Art is an integral component of the design of public spaces. It’s also a well-known anti-graffiti measure used by many public agencies and businesses.

At the TTC, we’re committed to modernization and one way we’re doing this is through community art projects that beautify our properties, revitalize and engage our neighbourhoods.

Check out some of the exciting projects we’ve been involved in and learn more about how we support community art below. 

Inside Out Project – Nuit Blanche 2015

Street view of Dufferin station, with pictures of peoples faces covering the walls of the station.

The TTC was pleased to act as a canvas for Inside Out, part of JR’s Black and White Night installation for the 10th edition of Nuit Blanche Toronto. Participants lined up in droves at two photobooth trucks to have their photos taken, printed and installed at both Dufferin and Coxwell stations.

Mosaic mural by Cristina Delago at Coxwell station

A boy views an artistic mural on a long wal that consists of mosaics.

Partnering with the City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto (StART), the Toronto Parking Authority and East End Arts, we unveiled a mosaic mural in October 2016 at Coxwell station that celebrates the life and spirit of the Coxwell/Danforth neighbourhood. The project became a catalyst for station improvements like wall and walkway repairs, improved lighting and the addition of a convex mirror to enhance customer safety.

The Guardians by Shalak Attack at Wilson Station

Partnering with the City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto Underpass Program (StART UP), 40 pillars along the north and south sides of the underpass on Wilson Avenue that divide Wilson Station were transformed by internationally renowned street artist, Shalak Attack. Four strong and beautiful female gatekeepers appear to hold up the bridge above them, acting as mythical–like guardians protecting those who pass by. The mural goes on to celebrate women as weavers of society, a vibrant and fantastical array of symbolic imagery. Shalak Attack was assisted in the creation of this mural by her husband and artistic collaborator, Bruno Smoky.

Let our spaces be your canvas


Group Shot of TTC employees and artists.

The TTC is committed to supporting up to four community art projects each year. We require all potential projects to come fully funded and supported by the community and local City Councillor.

A good place to start is by connecting with StreetARToronto External link opens in new window. (StART). This program provides funding of up to $50,000 for large-scale projects which support our shared mission to revitalize and engage communities through street and mural art. Applications for their 2017 programs will re-open starting in January.

If you’re a community group or artist looking to partner on a project, please connect with us. We’ll work with you to select and secure access to our properties to help bring your fully funded project to life. Community art installations are the responsibility of the project team to maintain for up to five years, at which time we may extend the life of the project should we choose to do so.

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