Pattison Onestop Presents Art Responsibly by Toronto Youth on Subway Platforms
Pattison Onestop in partnership with Arts for Children and Youth (AFCY) present Art Responsibly, a series of hand-painted subway posters created by children and youth from Toronto's priority neighbourhoods, on select subway platforms across Toronto. Art Responsibly posters share these youths' thoughts and feelings about "being responsible by being artful."
The young participants reused expired subway posters provided by Pattison, completely painting over the old advertising to create original new artworks under the guidance of a professional artist and an emerging AFCY youth artist at AFCY's free outreach community-based visual arts workshops. Art Responsibly is an innovative AFCY initiative that intersects the notions of community arts education, arts advocacy, media literacy, civic engagement and leadership.
"As creative public springboards, the posters will be used by youth to visually convey social messages and ideas that are important to them. Their hope is also to prompt public inquiry, reflection and action. This poster project represents more chances for youth to mobilize and to use their creativity, knowledge and art making to inspire and inform members of the public, and to take leadership aimed at affecting and advancing Toronto's art scene," explains Julie Frost, AFCY's Artistic and Executive Director.
"We are pleased to be able to support the artistic and cultural growth of our city's youth. Art Responsibly uses art as a catalyst and inspiration for change, and encourages a society in which imagination is valued," said Sharon Switzer, Arts Programmer and Curator, Pattison Onestop.
The unique subway poster artworks were created at 6 locations around Toronto, and have been located on subway platforms in close proximity where they were made. Locations include: Art Gallery of Ontario's Free After Three program (St. Patrick Station), Covenant House Toronto (College Station), Our Lady of Victory Catholic School (Eglinton West Station), St. Barnabas Catholic School (Kennedy Station), St. Dorothy Catholic School (Wilson Station) and Rockcliffe Middle School (Runnymede Station).