No. 9’s new urban design programs for grade seven students

I met yesterday with Andrew Davies of No.9, an intriguing community arts group in Toronto that focuses on contemporary art and the environment.  They have curated a variety of art exhibits in the city over the last few years, raising awareness and instigating discussion about climate change, water systems, sustainable building, stewardship, and presented the work of artists like Edward Burtynsky, BGL, Dean Baldwin, and Iain Baxter, all to interesting effect.  No. 9 also delivers art-based programs to school children, using environmental art as the starting point to engage them in issues about sustainability.  Their most recent project focuses on urban design – it’s called “Imagining my Sustainable City:  Appreciating Place and Envisioning Toronto’s Future”, and will reach grade 7 students in 44 schools across Toronto.   This project is timely given our new mayor’s lack of vision in planning for Toronto’s future – perhaps we can get him to attend one of these programs!  Andrew’s dedication to environmental art education is admirable – see how you can help to support their work by visiting their website at:

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