Art on the Move - 2012

Art on the Move: A Mobile Arts Project for North Etobicoke Youth

Children and youth from the Rexdale community worked shoulder to shoulder with professional arts educator Graham Curry to produce an art-adorned vehicle as part of Art on the Move (presented by Arts Etobicoke and Lakeshore Arts).

With the generous support of RBC Foundation and in partnership with the Albion Boys and Girls Club, MicroSkills and Rexdale ProTech Media Centre, the 14th vehicle is nearing completion.

This project provided mentorship and high quality cultural experiences to children and youth in North Etobicoke; and the final art-adorned vehicle will bring art into the every day experience of the wider community.

This project with Albion Boys and Girls Club along with youth from MicroSkills/ProTech Media features the silhouettes of children filled with the artwork they created throughout the program.

The Albion Boys and Girls Club children were photographed by youth from MicroSkills/ProTech Media in various activities that they like to do while at the centre. The youth at MicroSkills worked on the computer creating the silhouette forms, which the artist Graham Curry further altered through digital collage. The silhouettes were filled with artwork the children created throughout the 6-week art program.

Can you find the community circle of people holding hands, maps of the Rexdale neighbourhood, homes and apartment buildings, music notes, shooting stars to wish upon, bits of nature including flowers, butterflies and dragonflies, airplanes whisking passengers to new places, and painted starry night skies full of dreams and opportunities? They can all be found in the designs the children created in this Art on the Move program.

The themes of community and identity were the touch points throughout the program. The children learned to express their ideas in drawing, painting and collage.

In each silhouette the children hold or play with an object that was drawn, painted or collaged in the class – from the soccer and basketballs to the designs on the books.

The Albion Boys and Girls Club offers a variety of activities to the children which are reflected in the design – from outdoor sports to music including African drumming, art, and imaginative exploration. The youth drew upon these experiences at the club to create their artwork.

The final design will be digitally applied to a large van belonging to the Albion Boys and Girls Club and Albion Neighbourhood Services.

Youth from Rexdale Pro-Tech Media Centre are being mentored in creating a documentary of the entire project.

All project partners and participants will gather to celebrate the final art-wrapped vehicle at the Rexdale Community Hub on Wed, Mar 20, 2013.

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