TORONTO, ONTARIO (June 11, 2014) – ArtStarts is proud to present the Spring Into Summer Showcase featuring work from participants in our spring 2014 arts programs. The event takes place Sunday June 22nd at the Yorkdale Community Arts Centre and features an art exhibit alongside theatrical and dance performances. Doors open at 1pm with performances beginning at 2pm.
Participants from across Art Starts programs in Lawrence Heights, Eglinton-Oakwood, Villaways and Glendower will unite to present an afternoon celebrating creativity, performance, and community. Graduates of Glendower’s Knowledge, Power, Art program will perform a theatre piece inspired by their arts-based exploration of history, geography and social sciences from an African perspective. The One Love dance crew, a group of girls that came together from neighbourhoods across Lawrence Heights that have historically experience a great deal of tension, will perform a high-energy step piece choreographed by acclaimed choreographer Jade Anderson. Banners created by youth from Villaways will be on display as well as a slide show featuring the art works of Eglinton-Oakwood youth and a video featuring the Movin Up seniors dancing up an Afro-Carribean storm.
“Our Spring into Summer showcase is an amazing opportunity for our participants from across the city to connect with each other in a shared experience of artistic expression.” says Program Manager, Katherine Earl. “It is a powerful thing to realize that you are a part of a city-wide network of people who are creating big changes using the arts as a medium for the message!”
The event will also feature a raffle, refreshments and opportunities for networking with the artists on hand.
Art Starts is charitable organization that has been bringing professional artists and underserved communities together in community-building arts programs for over 20 years. They are the winners of Toronto Arts Foundation’s 2013 Arts for Youth Award.
WHO: Art Starts
WHAT: Spring Into Summer Showcase
WHEN: Sunday June 22, 2013. Doors open @ 1pm. Performances @ 2pm.
WHERE: Art Starts, Yorkdale Community Art Centre, in the Lower Level of Yorkdale Mall (access via elevators beside Home Outfitters escalators)