Cultural Hotspot Signature and SPARK Projects showcase local artists and organizations that celebrate creativity, culture and community. These projects are free and provide opportunities for the public to participate in arts activities and events. Access a calendar of upcoming events.

The following projects have been extended:

Signature Projects

All that is Golden

An initiative that brings exhibitions to local storefronts and largescale billboard displays to the Golden Mile area. Artists born, raised or working in Scarborough are selected through a call-for-proposals to create works that focus on the hidden or unapparent histories of the Golden Mile neighbourhood.

Project lead: Scarborough Arts

Irie People

This legacy documentary film project captures the dynamic but lesser-known stories of entrepreneurs in and around Eglinton Avenue West. These stories are considered the building blocks of Little Jamaica’s cultural renaissance.

Project lead: Amexem Mu Centre

Scarborough Made: City of Industry

Through cinematography and photography, this documentary storytelling project showcases the entrepreneurial spirit of Golden Mile businesspeople while providing young artists with employment opportunities in the creative industries.

Project lead: Scarborough Made

SPACED

An outdoor site-specific exhibition that questions how large-scale photography can shape itself in urban, public spaces. While finding new meanings, visions and interactions with audiences, these works by local artists are expected to be on display in the Oakwood Village and Little Jamaica neighbourhoods in 2023. This project has been carried forward from 2021 and aims to visually communicate how residents can continue building, creating and evolving as a community.

Project lead: Nia Centre for the Arts

SPARK Projects

Cameras in the Community

A hands-on photography workshop series where kids explore their community as documentarians. Participants create works using iconic photography and visual storytelling techniques to produce an exhibition at the Black Business and Professional Association in Eglinton-West.

Project lead: Project Kids & Cameras

Golden (Mile) Memories

This project animates public green space with a pop-up photo exhibition curated by local youth. Led by itsneerby’s Nithursan Elamuhian, each work features images from the Golden Mile community and archives that speak to the neighbourhood’s past, present and future.

Project leads: 8 80 Cities and itsneerby

Long Time Wi Nuh See Yuh

A sculptural wayfinding project that leads the public to the cultural hub of Eglinton West. Jamaican national symbols are referenced in the design of each wayfinding marker, providing opportunities for the public to learn about the culture that has helped form Little Jamaica.

Project leads: Art Starts and Kareen Weir