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By Louisa Yan Louisa

Did you know? ArtHeart Community Art Centre has an Etsy shop! It’s a really great place to find unique works of art–the shop currently contains a diverse range of paintings for your walls, plus a few wearable items as well. All of the items in the shop are created in the ArtHeart studio, by participants in ArtHeart programs. They’re willing to ship worldwide, so even if you’re not in Toronto you can pick up one of these original works.

Pictured: Kayaking, acrylic, 16″ x 20 ” by Louisa Yan Louisa

 

A Powerful Story of Community Love

It was our great pleasure this morning to send out on behalf of an outstanding creative team the press release for Spectrum of Hope, a new video released today that represents a musical collaboration between Mustafa the Poet and Thompson Egbo-Egbo. A gift “by Regent Park, for Regent Park” is how the inspiring team of seven young people who worked on the video with Twice Upon a Time studio described the project. We encourage you to watch this powerful and uplifting video immediately, and watch it often. Enjoy!

Spectrum of Hope from Twice Upon a Time – Toronto/NYC on Vimeo.

H.E.A.R.T. (Hungry Eager Artists Rise Together) Showcase & Exhibition

The Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program is holding its 2nd annual collaborative showcase and exhibition at Daniels Spectrum on Wednesday, September 10 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. H.E.A.R.T. (Hungry Eager Artists Rise Together) will showcase a variety of art forms including spoken word, singing, dance, visual art, graphic design, photography and mixed-media art from a lineup of 13 young, emerging artists from Regent Park and area.

The entire community is invited to this free event. Come celebrate the talent in Regent Park and the achievements of our youth participants Jae Legit, Simba Wetu, Rafi Abdur, Sarah Meng, Isaac Mbikay, Mandeq Hassan, I-Selah, Nadia, Ahmed Barud, Raima Chakraborty, Vincentia Amoko, Tristan Reid and Khari Richards. In the last six months, these young artists worked with some of the best artists in the city including D’Bi Young, Mayklee Todd and Rich Kidd, as well as talented mentors from their chosen artistic fields, and now they are presenting their work and artistic growth to the world.

Last year’s showcase and exhibition of the Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program was held outdoors as part of the annual Sunday in the Park festival, and drew crowds eager to see the rich young talent of the neighbourhood. This year’s event, hosted inside Daniels Spectrum, includes performances and artworks—plus a special surprise—“by Regent Park, for Regent Park.”

Summer Series August & September

Summer Series at Daniels Spectrum continues on for the third month in a row with a fantastic line up of free and fun, family-friendly, youth-friendly, senior-friendly events and activities in and around Daniels Spectrum through August and September (585 Dundas Street East, Toronto). Grab a samosa and some fresh veggies at the farmers market, enjoy live music and performances, learn a new dance move or check out an outdoor film screening. 

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