NOTICE: Due to the current public health situation, this program will be adapted to an online platform where possible. We will continue to monitor the situation and reevaluate timelines as needed for the mural painting to take place. Arts Etobicoke is taking every precaution to make sure that our programs are delivered safely and in a way the community can access. This means that when we are allowed to gather and paint together, there will be increased safety training and new health and safety protocols. We want everyone to feel safe while engaging with this project and proud of their work!
Arts Etobicoke together with Bareket Kezwer (Womxn Paint) and supporting partners, Mural Routes and The STEPS Initiative, present the Finch Avenue Mural Corridor. This project is a continuation of Augmented Representations: The North Etobicoke Mural Project and is part of a long-term vision to fully paint this portion of Finch Avenue with vibrant, community-driven murals.
This new mural series will build upon the success and impact of the 576 feet of mural painted last year, and will continue to bring together the unique experiences and voices of the North Etobicoke community. Artists and participants will work together to develop mural designs that will combine Indigenous narratives, personal experiences of residents, and both the natural and urban landscapes of North Etobicoke into a new collection of vibrant murals. During this time of isolation, creative reflection and expression is especially important. This is an opportunity for community members to reflect on what is happening in the world and share their stories with their neighbours and the larger community. Members of the North Etobicoke community will once again have the opportunity to safely make meaningful and new connections, share experiences with friends and family, while creating new memories and learning the art of mural painting!
Now is your chance to have an impact on your community! We are offering 4 free, mural workshop series for members of the North Etobicoke community. Each workshop series takes a different thematic approach to mural making and will be facilitated by lead artists Bareket Kezwer, Moises Frank, Natalie Very B. and Kaya Joan. These workshops will introduce you to the world of murals and will explore different approaches to self-expression and storytelling through mural art. Through discussions, hands-on activities, and homework exercises, participants will learn the fundamentals of mural art and will practice skills such as conceptual development,creative problem-solving, and collaboration. The workshops are also an opportunity to connect with members of your community and share your ideas and input for a massive collaborative public art installation! Participants will have the unique opportunity to develop a final mural design, and help bring it to life!
All workshops will take place online via ZOOM, with the exception of The Hip Hop Fundamentals of Mural Making, which also includes an in-person demonstration on aerosol paints. No previous experience is required, you will be taught all the skills that you need! Please note, all workshop series are progressive and will build upon content shared during the previous workshop session, so a level of commitment is highly encouraged. Priority registration will be given to residents of North Etobicoke and to participants 18 years old and above. In order to get the full workshop experience, all participants will receive a free art package containing various art supplies! Space is limited for each workshop series, so register today!
*Priority registration will be given to residents of North Etobicoke and to participants 18 years old and above.
** Please register for your preferred workshop series. We want to make the workshops available to as many community members as possible so for the time being we are limited participation to one workshop series.
We want to hear from you! Please take a moment to fill out our short Finch Mural Survey and submit a drawing or rendering of what your mural would look like! Submissions will be posted to our Finch Avenue Mural Corridor vision board on our website.
For questions or inquiries please contact, Special Projects Manager, John Del Rosario at firstname.lastname@example.org or 647-806-8731.