Media Advisory: #StClairMural — 12 Storey Community Inspired Mural Set to Transform Yonge & St Clair in Summer 2016!

Continuing in their spirit of transforming our city streets, the award-winning public arts organization — STEPS — is thrilled to be invited to collaborate with internationally celebrated artist PHLEGM to produce Toronto’s newest public art landmark, a 12 storey mural at the heart of the city’s busy Yonge & St. Clair community.

As owners and managers of all four corners of this dynamic intersection, major partner Slate Asset Management will be hosting this new work on the western facing wall of 1 St. Clair West as part of a wider campaign to foster a vibrant culture and revitalize the neighbourhood.

Known for leveraging unlikely spaces for the production of community-engaged artwork, this project is part of STEPS’ larger efforts to engage Torontonians in dialogue on issues of public space and urban design, while fostering new cultural spaces, particularly for emerging local artists. This will be the organization’s second installation that makes use of a large vertical canvas, in a city that is ripe with opportunity for such projects.

This currently un-named work is being dubbed #StClairMural in the organization’s outreach for community input on how to best reflect the neighbourhood. With insights being captured both online and in person at local gathering points and transit stops, Torontonians are encouraged to provide their insights at: www.stepsinitiative.com/stclair throughout the month of March.

Informed by community generated reflections on the St. Clair neighbourhood, PHLEGM’s design concepts will be revealed in late spring, and all partners look forward to celebrating the unveiling of this new cultural landmark in collaboration with the wider community in Summer 2016.

With a strong mandate to build the capacity of local emerging artists, this is STEPS’ first international project and one they hope will foster cultural dialogue and attract global attention to the city’s homegrown street art scene. In addition to adding some much needed vibrancy along this busy commercial strip, internationally acclaimed artist PHLEGM’s new work is expected to attract cultural tourism to the area.

This project is being generously supported by Slate Asset Management, while STEPS is still soliciting sponsors to help make this project a reality. #StClairMural comes strongly endorsed by Ward 22 City Councillor Josh Matlow.

Reflecting on the site as the highest point in an otherwise flat Toronto, the Councillor shared that “Yonge and St.Clair is one of Toronto’s most desirable neighbourhoods, and creating a landmark piece of public art in collaboration with one of the world’s most influential street artists, reflects the area’s unique geography.”

 

About the STEPS Initiative

STEPS is an award winning public arts organization that has been responsible for some of Canada’s most iconic works—including the World’s Tallest Mural, located in downtown Toronto in which they have engaged thousands of Torontonians. Their social enterprise PATCH is a full-serve art agency, with a unique focus on collaborating with landowners and developers, as well as local artists, to transform underutilized spaces into an ongoing curated exhibition.
www.stepsinitiative.com // Twitter: @STEPSinitiative // Insta: @stepsinitiative

 

About the Artist: PHLEGM

PHLEGM is well known for his fantastical scenes depicting mythological beasts, curious contraptions, and shrouded figures. His work includes a narrative component that leaves the viewer guessing at how the depicted situation came about and where it might lead. His work is instantly recognizable and can be found across the world adorning high profile institutions, houses, factories, and in the many interstitial spaces found in cities everywhere. While he calls the UK is home, PHLEGM’s distinctive work can be found across Germany, Norway, Sweden, Croatia, Australia, New Zealand, Tunisia, the United States and the Azores. Insta: @phlegm_art

 

About the Property Owner: Slate Asset Management

Slate is one of Canada’s most active and innovative acquirers, owners and managers of real estate. www.slateam.com

 

Media contacts: 

Alexis Kane Speer, Founding Director, the STEPS Initiative 647-999-0213 or alexis@stepsinitiative.com

Anjuli Solanki, Director of Community Programs, the STEPS Initiative 647-773-2547 or anjuli@stepsinitiative.com

Katie Talbot, Investor and External Relations, Slate Asset Management 416 583 1785 or ktalbot@slateam.com

 

The future site of #StClairMural - 1 St. Clair West, owned and managed by Slate Asset Management

The future site of #StClairMural – 1 St. Clair West, owned and managed by Slate Asset Management

 World’s Tallest Mural - a collaboration between the STEPS Initiative, Toronto Community Housing, the St. James Town Community Corner, as well as local artists Sean Martindale and the Toronto Muralists (located at 200 Wellesley Street East) funded by the City of Toronto in 2013. Photo Credit: Diego Rojas

