NEW! A mural project for the Montgomery Rd. Underpass
We are thrilled to announce that Arts Etobicoke is embarking on another public art mural project. We received a StreetART grant from the City of Toronto and will be partnering with Amnesty International’s Project: Urban Canvas for our 4th mural celebrating human rights. We have engaged artist BOO to develop a mural based on Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” The mural site is the underpass on Montgomery Road right next to Etobicoke Collegiate Institute (ECI).
We want to make sure we get a wide variety of input about the design of the mural and the community’s interpretation of Article 1. We created an online and in person survey to collect submissions from our community.
We will be working with students from ECI to gain the youth’s perspective and also offer them opportunities to assist with the preparation and application of the final mural. We are also hoping to involve local seniors in both consultations and mural application, please contact us if you would like to get involved.
We are so pleased to have the support of both Councillor John Campbell (Ward 4) and Councillor Justin Di Ciano (Ward 5) on this project. They are instrumental in getting the community on board and assisting with the consultations.
For more information on the mural project please email Shira@artsetobicoke.com.
Please take a look at the preliminary mural design in our gallery below. The design represents the two sides of the pedestrian underpass. Side 1 is represented in pages 1 - 4. The second side of the mural is represented in pages 5 - 8.
About the Artist Boo
Art has always been a central part of my life. I was an avid sketcher, and fashion designer as a child. In high school I completed a co-op in a Toronto couture shop. I spent most summers teaching arts and crafts to children. I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from U of T, I always made time to paint. I completed a diploma from OCAD in drawing and painting. In my third year I was selected for off campus study in Florence, Italy. I developed a strong studio practice, and travelled throughout Europe. I was able to see the work of my favourite artists from Vienna, and settled in Berlin for a few months, inspired by the street art. Upon graduation I worked in a Harm Reduction program for youth. This led to work in a treatment centre creating art with adults with complex disabilities. I continue to work with different social service agencies, and always use art as a tool for communication, healing, and strengthening community. I also maintain a personal art practice, and have organized many music and art events, and public murals for beautification and tag removal. I am pleased to have an opportunity to contribute to a larger scale city wide project. Visit Boo's Website here.
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