In Our Hands: Eco Mural

Communication is essential to bringing about environmental awareness. “In Our Hands”, an environmentally mural was designed and painted by local Flemingdon and Thorncliffe Park youth with the mentorship of artist Nick Sweetman.

This is one of several initiatives, developed by STEPS’ youth-led arts collective – the Toronto Emerging ARTivists. The mural’s 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 work also speaks to the historic legacy of the Don River, but drawing attention to the role of the Don Valley as a symbol in connecting our past to the present.

Leaves made from chalkboard paint woven throughout the work enable community members to share their thoughts and aspirations for our local community. This installation is intended to be a site of dialogue through continued programming developed in collaboration with project partners.

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

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