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.

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 prefer to donate by cheque, please mail your cheque to: DonateTO, 55 John Street, Metro Hall, Floor 14, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5V 3C6,  Attn: Roy Moniz and write ‘Micki Moore Art Over Bridges’ on the cheque. Thank you.

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The Rooster of Barcelos Project 2021

Call for Artists: The Rooster of Barcelos Project 2021

Applications now open. The City of Toronto is seeking submissions for The Rooster of Barcelos Project in conjunction with the Little Portugal on Dundas BIA, StreetARToronto; the Office of Deputy Mayor, Ana Bailao and The Consulate General of Portugal in Toronto. The application is open to individual Artists, Artist Collectives, and not-for-profit or charitable organizations operating in the city of Toronto.

 

Background:
The Rooster of Barcelos Project will be located in Little Portugal At Dundas West & Lakeview Ave (1212 Dundas St. W, at the Lakeview Ave. Parkette). A rooster statue has been gifted by the Municipality of Barcelos, Portugal to the City of Toronto to be designed, painted and displayed in Little Portugal, Toronto. This concrete statue (2.8 m. X 1.9 m.) is a blank canvas to be re-imagined by an Artist according to one or both of the guiding themes outlined below.

The Barcelos Rooster, commonly called the Portuguese Rooster, is said to be the embodiment of the Portuguese love of life. It is an unofficial symbol of Portugal found throughout Portugal in town squares, art work and souvenir trinkets. The Rooster stands for pride, hope, a new day, fertility, resurrection and as well as other cultural meanings. In this call, the meaning and symbology of the rooster will be explored in two main ideas or guiding themes:

  1. The universal meaning of the rooster as a symbol of the sun.
  2. The historical legend of the “Galo de Barcelos” or the Barcelos Rooster.

Submissions can respond to one or both themes.

This Artist Call is Stage 1 of a Two-Stage selection process.

 

How to apply:
Interested applicants must submit their Expressions of Interest by February 15, 2021, 11:59am (eastern)

 

For more information or general questions please contact: streetart@toronto.ca or roosterprojecttoronto@gmail.com

 

Key Program Dates:
Submission Deadline: February 15, 2021
Stage 1. Short-listed Artist Selected : March 5, 2021
Stage 2. Final Design Selected.  April 5, 2021
Public Artwork Production/ Installation Period: June 2021 – September 2021