Neighborhood Arts Network, Art Starts, and Whippersnapper Gallery Present:
STREET ART FUNDING IN TORONTO
An Info Session about the StreetARToronto Grant program +
a discussion on innovation and community engagement in public art.
Thursday April 19
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Art Starts Community Arts Centre
Yorkdale Shopping Centre (416-656-9994)
3401 Dufferin St. Lower Level
Wondering what’s happening with Toronto’s new graffiti management plan and the Graffiti Transformation Project? Do you want to learn more about funding available from the new StreeetARToronto (StART) (http://www.toronto.ca/
The Neighborhood Arts Network, Art Starts, and Whippersnapper Gallery invite artists, cultural workers, and interested community members to join us on April 19th for an information session about StreetARToronto funding, followed by a discussion on innovation and community engagement in public art. Special guests will include StreetARToronto manager Lilie Zendel , Joshua Barndt (Whippersnapper), Katherine Earl (Art Starts), Sean Martindale, Gabriella Caruso (Red Pepper Spectacle) and more (TBA).
In 1996 the City of Toronto launched the Graffiti Transformation Project, a city-wide initiative that aimed to counter illegal graffiti and facilitate neighborhood improvement through youth mural projects. Each summer for the past 15 years upwards of 20 community centers and service agencies across Toronto hosted these programs, hiring professional artists and local youth. Hundreds of murals have resulted from the GTP program and have played a major role in shaping the visual landscapes of our neighborhoods. These programs have too nurtured communities, offered a much-needed platform for legitimized youth expression, and incubated the careers of dozens of local artists.
In late 2011 the GTP program was cancelled by the City of Toronto; a new program, StreetARToronto was launched on March 30th 2012.
Please join us April 19th at ArtStarts for an info session with Lilie Zendel of StreetARToronto and a very exciting follow-up discussion on innovation in public art programming, community engagement, and community development.
This is a FREE event, but space is limited. Please RSVP to email@example.com before April 16th. Questions? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 416 392.6802 x212.