This video presents “Why Street Art?: StreetARToronto, Inspiring Neighbourhoods One Wall At A Time” in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

  • StART invited artists, community leaders, and business owners to discuss why street art is important and helping to transform Toronto.
  • StreetARToronto or StART is a new, pro-active program that aims to develop, support, promote and increase awareness of street art and its indispensable role in adding beauty and character to neighbourhoods across Toronto, while counteracting graffiti vandalism and its harmful effect on communities.

City of Toronto's image: StART initiative

City of Toronto’s image: StART initiative

The Public and Businesses Can Connect Easily with Street Artists Via StreetARToronto (StART)

  • This is an update to my previous blog Toronto Alert: Poster on Public Property Bylaw, Downsview Station Closed June 29, TTC Ride Guide Photo Contest by July 4 at 11:59 p.m.
    • As part of the City’s Clean Toronto Together campaign to keep Toronto streets clean and free of litter, posters and graffiti vandalism, StreetArt Toronto (StART) initiative will counteract the latter via “developing, supporting, promoting and increasing awareness of street art and its role to add beauty and character to neighbourhoods across the city.”

    • Street art is art, specifically visual art, developed for public spaces.

    • City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 485, Graffiti allows for regularization of an art mural or graffiti art when it is installed with the property owner’s permission, adheres to community character and standards, and aesthetically enhances the surface that it covers.

  • The City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto (StART) Artist Directory is a database of artists specializing in large and small street art.
  • StreetARToronto (StART) Artist Directory is now available to connect businesses and private property owners with more than 30 artists.

    • The StART directory includes examples of the artist’s work, availability, experience, rates, website and relevant contact information.

    • The City does not endorse or sponsor any of the artists identified.

  • Artists are encouraged to submit their profile to join the StART Artist Database.

    • StART Partnership Program provides up to $30,000 in funding for partnership projects that meet the following objectives:

      • Enhance and promote City of Toronto’s vibrant street and graffiti art.
        • Projects must be located on City-owned land or a publicly accessible area on private property, with maximum street visibility and neighbourhood impact.

        • Written authorization from the private property owner is required.

      • Revitalize and engage communities.
      • Counteract graffiti vandalism.
      • Engage emerging and established local artists through street and mural art.
        • Applicants must be incorporated non-profit or charitable organizations operating in the City of Toronto.

        • Individual artists and artist collectives are encouraged to apply through a not-for-profit sponsor.

        • Funds from StART can only be used for artists that are City of Toronto residents, though collaboration with local, national or international artists is permitted.

      • For program guidelines and application info, please click here.
TTC's image: 501 Streetcar

TTC’s image: 501 Streetcar

Queen St. & York St. Closures June 29 – July 16

  • Due to streetcar track reconstruction and road work, Queen Street from University Avenue to just east of York Street in downtown Toronto will be closed to eastbound traffic from Saturday, June 29 at 6 a.m. to Tuesday, July 16 at 6 p.m.
    • Westbound traffic will be reduced to a single lane for the duration of the project.

    • Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

    • Alternative eastbound routes for motorists include Adelaide Street, King Street and Dundas Street.

  • Also, the City of Toronto has introduced T.O. INview, a map-based application showing planned capital construction work across the city.

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Contact Info

  • Information on fares, routes, schedules and service
    • 416-393-4636 (INFO)

    • Recorded information available 24 hours daily

    • Operator-assisted service is available from 8:00am to 6:00pm daily, except statutory holidays

    • TTY Hearing Impaired Service, 416-481-2523, Daily, 8:00am-6:00pm; except statutory holidays

  • Main Switchboard
    • 416-393-4000

    • Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm

City of Toronto Contact Info

Phone within Toronto city limits: 311

Phone outside city limits: 416-392-CITY (2489)
(can be used within Toronto if you can’t reach 311)

TTY customers: 416-338-0TTY (0889)
Fax: 416-338-0685
E-mail: 311@toronto.ca

If your matter is urgent, please call them. They are open 24/7.

Always call 911 for emergencies.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

NEWS RELEASE

June 28, 2013

Queen Street closed to eastbound traffic for two weeks from University Avenue to York Street

Queen Street from University Avenue to just east of York Street in downtown Toronto will be closed to eastbound traffic from Saturday, June 29 at 6 a.m. to Tuesday, July 16 at 6 p.m. for streetcar track reconstruction and road work.

Westbound traffic will be reduced to a single lane for the duration of the project. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

In addition, York Street will be closed in both directions from Richmond Street to Queen Street during the same two-week period.

Alternative eastbound routes for motorists include Adelaide Street, King Street and Dundas Street. Alternative northbound routes that could be considered are Bay Street and University Avenue.

A more complete list of road work is available at http://www.toronto.ca/torontostreets/.

In addition, the City of Toronto has introduced T.O. INview, a map-based application showing planned capital construction work across the city: http://www.toronto.ca/inview

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto’s government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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