World’s Tallest Mural – a collaboration between the STEPS Initiative, Toronto Community Housing, the St. James Town Community Corner, as well as local artists Sean Martindale and the Toronto Muralists (located at 200 Wellesley Street East) funded by the City of Toronto in 2013. Photo Credit: Diego Rojas

PHLEGM’s sample works

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Media Adv: Public Space ARTivism: Launch of Exhibit that Puts the Public Back Into Public Art (Thurs. Dec 3)

TORONTO, November 26th, 2015 – In collaboration with Toronto Public Library, the STEPS Initiative is excited to announce the launch of an art exhibit titled “Public Space ARTivism: Using art to connect people to public spaces” at the Oakwood Village Library and Arts Centre on December 3rd 2015 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Light refreshments will be served. From 6:30pm-7:00pm STEPS staff will speak the exhibited works and the community art projects over the years that they capture. Throughout the evening, guests will be invited to share their thoughts on public art through interactive activities.

The STEPS Initiative is an award winning public arts organization that builds the capacity of citizens to take action in creating more vibrant and connected communities. They use art to connect people to public spaces, by: reimagining under-utilized spaces into urban canvases; leveraging local community assets; facilitating large-scale public space revitalizations; building youth capacity and articulating creative solutions to urban challenges.

STEPS calls their work Public Space ARTivism. Since 2010, they have engaged thousands of Torontonians of all ages, and created some of the world’s most innovative public art installations – the World’s Tallest Mural at the heart of our city.

“Unlocking local creativity and assets is at the heart of what we do. We see our role as providing a platform to realize the potential that Torontonians already embody” says STEPS’ Founding Director, Alexis Kane Speer. “We’re thrilled to be sharing some of this visually documented work through an exhibition at an institution that has been a long standing community asset – the library.”

The exhibit provides a glimpse into STEPS’ work turning city streets into the real public gallery, with citizens as its curators. Photographic images stretch across STEPS’ portfolio, featuring local artists, community and youth collaborators, while showcasing the diverse directions that communities across the GTA have pushed local projects.

Several of Toronto Public Library’s branches offer exhibition space to local artists for one month at a time, which include all 2-D media. The Oakwood Village Library and Arts Centre is a multi-use City owned facility that includes a publicly run library, arts programs and an adaptable performing/exhibition space.

 

WHEN: Opening on December 3, 2015 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Exhibit ongoing from December 2nd to December 31st, 2015.

WHERE: Oakwood Village Library and Arts Centre (closest intersection is Oakwood Ave and Rogers Rd)

VISUALS: Photographic images will be on display; STEPS staff and collaborators will be available for interviews; guests will be invited to join interactive activities and enjoy refreshments.

 

Media Contact:

  • Alexis Kane-Speer, Founding Director, STEPS 647-999-0213 or alexis@stepsinitiative.com

  • @STEPSinitiative on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

 

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Media Advisory: Oben Flats & PATCH Launch Vacant Lot Animation w/ Local Residents

Toronto, September 22, 2015 –  Oben Flats & PATCH Launch Vacant Lot Animation w/ Local Residents

WHEN: September 26th, 12:00- 4:00pm

WHERE: 307 Sherbourne (on the corner of Gerrard and Sherbourne)

VISUALS: live painting; action photos/videos of community members adding planning inspirations, as well as community painting.

On Saturday, September 26th, 2015, Oben Flats in partnership with public art and community engagement organization, The PATCH Project, and local resident and urban planner, Danny Brown, will unveil a large mural at the long-vacant lot at the southeast corner of Sherbourne and Gerrard.

The painting of the mural is just the first in what Oben Flats, a private developer, intends to be an ongoing program of community-oriented events and activities hosted on the site that could include a skating rink, pollinator garden, and temporary market. They hope to work with other partners including the David Suzuki Foundation and the local community, to green the site and brainstorm other ideas while they seek planning approval from the City of Toronto for their residential development proposal on the site.

“The site’s been vacant for too long. Until we’re able to begin construction, we see an opportunity to connect with the local community and make the space available for more beneficial uses than growing weeds and collecting litter”, says Julian Battiston, President of Oben Flats.

