MYTORONTO Photo Contest & Exhibit

Expressive arts programming provides opportunities for people affected by homelessness and poverty to engage in artistic expression, make meaningful connections and learn new skills. Expressive arts allows the participants to share their stories and perspectives through a creative outlet. 

Volunteer experts, Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts and the Toronto Writers Collective provide workshops and mentoring for the participants, enabling them to develop their skills in  photography and writing. 

Single-use cameras are given to over 100 participants. A jury comprised of photography experts, artists, advocates and people who have experience of homelessness adjudicate the resulting photographs and choose 40 for a photography exhibit. Thirteen photos are selected for the MYTORONTO calendar and greeting cards. 

The MYTORONTO calendar and greeting cards are available for pre-order. Purchase yours now!

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The inspiration for MYTORONTO comes from the MYLONDON photography project organized by Café Art, a social enterprise which connects people affected by homelessness with the wider community through their art. There are now MYCITY projects in Manchester, England; New Orleans, Louisiana; São Paulo, Brazil; and Sydney, Australia.

The core features of this project are: 

1. Photography Contest

The project engages over 100 people affected by homelessness by providing them with 35 mm, single-use Fuji cameras to capture their perspectives; they are asked to photograph the world around them. The winners of the photography contest receive cash prizes plus the opportunities to make income through sales of the products with their photographs. 

2. Public Exhibit

A public exhibit of the winning photographs is held in the fall. Forty photos will be on display including the 13 chosen for the calendar.   

3. MYTORONTO Calendar and Greeting Cards

The premiere initiative of MYTORONTO is the calendar that allows the impact of this project to be seen 365 days a year. Featuring 13 photos along with profiles of the photographers, the calendar will generate revenue and serve as a potential entrepreneurship opportunity for  participants.

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