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ARTICLE 20:
Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.


Mural Artist:

Working Women Community Centre


Working Women Community Centre (WWCC) is a non-profit organization that provides immigrant women and their families with opportunities to improve the quality of their lives through self-development and community action. Through the Victoria Village Action for Neighbourhood Change project, WWCC obtained funding from the City of Toronto’s Graffiti Transformation Program to carry out a mural project in Parma Court.

Local residents provided input on the mural during a lengthy community engagement process. Local youth— Fozi, Jahvana, Ezekiel, Melika and Isse — worked hard to create the mural, under the mentorship of community animator, Bryan Peart and lead artist, Michael Reyes.

During July and August of 2009 the team worked hard to build their skills in art and community work. They began by surveying community members about what they would like to see in their neighbourhood, design an image based on ideas brought out through these consultations, and express those ideas through the art of Graffiti. The team has been able to capture and inspire hearts once again; and with the Article 20 mural they successfully represented the talents, views, and connections of Parma Court residents.


Michael Reyes specializes in graffiti art. He has worked on various murals, and was also the lead artist on a similar project in Victoria Village in 2008. Through his art, to Michael, graffiti art is more than just a form of art; it is a form of self-expression.


Visit WWCC at www.workingwomencc.org


Mural Host:

Parma Court

 

Parma Court, located in the South End of Victoria Village, is home to a tight-knit community and the O’Connor Community Centre. The mural was painted on a wall facing an outdoor basketball court and beside the O’Connor Community Centre. The mural reflects the hopes and positivity of the community; it was painted by community members, and based on themes of community spirit and strength which were generated during community consultations on the design of the mural.

Article 20 mural
Article 20 mural
Article 20 mural

 Photos: Susan Ashukian.


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