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Environmental and Sustainability Education

Outside In:
Celebrating OISE’s Community Learning Garden

Art Installation, 2018

outside in mural

This mural was inspired by the plants in OISE’s Community Learning Garden, found in bloom each summer at the front of the building. Created collaboratively by members of the OISE community, it aims to highlight the importance of native plants and educational gardening, bringing the beauty of the garden inside to be enjoyed year round.  As part of the 'Take the Stairs' Campaign, it is just one of the installations in the walking art gallery that encourages the OISE community to take the stairs rather than elevators (saving energy and improving health). 

The imagery for this mural was created by graduate students and TDSB teachers, who learn collaboratively about Environmental & Sustainability Education at OISE. These artists learned about the importance of native plant species, and about the 30+ varieties in OISE’s Community Learning Garden. Working from photos of leaves and flowers in our garden, they created large stencils that were used to make the repeated images in this installation.  The text, in English, French and Anishinaabemowin, was suggested by the collaborating artists to honour their languages, and reflect the deeper meaning that the garden holds for them.

Artists: OISE Graduate Students and TDSB teachers. 

Special recognition: OISE student Jana Barkman and faculty member Hilary Inwood for facilitating this project; OISE students Serena Retson, Jonelle Whyte, Caileigh Prince, Ashleigh Sikorski, & Amanda Teo for assisting with the installation.

Please visit the other eco-artworks in the main OISE stairwell, concourse subway entrance, and in the OISE Library near the Seed Catalogue. For more information about the Environmental & Sustainability Education Initiative at OISE, visit www.oise/utoronto.ca/ese