Year 5 - 2013

Luminato Portraits: an Art on the Move Project

Produced by Arts Etobicoke, Lakeshore Arts in association with Luminato Festival.

The 15th Art on the Move vehicle was officially unveiled at the opening weekend of the 2013 Luminato Festival.

This mobile art project engaged professional artists and young people to collaborate on a design which now adorns a Kia Rondo– collaborative ‘portraits’ of Luminato, illustrating the guiding principles of the Festival – transformation, collaboration, accessibility and diversity.

Students in Grades 6,7 and 8 from the Karen Kain School of the Arts (KKSA) in South Etobicoke were led by artist/educator Melissa McGrath through a series of workshops that included portrait drawing and collage with Japanese and Nepalese paper.

A number of students at the school participated in creative writing exercises inspired by Luminato artist Grace O’Connell’s novel Magnified World. Students read excerpts of her writing about Toronto, and then completed their own piece of writing about their favourite place in the city.  Festival artist Ed Pien also visited the students, and postcards were developed to highlight the project and share the children's artwork more broadly at the Festival.

The final result was an art-and-text-wrapped Kia Rondo which was then displayed at Luminato Festival’s Hub in David Pecaut Square from June 14-23.

A total of 82 students at KKSA participated in the Art on the Move Project. All of the students share ownership of the project- every portrait is included, and the collage was created collaboratively.

This collaborative process was identified by many students as their favourite part of the project. They enjoyed working together and were proud and pleased with the final product.

Prior to the Luminato Festival, the vehicle was displayed at:

- Karen Kain School of the Arts on June 12, 2013 - all students at the school (approx. 160) were brought outside to view the car.
- Montgomery’s Inn on Jun 6, 2013
- The Kia Queensway Dealership
- ‘Art in the Park’ at Neilson Park Creative Centre, Jun 9, 2013

To see all Art on the Move vehicles, go to

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