Oben Flats credits urban planner and community member, Danny Brown, with kickstarting the campaign. Danny was asked to collaborate with Oben Flats to design an interim intervention strategy after hosting a guerilla beautification event on the site as part of Evergreen Canada and United Way Toronto’s 100in1Day event.

“Having worked with Oben Flats over the past couple of months, I’m thrilled to see a developer so excited and committed to voluntarily supporting the neighbourhood before their proposal even has the ‘go-ahead’ from the City”, says Danny.

Oben Flats, The PATCH Project, and Danny invite community members to stop by 307 Sherbourne Street in the afternoon on Saturday, September 26th, to have a bite to eat, watch the mural being unveiled, and share their ideas for temporary uses for the site.

Oben Flats is a progressive development firm, which is currently constructing a high-end rental apartment building in Leslieville and developing several more contemporary rental projects across the city.

A project of the award-winning arts organization, The STEPS Initiative PATCH installs permanent and temporary art in underused spaces, like construction sites, that strengthen community ties, and beautify the streetscape while building the capacity of emerging artists to exhibit in the public realm.

Danny Brown is an urban planner at Urban Strategies Inc., a global urban design and planning consultancy based in Toronto, and local resident.

 

Media contact: 

 

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Media Advisory: Award-Winning Toronto Youth Unveil Eco Mural by Toronto’s First Cricket Field

TORONTO, September 15, 2015 – Local youth from Thorncliffe and Flemingdon communities, members of the Toronto Emerging ARTivists (TEA) – winners of Toronto Youth Cabinet’s Community Arts Award and NXTCity Prize – will unveil their newly created eco mural, facing the city’s first cricket field on the grounds of Valley Park Middle School.

This environmentally-themed mural was designed and painted by local youth under the mentorship of celebrated local artist Nick Sweetman, in collaboration with the award-winning community arts organization – The STEPS Initiative – who installed the World’s Tallest Mural in St. James Town in 2013.

The mural not only contribute to environmental, but speak to historic legacy of the Don River, while beautifying this new public space. The design illustrates the impact of environmental stewardship over several generations with the visual incorporation cupping hands (taken from pictures of community members) of various ages, holding a growing sapling. The new work is comprised of four (4), 8 by 15 feet wall sections. The Don River and Don Valley symbolize an important connector of transition throughout history. Leaves made from chalkboard paint woven throughout the work enable community members to share their thoughts and aspirations for our local environment. This installation is intended to be a site of dialogue through continued programming developed in collaboration with project partners.

On September 21st, from 2:45 – 4:00pm members of the wider community are invited to celebrate the unveiling of this new public art installation, and to chalk their environmental commitments or aspirations, as well as walk through the newly created eco-park.

This project has been made possible through the support of Kiwanis, the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Province of Ontario’s PanAm Ignite Program, ArtReach Toronto, Flemingdon Health Centre, Dulux Paint, Greenwin Inc, Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office and Valley Park Middle School.

WHEN: September 21st, 2:45- 4:00pm (Ribbon Cutting at 3:00pm)

WHERE: Valley Park Middle School 130 Overlea Blvd, Toronto, ON M3C 1B2 (north side of bldg along cricket field)

VISUALS: Ribbon cutting with youth; action photos/videos of community members adding environmental aspirations, as well as a tour through the eco park. Interviews with youth, organizers and community members will also be available.

the Toronto Emerging ARTivists and The STEPS Initiative

Toronto Emerging ARTivists (TEA), a collective of young people (ages 14 – 22) from across some of Toronto’s most underserved communities, is committed to improving their neighbourhoods through public art. Their mission is to bring communities together and speak out against issues facing our communities, including improving public spaces. With the support of their partners and mentors, they have led and supported several youth-led projects across Toronto, and have been recognized for their achievements through receiving numerous awards.

The STEPS Initiative is an award-winning public arts organization responsible for installing the World’s Tallest Mural that uses art to raise awareness about public space and urban design issues. Among other programs they facilitate leadership initiatives that provide a platform for community members to propose their own local projects.

