Producer: Mural Routes

In Our Nature

*Please note: this was a temporary mural installation.
In our Nature is a community-minded multidisciplinary public art project that celebrates Women of Colour in the Scarborough community through five mural panel installations and musical performances. The murals will spotlight BIPOC women in Scarborough, who are active in community work, and feature them in a green space, changing the narrative around this group’s access, perceived safety and sense of belonging in public spaces. The artwork will purposefully degrade over time to reveal the underset images of the featured individuals beneath the greenery – their faces will be seen emerging from the ground. This is a 2021 City of Toronto Cultural Hotspot Signature Project in partnership with Mural Routes, the E.W.O.C. Project, the Community Arts Guild and the Toronto Zoo.

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Scarborough Seniors Mosaic Mural Project

Thanks to a Government of Ontario Seniors Community grant, 27 Older Adults (55+) and Seniors (65+) living in Scarborough developed mural-making skills with experienced mosaic mural artist Cristina Delago. As part of the program, delivered virtually, each participant created a mosaic panel to contribute to this large community mural project on the theme of gratitude. During the unprecedented times of Covid-19 lockdowns and stay-at-home orders, participants shared what they were grateful for throughout the workshops. Using the time together to heal and bond through the creative process of mosaic-making, those involved in the workshops developed a sense of community and felt very connected in a time of physical isolation.

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ODE TO BELONGING

Lamenza Corporation, a social purpose real estate company based in Mississauga, and Mural Routes partnered to produce a mural at 4325 Harvester Road in Burlington in the summer 2021.
The theme of the mural was imagining and building an equal, diverse and inclusive city.

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Horse-Drawn Delivery Wagon

When Scarborough consisted mostly of farms, orchards and scattered villages, horse-drawn delivery wagons were a common sight. The Everest family operated the delivery service for a wide area around Scarborough Junction and included Cliffside in their rounds. The family business is still represented in Cliffside by Everest's Hardware store on Kingston Road.

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The Highland Creek Parade

This mural depicts 100 years of Highland Creek life. The images, people, animals, vehicles and buildings are assembled in a logical sequence of a parade without chronology. They are icons in a continuum.

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