Monthly Archives: June 2016

Sara Ross

Largest collection of Peruvian Artifacts Outside of Peru Returned

Machu Picchu

Photograph of Machu Picchu by Martin St-Amant

This past June, the largest collection of Peruvian artifacts located outside of Peru ever returned was delivered to the Nation of Peru. The Ministry of Culture received the more than 4000 artifacts from a range of countries, including Canada. According to Peru This Week:

The recovery comes as result of several years of work, based on agreements signed by Peru with different countries to protect and return historical artifacts. The agreements aided to build 22 separate legal cases to reclaim that the pieces that were found had being stolen and smuggled out of the country to be sold in antiquities market. One of the most famous processes was the Janeir Aude case in Argentina, 14 years and disputed 4,136 artifacts, including a perfectly preserved ancient mummies.

 Efforts to return even more artifacts to the country continue.

Sara Ross

New Festival Permits in Toronto


Recently, the City of Toronto has created a new form of permit called the “Arts and Music in Parks” permit, intended to regulate and encourage an increase in the use of Toronto park space as the home for music and arts festivals. Permits are free and available during the summer months to qualifying individuals and organizations that apply. The permit is the result of the Arts in the Parks initiative, which intends to bring free art events to the Toronto public through its public parks. According to the city’s press release:

The City’s new Arts and Music in Parks permit is designed to provide a simple, streamlined process for artists and musicians to get a permit to perform in City parks. This free permit is available for small-scale art and music events that take place on one day, and are presented by grassroots organizations, artists and musician … Events will include performances, dance, music, theatre, film, community-engaged work and temporary installations by arts groups. 

You can learn more about the permit and apply for one yourself by visiting the City of Toronto website here.

Sara Ross

Call for Papers – Conference on Living and Sustainability: An Environmental Critique of Design and Building Practices, Locally and Globally

AMPS logo

Architecture Media Politics Society (AMPS) is hosting a conference on “Living and Sustainability: An Environmental Critique of Design and Building Practices, Locally and Globally” between February 9-10, 2017 at London South Bank University. Abstracts must be submitted by October 20, 2016 to . Submissions can include 20 minute presentations, written papers up to 3000 words, or alternative works like short stories or photo essays. Presentations can be given in person or via Skype, and each presentation has the potential for later publication.

You can read more about the conference here.