Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Fast Facts for the Bridging Project

Location: The bridge is a six lane traffic bridge on Lawrence Avenue East that spans the West Branch of Highland Creek in Kingston-Galloway/Orton Park (KGO) a vibrant neighbourhood located in Scarborough, in southeast Toronto.
The Purpose of the project is to transform the bridge (back) into a connector that brings residents from diverse communities together. The project will act as a catalyst for the transformation of this barrier into the metaphorical “bridge” that it should be within the KGO community.
Partners: The Bridging Team is made of representatives of The Amazing Place, Jumblies Theatre, Mural Routes, Scarborough Arts Council and Toronto Cultural Services - Arts Services. Several other local organizations such as East Scarborough Storefront, Scarborough Historical Museum, Evergreen, Residents Rising and ANC are also involved. Professional artists will lead the artistic process, providing mentoring to youth and community members. The community of KGO is an integral part of this project and are invited to contribute ideas to develop content for the artistic and environmental interventions.
May - Modern Batik Art workshops at Sir Robert Borden BTI- images will be reproduced as banners on, and adjacent to the bridge. Workshop leader, David Kibuuka
June - Workshops at East Scarborough Storefront for "on the bridge" art creation - workshop leader, Rob Matejka
June 24 - Official launch of the bridging project - Parade, wildflower planting, chalk art and other fun stuff.
July/August - On-the-Bridge Art Project - Creation of art work on the bridge. A summer training and employment program for youth.
Sept 10 - 12 - SUBTEXT: sub-Urban Arts Festival - a multi-arts festival taking place under the bridge.

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