This project is part of I HeART Main Street, a program supporting Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) with the support they need to activate their main streets through public art and placemaking. This program engages BIAs, local artists and businesses across Ontario to create more vibrant and safe communities.
Project Type: Temporary Exhibit
Artist: Toko Hosoya
Artist Statement: Chinatown Centre is in the heart of a thriving, vibrant community borne out of displacement. Featuring three pairs of lions frolicking, dancing and standing guard in a lush garden filled with the abundant offerings of Chinatown, the painting is an homage to the talents, resilience and cultures of the people who came together to create this iconic Toronto neighbourhood.
About the BIA: The Toronto Chinatown Business Improvement Area (CBIA), established in 2007, is a not-for-profit community based City of Toronto agency. They work closely with three levels of government, area residents, BIAs and other groups to keep the Chinatown community strong!
Thank you to our additional supporters!
I HeART Main Street, presented in partnership with RBC Royal Bank and ShowLoveTO produced by the City of Toronto, is generously supported by the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative funded by the Government of Canada, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, funding provided by the Government of Ontario.