ArtworxTO: Terry Fox Mural | Flowers for Thorncliffe Park | In My Element: Wind & Fire | and more

ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-2022 is a celebration of Toronto’s incredible collection of public art and the artists behind it, creating more opportunities for the public to connect and engage with artwork in their everyday lives.

Working closely with artists and Toronto’s arts institutions, ArtworxTO is working to address gaps in the collection, such as the under-representation of equity-deserving communities and their histories, as well as geographic areas of the city where there are fewer public art works.

From fall 2021 to fall 2022 the City of Toronto is helping to deliver more than 350 new murals, installations, exhibitions, art events, performances and productions, citywide. This year, explore your city and discover creativity and community–everywhere.

This week’s ArtworxTO Highlights:

Terry Fox Mural by Alexandar Bacon & Quentin Commanda Mural Concept located at University of Toronto: Rehabilitation Sciences Building (500 University Ave, Toronto)

Terry Fox Mural Unveiled
The new Terry Fox Mural by Alexandar Bacon & Quentin Commanda Mural Concept celebrating Terry’s legacy has been unveiled at the University of Toronto: Rehabilitation Sciences Building (500 University Ave, Toronto).

The mural acts as a beacon of hope, capturing Terry’s courage during his Marathon of Hope, while also uplifting and inspiring the viewer.

Learn more about the Terry Fox Mural

Lighting Souls Digital Curator Tour
Follow along as HOME(LAND) curator, Claudia explores the exhibition Lighting Souls and its references to notions of home, land, identity and belonging. Lighting Souls is the third installment of the year-long exhibition series for HOME(LAND) at ArtworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale Common (250 The East Mall, Toronto). The exhibition closes October 2nd.

Watch Claudia Arana’s Curator Tour

Flowers for Thorncliffe Park by Waard Ward collective installed at East York Town Centre (45 Overlea Blvd., Toronto)

Flowers for Thorncliffe Park on View Now
The final project for the I am land exhibition was installed on August 31, at East York Town Centre (45 Overlea Blvd., Toronto). Flowers for Thorncliffe Park by Waard Ward collective is a community garden featuring historic Damask rose varieties, named after the city of Damascus in Syria.

The Waard Ward collective will care for the roses and facilitate workshops for local newcomer communities in the years ahead.

Learn more about Flowers for Thorncliffe Park

In My Element: Wind & Fire | Vento & Fajro – Sept 17th
Join Julián Carvajal on Saturday, September 17th at the Humber Bay Shore Farmers’ Market (2195 Humber Bay Park West Trail, Toronto) for a day of indigenous conversations and talks.

In My Element: Wind & Fire | Vento & Fajro programming will include a traditional sharing circle and smudging ceremony followed by an informative guided eco tour. In My Element is part of the program series of HOME(LAND) curated by Claudia Arana for ArtworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale Common.

Register for In My Element: Wind & Fire | Vento & Fajro

Weekly Seniors Arts Program with Arts Etobicoke
Join facilitator Marjan Verstappen Wednesdays and Thursdays between 11am – 1pm at ArtworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale (250 The East Mall, Toronto). Learn art skills, use different mediums and explore techniques with talented art instructor, Marjan Verstappen. The free weekly seniors arts program will run until Sept 29, 2022.

Register for upcoming classes

New ArtworxTO Blog Post
Read the recent ArtworxTO Blog post titled “Who Counts? A poetic Interrogation into Public Safety” authored by Tkaronto-based artist and OCADu Student, Richie Evans. This blog post discusses Poetry InPrint: In the Streets, a dialogue about public safety through seven screenprinted poems.

In collaboration with emerging OCADU writers and documentations, the ArtworxTO Blog highlights public art and explores what public art means in the eyes of Torontonians and visitors. Blog posts are published on a bi-weekly basis.

Read the latest ArtworxTO Blog post

ALLSTYLE mural on view at ArtworxTO Hub NORTH: Downsview (40 Carl Hall Rd, Toronto)

Nuit Blanche Events at ArtworxTO Hubs on October 1
Don’t miss the chance to visit ArtworxTO Hubs across the City of Toronto during Nuit Blanche, October 1st at 7PM until October 2nd at 7AM.

ArtworxTO Hub NORTH: Downsview at 70 Canuck Ave, Toronto
ArtworxTO Hub EAST: Scarborough Town Centre at 300 Borough Drive
ArtworxTO Hub SOUTH: Union Station at 65 Front St E
ArtworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale Common at 250 The East Mall

Still Dancing by Dennis Oppenheim (2010) on view at Trinity St as part of the The Distillery District, Canary District and Canary Landing ArtworxTO Tour

Self-Guided Tours via Driftscape
Explore free self-guided public art walking tours today! Not sure where to go to see murals, installations, sculptures and more? Check out ArtworxTO’s more than 50 tours that highlight the art in the communities across all 22 of Toronto’s wards.

ArtworxTO has partnered with Driftscape, local community artists and arts organizations to curate the tours. The tours include multimedia and artist interviews featuring pieces from the City’s extensive collection.

Explore public art in your neighbourhood now

XOXO Downsview Walk – Sept 17th
Join Jane Farrow and special guests on Saturday, September 17th for a tour showcasing the murals and installation works featured in XOXO Downsview and ArtworxTO Hub NORTH: Downsview (70 Canuck Avenue, North York).

This tour, presented by id8 Downsview, highlights the bold, vital spirit of Downsview. You’ll learn about the compelling and surprising history of music, art, heritage architecture, aviation and performance here – and how it all connects with the present day and plans for the future.

Learn more about XOXO Downsview Walk

Each week ArtworxTO offers several new programs, exhibits, performances, talks, workshops and more. Bookmark and check back often!

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