StART Underpass Program (StART UP) transforms selected underpasses with enhanced lighting, improved sidewalks and walking conditions, pigeon proofing and the removal of weeds. Often, the installation of a mural or street art acts as the catalyst for these improvements. StART UP aims to transform several underpasses per year. The Call to Artists for Expressions of Interest pertains to the mural component of the program only.
colourful painted murals on the concrete wall of the Lansdowne Underpass
A collection of murals that share first-person perspective stories which speak to the rich ongoing history of the site as home to many diverse plant and animal species and cultural communities, beginning with the Indigenous peoples of Tkaronto and Turtle Island.

The Lansdowne Underpass Art Project is now complete! Come visit and celebrate the theme of Knowledge Sharing Across Communities that infuses each piece.

More than 30 artists have transformed the east side of the Lansdowne Underpass into a meaningful and beautiful new community asset! This collection of murals share first-person perspective stories that speak to the rich ongoing history of the site as home to many diverse plant and animal species and cultural communities, beginning with the Indigenous peoples of Tkaronto and Turtle Island. The Lansdowne Underpass Art Project creates a collaborative piece that honours this site by telling stories of those who have and continue to live on, play on, build community on, struggle on, learn from, grow in, paint, immigrate to, contribute to, and tend to this land.

Lansdowne underpass, south of Dundas St West

StreetARToronto, together with members of the community who identify as Indigenous and Ward 14 (Toronto-Danforth) Councillor Paula Fletcher are collaborating to install a mural on the east and west sides of the underpass on Coxwell Avenue just north of Gerrard Street East. The goal of this project is to animate the underpass with murals representative of the local, historical indigenous perspective. The Coxwell Underpass is the fourth underpass in the East End Bridges to Art series to receive a mural.

In early 2020, artists who identify as Indigenous Persons were invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to participate in the project. The REOI and Art Call process is facilitated by Denise B. McLeod. Denise is Anishinaabe (Ojibway) who’s home territory is Sagamok Anishinabek First Nation on the north shores of Lake Huron.

Proposals by shortlisted artists Keitha Keeshig-Tobaias and Natalie King are being considered by the local Advisory Committee for implementation on the underpass. See a video presentation by each artist describing their design concept below.

One of the above concepts will be selected by the Advisory Committee to be implemented by the Artist and their mentees on the underpass in 2021 as a highlight of Toronto’s 2021 Year of Public Art.