2012 Student Art Show

Toronto Teens Showcase Artwork at 16th Annual Smart Start Student Art Show

Sat, April 21 - Sat, April 28 2012 at Sherway Gardens

Over 120 artworks by high school students were on display at the Smart Start Student Art Show, a free, 8-day exhibition and community arts education program which ran at Sherway Gardens in April.

Thanks to the generous support of Sherway Gardens Shopping Centre, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and the Kiwanis Club of Kingsway Humber, this vibrant event offered exciting cultural experiences for students and the general public.

Public Art Exhibition

Students from approximately 20 high schools in the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board enjoyed the opportunity to display their artwork in a busy public venue.

Learning Centre

This free arts education station contained information and interactive exercises that encouraged viewers to appreciate diverse forms of cultural expression, including:
• a free printed guide with 'quick tips' on engaging with art
• the People’s Choice Awards, which featured 3 categories: Most Original, Strongest Design and Most Moving. Congratulations to winners Daley Mardi, Sanie Irsaeva, Catherine Chen, Zarah Peterson, Natalie Tershakowe
• NEW! Seniors' Sherway Gardens Spring Tune-up, a free creativity workshop led by professional writer and arts educator Angel Beyde.

Arts Symposium Event – Wed, Apr 25, 6-8pm
Participating students and teachers attended a mini-conference that included arts workshops, discussion groups, and one-on-one critiques led by professional artists. Free refreshments and pizza, courtesy of Pizza Pizza, were made available.


All participating schools received a scholarship to be used toward enriching their arts education departments.

A big thank you goes to our many volunteers who provided invaluable assistance in installing the exhibition, event coordination and much more. Thank you also to volunteers from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services who joined other Arts Etobicoke volunteers as Smart Start Ambassadors – greeting the public and monitoring the Learning Centre.

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