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

October 2004

AGO Youth Council & Participating Groups + Artists

ATTENDANCE 500

LOCATION

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

PROJECT COMPONENTS

Workshops
Opening Event
Art Exhibition

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

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.

OPENING EVENT

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.

PARTICIPATING GROUPS + ARTISTS

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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Generously supported by:

  • The Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation

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