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: Main Street Activation
Artist: Hour Studio Space
Project Statement: Hour Studio Space (artists James Lai and Alexis Venerus) created a unique photo gallery in the DUKE Heights BIA office’s lobby, with a sculptural collage that celebrates the community’s vast landscape.
About the BIA:
The Duke Heights Business Improvement Area (BIA) was established in 2014 by the City of Toronto and a group of enterprising local business owners. Located over approximately 1,800 acres within the boundaries of Keele to Dufferin Street, and Steeles to Sheppard Avenue, we are home to over 2,500 businesses and over 31,000 employees.
The DUKE Heights BIA is one of the last significant areas of growth left within the City of Toronto, and we are home to a wide array of businesses – from small mom and pop shops to national chains and powerhouses. Our businesses know that this is one of the best places to be, nestled above Downsview Park and beside York University. With easy transportation access in and out of the BIA from all sides, our members know that they have access to a varied and talented pool of employees.
Thank you to our additional supporters! I HeART Main Street is presented in partnership with RBC Royal Bank and generously supported by Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and funding provided by the Government of Ontario.