UrbanArts, the youth arts organization that has helped kids in Weston for years, is moving to a bigger, better place in Mount Dennis.
The new location is at 5 Bartonville Ave E, in the old City of Toronto sign building. It will be north of Eglinton on Weston Rd, but south of the intersection of Jane and Weston.
Marlene McKintosh, Executive Director said, “we’ve outgrown the space in terms of the staff and the young people we serve. We’re lacking in a lot of things, and more importantly, it’s what young people said they needed.”
The new facility will have a ProTech media centre—computer facilities to get youth involved in media production, graphic design, website design, film and video. “It’s one of four media centres that Microsoft, the city, Humber College, and Renewed Computer Technology are partnering in to support people in priority neighbourhoods,” said McKintosh.
McKintosh says that UrbanArts will still be there for Weston kids: “We may not physically be in this area, but we’ll be maintaining a presence. The need is still there. We’re not in any way leaving the community.” All the current programs will also continue in the new space. UrbanArts hoping to move into their new space by the end of the year.