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We all have hopes for our children – hope is a universal constant that unites us all, regardless of age, economic circumstances, sexual orientation, and ethnic or religious background. To create Our Hope for Children, artists John Beebe (photographer) and Motion (spoken word poet) asked 45 people about their hopes for children and then fused participants’ words and portraits to create a series of “poetic portraits.” The resulting art reflects the hopes of a diverse community for the generation to come. These portraits and accompanying text demonstrate a positive and inspiring approach that focuses on our aspirations for children. The exhibit illustrates a community’s hopes and dreams for children and encourages both participants and viewers to share in the responsibility of keeping children safe.
Our Hope for Children will debut at the windows of Addition-Elle at 132 Yonge Street at Temperance, one block south of Queen and Yonge at 7pm on Saturday, October 1, 2011. Participants included community activists, leaders in business, artists, children and youth. Many participants have experience with child welfare as workers, foster parents, volunteers, advocates and youth in care. OACAS is pleased to have the participation of Francis D’Souza, evening news anchor of CityTV News; Hip Hop artist Theo3, Niru Kumar, board member of the Toronto Children’s Aid Society; radio personality and Hip Hop artist J-Wyze, Tamara Dawitt of What’s the 411, Mike Botterill, former football player of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats; youth worker and graf artist La Bomba, Mark Strong, on-air host of the Toronto Argonauts and Raptors, spoken word artist Rootz Kizzy, DJ L’Oqenz, Jo Altilia and Tamara Shelly of Literature for Life, Koncept King, artist, and Brandon Haye, founder of the Black Daddy’s Club
Produced by the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS), “Our Hope for Children” is a public art installation reflecting the hopes of a diverse community of everyday Ontarians debuting at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2011. Scotiabank Nuit Blanche takes place on October 1, the first day of a month dedicated to raising awareness of issues that affect children and youth, Child Abuse Prevention Month. OACAS works with Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies to raise awareness of issues affecting children and youth and encourage everyone to get involved in protecting children and youth and keeping them safe. Read more about how you can help protect children and youth at www.useyourvoice.ca.
The public is invited to view the installation from 7pm to 7am and share their hope for children on twitter @our_children.
For more information, please contact Marie-Lauren Gregoire at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-987-9685.