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.
Photo credit: Diego Rojas

 

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Svannah Lavallee, a youth rparticipants, paints alongside lead artistic facilitators during PATCH installation in Alexandra Park.
Photo credit: Vera Belazelkoska