StreetARToronto ‘Just Us’ 2024 Exhibit at Worth Gallery

Worth Gallery to host ‘Just Us’ Exhibit for Black History Month

Photo by Kwame Newman-Bremang Symbolik

‘Just Us’ Exhibit Dates & Programming

February 15 – 24, 2024
Reception: Friday, February 16, 6pm – 10pm
Artist and Property Owner Talk: Sunday, February 18, 3pm – 5pm
Urban Kizomba: Saturday, February 24, 6pm – 8pm

Worth Gallery, Toronto
RSVP for Exhibit Programming here

Honour and celebrate Black History Month this February at the ‘Just Us’ Exhibit at Worth Gallery.

This exhibit spotlights works created as part of the StreetARToronto ‘Just Us’ Mural Program in 2023. Murals in the exhibit speak to historical and current social issues and movements within Black and Indigenous communities and the importance, benefits, and opportunities to build a better future through inclusion, collaboration, and knowledge sharing.

Immerse yourself in a diverse range of art happenings, including mural photography, video screenings, artist talks and even a dance workshop.

From February 16 – February 24, 2024, the gallery doors will open to welcome art enthusiasts like you.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be part of the ‘Just Us’ 2024 Exhibit. Mark your calendars. We look forward to seeing you there.

Photo by Kwame Newman-Bremang Symbolik

Related Programming

‘Just Us’ Exhibition Reception
Friday, February 16, 6pm – 10pm
All are welcome.
RSVP encouraged but not required.
RSVP Here

Artist and Property Owner Talk
Sunday, February 18, 3pm – 5pm

Artist and property owners talk about the concepts of the murals created as part of the ‘Just Us’ Mural Project and the impacts they have had in the community.

Artist and Gallery Owner, Adrian Hayles will be unveiling the ‘4Life Natural Food Mural’ featuring the Concrete Lab installation along with a special video produced by Nicky Young of the mural being painted. The Owner Pots, along with the Kensington Action Committee, commissioned one of Adrian’s first mural painting at the 4 Life Natural Foods original location at Augusta and Nassau.

Writers from the House of Art BIPOC writer group will share their writing with the community at this talk.

RSVP Required (Limited Spaces Available).
RSVP Here

Urban Kizomba with Java Panzo
Saturday, February 24, 6pm – 8pm

The origins of kizomba can be traced to late-1970s Africa, with influences variably attributed to Angola. Kizomba is characterized by a slower, romantic, more sensuous rhythm than the traditional Angolan semba music. Kizomba music emerged as a fusion of Semba, Angolan Merengue, Kilapanga, Zouk and further Angolan music influences: It slowed down the cadence of songs and added a stronger bass line to the composition of instruments. Eduardo Paím is internationally recognized as the “father/creator of Kizomba music”, as he and his band were taking a major role in the development of the music style creation. Most kizomba songs are sung in Portuguese or a dialect from the various Portuguese-speaking, African cultures.

RSVP Required (Limited Spaces Available).
RSVP Here

Artwork by The Dreamers: La Pupila & AlfAlfA. Photo by Mark Segal

Worth Gallery
830 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON M6J 1V3

Gallery Hours:
Monday, Closed
Tuesday – Friday, 4pm – 8pm
Saturday & Sunday, 2pm – 8pm

About the ‘Just Us’ Program

StART has received requests from artists interested in doing more projects in support of Black Lives Matter, justice for Indigenous Peoples and social justice issues in support of equity deserving groups. In response, this fourth annual ‘Just Us’ Art Call is for concepts for mural projects that recognize and create awareness of social injustice, and support equity, race relations and community engagement related to Black lives and the rights of Indigenous Peoples and equity deserving groups.

This call invites concepts from street, mural and graffiti artists and artist collectives committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and inspiring positive change through who they are and the work they create. Project proposals should speak to historic and current social issues and movements within Black and Indigenous communities and equity deserving groups and the importance, benefits and opportunities to build a better future through inclusion, collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Learn more about the program and apply here.

About StreetARToronto

StreetARToronto (StART) is a suite of innovative programs specifically designed for streets and public spaces. StART has been successful in working with artists to produce vibrant, meaningful, community engaged street mural and graffiti art. StART programs encourage active transportation (walking and cycling), make our streets more inviting and safe, showcase local artists, mentor emerging talent, and create opportunities for positive engagement among residents, business, artists, arts organizations and City staff.

While based on themes relevant to local sites and neighbourhoods, StART artworks and artists also reflect the City of Toronto motto: Diversity Our Strength and foster a greater sense of belonging among all. An initiative of the City of Toronto, Transportation Services Division, StART has become a leader in significant mural, street and graffiti art installations since its inception in 2012.

StreetARToronto & City of Toronto logos

StreetARToronto
www.streetartoronto.ca
streetart@toronto.ca

Facebook @StreetARToronto
Instagram @start_streetartoronto
Twitter @StART_Toronto

Accessibility:
Worth Gallery’s main floor and washroom is accessible, it’s lower level can only be accessed via stairs. For more information, visit the Worth Gallery website.

Image descriptions:
1. Photograph of a person as seen from behind entering Worth Gallery.
2. Photograph of two gallery attendees inside of worth gallery, taking a photograph on a smartphone of an artwork.
3. Mural on a brick wall in a laneway featuring a large yellow circle at its center. The mural depicts two birds with humanlike faces connecting within the circle, creating a striking and whimsical image against the urban backdrop.