U of T House
Hart House will transform into U of T House during the Pan American Games! Join us in the East Common Room and throughout the House from July 10-26 for live music from the Americas, Flesh of the World art exhibit, The Change Room Project, game updates and a chance to meet athletes and fellow sports fans.
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Sports, Equity and the Pan Am Games
Explore the complex relationship between equity, social justice, sport, activism, nationalism and personal identity through film screenings, conversations, art installations, panel discussions and more. The goal of the series is to build awareness and deepen critical understanding of the issues surrounding barriers to inclusion in sport and recreation.
A Year with Aspiring Pan Am Athletes
Our Blog series follows the journey of Pan Am athletes as they train to qualify for the games. In joining these athletes in their voyage, readers will not only learn from them—they will also be inspired by them.
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Pan Am Path Artists
Across 84 continuous kilometres for walking, running, and cycling, the Pan Am Path connects the city from Etobicoke in the west to Scarborough in the east. The path will feature art installations, cultural activities and mini-celebration events to showcase the vibrant communities that exist along the route. After the Toronto 2015 Games, the Pan Am Path will remain as a lasting legacy of transportation, health, community and cultural benefits.
To engage communities along the route, a call for artists was made to create an active-living legacy for the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. The winning proposal for a series of kinetic sculptures was submitted by three University of Toronto students. Vineetha Sivathasan, a second year Masters of Architecture student at the Daniel’s Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, Zee Bolad, undergraduate student at the University of Toronto studying English, Visual Studies, and Culture, and Zarish Asif, undergraduate student with a double major in Studio Art and City Studies titled their work Fairgrounds.
Their objective was “to create an inclusive space for all people regardless of their ethnicity, age, gender, orientation, or abilities and to encourage playfulness, community, storytelling, movement, and sensitivity of the site. Under the supervision of Zoe Dille, Program Coordinator at Hart House and Program Associate Norah Smith from the Arts Management Program at UTSC, Fairgrounds will be installed along the Pan Am path in the UTSC valley. This installation is the highlight of Zone 12 from August 1 to 7, 2015 of the Art Relay and will feature arts, culture and sport activations open to everyone on August 4 and 5 from 5–7:30 pm.
Sneaker Culture: exploring gender, economic justice and race
Where will your imagination take you with just a Sharpie and a pair of old sneakers? Hart House and Toronto Loves Kicks found out! A series of exhibitions and conferences have taken place over the past year to bring focus to the sneaker and its iconic place in society in light of the Pan Am Games.
- 41 Artists + 41 Countries = 1 Sole Exhibit. Meet some of the contestants. Read about the event and view the winning submissions.
- Varsity article on “Sneaking into the Big Leagues” Hart House panel discussion that focused on the social and cultural importance of the shoe in mainstream society. Read article.
- Photos from “Sneaking into the Big Leagues” event view on flickr.
- University of Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games
- University of Toronto Scarborough Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre
- Pan Am Path