Vibe Arts Murals in the news!

This morning, the Toronto Star covered the launch of the Vibe Arts posters installed throughout the Toronto subway system for the NBA All Stars weekend (and a poster made by my program in the Weston Mount Dennis Boys and Girls club is featured in the article)! For each poster, we were assigned a single word to use as a theme for the artwork. The final images were the design and creation of the children of the respective programs. Congratulations to all of the participants. We’re all so very proud of your accomplishments.  Here’s a link to the articleTTC stations display student’s art for NBA All-Star Weekend

And here are some photos of a few of the murals installed:


Perseverance – by the children of the Evelyn Gregory Branch, Toronto Public Library



Cooperation – by the children of the Evelyn Gregory Branch, Toronto Public Library

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Encouragement – by the youth of the Weston Mount Dennis Boys and Girls Club (Photo Credit: Aaron Nelson)


Fitness – by the youth of the Weston Mount Dennis Boys and Girls Club


More NBA murals spotted!

I’ve been on a hunt for more murals on my TTC trips over the last few weeks and I’ve spotted a few more from programs that I facilitated! All of the young artists were so dedicated and their efforts certainly paid off. Well done, everyone!


TTC murals are now on display!

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Encouragement – by the youth of the Weston Mount Dennis Boys and Girls Club

As part of the Vibe Arts: This is Why We Play program, I facilitated two TTC mural workshops for children and youth in the west end of the city, and their work is finally up in the subway! You can see them in the following subway stations:


  • Eglinton West Station (pictured)
  • Lawrence West Station
  • St. Clair Station

They will be up until February 21st and I’ll be going to visit with my camera very soon so you can all see the amazing work they’ve done. I’ll post pics when I have them. Stay tuned!


Arts For Social Justice at Central Tech

This past fall, I had the wonderful opportunity to co-lead an Arts For Social Justice program with the amazing Roshanak Jaberi, VIBE Arts and the CCLET. For several weeks, we worked with the grade 12 students of the Social Justice class at Central Tech High School to produce artworks that addressed a social justice issue they felt strongly about. The class was split into two groups and we worked with the students to choose an idea, a medium to work in, and a method for addressing their chosen issue. What resulted were two amazing videos, different in their approach but equally effective in their message. The videos were presented at the Social Justice conference held at the school and Vibe has graciously put these works up on their site.

In the first video, the students created a slide show of self portraits accompanied by statements read in their own voices about the visual prejudice and racial profiling they experience. In the second video, one student acts out in a single day, the experiences of racism described by the students in the group. The accompanying voice over is a spoken word piece, written and read by one of the students.

This is a full video of the presentation at the Social Justice conference at the school. Check it out!



Fall update

The fall has brought so many programs, I’ve been too busy to post about them but I thought I’d send an update. Here are some bits of news I can share:

  • AFCY announced that after 20 years, they now have a new name! I’ll still be working with them of course and I’ve got programs confirmed through February 2016 and possibly June (fingers crossed). Take a look at their new site: VibeArts
  • Through VibeArts I’m currently working on some exciting programs like a collaboration with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the amazing Roshanak Jaberi, and the students of the Central Technical High School’s Social Justice class. We’re working together to address social justice issues through artworks designed and implemented by the students. The images so far are amazing and I’m really looking forward to sharing some of the work with you when it’s done.
  • Also through VibeArts is another pretty giant mural project that I can’t say too much about yet, but I will post news of the launch as soon as I’m allowed to. This is top secret stuff! Stay tuned!
  • My photography classes are up and running at the Avenue Road Arts School and you can take a look at the amazing work the students are producing here and here.

Also, if you’re interested in seeing more, I’ve started a Tumblr account for my education work here. Feel free to follow me!

Have a great few weeks and I’ll be back with more pics soon. 

Summer comes to a close

As I begin gearing up for my new Fall programs, I’d like to take a moment to share some of the amazing work my students have been up to this summer. At the end of the spring term, members of the Digital Photo II class asked for a summer assignment. While I don’t teach over the summer (I spend the summer usually working on my own practice), I did set up a little photo-a-day challenge on the school’s photo class Flickr account and I am amazed at the results!

Here is a selection of their images from the summer. You can also check out the rest of the images in their group pool. For more information about classes, check out the school site here. Also, click on the individual images to see more of our student’s work! They’re truly amazing.

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Thane Ladner
Lydia Vale
Doug Woods
Valarie Jacobs

Welcome 41 posters are finally unveiled!

Over 60 paintings line the hallway of Spadina Station
The artwork is finally unveiled! On June 5th, AFCY Executive Director, Julie Frost and TTC chair Josh Colle along with a group of young artists unveiled the artwork for the Welcome 41 project! If you remember from my last post, this summer during the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, TTC subway stations across the city will be filled with paintings done by children across the province, welcoming each of the 41 represented countries. I had the honour of leading a group of young artists from the Weston Mount Dennis neighbourhood in designing and producing of these murals welcoming three countries.

The artwork is unveiled!

The artwork is unveiled!

You’ll note that none of the names of the countries are painted on the murals, but instead they include visual information such as flags, maps, landmarks, flora and fauna…etc. To find out which countries are represented in the paintings, you can use your knowledge of geography or download a copy of AFCY’s “Cultural Compass” here. Here’s a hint: these three murals will be on display at St. Clair West and Don Mills subway stations. Keep your peepers peeled!

Here are a few images from the unveiling. I’m so proud. Well done, Weston Mount Dennis.