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June 8, 2018
Toronto and Chilean artists' collaborative mural to be unveiled
Councillor Ana Bailão (Ward 18 Davenport) and members of the local community will officially unveil a new, large-scale, public mural, as part of StreetARToronto's International Partnership Program this Sunday. Painted by international and local artists, this eye-catching mural proudly celebrates diversity in culture, music and artistic styles.

Councillor Bailão will be joined by Jose Ortega, Co-Artistic Director of Lula Music and Arts Centre, local artists Jieun Kim and Erika James, international artists Giovanni Zamora and Pablo Gomez, producer Rodrigo Ardiles, students from the Alexander Muir/Gladstone Avenue Junior and Senior Public School, members of the community and the Dundas West BIA.

Local youth from the Dundas West area collaborated with artists from Valparaiso, Chile to explore issues and designs in creating the mural.

Toronto artists will join artists in Chile to complete a mural in Valparaiso as part of this cultural exchange program at a later date.

Date: Sunday, June 10
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: 1533 Dundas St. W.

This project is supported and funded by the City of Toronto, Toronto Arts Council, Canadian Embassy in Chile, Consulate General of Chile in Toronto, Municipality of Valparaiso, Dundas West BIA, Dundas Museum & Archives, Lula Music and Arts Centre, Creativo Arts Collective, Casa Salvador Allende in Toronto, Toronto District School Board, Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Chile and the Valparaiso En Colores Initiative.

StreetARToronto (StART) is a suite of innovative programs specifically designed for streets and public spaces. StART programs encourage active transportation such as walking and cycling, and create opportunities for positive engagement among residents, businesses, artists, arts organizations and City staff. By replacing vandalism with vibrant, colourful artwork, StART programs make our streets safer, as well as more beautiful, showcase local artists, mentor emerging creative talent and reduce overall infrastructure maintenance costs. While StART artworks are based on themes relevant to local neighbourhoods, they and the artists also reflect the City of Toronto's motto, Diversity our Strength, and foster
a greater sense of belonging among all. StART is an initiative of the City's Transportation Services division, Public Realm section. More at

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Cheryl San Juan
Strategic Communications
416-392-4391, 416-553-1076 (cell)

Catherine Campbell
Project Lead, StreetARToronto



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