Archive for September, 2009

Mural Video about article 2

We thought you would enjoy taking a few minutes to watch the Amnesty International Toronto video about the Article 2 mural completed by Mural Routes summer youth employment program. Click the link below, and enjoy!


Midland Avenue plaza makeover starts with new mural

Toronto – The revitalization of a neighbourhood plaza has started with the strokes of an artist’s paintbrush.

Throughout September, neighbours and store owners have watched as a mural evolved at a neighbourhood plaza on Scarborough’s Midland Avenue. Artist Rob Matejka is nearing completion of a 12 x 30 foot painting that has transformed the plaza’s south facing end wall into a vibrant vision of life’s journey.

Matejka has been lead artist for several years with a youth mural program run by Mural Routes, a Scarborough arts service organization. This summer, he mentored four student artists during a summer employment mural project at Ellesmere Road and Midland Avenue in the Midland Park community.

After having worked on that mural team as artist/mentor, Matejka is pleased to be working on his own design that enables him to create art based on his own writing. His mural is a symbolic depiction of natural cycles and the human journey, incorporating a colourful flow of figures, birds, fish and natural elements swirling within its borders.

Matejka is working daily on the mural, painting with the help of youth artist Jaime Bruno, who has been mentored through Mural Routes’ summer programs. Other youth artists have been volunteering their time and skills to help him complete the mural.

The experience of working daily in the community has been gratifying for Matejka, who has enjoyed the support of the plaza and store owners. Comments from plaza visitors, neighbours and passing students have been overwhelmingly supportive. The artist has also noticed that plaza debris clearing and structural repairs are now being undertaken by plaza management.

The new mural is located on the south wall at 1051 Midland Ave. The project is supported by the City of Toronto under the Clean and Beautiful City program for Ward 37, Scarborough Centre, and is being managed by Mural Routes.

Mural Routes is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to the promotion and development of wall art for the benefit of communities and artists. It works with many individuals, volunteers, groups and agencies to achieve its goals. For more information about Mural Routes, see their website at