Parkdale to get eight new murals in time for local spring festival

WhatsOn May 03, 2017 by Hilary Caton Parkdale Villager

The Parkdale community will see its streets come alive with art.

Eight new murals are expected to be painted this week, just in time for the Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival on May 13.

The creation of the murals is funded by the Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area (BIA), and is part of the Bell Box Murals Project, an independent, community-engaged arts program. Eight artists with varying styles will paint outdoor utility boxes owned by Bell Canada, which are scattered around the neighbourhood.

While artists were chosen based on a variety of criteria, the artists’ connection to the neighbourhood was a big factor.

“They  were encouraged in their application to share any kind of stories or connections they had with the community. They were asked to explore the theme of Parkdale and what that meant to them. That could be anything architectural, it could be Queen Street West itself, it could be historical, anything,” said Anna Bartula, executive director of the Parkdale Village BIA.

“But it wasn’t just about the artwork, it was really important for them (the committee) to also consider whether someone is an artist within the community and what that person’s connections are to the community whether past or present.”

The locations of the murals are also strategically chosen, Bartula added. Each location holds a link to that particular artist’s story in relation to their connection to the neighbourhood. Visitors to the sidewalk festival next weekend will receive maps to all of the boxes to visit and talk to the artists.

The commissioning of the artwork is part of the BIA’s streetscape mandate, while the paint is donated by Benjamin Moore.

“Murals are a great way to beautify the street. We’re a bit limited on mural space now in terms of buildings you can paint on. This offers us the opportunity to do so within budget because they’re small spaces,” Bartula added.

“You wouldn’t be able to do one wall with the same amount of money, but we can do eight smaller murals and support eight artists instead of just one. It also allows us to extend the beautification beyond Queen Street, like down to Jameson Avenue and Dunn Avenue. Those streets deserve some love too.”

Artists will be out in Parkdale painting the boxes until May 8, weather permitting.

Since 2009, artists from the Bell Boxes Murals Project have painted 172 murals on Bell Canada outdoor utility boxes in 23 communities throughout Toronto, Southern Ontario and Quebec.

The eight murals will be at the following locations:

·         149 Jameson Ave. near King St West

·         169 Jameson Ave. near King Street West

·         245 Dunn Ave. near Queen Street West

·         1273 Queen St. W. near Elm Grove Avenue

·         1382 Queen St. W. near Close Avenue

·         1400 Queen St. W. near O’Hara Avenue

·         1487 Queen St. W. near Dowling Avenue

·         1581 Queen St. W. near Triller Avenue

Parkdale to get eight new murals in time for local spring festival

WhatsOn May 03, 2017 by Hilary Caton Parkdale Villager

The Parkdale community will see its streets come alive with art.

Eight new murals are expected to be painted this week, just in time for the Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival on May 13.

The creation of the murals is funded by the Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area (BIA), and is part of the Bell Box Murals Project, an independent, community-engaged arts program. Eight artists with varying styles will paint outdoor utility boxes owned by Bell Canada, which are scattered around the neighbourhood.

While artists were chosen based on a variety of criteria, the artists’ connection to the neighbourhood was a big factor.

“They  were encouraged in their application to share any kind of stories or connections they had with the community. They were asked to explore the theme of Parkdale and what that meant to them. That could be anything architectural, it could be Queen Street West itself, it could be historical, anything,” said Anna Bartula, executive director of the Parkdale Village BIA.

“But it wasn’t just about the artwork, it was really important for them (the committee) to also consider whether someone is an artist within the community and what that person’s connections are to the community whether past or present.”

The locations of the murals are also strategically chosen, Bartula added. Each location holds a link to that particular artist’s story in relation to their connection to the neighbourhood. Visitors to the sidewalk festival next weekend will receive maps to all of the boxes to visit and talk to the artists.

The commissioning of the artwork is part of the BIA’s streetscape mandate, while the paint is donated by Benjamin Moore.

“Murals are a great way to beautify the street. We’re a bit limited on mural space now in terms of buildings you can paint on. This offers us the opportunity to do so within budget because they’re small spaces,” Bartula added.

“You wouldn’t be able to do one wall with the same amount of money, but we can do eight smaller murals and support eight artists instead of just one. It also allows us to extend the beautification beyond Queen Street, like down to Jameson Avenue and Dunn Avenue. Those streets deserve some love too.”

Artists will be out in Parkdale painting the boxes until May 8, weather permitting.

Since 2009, artists from the Bell Boxes Murals Project have painted 172 murals on Bell Canada outdoor utility boxes in 23 communities throughout Toronto, Southern Ontario and Quebec.

The eight murals will be at the following locations:

·         149 Jameson Ave. near King St West

·         169 Jameson Ave. near King Street West

·         245 Dunn Ave. near Queen Street West

·         1273 Queen St. W. near Elm Grove Avenue

·         1382 Queen St. W. near Close Avenue

·         1400 Queen St. W. near O’Hara Avenue

·         1487 Queen St. W. near Dowling Avenue

·         1581 Queen St. W. near Triller Avenue

Parkdale to get eight new murals in time for local spring festival

WhatsOn May 03, 2017 by Hilary Caton Parkdale Villager

The Parkdale community will see its streets come alive with art.

Eight new murals are expected to be painted this week, just in time for the Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival on May 13.

The creation of the murals is funded by the Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area (BIA), and is part of the Bell Box Murals Project, an independent, community-engaged arts program. Eight artists with varying styles will paint outdoor utility boxes owned by Bell Canada, which are scattered around the neighbourhood.

While artists were chosen based on a variety of criteria, the artists’ connection to the neighbourhood was a big factor.

“They  were encouraged in their application to share any kind of stories or connections they had with the community. They were asked to explore the theme of Parkdale and what that meant to them. That could be anything architectural, it could be Queen Street West itself, it could be historical, anything,” said Anna Bartula, executive director of the Parkdale Village BIA.

“But it wasn’t just about the artwork, it was really important for them (the committee) to also consider whether someone is an artist within the community and what that person’s connections are to the community whether past or present.”

The locations of the murals are also strategically chosen, Bartula added. Each location holds a link to that particular artist’s story in relation to their connection to the neighbourhood. Visitors to the sidewalk festival next weekend will receive maps to all of the boxes to visit and talk to the artists.

The commissioning of the artwork is part of the BIA’s streetscape mandate, while the paint is donated by Benjamin Moore.

“Murals are a great way to beautify the street. We’re a bit limited on mural space now in terms of buildings you can paint on. This offers us the opportunity to do so within budget because they’re small spaces,” Bartula added.

“You wouldn’t be able to do one wall with the same amount of money, but we can do eight smaller murals and support eight artists instead of just one. It also allows us to extend the beautification beyond Queen Street, like down to Jameson Avenue and Dunn Avenue. Those streets deserve some love too.”

Artists will be out in Parkdale painting the boxes until May 8, weather permitting.

Since 2009, artists from the Bell Boxes Murals Project have painted 172 murals on Bell Canada outdoor utility boxes in 23 communities throughout Toronto, Southern Ontario and Quebec.

The eight murals will be at the following locations:

·         149 Jameson Ave. near King St West

·         169 Jameson Ave. near King Street West

·         245 Dunn Ave. near Queen Street West

·         1273 Queen St. W. near Elm Grove Avenue

·         1382 Queen St. W. near Close Avenue

·         1400 Queen St. W. near O’Hara Avenue

·         1487 Queen St. W. near Dowling Avenue

·         1581 Queen St. W. near Triller Avenue