Flux

519 Church Street Community Centre Public Artwork

Flux
June 2010
27’ long x 5’ high

Flux is a community-engaged public artwork, a project of the 519 Church Street Community Centrer, located in the heart of downtown Toronto. More than 300 community members participated in the vision, design, and build. At eleven community consultations, we brainstormed ideas. Seventy-five sketches and some common themes emerged: a desire to firmly anchor the work in diversity and inclusion, LGBTTQ2S activism and resistance, honouring of community members who have passed, and looking ahead to the future.

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Working as a Community-Engaged Artist in an Anti-Oppression Framework

by Heidi Cho

Art has always scared me. Just the thought of picking up a paintbrush can induce a panic attack. Where does all this overwhelming pressure to create a unique million-dollar art masterpiece come from? Historically, art has been constructed as a privileged practice belonging to a select class of ‘chosen’ people born with innate artistic talent. Despite my apprehension, I remained drawn to artistic expression and the possibilities that it held for social justice and community mobilization. I went to art school with big expectations but quickly became frustrated navigating through the art world that seemed to favour the work of able-bodied rich white dudes.

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