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 of Toronto, StreetARToronto 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.

Scarlett Road Cycle Track Art Project

The StART program is seeking street, mural and graffiti artists to paint murals on concrete barriers, and design art for vinyl wraps for concrete barriers, that will demarcate the cycle track on Scarlett Road from Edenbridge Drive to Bernice Crescent. Mural painting will take place within a City of Toronto Yard throughout September and early October 2020.

All successful applicants will be asked to create an art design for a specific number of barriers to be approved by an Advisory Committee.

If you are interested in being considered for StART’s Scarlett Road Cycle Track Art Project please complete the short application.

Applications will be reviewed and barriers assigned on a rolling basis from August 28 through to September 13, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Please submit your application before or by September 13, 2020 at 11:45 p.m.

“Destination Danforth” Art Call

In partnership with the StART Program, East End Arts invites artists to submit proposals to participate in Destination Danforth.  This Artist Call is Stage 1 of a Two Stage selection process (Stage 1. Artist Call/Proposal, Stage 2. Final Design Proposal).

This Call is specifically to request proposals for 4 murals, one in each of the east end Business Improvement Areas – (Broadview Danforth BIA, GreekTown on the Danforth BIA, Danforth Mosaic BIA, and Danforth Village BIA) located on Danforth Avenue between Broadview Avenue and Dawes Road. (Wall Locations TBA).

Learn more and apply for the East End Arts/StART Destination Danforth call.

”Just Us” Art Call

StART has received requests from artists interested in doing more projects in support of Black Lives Matter and justice for Indigenous Peoples as well as support from these communities. Titled “Just Us” the street, mural and graffiti artworks created in response to this call will highlight past and current injustice against visible minorities, and the importance, benefits and opportunities to build a better future through inclusion, collaboration and knowledge sharing.

For this Request for Concept Descriptions, the City is seeking submissions from street, mural and graffiti artists or artist collectives who have access to a wall exposed to city streets with written authorization from the property owner granting the artist permission to paint their mural concept on the wall.

Learn more and apply for the StART Just Us call.

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.