact in a prominent, public place in our city.
Located mere footsteps from his Marathon of Hope route through Toronto, this installation will inspire and galvanize both current and future generations to continue Terry’s important work. His noble yet selfless pursuit of a cure for cancer has energized countless others toward discovery, innovation and perseverance around the globe over the past 38 years.
How is the Legacy Art Project being funded?
The City of Toronto is providing an ideal site for The Legacy Art Project on Toronto’s Waterfront. More than $120,000 in private funding has already been raised. Additional fundraising efforts are well underway to help us reach our project goal of approximately $1,000,000. We are looking for the support of other Torontonians who feel as strongly as we do that a magnificent tribute to Terry, one that befits his legacy, belongs in our City.
Donations are received through the Toronto Foundation and fund the park project directly. Donors can make a contribution to the Legacy Art Project fund through the Toronto Foundation and receive a tax receipt. DONATE HERE
What does the final design look like?
Our art consultant, Rebecca Carbin, our expert Steering Committee, and an appointed jury ran a national art competition in Autumn 2018. Alongside our community consultations, we selected our artist team and final design in compliance with the City of Toronto’s Public Art and Monuments Donation Policy.
Designed by Jon Sasaki and DTAH, We Are Shaped by the Obstacles We Face, draws waterfront visitors along a curving, landscaped path that is obscured by one-storey-high sculpted granite slabs. From the installation’s west end, they present as a single figure – the iconic silhouette of Fox, midstride.
“The granite sculptures act as an optical illusion inviting pedestrians to consider obstacles as opportunities,” Sasaki says. “The design strives to convey Terry Fox’s legacy in an experiential way, to inspire people to keep pushing forward and to recognize all that can be achieved with a collective perspective.”
How do I get involved?
We welcome your participation! Interested in jumping onboard?
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