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June 4th, 2009

[murmur] in the Grange

Last week, ArtsAccess celebrated the completion of its four-year run that involved a successful partnership among four Ontario art galleries and numerous artists, funders, community partners and participants. To commemorate this venture, the AGO launched its own ArtsAccess legacy project called [murmur] in the Grange, in partnership with [murmur], a Toronto-based oral history project.

“[murmur] in the Grange offers a compelling, immersive experience that unites the Gallery and the Grange neighbourhood through storytelling,” said Colin Wiginton, manager of Education Programs at the AGO. “It is fitting that the legacy project has brought us right back to our own neighbourhood.”

Catherine Campbell on behalf of ArtsAccess and Robin Elliott on behalf of [murmur] worked together to identify and contact local residents and to record their stories related to the Grange neighbourhood. More than 50 stories were gathered as told by 30 different contributors who either live, work or have strong connections to the neighbourhood in and around the AGO.

These stories are now accessible via cell phone across 18 different story locations in the Grange neigbourhood as well as online: When walking the neighbourhood the story locations are designated by a green, ear-shaped sign that includes a telephone number and location code. Simply dial the number, enter the location code and experience the Grange from the unique perspective of those who know it best.

ArtsAccess was a multi-year community arts initiative that involved a partnership between the AGO, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Thunder Bay Art Gallery and Woodland Cultural Centre. Its goal was to unite artists, community members and cultural organizations, and engage communities in conceptualizing art projects that mattered to them. Together, ArtsAccess and Collection X – an interactive website that enables users to showcase their own content and connect with other users – promoted creativity and built relationships through a combination of community-based and online experiences.

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