No.9: Contemporary Art and the Environment

Summary of organization/program

No.9 is an arts orga­ni­zation that uses art and design to bring awareness to envi­ron­mental concerns. We deliv­er programs in schools and in the public domain designed to encour­age the use of creative think­ing to resolve envi­ron­mental issues and to promote a sustainable lifestyle.

Contact information


 215 Spadina Avenue, Centre for Social Innovation, Suite 414, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 2C7

 (416) 644-1019




Geographic region

  • Local


  • Youth

History/Background Information

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Dominant Media Forms

fine arts


Since graduating from the Fine Art depart­ment at Queens Uni­versity in 1988, Andrew Davies has worked in a wide range of media including sculp­ture, photog­raphy, and interactive dig­ital media. After graduating in 1995 from the mas­ters program in archi­tec­ture at the South­ern California Institute of Archi­tec­ture (SCI Arc) in Los Ange­les, Davies moved to New York City to work in exhi­bi­tion and interactive design at the Museum of Modern Art. He has also taught dig­ital media courses at New York’s Eye­beam Ate­lier and George Brown col­lege in Toronto. On his return to Toronto he started Andrew Davies Design, currently responsible for the interpretive design strategy for Evergreen @ the Brick Works project in Toronto.

No.9 is ded­icated to working with a number of accomplished guest curators, education program man­agers and production staff, pro­viding unique opportunities to local and international tal­ent to address the relation­ship between art and the envi­ron­ment.

Statement of Principles

Exec­utive Director’s Artis­tic State­ment
No.9 accomplishes its mis­sion through two inter-related programmat­ic approaches.

No.9’s public art programs
Art is the expe­ri­ence of perceiving, and this expe­ri­ence can help lead to a pos­itive glob­al vision of a sustainable future.

Art is the expe­ri­ence of perceiving, in which ones imag­ination is stim­ulated, person­al cre­ativ­ity is nur­tured and innovative thought is provoked. Public Art is the communal ver­sion of this expe­ri­ence and can act as a cat­a­lyst for cultur­al dia­logue and change. As a society we are currently driv­en by the desire for a lifestyle of per­pet­ual growth that is not socially or envi­ron­mentally sustainable. Vision­ary voic­es are needed to inspire a cultur­al shift towards a glob­al sustainable lifestyle. No.9’s mis­sion is to pro­vide the public forum and support for these voic­es so that pos­itive envi­ron­mental change can occur.

No.9 Eco­logical Lit­eracy Out­reach Educational Program
If our expectation is for the cre­ative class of the next generation to drive the new green econ­o­my then our objective must be to take on the responsibility of pro­viding that generation with the nec­essary tools to do so. A cre­ative work force pre­pared to deal with the envi­ron­mental chal­lenges of the 21st centu­ry will be realized through extensive and per­vasive education in integrated eco­logical lit­eracy.


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Samples of work

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Funding Sources

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