Community portrait stencil program “Faces of the Community/ Las Caras de la Comunidad” with Lakeshore Arts

Registration is open for Lakeshore portrait stencil art program, ‘Faces of the Community / Las Caras de la Comunidad’



Toronto, ON    Feb 13, 2015 – Mural Routes and Lakeshore Arts are excited to announce that registration is now open for Faces of the Community / Las Caras de la Comunidad,  a community mural art program held in Etobicoke-Lakeshore. The program is part of TO2015 IGNITE community partnership program and is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and the Toronto Arts Council.

The six workshops will be held at New Toronto Library, 110 Eleventh St. on Saturday afternoons, 1:30 – 4:30pm from March 14 – April 25th (excluding April 4th, Easter weekend). The series consists of teaching in portrait photography, stencil design, creation and printing over six classes.

To register, send your name, e-mail address, and phone number, by email to tara@muralroutes.com or call 416-698-7995.  Registration is open to all ages, (14+); all skill levels are welcome. Program instruction is free; cost of materials is $15. Attendance at all 6 sessions is required. Limited spaces; registration will be accepted on first-come basis.

The Faces of the Community / Las Caras de la Comunidad program consists of two phases: Phase One is a series of workshops in three locations across Toronto that will train participants in the portrait stencil making process and in creating large-scale stencils.  Etobicoke – Lakeshore is the second of three locations across Toronto to host the ‘Faces of the Community / Las Caras de la Comunidad’  workshop series.

Phase Two of the program will include printing the stencils onto outdoor spaces throughout the participants’ neighbourhoods. Mural Routes will encourage those who take the program to become leaders and spread the movement of community stencil portraits to their own communities. Local business and property owners in Etobicoke-Lakeshore who are interested in having the portrait stencil murals printed on their walls are encouraged to contact Mural Routes.

Faces of the Community provides a way for people to get involved and excited about the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games by making a creative cultural contribution that is personal and meaningful. Mural Routes executive and artistic director Karin Eaton reflected on the value of the program:  “it will IGNITE their spirit of pride and better understanding of other cultures … At the end of the project they will take pride of ownership in the work that they have created and will celebrate the legacy of their contribution.”

About: Mural Routes is an arts service organization dedicated to training and supporting mural artists and communities involved in mural arts through teaching, learning and sharing initiatives in mural art together. Lakeshore Arts is committed to improving the availability of arts, cultural and heritage activities within the Etobicoke-Lakeshore neighbourhood. They encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to participate in the arts – as a way of enriching their lives and strengthening their community.

Contact:    Tara Dorey

Program Coordinator, Mural Routes

tara@muralroutes.com   416-698-7995

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