Mayor John Tory and Councillor Jim Karygiannis (Ward 39 Scarborough-Agincourt) joined artists, members of the Agincourt Community Services Association and other local community members on Saturday to officially unveil the Chester Le community mural. The mural is the latest installation under the City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto Partnership Program.
The official unveiling will took place at noon on Saturday, September 30 at 201 Chester Le Blvd., followed by a community barbecue and a community walk organized in partnership with Steeles L’Amoreaux Strength in Partnership.
“I’m proud that Toronto invests in street art through the StreetARToronto program,” said Mayor Tory. “These pieces of art infuse our neighbourhoods with culture and beauty, showcase local artists and bring communities together.”
“The mural is an artistic collaboration by the Chester Le community to showcase the beauty and resilience of the residents after a year that saw two tragic shootings,” said Councillor Karygiannis. “I am particularly pleased to see the youth embrace this project with enthusiasm and share an uplifting message, which will help the community move forward.”
The Chester Le mural will be displayed along the wall separating the Chester Le Housing Complex from Victoria Park between Finch Avenue and McNicoll Avenue. The project brought local youth, residents and volunteers together to create art and to celebrate their neighbourhood while sharing a positive and encouraging narrative of their community. Toronto artist Adrian Hayles worked with local youth through Art Starts and the Agincourt Community Centre.
Launched in 2012, Toronto’s StreetARToronto is an innovative, public-private partnership designed to develop, support, promote and increase awareness of street art and its ability to beautify the city’s visual landscape and decrease graffiti vandalism. Users of social media can follow on Twitter https://twitter.com/StART_Toronto or on Instagram at start_streetartoronto or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/StreetARToronto.
This news release is also available on the City’s website: http://ow.ly/KtNQ30fv9ik
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