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June 4, 2007
Media Advisory: Youth-created murals showcase unique visions of Lawrence Heights community
Representatives of the City of Toronto and community members will celebrate the artistic achievements of young people who created a series of murals depicting their Lawrence Heights community with a reception and unveiling of murals.

Date: Wednesday, June 6
Time: 5 p.m.
Place: Neptune Building, 155 Neptune Rd.

Young people between the ages of eight and 15 used large mural panels and simple perspective painting techniques to showcase the unique visions of their community. The panels reflect the hope, determination and passion of the children and youth as they demonstrate the many positive aspects of life in the Neptune neighbourhood, within the Lawrence Heights community. The legacy of work by the participants will be donated to the Neptune Building where they will be on permanent exhibition.

The mural program is a partnership between Toronto Culture, Toronto Public Health, Tri Art, Toronto Community Housing, Arts for Children of Toronto and the Toronto Public Library. This is the first community arts program that Toronto Culture has initiated in the Lawrence Heights community in support of Toronto’s Community Safety Plan - Neighbourhood Action Plan. Mask-making will be the next program, scheduled for the fall.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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



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