Walls for All: Action Plan Presentation & Celebration
A Mix and Mingle for Women & Gender Diverse Street Artists
Friday, September 15, 2023 (deadline to register is September 13, 2023)
IN PERSON, 6PM-8:30PM
2080 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C 1J9 (The Workaround)
Although more women and gender diverse muralists have become established and well-known artists over the years, mural art has traditionally been -and continues to be- a (mostly white) male dominated field full of barriers and challenges for gender diverse artists. How can we create more space for women and gender diverse creators to participate in street art culture? How can we help these artists tackle many of the barriers they face?
Building on the success of Bombing Misogyny from 2021, Mural Routes and East End Arts have been proud to present a program that challenges the status quo in the street art world called Walls For All. Previously we hosted Walls for All Pt 1 and Walls for All Pt 2 sessions online, and Walls for All Pt 3, an in-person evening networking event that allowed you to hear from our lead artists, contribute to our Action Plan, and network and brainstorm with other folks in the street art world!
We have now gathered your input and feedback shared during previous events and compiled the final Walls for All Action Plan. We’re so excited to share this document with you all!
WHO IS THIS SESSION FOR?
- Artists and creatives of all disciplines, creative space-makers, producers, arts workers and/or arts administrators who: Love working in the world of street art, mural making, or public art and want to share what they’ve learned over the years!
- Big Dreamers who want to connect with others who love bringing beauty to the public sphere;
- Folks who are looking for an opportunity to meet like-minded creatives from east Toronto and all across Canada!
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
For now, this will be our final event as a part of Walls for All, and we’re so excited to see you! Following the presentation of the Walls for All: Action Plan, there will be an opportunity to network with other Street Artists and Art Workers, enjoy some refreshments, and celebrate the work we have accomplished together!
General Breakdown of the evening:
- 6:00 – 7:00 PM – Say Hello, Enjoy Refreshments, Mix & Mingle
- 7:00 – 7:15 PM – Action Plan Presentation
- 7:15 – 8:30 PM – Continue to Network with Other Guests, Enjoy Refreshments
- 8:30 PM – Wrap-up & Goodbyes
- 8:30 – 9:30 PM – Join Mural Routes and East End Arts teams at a local bar to continue the celebration (post-event/optional)
ABOUT WALLS FOR ALL
Organizations like Mural Routes and East End Arts have had countless conversations with women and gender diverse street artists over the years who have shared concerns about the barriers they face: they are offered smaller and/or less visible walls or projects; there is a lack of opportunities to connect and learn from other women/gender diverse folks who have developed a successful career; they continue to assist male lead artists but lack opportunities to lead the projects themselves; and they have to individually advocate for themselves (including in terms of equal payment), perpetuating the stereotype that women are difficult to work with.
Working in public space is also a challenge for women and gender diverse artists: available data suggests that the vast majority of these artists have experienced some form of unwanted sexual attention or sexual harassment in public spaces. And finally, mural artists who identify as women of colour, Indigenous, disabled, and/or queer face additional barriers to not only advance but to enter the field, and so many decide not to pursue mural art as a viable professional career at all.
Walls for All aims to build a more equitable, accessible, and inclusive street art sector for all gender marginalized artists, while also helping to build a network and/or support group or muralists who share similar experiences and struggles. Our goal by the end of this series is to create a shareable and useful Action Plan that can be used in the Toronto street art world, and in municipalities across the country!
If you’re interested in joining us on September 15, please register here!
The registration period for this event has now passed.
If you require any accommodations for disability, please contact Kim, our Program & Project Coordinator at email@example.com
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Fiya Bruxa is an international award winning visual artist, actor, filmmaker, and playwright. Through magical realism, poetry and mathematics, her artistic vision questions and celebrates the beauty, dignity and perseverance of those who have, or continue to, overcome adversity and oppression.
For over 15 years, this Latinx Canadian bruxa has collaborated with local and international communities using art as a tool for social change and community empowerment. Whether on her own or in collaboration with her Bruxas Crew or Essencia Arts Collective (co-founder and co-director), her arts-in-community work has mobilized and engaged hundreds of youth and community members on a variety of social and environmental issues.
She has also worked in public and private sector with a focus on policy development and program evaluation, in the areas of human rights, sustainability, innovation, international development, trade, and diplomacy. She holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Concordia University, and a Masters of Global Affairs with a specialization in economic development and innovation, from the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto.
Claire Browne (she/her) is a multi-disciplinary visual artist and mural artist living and working in Toronto. She graduated from OCAD University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree. Her artwork features a focus on the botanical world, tropical spaces and the Black diaspora. Claire Browne has exhibited extensively in group shows in the Greater Toronto Area. Her work has been acquired as part of Scotiabank’s private art collection.
Danielle Hyde is a multi-disciplinary Indigenous artist and persons with a disability (OCD). She is a member of Red Urban Nation Artist Collective (RUN) creating Indigenous murals and place-making.
A blend of different mediums their work is centered by a practice that honours Art as alive and acting on its own co-creation. Danielle collaborates with all beings; seen and unseen, human and beyond-human, in this creative chorus to tell stories. Through conversations with Art on ethical relationality with the world generosity anchors our spaces. In creating windows of understanding we can commune in knowledge sharing that replenishes community alongside Art.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:
Mural Routes activates communities by facilitating the creation of responsive, collaborative murals, and provides opportunities to build and advance careers in mural art. Our vision is to be a leading resource for all artists, organizations and communities creating mural art.
East End Arts is a non-profit community arts organization that serves the east end of Toronto. We provide inclusive arts programming, events and services to our local communities, and we provide professional development opportunities to both emerging and established artists and arts organizations.
Walls for All has been generously funded and supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.