The “Just Us” art call is a request for mural proposals in support and recognition of Black lives and the rights of Indigenous Peoples produced by StreetARToronto (StART) in collaboration with Nia Centre for the Arts and 7th Generation Image Makers. The “Just Us” art call seeks mural concepts that create awareness surrounding social injustice, equity, race relations and community engagement. The mural proposals should speak to historic and current social issues and movements within Black and Indigenous communities, and the importance, benefits and opportunities to build a better future through inclusion, collaboration and knowledge sharing. An Advisory Panel will select up to 10 projects from the roster to receive up to $3,000 toward the creation of their mural.
The City of Toronto 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. The artwork should speak to past and current injustice against the Black community, and the importance, benefits and opportunities to build a better future through inclusion, collaboration and knowledge sharing.
Nia Centre, along with 7th Generation Image Makers and an Advisory Panel composed of at minimum: two representatives from each community with an arts, equity and inclusion background, and one StART staff, who will review and select up to 10 concepts to receive funding of up to $3000 toward the installation of their mural. All projects must be located in Toronto.
Read the submissions guidelines below:
Applications will be accepted online via Submittable, and must include the following support materials:
StreetARToronto (StART) is a suite of innovative programs designed specifically for streets and public spaces. StART programs make our streets more beautiful and safe, encourage active transportation (walking and cycling), showcase local artists, mentor emerging talent, and reduce overall infrastructure maintenance costs and more. For more information, click here.
7th Generation Image Makers is a dynamic, youth-led Aboriginal community arts program operating within Native Child and Family Services of Toronto. Since 1995 we have provided quality and accessible art and media-based programming in a culturally supportive and safe environment to Toronto-based youth and youth-at-risk. We work to create opportunities for professional arts training including ongoing accessible and quality fine art instruction taught by professional contemporary Native artists, mentors, and Elders.
Our team of trained practicing artists and professionals has created substantial opportunities for youth artists through community partnerships and public art commissions. Exciting works by our artists can be seen at the ImagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, Aboriginal Voices Radio, McLaren Art Gallery, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, the University of Toronto, Native Men’s Residence & Monarch Park Collegiate. Learn more here.
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