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Graffiti & Social Justice Tour

Students explore Toronto’s street art, learn about its history and decode its messages of social justice.

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Duration

2 Hours

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Grade

4-12

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Group Size

up to 150

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Price

$15/student + HST

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Languages

Tours offered in English & French

Tour Info

Explore some of the city’s most dynamic street art, learning about the history of graffiti and decoding its messages of social justice.
• Debate the place of street art in a city, and learn who decides where art belongs in public spaces
• Explore works by iconic Canadian artists like Uber 5000, Poser, Elicser and La Bamba
• See works exploring issues of immigration, sexual equality and cultural diversity
• Hear how government and public attitudes toward graffiti in Toronto have changed, and the impact it’s having on communities and artists
• Learn the “graff” lexicon: tags, throws, pieces and toys

Available in English & French.

*Warning: there may be coarse language on some works
Start: Graffiti Alley, ends in multicultural Kensington Market, with an array of diverse food options.

Curriculum Connections

The Arts – Visual Arts: students explore the elements and principles of design, develop skills and techniques in creating visual art, and learn about Canadian and international artists.

Social Studies – Citizenship and Identity: students explore their own identity and the identities of others in their community and in Canada.

English – Oral Communication: students develop their oral communication skills through a variety of activities, such as storytelling, role-playing, and group presentations.

English – Media Studies: students begin to develop their media literacy skills by analyzing and creating media texts.

The Arts – Visual Arts: students explore a variety of artistic styles, techniques, and media.

Social Studies – Citizenship and Identity: students explore Canadian history, politics, and social issues, as well as global issues related to citizenship and identity.

English – Oral Communication: students further develop their oral communication skills through activities such as debates, speeches, and media presentations.

English – Media Studies: students further develop their media literacy skills through analyzing and creating a variety of media texts, such as film, television, advertising, and social media.

How to Prepare your class, and what to bring on the day of the tour

When teachers book a tour for their class they will receive an information package that will:
-> outline any in-class preparation activities to be done prior to the tour
-> list materials & items that students should bring on the day of the tour

Testimonials

“The Green walk was fantastic! It had strong curriculum links for what we cover in class, i.e. ecological footprint and sustainability, as well as alternative land uses and urban planning.”

–Kim E, Head of Geography, Thornhill Secondary School

“The guides were knowledgeable, the content was engaging, and the activities were relevant. My students loved it! The tour was a great way for my students to learn more about the media industry while exploring various types of media found in an urban setting.”

–Pam H, Media Studies Teacher, F.E. Madill SS, Wingham, ON