StreetARToronto (StART) programs and projects are designed to celebrate the City of Toronto motto "Diversity Our Strength" and foster a greater sense of belonging among all. StART welcomes and actively seeks out partners for initiatives that support program objectives and works closely with partnership staff in other City divisions and agencies and supports City partnership activities.
StreetARToronto Just Us Art Project
StART has received requests from artists interested in doing more projects in support of Black Lives Matter and justice for Indigenous Peoples, as well as support from these communities. Titled “Just Us” the works that emerge from this Call will highlight social injustice, equity, race relations and community engagement. (See below for a list of theme ideas).
For this Request for Concept Descriptions, the City of Toronto is seeking submissions from street, mural and graffiti artists or artist collectives who have access to a wall exposed to city streets with written authorization from the property owner granting the artist permission to paint their mural concept on the wall.
All projects must be located in Toronto.
The goal of this Request for Concept Descriptions is to establish a roster of projects eligible to participate in the StART “Just Us” Art Project. An Advisory Panel will select up to 10 projects from the roster to receive up to $3,000 toward the creation of their mural.
Background and Objectives
This art call for a series of artworks in support of Black Lives Matter and the rights of Indigenous Peoples is being managed by StreetARToronto (StART). The artworks should speak to past and current injustice against visible minorities, and the importance, benefits and opportunities to build a better future through inclusion, collaboration and knowledge sharing. 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, colourful, 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.
Overview of Artist Selection Process
Artist submissions will be evaluated on a rolling basis throughout August and September, 2020.
Submissions will be reviewed by an Advisory Panel composed of at minimum: one representative from each community with an arts, equity and inclusion background, and one StART staff, who will select up to 10 concepts to receive funding toward the installation of their mural.
• Artist applicants must reside in the City of Toronto.
• Artist applicants must be at least 18 years old.
• City of Toronto employees are not eligible to apply