Call for Participants: The Placemaking Project (Art Starts, Scarborough)

Art Starts is looking for youth ages 15 to 22 interested in visual arts living in North Scarborough!

The Invitation

The Placemaking Project will bring together youth from North Scarborough to work with experienced artists to animate two public footways in north Scarborough. Growing out of a community consultation process, each artistic project will inject a burst of colour, intrigue and warmth into areas identified by the community as dull concrete places – leaving behind prominent, long-lasting public art installations that will insert a sense of fun and beauty into the neighbourhood.

A fun, festive ribbon cutting celebration, with land acknowledgement by Indigenous Storyteller Maria Montejo, will take place after the culmination of the project. See website for more details.

Youth Participants

The Placemaking Project will see youth and professional artists consult, design and craft 2 permanent public art installations within the (Scarborough) Cultural Hotspot boundaries. To ensure local excitement, resonance and a high-quality outcome, the installation locations, type and lead artist/s will be determined following community and stakeholder consultations.

Creative initiatives may include long, colourful sidewalk murals, funky signage, stair décor, etc. Professional artists will work with 6 youth (YOU). The artists will mentor YOU in the conceptualization, design, crafting and implementation processes.

Together they will consult with local representatives (e.g city councillor, residents) and spend over 40 hours conceptualizing, designing and crafting murals that animate and beautify.


*This is a paid training opportunity for local youth to learn employment-ready skills, illustration, practice collaboration and creative thinking with a professional Visual Artist and senior Special Projects Manager.

6 Youth Artists will be paid $15 an hour for x 48 hours for a total of $720 per participant
8 days of work from June to July 2018 (exact TBD)

About Art Starts

Art Starts is an award-winning charitable, non-for-profit organization that uses arts as a vehicle to encourage social change in Toronto’s underserved neighbourhoods. The organization brings professional artists and communities together to work in and across all artistic disciplines. Art Starts understands the arts are a medium for engaging residents, creating a shared sense of identity, identifying challenges and collectively working to overcome them. Founded in 1992, the organization has pioneered community-engaged arts practices in Ontario.”

-from Art Starts & Cultural Hotspot
Read Art Starts profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

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