In response to the devastating tragedies related to gun violence in Toronto this past year, 45 shooting deaths and a 32 per cent spike since 2017, Scadding Court Community Centre launched the #TO Cares Challenge – a platform for Torontonians to share their feelings on how to reclaim Toronto and the peaceful city through the arts.
Scadding Court Community Centre and OCADU are hosting the first ever #TO Cares Challenge Art Awards and Exhibit to honour all submissions and gun violence experts, community leaders, academics and victims of gun violence will also discuss the importance of community-led approaches to reducing gun violence as well as using art as a form of healing, standing together to speak out against violence.
Torontonians voted on 68 multimedia submissions which were received from people across the GTA and included creations from children as young as five to seniors. Awards will be distributed according to public voting: https://scaddingcourt.org/the-toronto-cares-challenge/
The exhibition will continue online as testament to the city’s strength: https://www.instagram.com/to.cares
When: Saturday, October 27, 2018. Doors: 3pm/Speakers and Awards: 4pm-5pm/Close: 6pm.
Where: OCAD U, 100 McCaul Street, MCA-190, Main Auditorium
- Ian Clarke, Associate Dean, OCAD University
- Kenisha Peters, Vice-Chair of the Scadding Court Community Centre Board
- Dr. Wendy Cukier, Director, Diversity Institute, Ryerson University
- Louis March, Founder of the Zero Gun Violence Movement
- Kelly Whetter, mother of a victim of gun violence & Co-Founder of Communities for Zero Violence
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