 

Media contact: 

 

Completed piece Photo credit: Anjuli Solanki

Completed piece
Photo credit: Anjuli Solanki

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TEA youth Get filmed by Windows Canada for their #UpgradeYourWorld campaign
Photo credit: Vadim Taraskine

 

Selected TEA Youth working on mural Photo credit: Anjuli Solanki

Selected TEA Youth working on mural
Photo credit: Anjuli Solanki

 

Media Advisory: Celebration Marks Unveiling of Reggae Lane – Toronto’s Newest Cultural Landmark

TORONTO, Sept 14, 2015 – On September 19th from 4 – 7 pm, Councillor Josh Colle, the STEPS Initiative, The Laneway Project, and local Reggae musicians will host the official unveiling of Reggae Lane: Toronto’s newest cultural landmark. This event will celebrate the completion of a 1,200 sq ft mural commemorating more than a dozen local Reggae legends, a Toronto Heritage plaque, and will share the community’s vision for future improvements and a “Master Plan” for Reggane Lane.

Toronto is home to one of the largest populations of Jamaican expatriates in the world. During the 70s and 80s Toronto was a thriving hub for Reggae musicians, resulting in a myriad of record stores, labels, studios and music venues along Eglinton Avenue West. Last year, Councillor Josh Colle named the laneway at Oakwood Ave and now has installed a Toronto Heritage plaque on the site.

“I am hoping that by establishing Reggae Lane we will bring a positive light to Eglinton Avenue West and highlight the significance of this essential part of Toronto’s music history.” – Councillor Josh Colle, Ward 15 Eglinton-Lawrence

Date: September 19th
Time: 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: Green P parking lot at 1531 Eglinton West

The event will be free to the public.

4 pm: Curated walkthrough of Reggae lane hosted by The Laneway Project

5 pm: Ribbon cutting, honour Reggae Hall of Fame recipients, food and cake

6 pm: Live music including local legend Jay Douglas who will perform his original song called “Reggae Lane”

 

The STEPS Initiative, an award-winning public arts organization, teamed up this summer with renowned local artist Adrian Hayles and youth from the community to transform the wall at the eastern entry point to Reggae Lane into a celebrated cultural landmark that pays homage to the local reggae community.

The Laneway Project, working from the ground up with local businesses, residents, civic organizations and the reggae community, is in the midst of developing a vision and long-term master plan for Reggae Lane that will transform the laneway into a safe, vibrant and people-friendly space for the entire community.

 

Media contacts:

Amanda Penrice, Office of Councillor Josh Colle, 647-466-8573 or apenric@toronto.ca
Vera Belazelkoska, STEPS Initiative (647) 273-5397 or vera@stepsinitiative.com
Michelle Senayah, The Laneway Project, 647-763-6783 or michelle@thelanewayproject.ca

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The Reggae Lane mural has been has been generously funded by the City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto program, with support from Metrolinx, the Toronto Parking Authority, the PATCH Project and TD Bank. The Reggae Lane heritage plaque was funded by Heritage Toronto and Scotiabank, while the Reggae Lane master planning project is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

The STEPS Initiative
The STEPS Initiative is an award-winning community-based arts organization that bridges the gap between the cultural, social and environmental sectors by building the capacity of citizens to create more vibrant and connected communities. This project’s lead artist, Adrian Hayles, is a graduate of the Graphic Design program at Humber College with over 10 years of working experience behind him and is established in Toronto’s modern art community.

The Laneway Project
The Laneway Project is an innovative non-profit that is fundamentally changing Toronto’s relationship with its laneways. Our mandate is to inspire, empower and support communities in undertaking their own laneway projects; to initiate and implement demonstration projects to improve and activate laneways throughout the city; and to work with City leaders to create laneway-friendly planning policies and procedures that formalize laneways as assets in Toronto’s public realm.

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Youth from the Macaulay Centre for Child and Youth Development scrape away the flaking paint from a 10+ years old mural.  Photo credit: Vera Belazelkoska

Youth from the Macaulay Centre for Child and Youth Development scrape away the flaking paint from a 10+ years old mural.
Photo credit: Vera Belazelkoska

Councillor Josh Colle and acclaimed Reggae icon Pluggy Satchimo visit the site midway through the painting process.  Photo credit: Amanda Penrice

Councillor Josh Colle and acclaimed Reggae icon Pluggy Satchimo visit the site midway through the painting process.
Photo credit: Amanda Penrice

Lead artist Adrian Hayles in front of the complete work. Photo credit: Zainab Abbasi

Lead artist Adrian Hayles in front of the complete work.
Photo credit: Zainab Abbasi

