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Amazing Moss Park Art Fair and a call for artists. We will be hosting small pop ups in the neighbourhood, as well as larger exhibits. If it sounds like the kind of thing you’d like to be involved with, contact us.
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Moss Park was named for the large amounts of moss that grew on the estate home of the Allan family, who had emigrated from Huntley, Scotland. The original home stood on the west side of Sherbourne between Queen and Shuter St. It was demolished to make way for urban renewal. Nothing remains of the park except its name. Willian Allan’s son, George William Allan was a lawyer, the 11th Mayor of Toronto and Speaker of the Senate. He presided over the Ontario Society of artists, had a true passion for the arts and was a patron of Paul Kane.
During 2004-08 on Queen St East, directly across from Moss Park, ACA Gallery (art can change the world), started out with the ambitious brief that art really could change the world. The gallery brought together a disparate group of artists, who really shared only one thing: the desire to have their art make a genuine social impact and change people’s lives for the better. What started as a grassroots, arts focused group reached out locally to cancer patients with funds for first and last months rent. Then things led to building the first hospice at Wounded Knee so Native Americans did not have to leave their home to die. Then, to our astonishment, the opportunity arose to collect and pack 15,000 lbs of medical supplies for Afghanistan in the first humanitarian aid delivered via the US State Department.
When I first went to Afghanistan, I wondered how a small group of artists and humanitarians ended up in the middle of a war zone negotiating a massive airlift. Then I looked around at the people for whom daily life was a huge effort, and each day of survival a huge victory. I realized that no matter how small or big the act, if it was filled with love and generosity it would lead inevitably to an open heart and a better world.
With this premise, that small loving acts can change the world, I announce the Amazing Moss Park Art Fair and a call for artists. We will be hosting small pop ups in the neighbourhood, as well as larger exhibits. If it sounds like the kind of thing you’d like to be involved with, contact us.
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