This Summer 2018, Lakeshore Arts is planning a large mural revitalization project of the Eighth Street skatepark in partnership with StreetARToronto, Toronto Police Service 22 Division, and Toronto Skateboarding Committee. Financial and promotional support provided by Councillor Mark Grimes, Ward 6. Located in the New Toronto neighbourhood, the Eighth Street Skatepark serves as a hub for skate enthusiasts and local residents. This project aims to replace the current tags and graffiti vandalism found within the park with a series of new murals created by professional artists in consultation with the community.
The project began in July 2017, with a short-term mural along the retaining wall facing Birmingham Street, created by local artist Luvsumone in collaboration with participants from Lakeshore Arts’ ARTiculate: Youth Leadership In the Arts program. This temporary mural serves as marker for the changes to come Summer 2018, and showcases the transformative power that mural art has within a community. To date, three new murals have been created in the park by local artists, all independent from this project and a welcome addition!
This past fall, a volunteer Advisory Committee was formed to help guide the project. A fundraising event was held by the Committee on Saturday, 25 November, 2017, at New Toronto Billiards, with all proceeds raised going towards paying artist fees.
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The Committee has hosted 3 of the 3 Town Hall meetings planned for February, March and April 2018 that will gather community input and feedback this will help us select the artists and the themes for the murals.
Artist submissions are now CLOSED. Final selections will go out at the end of May, in anticipation that the murals will be created in July and August 2018.
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We are raising funds for this project that will go directly towards paying artists fees, hosting a mural unveiling event, and developing a small reserve for mural maintenance. If you wish to donate you can go to the 8th Street Skatepark Mural fundraising campaign page HERE or contact Adrienne Costantino for other ways you can donate firstname.lastname@example.org