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Art on the Move Finale of "Art Instead of Advertising" Vehicles June 14 in Toronto

From a media release:

Arts Etobicoke and Lakeshore Arts announce
Finale of Third Annual


Toronto, June 2011 - Arts Etobicoke and Lakeshore Arts proudly announce the Finale procession of ART ON THE MOVE, a mobile arts project that has transformed 13 vehicles (including a 32ft sailboat) into a bold and dazzling fleet of art-adorned vehicles.

On Tuesday, June 14 at 2pm a select number of vehicles from the fleet will converge on the grounds of The Assembly Hall (Kipling Avenue and Lake Shore Blvd. W.) to be celebrated and admired. The launch marks the third and final year of the initial phase of this exciting, inter-generational community arts initiative which has brought together a total of 14 professional mural artists along with 230 community members of all ages to adorn 13 Toronto vehicles with "art instead of advertising" to bring surprise encounters with art to every corner of Toronto.

Arts Etobicoke and Lakeshore Arts announce four new teams of artists, community groups and vehicle owners for Year 3 of ART ON THE MOVE and welcome back teams from Years 1 and 2.

New Teams for Year 3:
• Artist Amir Akbari teamed up with young people from the Toronto Public Library (TPL) Mimico           Centennial branch's Youth Advisory Group to paint a TPL delivery van;
• Artist Erica Brisson worked with seniors from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to transform a large passenger bus that transports CAMH clients;
• Artist Denise St. Marie and adults with intellectual disabilities from Etobicoke's Creative Village Studio decorated a 30ft maintenance van from Community Living Toronto;
• Artist Sandra Tarantino led a team of youth from Stonegate Community Health Centre to adorn an AutoShare car-sharing Nissan Cube.

Welcoming Back:
• From Year Two, a minivan serving the Youth Without Shelter emergency shelter in Rexdale, created by artist MEDIAH with a team of over 20 youth from the shelter;
• From Year One, a de-commissioned TTC bus operating as a mobile computer lab in the Jane-Finch neighbourhood, created by artists Patrick Thompson and Jenifer Rudski with children from the Belka Enrichment Center;
• From Year One, an Etobicoke business, White Knight Kitchens delivery cube van, created by artist Amir Akbari and seniors from CAMH.

ART ON THE MOVE is a mobile community arts project that brings large-scale art to the streets of the Greater Toronto Area. Crossing boundaries, neighbourhoods and cultures- ART ON THE MOVE beautifies public space by wrapping vehicles with original artwork by local community groups in collaboration with professional artists. Buses and vans have recently become vehicles for advertising, but ART ON THE MOVE turns them into moving canvasses of art: enlivening the street, bringing art out of galleries and into the daily lives of passers-by and delighting all who see them.

ARTS ETOBICOKE was founded in 1973 as a community arts council to provide a united voice for local artists. Its mission is to engage the people of West Toronto with the arts and artists in their own community, providing programs and services to increase accessibility of the arts, involve diverse audiences, create broad awareness of artists through advocacy & develop partnerships to sustain local arts activities.

LAKESHORE ARTS is a not-for-profit charity formed in 1997. With a small team of dedicated staff and a dynamic, volunteer Board,, over twenty multi-disciplinary, all ages art programs are delivered to the community annually. Lakeshore Arts also provides advocacy and networking opportunities for artists and uses art as a catalyst for accessibility, change and engagement.

Art on the Move vehicles:
• Decommissioned TTC bus created by artists Patrick Thompson and Jennifer Rudski with children from the Belka Enrichment Center (from Year One).
• In the second year of Art on the Move, artist MEDIAH worked with youth from north Etobicoke's Youth Without Shelter youth homeless shelter to create the design for the shelter's service van, one of the 13 vehicles decorated over 3 years that will be in the Art on the Move Finale Procession.

ART ON THE MOVE is generously supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Arts Etobicoke and Lakeshore Arts present
Bringing art into the everyday lives of Toronto communities with a fleet of original art-wrapped vehicles!
Official Launch & Finale Procession
Outdoors at The Assembly Hall, 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
2pm - View vehicles
2:30pm - Announcements and Launch



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