Warm-up with cool murals! The Augmented Reality in the Village of Islington project launched earlier this year to great success and amazing community feedback. Before the weater gets too cold we want to encourage you to come and explore the Village of Islington. Or if you’ve already seen them, come and discover something new. Visit us at the office (4893A Dundas Street West) every Saturday in November and get a voucher for a free hot beverage from a local business. You can get a self-guided tour brochure, ask questions about the murals, and get your hot drink voucher.
The artists on this project combine AR technology and the story-telling of Indigenous and New Canadian artists to overlay a new narrative on the pre-existing historical murals, painted by artist John Kuna in The Village of Islington. Our project aims to diversify the artistic narrative of our community to more accurately reflect the citizens who live and work in The Village of Islington. Read more about the murals here.
Local Discoveries (our mural tours) is part of #ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021–2022 and a Signature Project of the City of Toronto’s Cultural Hotspot. Augmented Reality in the Village of Islington received grant funding as part of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021–2022, a year-long celebration of Toronto’s exceptional public art collection and the creative community behind it. Working closely with artists and Toronto’s arts institutions, ArtworxTO will deliver major public art projects and commissions, citywide, from fall 2021 to fall 2022. Supporting local artists and new artworks that reflect Toronto’s diversity, ArtworxTO is creating more opportunities for citizens to engage with art in their everyday lives. This September, the City of Toronto invites the public to discover creativity and community–everywhere. Visit www.artworxTO.ca for full details. The Cultural Hotspot shines a spotlight on arts, culture and community in Toronto’s outside-the-core neighbourhoods through workshops, exhibits, activities, and experiences. This City of Toronto and partner-produced initiative features Signature Partnership Projects and SPARK Projects that and provide opportunities for community members to participate in the arts. Youth mentorship and employment is a component of Cultural Hotspot programming. Since its inception in 2014, the Cultural Hotspot has highlighted Scarborough, Etobicoke, North York, East York/East End and York. In 2022, the Cultural Hotspot moves to a hyperlocal model with a focus on Little Jamaica and the Golden Mile.