Artsy Neighbourhood?

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Did you know?

  • This neighbourhood has a disproportionately high percentage of artists.
  • The average concentration of artists in a community is 0.8 % in Ontario and 1.6 % in Toronto.
  • In postal codes M4C and M4J artists represent 1.9% and 2.9% of the population, respectively (according to 2006 census data).

We’re an artsy neighbourhood, and yet where are the galleries and the hip artistic vibe?  Well, we started with the Danforth East Arts Fair and now there is the Art of the Danforth.  Art of the Danforth will be a public art walk which will display art projects developed by community groups as well as local and international artists.  It’s planned for the last two weeks in April, 2010 on the Danforth between (at minimum) Greenwood and Woodbine.  In the six months leading up to the April event, there will be community brainstorming and creative workshops.

Art of the Danforth will:

  • foster community engagement and bring people together
  • improve the aesthetic appearance on the Danforth
  • increase pedestrian traffic on the Danforth
  • explore the possibilities of joining art, space, place and neighbourhoo

Submissions are now being accepted (deadline is January 5, 2010).

Want to know more?  Check out the website or be like me and drop in on the next planning meeting this Tuesday, October 20th from 6-8 p.m.  at LucSculpture at 800 Greenwood – steps north of Danforth.  All are welcome.

And while you’re in the mood for art…

Check out the Walkabout exhibit by Julie Glick from October 22 – November 15 at Red Sable.  The opening reception is October 24th from 1-4 p.m.  Have you been to Red Sable?  It’s a fabulous store with an incredible collection of items from paintings to photographs, from jewelry to hats.  It’s delightful and it’s open Thurs – Sun in the afternoons.

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  1. I see some evidence of artists in the ‘hood. There is Red Sable of course – love that they’ve expanded to include work from local artisans. There is Lucsculpture. There is, um, I think the name is the Painting Place? There is, or used to be a kids arts program near Danforth and Gledhill. LOVING the photo exhibits at True Brew Cafe – love the new one up just this week. I was very pleased to see that the Art Fair this fall included some local artists, such as Frank Michael. As a big fan of art and crafts shows, I was very proud of the quality of the exhibitors at the Art Fair. Way to go, DECA!!!! Keep up the good work – you are really improving our neighborhood every day. Thank You!

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