The furry creature that Torontonians "love to hate" make their debut at the CNE this year. Twelve (12) three-dimensional large fiberglass raccoons decorated by persons from various abilities will greet CNE guests by the Princess Margaret Fountain.
On our most recent visit to The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), we walked by the Princess Margaret Fountain and discovered these colourful raccoons. We took pictures of all of them because they were decorated so uniquely. There are 4 days left until the CNE shuts down for another year so if you are planning to going, be sure and visit these amazing raccoons. They are very detailed both front and back.
After their visit to the CNE, these Raccoons will have new homes. They are being auctioned to raise money with proceeds going to charities. These charities aim to better the lives of people living with a disability (Toronto Rehab artists express Their Wild Side). Below are the pictures that we took of the fronts of the raccoons. The descriptions were taken from the CNE Website. The link will be at the end of this blog.
Abilities Centre, Whitby
ACE is painted by AC’s Budding Artists and Thrive Adult Day Programs.
Abilities Centre enhances the quality of life and citizenship for people of all ages and abilities by providing inclusive programs and services of the highest quality and value. We give people the power to achieve their goals through sports, arts, life-skills programs, and research and provide a welcoming, positive, energized environment in a state-of-the-art facility.
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Jake is painted in collaboration with Immaculate Conception Catholic School Toronto.
Jake’s House is a charity that supports families affected by autism and offers mentoring and workshops to give youth on the spectrum opportunities to socialize and learn new skills. At this art workshop, the artists collaborated to illustrate their Toronto pride on the raccoon, not only by featuring a Raptors logo on its back, but also by painting it so colourfully to reflect our city’s diversity and vibrancy.
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Valerie Ashton and Heidi Burkhardt, Ontario Society of Artists
Rosie Racoon is painted by Valerie Ashton and Heidi Burkhardt.
With her tiara of garbage and the garbage she has collected on her travels, Rosie is an environmental hero. Rosie also believes in inclusivity and has included Braille and a tactile maple leaf, cape and mask. Valerie's art has won numerous awards and is in the permanent collection of the Ontario Government, the Town of Markham and Sir Sandford Fleming College. Heidi Burkhardt is a Canadian plein air painter.
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Toronto Rehab Foundation
Adapt and Thrive is painted by Mary Chung-Sparrow, Rowena Digo, Godfrey Li, Aaron Rubin and Totaram Samlall led by Occupational Therapist Carrie Mizzoni.
This raccoon was created by a group of amateur artists with varying levels of ability and mobility. Together with teamwork and creative problem solving they accomplished this amazing project. The dark colours at the bottom represent obstacles and challenges and the fade to lighter blues show the progression to success. The grey areas remain throughout, as challenges do. Our raccoon has adapted and is thriving just as our participants are learning to adapt to their spinal cord injury and working towards thriving.
More information on The Toronto Rehab Foundation CLICK HERE
Currant Development Group, Out of the Box Project
ReX the Raccoon is painted by Out of the Box Artists.
Out of the Box is a Construction Social Enterprise that teaches personal development and trade skills to youth with historically marginalized backgrounds. Our team and hired youth provide construction and maintenance services for Government and City Institutions. The artists are all youth from inner city neighborhoods, where Raccoons often reside. Racoon ReX has been resilient and survived in the urban jungle of Toronto to make the journey to the Ex.
Sebastian Elementary Catholic School
Foxy, the Reading Warrior is painted by Team 218.
Team 218 is a Language Impairment Intensive Support Programing (LI-ISP) class consisting of 10 students, ranging from Grade 2 to Grade 6. We call ourselves a team because we support each other, stand up for each other in the school yard, as well as work out problems and plan and set goals for ourselves. We focus on Reading, Writing and Math as we believe that if you can read, you can do anything! We believe all kids can learn and make a difference!
Niam Jain during the Mosaic South Asian Festival in early August
Free is painted by Niam Jain.
Niam Jain specializes in Gestural Abstract Art and Abstract Expressionism. Jain is only 16 but composes works beyond his years that inspire and intrigue. Jain paints in layers, with each layer expressing a thought or emotion with the entire painting telling a story. Although Jain has autism and lacks fluent speech, he reminds us a canvas is a medium of ultimate expression.
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John Maurer, Ontario Society of Artists
Painting under the Influence is painted by John Maurer.
The theme Painting under the Influence illustrates how much we are influenced and inspired by what we see around us and how it effects our own interpretations of the subject. Raccoons have been fighting traffic for years and many were not successful in navigating the roadways. Whole families were destroyed. I am asking all drivers to have compassion and “GIVE US A BRAKE”. Be more observant on the roads and avoid deadly collisions with these creatures both day and night.
More about John Maurer CLICK HERE
Westview Centennial Secondary School
Sade Raccoon is painted by Sade Johnson.
Sade Johnson is a grade 10 student at Westview Centennial Secondary School. Sade likes drawing and sports such as football, basketball, swimming, soccer and boxing. Her favourite subject is music and she plays the guitar and piano. Sade is proud of her achievements including 2 medals in basketball, a certificate for ‘Most Creative’ in Art Design. Her favourite part of this project was that she got to design and paint the racoon on her own.
Oscar Romero Secondary School
ABLE OSCAR is painted by 3 Special Education Classes
Our classes focus mainly on the development of life skills and supporting the students to live as independently as possible, embracing their individual gifts and strengths. We wanted to highlight the "abilities" of peoples with exceptionalities rather than the "disabilities" that people often see instead. ABLE is a superhero for Autism Awareness and each student had an opportunity to showcase their superpowers and unique works of art. Special thanks to all of the volunteers and to Monarch Paints for their generous donation.
LIFEspan at Rumsey Centre
REBEL – the Rehab Champion is painted by James Okore (lead artist and designer), Marko Markovic and Klara with assistance from the staff artists Elizabeth Cambridge, Margot Catizzone, Andrea Lauzon and Amy Spear.
He fell out of a tree while trying to break into one of the new city of Toronto garbage cans and sustained a serious brain injury. When he woke up from a coma he could not climb, forage for food, or find his way around the city ravines. With the help of his loved ones and the therapists, nurses, doctors, and staff at Toronto Rehab he is now back in the community living his best life in YOUR backyard.
Eastdale Collegiate Institute
Galaxy Raccoon is painted by Kaslo Blake, Mahir Daiyan, Cavera Downey and Taryn Riffin.
Our Eastdale CI art program focuses on accommodating complex individual learning needs through experiential learning. All of the students loved the experience of spraying vibrant chalk colours and they were stunned by how beautifully colours blend together. One student said, "It's an art! Anything can be embraced in art. We should name this sculpture Galaxy Raccoon because we've created another universe of its own."
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