Gloria Swain's exhibit, Cuts Hurt Kids, addresses how Doug Ford's cuts to the arts impact and hurt Toronto's marginalized youth. As an artist and community leader creating spaces for youth who do not have access to creative spaces, Gloria Swain has seen how much children need art to communicate and express themselves.
Gloria Swain writes: "As an older untrained artist, I remember how important art was to me as a child and how it helped me express myself without words. It was a journey of healing and hope, for me, and it continues to bring hope and helps me heal.
Art builds character and self-esteem during a time when today's youth face many obstacles and challenges in their young lives. Cuts to art, in our schools and communities hurt the kids, the community, and their future as artists. This work implies that the Ford government should put the children first because they are the future.
I am fortunate for Toronto Arts Grant funding during this uncertain time with COVID-19. This work reminds people that art is important during this time of isolation and social distancing."
About the artist:
Gloria Swain is currently the artist-in-residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), and her exhibit of abstract geometric paintings, A Burst of Colours, is showing at 401 Richmond's The Roastery Coffee House until December 31st.
You can follow Gloria Swain's work and updates on Instagram at: @gloria_c_swain_artist