June 22, 2009 marked the launch of the Art on the Move project at the Distillery District with two cube vans and a decommissioned TTC bus adorned with art by three community groups:
- Youth interns from FoodShare
- Seniors from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
- Children from the Belka Enrichment Centre.
Each community group was paired with professional artists to develop an art concept for the vehicles. Click here to see a movie about the 2009 Art on the Move.
FoodShare, a non-profit organization utilizing food-based initiatives, working "from field to table," with a long-term view on the entire food system, contributed one of their delivery vans. Artist Beata Kruszynski worked with youth interns from FoodShare to create a vibrant canvas. Said intern Jade Dunlop, "It started out like going to an art class, but then it grew to a greater scale. I didn't realize how big and beautiful it was going to be." (Torontoist.ca)
Artist Amir Akbari and seniors from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health worked on a van from custom kitchen cabinetry business White Knight Kitchens, Inc., owned by Antonio and Joseph Tavares. "Art is an interactive medium for people to express their feelings and start talking about their problems," said Raymond Wong, CAMH Manager of the Geriatric Admissions Unit. "…. Without the art, they would not have been able to open up so quickly." (Inside Toronto)
Artists Patrick Thompson and Jenifer Rudski worked with 50 youth aged 10-18 from Belka Enrichment Centre, a mobile computer lab initiative of high-school teacher Dennis Keshinro, on its de-commissioned TTC bus, to provide homework support and friendship to youth in the Jane/Finch area. "The creativity brought out potential in kids that didn't know they had it in them," said Keshinro. "…. We've invested in books, technology. Now we need to invest in art." (Inside Toronto)
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