Youth ages 14-18 are invited to join us for our third annual Mural Camp for girls, young women, females and non-binary folks! Deadline to apply as a participant is July 12, 2021!
Call for Participants:
Are you interested in visual arts and murals? Are you looking for opportunities to learn more about outdoor mural-making this summer? Are you between the ages of 14 and 18, and are someone who identifies as a young woman, girl, female or non-binary? Join East End Arts and muralists Monica Wickeler and Bareket Kezwer for Girls Mural Camp this August. To be considered for this program, please fill out our online registration form, found below by July 12, 2021!
About Girls Mural Camp:
Girls Mural Camp is a three-week summer program for youth between the ages of 14-18 who self-identify as young women, girls, females, or non-binary. All participants will be provided with snacks, volunteer hours and financial support for transit costs. No experience is required, but a passion for arts is strongly encouraged!
Girls Mural Camp will take place from August 11-27, with two weeks of in-class learning & at home practice to explore the history of street art, graffiti and murals, as well as your own individual style, followed by creating a mural with the guidance of renowned street artists and your fellow campers!
Following this year’s GMC, participants will also have the opportunity to receive a paid mentorship as part of Women Paint Riverside, an exciting opportunity to work as an assistant to a female identifying street artist on a full size mural as part of an incredible “women in street art jam”! The jam will take place between September 10-24, and dates will be flexible based on the main artist and mentee schedules!
A Note on Safety Protocols:
Participant & staff safety are of utmost importance to East End Arts and will be a priority during the program. A full set of safety protocols has been prepared in accordance with City of Toronto Health Guidelines and will be updated to reflect the most up to date information at the time. In addition to the safety protocols related to the COVID-19 Pandemic, participants will also be trained in the correct use of a ventilator when using aerosol paints.
Session Dates & Times:
- Wednesday August 11th, 2021 | Time TBC | In-Class Session at Clubhouse
- Wednesday August 18th, 2021 | Time TBC | In-Class Session at Clubhouse (there may be homework, but don’t worry you’ll love it!)
- Week of August 23 – 27, 2021 | Times TBC – 3 days of On-site Mural Painting
- Between September 10-24, 2021 | Possible paid mentorship as part of Women Paint Riverside
- St Matthew’s Clubhouse, 450 Broadview Ave
- On-site at specific mural location in east Toronto (accessible by TTC)
What You Need:
- A reusable water bottle
- A cloth face mask (if you have one. If not, masks will be provided)
- Comfortable and safe outdoor mural attire (closed-toe shoes)
- Sunscreen, hat, and any other sun protection you need for on-site mural painting
What We Offer:
- All snacks and meals for in-class sessions and on-site mural making days
- Volunteer hours
- Full financial support for TTC transit costs
- Face masks (if you don’t have your own)
- An incredible experience learning about and making mural art with two renowned street muralists from Toronto!
The deadline to register for this program is July 12th. Please note that spots are limited for this program. Please register by completing our online form found at the bottom of this page! Participants will be notified the week of July 20th if they’ve been selected to participate.
Also note, that if you have any questions about the application process, you can email our Program Coordinator Adam, firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls, please.
About the Lead Artists:
Also known as monica on the moon in the public art industry. When Monica isn’t found on tip-toes at the top of scaffolding or balancing a ladder just so to reach the top corner of a mural, she can be found sharing her joy of mural/street art with public school students and sharing how it can transform a community or forgotten space in the most beautiful way.
Monica is a trained visual artist who has worked in the large scale painting industry in Toronto for many years. In outdoor advertising as a mural artist and in the film and television industry as a scenic painter. More recently she can be found reclaiming community spaces with her vibrant public art. Painting community murals in playgrounds, on wading pools, in pedestrian laneways, on construction hoarding and on just about anything that stays still long enough.
Bareket (she/they) is a muralist, community engaged artist and facilitator, curator, cultural producer, graphic designer, frequent collaborator and eternal optimist.
Her multidisciplinary practice is motivated by a desire to spread joy, cultivate gratitude, celebrate the power of kindness and compassion, and support the growth of inclusive and connected communities. She programs and facilitates projects that enable people to express themselves through creative engagement and increase representation of Toronto’s diverse population. In her murals, she works with bright colours and bold patterns to captivate people’s attention and fill them with delight.
In 2017, she founded Women Paint, a street art jam celebrating the strength, resilience and diverse stories of women and non-binary artist and community members. As the initiative’s creative director, she has produced 80 murals by emerging and early career artists, and facilitated intergenerational community murals and mural camps with youth.