For the fifth year in a row, we at North York Arts were thrilled to be part of Cultura Festival, an incredible summer event that brings arts and culture to the North York community. Created by Councillor John Filion, Cultura presents music, film, dance, and food, free for all ages at Mel Lastman Square. Our organization was among the many groups that provided activations throughout the festival; each year we have presented a craft activity. This year, however, we decided to do something different – we showcased Pradeep Anurag Reddy, an emerging artist who creates incredibly detailed sculptures out of chalk.
Pradeep, a former intern at North York Arts and a recent graduate from the Centennial College Arts Management program, moved to Toronto from India a year and a half ago to pursue his art. Not only did we provide Pradeep a space for his first public showing, but the space gave him an opportunity to connect with members of the community; both children and adults were excited by his art and demonstration. “The kids inspired me with their interest in learning the skill (how to sculpt chalk),” said Pradeep, “Thank you North York Arts for this wonderful opportunity.”
As an arts service organization, we are always looking to provide services and programs to support local emerging and established artists. We are focused on growing our organization by connecting with artists and arts organizations to develop new programs for the community.
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