Request For Mural Artists

DECA is very pleased to be partnering with the The Yellow Door Learning Centre at 6 St. Joseph House to paint Bell boxes this summer. We’re looking for artists to participate in the 2012 Bell Boxes Murals Project. Selected artists will paint a mural on one of the Bell Canada outdoor junction boxes located throughout the North Downtown Yonge and Danforth East neighbourhoods. Mural painting will take place during August and September, 2012.


The goal of this project is to brighten Toronto’s streetscapes by creating original works of outdoor art. The theme of the murals is the history of the neighbourhood and is developed in conjunction with the local residents associations. The murals project brings together a wide range of community members in self-organized activities that help to creatively transform neighbourhoods.


Since 2009 a total of 32 Bell outdoor equipment boxes in Yonge and Bloor neighbourhoods have been painted by artists from the Yellow Door Learning Centre and other creative community centres across the city. The Yellow Door Learning Centre is located in 6 St. Joseph House, a community creative resource centre located in downtown Toronto.

The 2012 Bell Box Murals Project will consist of 16 murals painted on Bell Canada equipment junction boxes in two neighbourhoods, eight near North Downtown Yonge Street and eight near Danforth East between Greenwood Ave. and Main Street.

The project is a partnership between the Seeds of Hope Foundation, Bell Canada, the City of Toronto, the Bay Cloverhill Community Association, the Greater Yorkville Residents Association, the Church-Wellesley Neighbourhood Association, and the Danforth East Community Association.

For samples of previous murals and a map of mural locations see the photos section of the Yellow Door Learning Centre Facebook page.


Open to all artists living in the GTA. Preference will be given to artists located in the North Downtown Yonge Street and Danforth East communities. Please indicate in your application if you live or work in these neighbourhoods.


Each artist will be paid $400.00 for their mural. Each artist will also be supplied with a quantity of red, yellow, blue, black and white special outdoor latex paint.


The theme for the 2012 murals program is neighbourhood heritage. Historical photographs of North Downtown Yonge Street and Danforth East neighbourhoods will be interpreted by the artist in a full colour mural. The artist can also choose a smaller section of the image to interpret. For archival Toronto photographs see:

Facebook Vintage Toronto page

City of Toronto Archives – Searchable archive
click on Search the Archives’ database and search by street or neighbourhood


Artists interested in applying are asked to choose a historical photograph of the North Downtown Yonge Street or Danforth East area from the sources described above or any others. The artist should then submit their chosen photograph, a sketch of the proposed mural and other samples of their work as attachments via email to by 5:00 pm Monday, June 25, 2012.

The proposed submissions will be reviewed by a volunteer jury consisting of residents’ association members and workers from other community arts organizations. Artists will be notified of final jury selections on July 9.


  • include your contact information in the body of your email
  • attach your chosen photograph, a sketch of the proposed mural and other samples of your work in JPG or PDF format

• email to by 5:00 pm Monday, June 25, 2012.

Important: All proposed project submissions will become the property of the Seeds of Hope Foundation, which reserves the right to reproduce and disseminate them for public, non- commercial purposes, e.g. proposals may be posted online or placed on public view as part of the selection process.