During COVID, it’s difficult to find new things to do but with warmer weather coming a walk full of art and exploration may be the perfect cure. Scarborough has amazing murals, so you can experience art in most natural gallery imaginable.

Dearham Wood mural Scarborough

96 Dearham Wood

Date: 2018
Artists: Chris Perez, Leyland Adams

Located on the side of a convenience store in the heart of the Guildwood area of south-eastern Toronto. Made through the StreetART city of Toronto program.

3600 Kingston Road

Organization: Mural Routes
Style: Artist Mentoring
Artist Mentor: Jim Bravo; with 7 Youth Artists from YOUTHLINK

Created in Summer 2008 by local youth, this mural symbolizes the evolution of community as it celebrates strength and diversity through creative participation.
The mural is part of Amnesty International’s Project Urban Canvas, a mural series celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and focuses on article #27 of the Universal Declaration of Human rights which states: “Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural, artistic and scientific life of the community”

It was created by Youthlink in partnership with Mural Routes and supported by a Toronto Economic Development Mural Program grant.

520 Brimley Road mural Scarborough

520 Brimley Road

Organization: Mural Routes
Style: Artist Mentoring
Artists: Andra Striowski – Artist/Mentor
Youth Artists: Jaime Bruno, Chanel Cummins, Alanna Hargan, Tessa Sunnasy, Jaime Vieira

The theme of a “media art gallery” was chosen by the youth to reflect their views on how media and advertising affect youths today. Each youth artist created an individual piece within the mural to comment on issues of materialism, body image and self-reflection. This revealed how they each felt the effects of advertising on their own lives. The fact that the art pieces included in the mural are media ads reflects their belief that media has replaced the arts in the role of influencing the way society thinks and individuals perceive themselves.

The arches and overall gentle colours and aesthetic of an art gallery in the mural was the youths’ way of taking the urban experience of analyzing art in galleries, to the community, in a way that is free and accessible to everyone.

The mural was created by Mural Routes in partnership with Action for Neighbourhood Change and agency of West Hill Community Services.

With thanks for support from: City of Toronto Graffiti Transformation and Economic Development Mural Programs.

Youth Employment is funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services through Tropicana Summer Jobs for Youth Program and the TDSB Summer Employment Program.

2157 Lawrence Avenue East

2157 Lawrence Avenue East

Mural Routes Member: Rob Matejka Tara Dorey
Organization: Mural Routes
Style: Artist Mentoring
Materials: MDO panels, Zinsser Bullseye 123 Primer, D.L Stevenson’s Artists Acrylics, Varathane Waterborne Diamond Finish
Artists: Rob Matejka, Emilie Wong, Tara Dorey, Kevin Ye, Tian Chun Shen, Jiawei Chen
Date: Summer 2011

This mural, entitled Intersections, was created by student artists as part of a youth summer training initiative run by Mural Routes. The project was requested by City of Toronto Councillor Michael Thompson, as part of efforts to discourage graffiti vandalism and improve the visual appearance of the commercial area in Dorset Park/Wexford Heights community. The Wexford Heights BIA welcomed the idea, resulting in a mural project designed for the west and south facing walls of the plaza at 2157 Lawrence Avenue East at Birchmount Road.

The artwork represents the intersection between fantasy and reality, depicting harmony between the faces of young people and their community at the junction of two roads. It was designed and painted by a team of nine young artists led by Emilie Wong and Tara Dorey, under the direction of artist/mentor Rob Matejka. The team worked over the course of the summer, with other youth volunteering their time to complete the mural panels that were installed on October 29, 2011.
The mural was funded in part by the City of Toronto, Economic Development Mural Program.

1445 Kingston Road

Mural Routes Member: Rob Matejka
Organization: Mural Routes
Style: Artist Mentoring
Design: Rob Matejka, painted by youth employment program artists, 2012

This was the first mural in the Birch Cliff Community Mural project: a partnership with residents of Birch Cliff and Mural Routes. The goal of the project is to improve the neighbourhood through mural art, replacing the sense of neglect with a sense of pride. The aim is to “reforest” the area with birch tree themed murals. Starting in 2012, the project continues to grow with new birch themed murals added almost every year

7515 St. Clair Avenue East mural Scarborough

7515 St. Clair Avenue East

Organization: Mural Routes
Style: Heritage
Artist: OMEN, 2014
Location: Warden & St. Clair E., Scarborough, ON

Montreal based graffiti artist OMEN worked in collaboration with StARToronto to create this mural paying homage to the real life Bomb Girls who worked at the Scarborough’s General Engineering Company (GECo) plant in the area during World War II. Project managed by Mural Routes.

277 Old Kingston Road mural in Scarborough

277 Old Kingston Road

The “Eastern Gateway” mural, at 277 Old Kingston Rd. (east parking lot) in Highland Creek Village, Scarborough. The mural was painted by a group of youth and local volunteers – led and designed by Emily Harrison, with mentorship from Rob Matejka.Creekside, also known as the “Eastern Gateway” mural, is one of the signature projects of Cultural Hotspot – East. The bright and beautiful mural is a permanent piece of public art created to welcome visitors entering south Scarborough from the east. The nature themed mural design celebrates the flora and fauna for which the Highland Creek area is well known. The mural design was inspired by the research and art of a local intergenerational group who took part in Mural Routes’ Step x Step: Intro to Mural Art program at Morningside Library this past spring.

382 Old Kingston Road mural Scarborough

382 Old Kingston Road

Organization: Mural Routes
Style: Heritage
Artist: John Hood
Date: September 1994

This mural recreates a scene showing members of the Highland Creek community working together to build an addition to the Wesley Methodist Chapel in the early winter of 1867. The chapel once stood adjacent to the mural site amongst the tombstones of the pioneer cemetery. Present day residents, businesses and community groups of Highland Creek have joined together with the same spirit of cooperation and vision of their forebears to make this project a reality. A signed limited edition reproduction is available of this mural. Profits are used to pay for the second mural in Highland Creek.

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