The broad message of Dignity City is grand and inspirational, challenging us to imagine a world where everyone lives in freedom, equal in dignity and rights. The mural reflects the identity of our city as welcoming, multicultural, and placing value on artistic expression. It illustrates an example of a city that works towards inclusiveness through creativity, community building, and public action.
In reflecting on Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for this mural, Artist Boo thought about “who’s missing?” in our usual representation of people in society. She wanted to include people from all types of backgrounds, abilities and ages; and keep the design fun and whimsical. Boo drew major inspiration from all the unique people she has met in Toronto through her work in social services. Boo has always approached her art from an Expressionist background, concerned with gestures, emotional colour, and feeling rather than direct representation. Dignity City can be found on Montgomery Rd, one block south of Dundas Street West.
Arts Etobicoke received a grant from the City of Toronto through its StreetARToronto (StART) program and partnered with Boo Art Biz in conjunction with Amnesty International’s Project: Urban Canvas—a mural series celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We were grateful for the support of Councillor Justin Di Ciano and Councillor John Campbell.
Fun Fact: We had 11 youth volunteers help design and paint this mural!