Everyone. Everywhere. was the second public art collaboration between Arts Etobicoke and Amnesty International’s Project: Urban Canvas and was born out of a collaboration Arts Etobicoke enjoys with its neighbour Creative Village Studio, having worked on numerous projects together. An agency of Toronto Community Living, CVS works with adults with intellectual disabilities. It was with these clients and their past expressive artwork in mind, that the choice of Article 6 was made to be the theme for this new mural. It states: “Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law”.
We wanted to celebrate the valuable contributions (artistic and otherwise) of differently-abled people and showcase the bold, emotional work of these artists in a powerful statement about human rights awareness. People who are differently-abled and their contributions are often invisible and undervalued. With this powerful statement as the guiding theme, Red Dress Productions, led by artistic director and designer Anna Camilleri and production lead Tristan R. Whiston stewarded the project (from July to October 2013) through a series of location scouts, public consultations, educational workshops, design layouts and on-site production which produced a spectacular 200 ft. mixed media mural on a City-owned bridge located on the east side of Islington Avenue, just south of Dundas Street West. It is framed in the background by the park adjacent to Montgomery’s Inn. Its location was chosen for the high visibility in our neighbourhood by pedestrians, drivers, transit users, and cyclists alike who travel in great number through this busy intersection.