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May 18th, 2006

Image: Toronto artist Day Milman works on a sound-based artwork with students from Nelson Mandela Park Public School.

Back in September 2005 the AGO announced that it had received over $1 million dollars to launch a three-year provincial arts education initiative. Referred to as the ArtsAccess Project, this initiative is now well underway as a direct result of the support shown by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Virtual Museum of Canada and the Salamander Foundation.

The ArtsAccess Project is an ambitious undertaking that involves many partners at the local level as well as partner galleries across the province. Here in Toronto the AGO is working with the City of Toronto, the Multicultural History Society of Ontario and the Toronto District School Board as well as local community arts practitioners including Jumblies Theatre and Regent Park Focus.

Last month the AGO hired three artists-Camille Turner, Catherine Campbell and Day Milman-who are already busy out and around the city working on projects with people of all ages. For example, Camille recently worked with students from Ogden Junior Public School around the corner from the AGO, Catherine has been busy for weeks working with Jumblies Theatre in Etobicoke and Day also helped to facilitate a new media workshop with Grade 1 and 2 students at Nelson Mandela Park Public School in Regent Park.

Stay tuned. This is only the beginning …

Colin Wiginton
Manager, Community Programs

  • Judy Hammond

    I love this idea. Reaching out to the community especially to young residents is a wonderful way for the AGO to relate to its community. For hundreds (thousands?) of young Torontonians, this will be the start of a long love affair with the AGO and its wonderful collection. I take sculpture in the AGO studio with a great teacher who, coincidentally, is named Art. This class is a highlight of my week. I can’t wait to see your new space and your new collections!!

  • Judy Hammond

    I love this idea. Reaching out to the community especially to young residents is a wonderful way for the AGO to relate to its community. For hundreds (thousands?) of young Torontonians, this will be the start of a long love affair with the AGO and its wonderful collection. I take sculpture in the AGO studio with a great teacher who, coincidentally, is named Art. This class is a highlight of my week. I can’t wait to see your new space and your new collections!!