Project volunteers and lead artist celebrate the work’s completion. Photo credit: Jiawen Zhou

Project volunteers and lead artist celebrate the work’s completion.
Photo credit: Jiawen Zhou

Legendary Reggae artist Leroy Sibbles poses in front of his photo on the new Reggae Lane mural. Photo credit: Josh Colle

Legendary Reggae artist Leroy Sibbles poses in front of his photo on the new Reggae Lane mural.
Photo credit: Josh Colle

Reggae artist Jay Douglas shares his ideas at the Visioning Workshop for the Reggae Lane Master Plan. Photo credit: Inside Toronto

Reggae artist Jay Douglas shares his ideas at the Visioning Workshop for the Reggae Lane Master Plan.
Photo credit: Inside Toronto

Workshop plan sketch of Reggae Lane used to gather community feedback on master plan priorities. Image credit: The Laneway Project

Workshop plan sketch of Reggae Lane used to gather community feedback on master plan priorities.
Image credit: The Laneway Project

PATCH SPRING 2015 CALL FOR ARTISTS

PATCH SPRING 2015 CALL FOR ARTISTS

DEADLINE: June 1st, 2015

 

The PATCH Project provides artists (like you!) with opportunities to exhibit their work in public – raising their profile while transforming Toronto’s streets.

We partner with landowners and developers to showcase the work of local artists around construction sites and get them the exposure they need to move their career in the arts forward.

PATCH can help YOU:

  • develop your portfolio

  • get paid for exhibiting your work

  • join a community of like-minded creative professionals

  • build a foundation for your career in Toronto’s cultural sector

Our city has millions of feet of construction hoarding (the walls that go up around construction sites) that can be the home for your next work of art (or the exhibition of your existing artwork)!

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to get your work noticed, and become part of a community of young artists while you’re at it.

What Are We Looking For?

PATCH collaborates with a wide range of creative professionals who vary stylistically and thematically. You can find a selection of our current collaborating artists on our Selected Artists Page.

We are looking for artists who live or work in the Toronto area, and who are interested

in exhibiting their work in the public realm. You should have a proven capability to produce work of the highest quality and proven ability to undertake projects of similar scope to those of PATCH.

Submissions which meaningfully engage with issues such as reclaiming public space, sustainable living, promoting cultural dialogue, multiculturalism and civic engagement are highly encouraged; applicants whose work does not thematically engage with these ideas are still welcome to apply. Digital artists, photographers, and graphic designers are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

How to Apply

Applicants are required to upload five (5) pieces of visual support material (these should be tightly cropped examples of past work), an artistic CV outlining their relevant experience, as well as a letter of reference.

Applications are juried by a review committee with includes representatives from Toronto’s cultural sector, as well as urban development industry professionals.

CLICK HERE to submit your online application. (no hard or emailed copies will be accepted)

 

What is PATCH, and What Do We Do?

The PATCH Project installs permanent and temporary art in underused spaces, like construction sites. We collaborate with local artists, landowners, and property developers to create an ongoing exhibition that not only beautifies the streetscape, but strengthens community ties around our installations.

PATCH:

  • identifies potential sites for public art;

  • recruits Toronto area artists of the highest caliber for site-specific work;

  • liaises between artists, property owners / developers, and construction companies to develop customized creative solutions that animate Toronto’s public realm; and

  • manages the logistics of making this all happen!

PATCH is a project of the STEPS Initiative, an award-winning public arts organization that builds the capacity of citizens to take action in creating more vibrant and connected communities. Since 2010, STEPS has led several large-scale public art installations (including the World’s Tallest Mural) through which they have engaged thousands of community members of all ages and received numerous awards.

 

Compensation:

We recognize the importance of financially compensating artists for their work. Artist fees for reproduced images of existing work will be in accordance with the scale of the reproduction, while fees for newly commissioned or community-engaged works will vary on a  project-by-project basis.

 

More Information:

For more information on PATCH: Please visit us at www.thepatchproject.com

If after reviewing the information on our website, you have any additional questions, please contact us at: artists@thepatchproject.com

 

Thank you,

The PATCH Team

STEPS and Mural Routes announce the Public Art Learning Series

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PALS – Public Art Learning Series

Presented by Mural Routes in collaboration with The STEPS Initiative

A learning series to better equip emerging and mid-career artists working in murals and public art in the GTA. Prepare yourself, your team, or your organization for summer 2015 projects!

