Scadding Court Community Centre
  • Phone :

    416.392.0335

  • Address :

    707 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 2W6

  • Email :

    scccinfo@scaddingcourt.org

The Toronto Cares Challenge (#TOCares)

A Community Approach to Anti-gun Violence

 

Background:

The recent tragic gun violence in our city has raised many questions; why is this happening; what are those responsible for enforcement doing; what are community organizations doing; where are the guns coming from and how do we stop access; how are we dealing with mental health concerns; what do effective interventions look like, etc.

 

One very critical gap in these discussions that has not been addressed is how are we creating spaces for all Torontonians to have their voices heard and share their ideas for a stronger and safer Toronto. The people most impacted by the issue have been largely absent in being called on to help develop the solutions. In a city that prides itself on being democratic, valuing diversity and being a place people can thrive and call home, we need to do a better job of making sure everyone has a chance to share how they have experienced this violence and the ongoing effects this will have in our communities, neighbourhoods and city as a whole.

 

The time has come for Torontonians to come together and claim our voice in addressing this devastating situation and preventing it from escalating further. This Campaign aims to do just that- create a platform for all Torontonians from all walks of life to participate in the civic life of our city and help craft meaningful responses to the violence we continue to see.

 

We believe Torontonians are resilient, dynamic, talented people – we want to challenge ourselves to highlight the best of our city with our collective message of anti-gun violence.

The TOCares call for submissions

The #TOCares Challenge invites artists of all ages to participate in a city-wide effort to speak out against guns and violence. #TOCares will showcase the resiliency of our community while voicing our commitment to a safe and peaceful Toronto.

Up to $5000 will be awarded to outstanding submissions selected through public voting.

Submissions must advocate an anti-gun violence message.

Submission Rules:

Spoken Word or Poetry (500 words MAX)

Visual Art (Photography, Sculpture, Painting, Digital Art, etc)

Poster (11’’ x 17’’)

Video (2-4 minutes)

Song (3-4 minutes)

 

Categories

Kids (5-9)  Must have signed parental consent

Teens (10-14)

Youth (15-19)

Adults (20+)

 

Challenge Opens to Submissions: August 24th, 2018

Deadline: September 24th, 11:59PM

Email: tocares@scaddingcourt.org

 

#TOCares Challenge is looking for submissions that speak to a message of peace by incorporating anti-gun violence themes in a work made in the medium of your choosing. Challenge is open to residents of all ages in the City of Toronto. Please review the #TOCares Challenge guidelines for more information. Artwork that does not follow challenge guidelines may be disqualified. Entry form must accompany submission.

 

Click Here to See Complete Challenge Guidelines

– Artist Submission Form

The following information will not be used for any purpose unrelated to the #TOCares Challenge.

 Click here to download the PDF version of the application form.

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