StreetARToronto (StART) hosts a variety of events throughout the year, such as StART information sessions, networking events, workshops, community engagement sessions, art launches and one-time art calls.

Toronto is home to some of the best street, mural and graffiti artists and art in the world! The City’s StART program is collaborating with TIFF 2020 to feature one of these outstanding street artists each night pre-show at TIFF’s West Island Open Air Cinema at Ontario Place from September 10 to September 19. Doors open at 7 p.m. and festival participants can watch a piece of original art emerge before their very eyes as they await the film at 9 p.m. One lucky festival attendee will be gifted the artwork each night. A copy of the StART @ TIFF Artists Guidebook is now available featuring these outstanding street artists.

Check back often for more details and to see the full line up of artists.

Stay tuned for 2021 special projects.

StART and Quiet Streets are collaborating on a pilot project to create meaningful opportunities for artists to express underrepresented voices and facilitate place making and healing during this significant moment in urban history. This initiative will add vitality to the ‘Quiet Streets’ initiative the City of Toronto has introduced to enable physical distancing and encouraging walking and cycling on local streets during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The StART Front Line Heroes Art Project features a new series of street, mural and graffiti art that celebrates Toronto front line service providers including health care and essential workers, volunteers and other heroes responding to the global coronavirus pandemic. Titled “Celebrating Front Line Heroes”, the works represent a diversity of essential workers of all ages, genders, backgrounds and professions from mail carriers and grocery store employees to teachers and sanitation workers, as well as doctors, nurses, and first responders – and all of these works have been painted by an equally diverse group of artists. View the Celebrating Front Line Heroes booklet and join us in celebrating the heroes who are helping us through the global coronavirus pandemic.

Toronto is home to some of the best street art and street artists in the world!

image of people walking across the Kay Gardner Beltline Park Bridge touching the public art installation of horses made out of iron
‘Iron Horse’ by Robert Sprachman
Photo by Tyler Radell

To celebrate Toronto and the outstanding creative talent in Toronto, Micki Moore in collaboration with StART, has launched the ‘Art Over Bridges’ project to engage artists to design and install three dimensional artwork on bridges in Toronto. Art Over Bridges is a transformative new placemaking initiative that adds colour and vitality to neighbourhoods; demonstrates the positive impacts of diversity and inclusion, fosters community engagement; encourages active transportation; and showcases the creativity of artists, arts organizations and the city of Toronto.

At the heart of Micki’s vision is a series of vibrant and high-quality Art Bridges throughout Toronto, beginning with art over the Jameson Avenue Pedestrian bridge. Micki’s placemaking initiative promises to strengthen the connection between people and the places they share through a collaborative process to improve the look and feel of our streets and the public realm.

Your contribution is the spark that will help turn Micki Moore’s impassioned idea into reality. Donate online at DonateTO, then select the ‘Support Cultural Vibrancy’ Initiative and the ‘Micki Moore Art Over Bridges’ program. If you are donating from outside of Canada, please mail your cheque to: Toronto Office of Partnerships – DonateTO, 55 John Street, Metro Hall, Main floor, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5V 3C6 and write ‘Micki Moore Art Over Bridges’ on the cheque. Thank you.

In partnership with the City’s StART Program, the Little Portugal on Dundas BIA invites artists to submit proposals to participate in the Rooster of Barcelos Project located in Little Portugal. This Artist Call is Stage 1 of a Two-Stage selection process.

View the application here to learn more about this call and to apply.