•Improve your skills knowledge by learning from Toronto-based public artists and project managers

•Be part of the network and connections of mural artists and arts producers in the GTA

•Sharing community practices

Register via Eventbrite: www.muralroutes.eventbrite.com

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/821332704601381/

Dates & Session Details:

Sessions take place March – May, 2015; Wednesday Evenings 6-8pm

— Session 1 Dream it / Do it —
Making your dream a reality; Preparing a strong application and realistic budget for calls for artists and expressions of interest.
– Wed, March 4 (6-8pm) at CSI Annex, 720 Bathurst St. (2nd Floor, Rm1)
• Karin Eaton
Artistic & Executive Director, Mural Routes
• Allan Bender
Muralist and Owner, Blinc Studios

— Session 2 Site-Specific Design —
Site and wall assessment, creating a proportionate design (maquette).
– Wed, March 18 (6-8pm), at CSI Annex, 720 Bathurst St.
(3rd Floor, Rm4)—
• Allan Bender
Muralist and Owner, Blinc Studios
• Cristina Delago
Mosaic Artist / Arts Educator

– Session 3 Project Management
Ensuring that your project achieves its goals within budget and on time.
— Wed, April 8 (6-8pm) at CSI Annex, 720 Bathurst St. (2nd Floor, Rm 1) —
• Karin Eaton
Artistic & Executive Director, Mural Routes

—Session 4 Design with Community in Mind—
Designing collaboratively with and for community.
– Wed, April 29 (6-8pm) at CSI Annex, 720 Bathurst St.(3rd Floor, Rm4)
• Shalak Attack and Fiya Bruxa
Artists and Founders, Essencia Art Collective

— Session 5 Health & Safety for Murals—
Permits, materials, ladders, scaffolding.
– Wed, May 20 (6-8pm) at CSI Regent Park, 585 Dundas St. E. (2nd Floor, Rm2)
• Michael Brown
Artist / Educator

 

Media Advisory: Back to Nature:Toronto Joins 40 Cities Worldwide In Making Public Art!

TORONTO, June 4th, 2014 – The STEPS Initiative, the Toronto Emerging ARTivists (a youth-led arts collective) and Wallpeople – a global street art movement invite Torontonians to join in a celebration of the environment through art in this 100in1Day intervention, from 12-5pm on Saturday June 7th.

Wallpeople is a global initiative that encourages community members to return art to the streets and reclaim public spaces as a means of expression, happening in 40 cities across the world simultaneously. This year, the STEPS Initiative, an award-winning organization that uses art to connect people to public spaces, is ensuring that Toronto is on the global street art map, by hosting one of over 40 simultaneous public art walls worldwide.

STEPS invites artists and art lovers alike to bring their lightweight creations related to theme – Back to Nature, for temporary display. Art of any style is welcome (that means drawing, painting, illustration, photography, collage, comics, paper, cardboard, canvas, crochet, prints, mixed compositions, badges, handmade cards, origami, album covers, vinyl, cassettes painted, post-its, all of it!), as long as it relates to nature, and does not require nails or hooks to be hung.

Attendees of all ages will also be invited to participate in other eco-arts activities, led in collaboration by the the Toronto Emerging ARTivists, a youth-led arts collective who has been transforming public spaces across the city in partnership with STEPS. In keeping with the theme of environmental art, community members will decorate tiles with found objects that will adorn a beautiful sculpture to be installed in the Thorncliffe Park community, in collaborator with Trashswag and local designer Andrew Chiu. Materials will be provided, but attendees are encouraged to bring recycled material that find inspiring with them.

This event is a part of the 100 Interventions in 1 Day Festival, a citizen-driven festival will unite people across the city to make Toronto a better place by creating acts of urban change across the region. These diverse and far-reaching interventions will not only raise awareness of urban and social issues, but inspire ideas, and motivate leaders to consider new approaches to old problems. This activation encourages passersby to rethink their initial perceptions of their environment or objects they may consider “waste.”

WHEN: June 7th noon – 5pm
WHERE: East York Town Centre (45 Overlea Blvd) parking lot – near the Petro Canada.
VISUALS: Action photos/videos of community members making art from recycled materials, as well as public art wall adorned with new and pre-fabricated environmental art and planters made from pop-bottles.
Interviews with youth, artists and community members will also be available.

