On January 31, 2020, participants of Wave Art Collective – an arts mentorship program for Scarborough youth – will be given the opportunity to showcase their work to the community that inspired it with “WAVE 1”.
WAVE 1 is the culmination of 6 months of work by emerging artists from Scarborough, representing the vital perspectives of youth in one of Canada’s most diverse communities. Featuring photography and music spanning topics of black punk culture, body positivity, South Asian mental health, and racial oppression, these works paint a picture of modern-day Scarborough. In doing so, they weave a story of identity conflict and self-empowerment in the context of sociocultural convention and misplaced history. If artists are the arbiters of a community’s values, these works are indicative of a Scarborough that is willing to toil in the discomfort of tradition to create a place of belonging.
WAVE 1 is also the culmination of Wave Art Collective’s second operating cycle. Founded by lifelong friends and fellow Scarborough artists in 2017, Wave Art Collective is a free weekly program operating out of the Malvern branch of the Toronto Public Library. The program offers weekly mentorship, workshops, and resources to emerging photographers and musicians in Scarborough, as a way to combat the deficiencies in the arts infrastructure of the community – something that the co-founders have experienced firsthand. The event will be hosted at the gallery inside the office of Scarborough Arts, whose support, along with ArtReach and the Toronto Arts Council, has made possible the facilitation of the program and this event.
January 31 – TBD
Bluffs Gallery at Scarborough Arts
1859 Kingston Road
Scarborough, ON M1N 1T3
January 31, 6–10 PM