PLEASE JOIN THE KENWOOD LANE ART INITATIVE ON JUNE 4th AS WE CELEBRATE 100In1Day!
On Saturday, June 4, 2016, cities around the world will celebrate and participate in 100In1Day, a growing global movement that is changing how people interact with their cities. Originating in Bogotá, Colombia in 2012, 100In1Day encourages hundreds of one-day community-based interventions in cities around the world.
Toronto will host over 100 community ‘interventions’ – including an intervention hosted by the Kenwood Lane Art Initiative. In 2011, two Kenwood Avenue neighbours and long-time St. Clair West residents decided to counter the vandalism and tagging in the laneway behind their houses by launching ‘The Kenwood Lane Art Initiative’. The initiative (which is permission-based) creates art murals on residents’ garages, free of charge, with paint generously donated by Maple Paints on St. Clair Avenue West. To date, over 40 garages have been painted. The Kenwood lane has become a living art gallery – there is a noticeable increase in foot and bicycle traffic, making for a safer laneway. Since the launch of this initiative, neighbours have added their own art, planted new gardens, and have generally cared for the laneway. The initiative has not only galvanized the neighbourhood, but the lane has become a source of pride and has helped build a sense of community.
On Saturday, June 4th the Kenwood Lane Art founders will be on-hand to offer advice about how to create your own garage door art, and to offer guided tours of the lane. They’ll also be doing some live garage painting, guerilla gardening and seed bombing in the laneway!
Through participating in 100In1Day, the Kenwood Lane Art Initiative hopes people will start to look at laneways as viable community space, and appreciate the impact of public art.
DATE: Saturday, June 4 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: North/East corner of St. Clair West & Wychwood Avenue.
100In1Day is powered by Evergreen and United Way Toronto York Region who are inviting citizens to think of ways they can use their talents and passions to make their city a better place. For more information, please visit: www.100in1day.ca and www.kenwoodlaneart.com