Concealed Beauty

Concealed Beauty: Photography, Video Art and Digital Graffiti by Rexdale Youth

Monday, March 28 – Friday, June 17, 2011
Reception, Thursday, May 5, 2011, 6-8pm

Arts Etobicoke and the media arts program at the Rexdale Pro Tech Media Centre were pleased to present Concealed Beauty: Photography, Video Art and Digital Graffiti by Rexdale Youth, a show featuring original and enticing art by youth in the Rexdale community. Part of the 15th annual Toronto-wide CONTACT Photography Festival, this exhibition uncovered the beauty that exists in our own neighbourhoods.

A highlight of the show was the May 5 reception held at the Arts Etobicoke Gallery. Fifteen of the youth came out to see their artwork on display and celebrate their achievements. A few weeks later, many of the same youth joined us for a field trip to the Art Gallery of Ontario and Lausberg Contemporary Gallery.

We were also thrilled to learn that one of the youth artists who created a moving graffiti work, in memorium of a close friend, for the Concealed Beauty exhibition has since caught the attention of high-profile street artists and has been invited, along with Rexdale ProTech Media Centre, to participate in the Street Art Showcase in September, where artists will have their work projected on various buildings across Toronto and will have a chance to win one of three commissioned mural spaces in the city.

Special thanks goes to Terrence Rodriguez, Program Coordinator at Rexdale Pro Tech Media Centre and to all the youth who participated in this inspiring experience.

About the Rexdale Pro Tech Media Centre

The Rexdale Pro Tech Media Centre provides neighbourhood youth with free access to state-of-the-art technology including digital arts (graphic design, flash animation, web design, digital photography and video production) and Microsoft curricula to introduce youth to potential careers in new media while providing computer literacy skills and creating opportunities for self-expression.

Since opening in July 2007, the Rexdale Pro Tech Media Centre has managed thousands of repeat visits from local youth. Rather than hanging out in the streets, many youth in Rexdale are hanging around the Media Centre. Workshops expose members to the basic skills required to get into Media Arts.

Community MicroSkills Development Centre is the operator of the Media Centre and, together with, the City of Toronto, Microsoft Canada, Humber College, Renew Computers, and community groups have developed a safe, nurturing and structured environment where youth have access to a range of new media technologies.

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