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 Martin Grove Mural: The North Etobicoke Mural Project. 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 project 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. Martin Grove Mural: The North Etobicoke Mural Project will see 44 murals from female-identfying and non-binary artists and four spectacluar communtiy murals. Artists and participants have worked together over the summer and early fall 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 times of isolation, creative reflection and expression is especially important. The community workshops were 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 had the opportunity to safely make meaningful and new connections and share experiences with friends and family, all while creating new memories and learning the art of mural painting!

This summer, we offered 4 free mural workshop series for members of the North Etobicoke community. Each workshop series took a different thematic approach to mural making and were facilitated by lead artists Bareket Kezwer, Moises Frank, Natalie Very B. and Kaya Joan. The workshops introduced participants to the world of murals and explored different approaches to self-expression and storytelling through mural art. Through discussions, hands-on activities, and homework exercises, participants learned the fundamentals of mural art and practiced skills such as conceptual development, creative problem-solving, and collaboration. The workshops were also an opportunity for community members to connect with others and share their ideas and input for a massive collaborative public art installation! Participants had the unique opportunity to develop a final mural design, and help bring it to life!

The muralists for the Womxn Paint Jam featuring the 44 female-identifying and non-binary artists were selected by a jury from over 130 applications. The jury consisted of members of the community and mural experts and included Jacquie Comrie, Chief Lady Bird, Akshata Naik, Warda Sharmeen, Fatima Filippi, and Renee Castonguay.

We want to hear from you! Please take a moment to view the proposed murals designs here and provide any feedback you may have.

For questions or inquiries please contact, Special Projects Manager, John Del Rosario at john@artsetobicoke.com or 647-806-8731.