Photo showing a part of the mural with the words  

City on the Move - Young Artists in Transit - East is a partnership program of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and Toronto Cultural Services with community partners Arts for Children and Youth and Children's Peace Theatre that aims to build youth skills in mural art, self expression, community engagement and leadership. A literary component forms part the initiative, with poems contributed by City of Toronto's Poet Laureate and local resident George Elliott Clarke.

From March to December 2013, sixteen youth from the community worked under the leadership of professional artist Jim Bravo and local emerging artist Andrenne Finnikin to create several large scale murals to be mounted on construction hoarding during the renovation of Coxwell Station.
A public consultation meeting held in February 2013 at East York Civic Centre guided the creation of two murals for Coxwell station. The first, 6 metres in length by 2.5 metres in height, shows printed wallpaper of the past peeling away to expose visions of the future of the community, with the participation of local residents of today.  According to artist Jim Bravo, "In our piece industry goes green, public transit is completely accessible, pollution is a thing of the past and local waterways are once again abundant with fish."

This photo shows part of the mural that depicts a river with people viewing wildlife.

"Today reassembling yesterday" is the theme of the second horizontal mural, measuring 7 by 2.5 metres, with modern citizenry standing within a miniature model of old East York.  Buoyed by words from the Poet Laureate, with renderings of signature structures and landmarks, the mural pays respect to the roots of the community.

This photo shows part of the Woodbine Subway station mural and two of the painters.  

Two murals were produced measuring approximately 4 metres in length by 2.5 metres in height.  The first mural depicts residents of the past and present sharing the same vista, Taylor- Massey Creek, greeting each other across time and space while watching birds swirl above. 

The second mural shows groups of families and friends enjoying a busy street festival on the Danforth, capturing a moment in time before local transit expanded and increased the outbound and inbound flow of citizens, represented by the building of the subway below them.

For more information on this innovative program, visit City on the Move or Facebook page.

Lito Romano
Senior Community Liaison Officer, TTC

Nadira Pattison
Manager Arts Services, Toronto Culture

Photo of local youth working on their mural

Photo of local youth working on their mural