This year’s curatorial team (l-r): Pan Wendt, Damien Worth, JoAnna Howlett, Lisa Theriault, Andrew Cairns. (missing from photo: Becka Viau)

Art in the Open

Contemporary outdoor art festival in its 10th year

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Art in the Open organizers welcome Islanders and visitors to come celebrate their 10th anniversary this year and discover the unexpected in Charlottetown on August 28 from 4 pm to midnight.

Art in the Open (AITO) is an outdoor, contemporary art festival which fills downtown Charlottetown with creativity, inspiration, and innovation. This year’s festival will feature more than 30 projects by artists from across Canada, with a focus on the Atlantic region, as well as community groups and organizations. Viewers can expect projects that range from unconventional workout performances to robotic moving boulders, to an eight-hour video projection.

After ten years working on AITO, Pan Wendt and Becka Viau are both stepping down from their leadership roles. With an eye to the festival’s future, AITO is drawing upon Viau and Wendt’s knowledge and building curatorial capacity on PEI with a Curatorial Training program. Visit to read more about the program and what curators will gain from this internship.

This year’s AITO curatorial team includes: Pan Wendt; three participants in the curational training program, JoAnna Howlett, Andrew Cairns, and Damien Worth; Lisa Theriault, Executive Director of this town is small, inc.; Norah Pendergast, curating FilmPEI’s signature project and independent projects; and the GLAM Collective (Heather Igloliorte, Julie Nagam, and Carla Taunton), who are bringing international Indigenous projects to the festival.

AITO will host a number of events leading up to the festival, including a live music show featuring General Khan on August 27, presented by BIPOC USHR. Everyone, especially BIPOC folks, are invited to join and celebrate local BIPOC music.

Art In The Open at 10 Years: An Incomplete Archive, a selection of artist- and crowd-sourced images, relics and works from the festival’s history, is on display all summer at Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown. Read more about this exhibition at

AITO organizers are seeking volunteers to help out during this year’s festival. Follow the link in the bio of their Instagram account @Art_In_The_Open to sign up.

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