UrbanArts just can’t stop

UrbanArts, our local arts heroes, just won’t stop doing good work, and picking up awards for it.

Young photographers from our neighbourhood will again be featured at Gallery 44 downtown. The photography program, which only started recently, seems to be really taking off.

Marlene McKintosh, the director, was recently honoured at the Toronto Community Foundation’s “Vital Toronto” gala.

Last, but not least, UA graduated 52 men from their “Young Men of Honour Leadership Program” and formally announced that they, and their partner Young and Potential Fathers received a $224,500 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (which we covered earlier).

The leadership program is run from local schools and helps young men who might be at risk to help them “develop into healthy, secure individual men who are confident and prepared to achieve life goals.”

UrbanArts is moving.

Acclaimed young people’s arts provider, UrbanArts, has outgrown its storefront premises at 19 John Street so they are moving in early July to a new location on Bartonville (off Weston, east of Jane). This is a move of more than 2km. Marlene McKintosh told WestonWeb that she has no idea who will move into the space as, “it’s up to the landlord”.

Unfortunately this will add to the ample supply of empty storefronts in Weston.


Your lottery money, well spent

I’m still mad that I didn’t get win the $56 million 6/49 draw—I just knew that it was my time—but at least I know that my eight bits were well spent. The Ontario Trillium Foundation has given all of my money, and another $490,000 besides, to Weston community groups.

UrbanArts picked up $224,000, The WKNC $110,000, and the LEF $156,000.


Report on Recipe for Community

InsideToronto has a report on the goings-on at the Recipe for Community meeting that UrbanArts hosted this week.

Community food festivals, a food action team and entrepreneurial workshops are just some of the ideas put forth at the Recipe for Community meeting Monday, Jan. 21 at UrbanArts at 19 John St.

UrbanArts has approximately $67,500 to work with so far this year and members of the community, as well as a handful of local organizations, were eager to pitch program ideas to help youth in the area.

Events for the week of August 4

UrbanArts Community Arts Council is once again livening up the Weston-Mount Dennis neighbourhood and Toronto this summer with a full schedule of youth arts programming. CultureShock Festival  The highlight of the summer takes place on Thursday and Friday, August 9th & 10th from 5-7pm, with an art exhibit and film screening respectively at UrbanArts and culminates on Saturday August 11th from 3-9pm with the 8th Annual CultureShock Community Arts Festival, at the Weston Farmers’ Market location at 14 John Street. This year, UrbanArts is teaming up with the popular 106 & York Urban Arts Festival to present CultureShock.