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September 9, 2010
The Bridging Project celebrating successful community art collaboration
The Bridging Project will complete and celebrate its summer-long community art intervention on September 11 with event and project launches on and under a Scarborough bridge on Lawrence Avenue East.

Mayor David Miller will be joined by project partners and community participants to dedicate and unveil a large mural spanning the entire length of the bridge. They will also unveil vibrantly-coloured banners, featuring batik artwork created by area students, attached to light poles along the bridge and officially launch the Subtext Multi-Arts Festival.

Date: Saturday, September 11
Time: 10:30 to 11 a.m.
Location: Kingston Galloway/Orton Park Bridge
(4040 Lawrence Ave. E. at Lawrence Avenue and Orton Park Road)

Throughout the summer, the Bridging Project has engaged hundreds of youth, artists and residents within the Kingston Galloway/Orton Park (KGO) community. The project evolved from resident concerns that the bridge was physically cutting the community in two. Through collaborative art and community activities the project artistically and symbolically unites residents on both sides of the bridge.

The Subtext Multi-Arts festival (September 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; September 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) will engage members of the community through contemporary urban art forms like graffiti art, music, dance, storytelling, interactive wildflower plantings, art demonstrations, a film screening and local vendors.

Mural Routes arranged for artist Rob Matejka to mentor a team of youth and community members to create a painted art work (871 feet/266 metres long) along the north side of the Lawrence Avenue bridge.

Toronto Cultural Services arranged for Sir Robert L. Borden BTI students to workshop with artist David Kibuuka in order to create modern batik artworks featured on banners affixed to light poles on the bridge.

Project partners include City of Toronto Cultural Services; Mural Routes; Scarborough Arts Council; The Amazing Place; Evergreen; Jumblies Theatre; the East Scarborough Storefront; and the KGO community.

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Media contact:
Shane Gerard, Senior Communications Coordinator, 416-397-5711,



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