A photo exhibit of community murals


If the Walls Could Speak… What Stories Would They Tell?

 A photo exhibit of community murals


To stimulate community involvement

in Painting Our Stories: Parkdale-Roncesvalles Community Mural Project




                                                           April 13 – May 4, 2009

                                 Tinto Coffee House, 89 Roncesvalles Avenue


Opening Saturday, April 18, 4:30 – 6:30 PM

Includes hands-on activity to generate ideas for local murals

Cash bar



Community murals are more than paintings on the wall. They encourage communities to dig into their histories, memorialize loved ones, express diverse identities, honour the land, name critical issues, brighten streets and alleys, tell stories of local people, envision a healthier community.


They are as much about the process of telling stories

as they are about artists working collaboratively with community members to design and paint murals.

They can spark conversation, inspire action and

make a place unique.


The exhibit reveals a wide range of murals from California and Toronto, focusing on diverse social themes, sites and styles. Photographs are by local resident Deborah Barndt along with Sarah Dexter, Kris Erickson, Peggy Harowitz, Avi Lambert, Sabrina Malach, Andie Shabbar, Melanie Skene, and Tanisha Sri Bhaggiyadatta.


Co-sponsored by the Faculty of Environmental Studies, the Community Arts Program and Eco Art and Media Festival of York University as well as Painting Our Stories: Parkdale-Roncesvalles Community Mural Project.





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