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November 30, 2006
Grade 7 and 8 students from Brookview Middle School present a vision of their community
Tonight, students from Brookview Middle School officially launched Urban Landscapes: The View From Here, a digital photo exhibit of their own creation.

Digital images and poetry were used by the student participants to reflect their own views and personal stories. The theme of their efforts was Urban Landscapes. The digital images and poetry have been published in a book that will create a legacy of work by the youth. “Capturing the soul and beauty of something so plain looking and creating a whole new perspective was incredible!” said one youth who participated in the project.

“One of the greatest things art can teach us, is how to look at our neighbourhoods and ourselves in new ways,” said Mayor David Miller. “Urban Landscapes has given us those new eyes to look at our community in exciting, honest and unique ways. The skills these young people have gained through the project will serve them well in the years to come.”

The students learned many aspects of the art of digital imagery and gained life skills and training that could begin their education in becoming the digital photographers and graphic designers of tomorrow. The program also provided the participants with positive reinforcement through their community’s recognition of their work, building self-esteem and self-awareness.

Urban Landscapes: The View From Here was a venture between the City of Toronto’s Culture, and Parks Forestry and Recreation divisions and the Toronto District School Board, in support of Toronto’s Community Safety Plan - Neighbourhood Action Plan for the Jane-Finch community.

The digital imagery project supports Toronto City Council’s key priority of strengthening the city’s at-risk neighbourhoods and is one of many cultural programs offered by City of Toronto Culture in the Jane-Finch neighbourhood in 2006.

Media contact:
Toronto Culture Media Hotline, 416-560-8726



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