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Metro AGO-GO: Youth Propositions for an Ideal City.

October 2004

AGO Youth Council & Participating Groups + Artists



On-site at various community centres
Exhibition at AGO Shell Orientation


Opening Event
Art Exhibition


Metro-AGO-Go was a project aimed at initiating conversations between youth, architects, planners and politicians with an emphasis on cultural and experiential diversity. The AGO Teen Council paired community groups that represented a diverse cross-section of Toronto youth with artists and architects. Together, they worked to present creative propositions for an ideal Toronto. Their responses ranged from the utopian to the practical.

These included a prototype for people-friendly police gear, developed by volunteers at Uprising, a radical bookstore in Kensington Market, who worked with LA-based artist, Kori Newkirk; futuristic newscasts for ‘Toronto, 2010’ by youth from Regent Park Focus, a community-based media program; an altered aerial photograph of the Jane/Finch region with artists Adrian Blackwell, Kika Thorne, and youth from the Firgrove Community Centre; and the AGO Teen Council’s own living legend, a 1:1 scale ‘map’ in which symbols are available for people to map the city they would like to live in. Each group was led through a workshop process with an artist, alongside a Teen Council member acting as Facilitator.


The final products were showcased in the AGO’s Shell Orientation space in an exhibition that was on display for two weeks, from October 17th-31st 2004. The opening featured spoken word performances, participatory activities, and DJ’s. It also gave the project participants a chance to share, compare and experiment with each others ideas.


Adrian Blackwell & Kika Thorne + C-Side, Firgrove Community Centre, Kori Newkirk + Uprising Books, Janis Demkiw + AGO Teen Council, City Beautification Ensemble +Supporting Our Youth, Nikki Lett + Covenant House, David Warne + Sketch, 4Unity Productions Youth Media Association, Regent Park Focus, Adriana Fulop & Ryan Webber + WAVE, 7th Generation Image Makers, Olia Mishchenko + Albion Community Centre, and Ariel Garten.

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