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November 26, 2008
City unveils indoor mural at San Romanoway Youth Recreation Centre
Arts in Action, a partnership between the City of Toronto, local agency Arts for Children of Toronto (AFC) and the San Romanoway Youth In Charge team, today unveiled Real Thoughts, Real Talks, a colourful indoor mural at the San Romanoway Youth Recreation Centre in Jane-Finch.

Designed and painted entirely by the Youth In Charge team of the San Romanoway Revitalization Association, the mural wraps around three walls of the centre’s music studio. The mural is the culmination of an eight-week after-school program involving 14 youth from the Jane-Finch area who received support from AFC artist Christian Carrizo and assistant Soen Mi "Sun" Jang of the local community.

“The mural serves as a great showcase for children and youth who were looking for accessible opportunities to express their creativity in constructive ways,” said Nadira Pattison, Manager, City of Toronto Cultural Services. “The Arts in Action project in Jane-Finch is another example of partnership that has positioned community art as the bedrock to building healthy, safe and cohesive communities.”

Real Thoughts, Real Talks is a visual interpretation of the creative function of the music studio with imagery inspired by song lyrics penned by the studio’s users. The lyrics are wrapped in thought bubbles that point to people sitting on clouds, as well as flying microphones and a DJ. The mural also illustrates rising sound volume levels and a roller coaster to symbolize the wild ride of life.

The Arts Services unit in Toronto Cultural Services develops and promotes opportunities for artistic expression, arts education and audience development by encouraging access to the arts for all through community arts development initiatives. Since 2005, Arts Services has worked on community arts development and outreach through participation on the Neighbourhood Action Teams, which focus on priority neighbourhoods identified by Toronto City Council.

The Arts for Children of Toronto is a charitable arts organization that specializes in designing and implementing hands-on arts programs in visual arts, dance, music and drama to children and youth who live in under-serviced communities of Toronto. AFC invests in these communities by working with community agencies and partners such as Toronto Public Health, Toronto Community Housing Corporation, community centres, shopping malls, hospitals and schools.

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 numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Margaret Chan, Senior Arts Development Coordinator, 416-338-0491,



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