UrbanArts still accepting students

UrbanArts is still taking students for their after-school programs. If you have an interested young person between 11 and 17, UrbanArts will shape them into a quintuple threat; they offer music, spoken word, dance, play-based learning and graphic design classes from 3:30 to 5:30 every weekday.

On Saturdays from 2:00 to 5:00, Devon Haughton will be offering a workshop on the craft and business of play writing to students aged 16 to 25.

UrbanArts on John St. To register or for more information, call (416) 241-5124 or email [email protected]

UrbanArts wants your support

UrbanArts, a local youth arts group, would like you to sign a petition resisting cuts to arts funding.

The City PlannerManager released a list of proposed cuts earlier this week that will help to balance Toronto’s municipal budget. He recommended that City Council cut small grants organizations like UrbanArts, among many other cuts.

As part of an umbrella organization, UrbanArts has has launched an online petition to try to maintain their funding.



Thanks to JC for the correction.

UrbanArts owns Weston this weekend

UrbanArts is having a busy week. On Thursday, from 2–5 pm, they will be unveiling their newest mural; it’s at the corner of Weston and Lawrence. On Friday, they will be starting CultureShock, a two-day festival of art, dance and music.

The mural is part of an annual project that puts young people from the community to work to abate graffiti in Weston and Mt Dennis. They paint an average of two murals a year, and have done so since 1999. This year, they celebrate Weston as the “Home of the Bicycle”. A second piece will soon be installed in Mount Dennis.

On Friday and Saturday, UrbanArts will host the annual CultureShock Festival at Weston Collegiate.

Wes “Maestro” Williams (formerly Maestro Fresh Wes) will be headlining. Cabbie Richards, from TSN, and Canadian hip-hop pioneer Michie Mee will be MCing.

The festival starts Friday at 6, and resumes on Saturday at 1 pm.

Everyone is welcome at both events.

Speakers series at UrbanArts this Thursday

Youth from the community are  hosting a speakers series in Weston this Thursday, and all are welcome to attend.

Laura Albanese and Frances Nunziata will be speaking on youth and politics, as will Shadya Yasin, from the York Youth Coalition, and Monique Habbib, from Operation Vote.

The event will be from 5 – 7 at UrbanArts at 19 John Street.