The STEPS Initiative

The STEPS (Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space) Initiative is an award-winning nonprofit that uses art to connect people with public spaces. STEPS seeks to challenge and change the ways in which public spaces are currently being used, how citizens communicate on environmental issues and the role of the artist in community development. They have led large-scale public art projects across the GTA, including the installation of the World’s Tallest Mural in Summer 2013. STEPS and their youth-led arts collective, the Toronto Emerging ARTivists are supported by the Ontario Arts Council; the Ontario Trillium Foundation; the Laidlaw Foundation. The STEPS Initiative is an incubated project of the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), who generously provide a wealth of in-kind supports to the organization.

Media Contact

Vera Belazelkoska, Community Engagement Coordinator, the STEPS initiative (647)-273-5397 or vera@stepsinitiative.com
@WallPeople // @STEPSInitiative // @TOEmergingART // @100in1dayTO
#Wallpeople // #100in1day // #ARTivism

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Toronto Emerging ARTivist members prepare for a community painting day at the World’s Tallest Mural
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Toronto Emerging ARTivists working on pop bottle planters, as part of their ECO ARTivism Initiative that was unveiled during National Youth Arts Week.
Photo credit: Alexis Kane Speer

 

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Media Release: PATCH It Up! Regent Park Youth Transform Construction Site into Cultural Landmark

TORONTO, June 4th, 2014 – On Saturday, June 7th over 100 interventions will happen across Toronto that will activate public spaces and civically engage Torontonians. The PATCH (Public Art Through Construction Hoarding) Project will be hosting a live painting event at Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park. This one-day project will showcase the PATCH Project’s unique approach to engaging communities in making impactful public art on sites of transition, like construction sites.

In partnership with the STEPS Initiative, the Centre for Social Innovation, Daniels Spectrum, and UforChange, the PATCH It Up! intervention will engage community members in coming up with the design and painting the art, alongside lead artist, Troy Pynn. This all-day event will invite the public to participate in creating 2 large scale pieces of art that will remain in the community. The artwork will be installed just outside of the Toronto Community Housing property on the east end of Daniels Spectrum. These new pieces will bring the vibrancy and energy of Daniels Spectrum to the streets of Regent Park.

WHEN: Saturday, June 7th, 2014 2pm – 8pm
WHERE: Daniels Spectrum at Regent Park, 585 Dundas St. E, Toronto, ON
VISUALS: Large scale painting action, photos/video and interviews with youth, organizers and community members.

This event is a part of the 100 Interventions in 1 Day Festival, a citizen-driven festival will unite people across the city to make Toronto a better place by creating acts of urban change across the region. These diverse and far-reaching interventions will not only raise awareness of urban and social issues, but inspire ideas, and motivate leaders to consider new approaches to old problems. This project is focused on community engagement, urban planning and cultural diversity.

The PATCH Project

The PATCH Project installs permanent and temporary art in underused spaces, like construction sites, that strengthen community ties, and beautify the streetscape while building the capacity of emerging artists to exhibit in the public realm. A project of the STEPS Initiative, we work to improve the urban experience for local residents and visitors alike. Most recently, PATCH completed a community-focused project in Alexandra Park, engaging hundreds of local youth and residents. Toronto-based street artists, JAH and Danilo, worked with local residents and youth to create of 300 sq ft of art, installed at the Alexandra Park Revitalization construction site.
The PATCH Project is also launching a Portfolio Development Program (PDP), aimed at emerging and younger artists. New artists are encouraged to join us for the live painting intervention on Saturday June 7th, 2014.

Media Contact
Vera Belazelkoska, Community Engagement Coordinator, the STEPS initiative
(647)-273-5397 or vera@stepsinitiative.com
@ThePATCHProject // @STEPSInitiative // @100in1dayTO // #100in1day // #ARTivism // #PATCHItUp

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Youth painting in Alexandra Park during community engagement event.
Photo credit: Vera Belazelkoska

 

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Lead artists JAH and Danilo work with youth on a piece titled “Dream Big” to be installed on Cameron St. alongside the construction of Phase 1 Revitalization in Alexandra Park.
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Svannah Lavallee, a youth rparticipants, paints alongside lead artistic facilitators during PATCH installation in Alexandra Park.
Photo credit: Vera Belazelkoska