“Tagline: The Interdependence Project” is a mural project challenging the ‘not-in-my-backyard’ mentality that surrounds homelessness, bringing visibility to an issue that has historically been out of sight, out of mind.
We are commissioning three murals by internationally-renowned street artist, Young Jarus. The first mural we are producing is Eva’s Initiative, which is a youth homeless shelter aimed at providing individuals aged 16-24 with housing and independent living skills. Once this mural is completed, we will start working on the other two for Home's First Society and Matthew House.
“Tagline” revolves around the concept of interdependence, which is defined as the dependence of two or more people or things on one another. We believe in the power of community, and that in order to better serve our city’s most vulnerable, we need to have a better understanding of who they are, what their needs are, and how to best serve them.
This project aims to bring awareness to the complexity of homelessness, showcasing that it is not a homogenous experience (Eva’s Initiative supports homeless youth, Matthew House supports newcomers and refugees, and Home’s First supports those facing severe mental health or addiction issues).
Young Jarus is the Toronto-based street artist producing the three murals for Eva's Initiative, Home's First and Matthew House.
Young Jarus is an artist and muralist inspired by the human experience. For the past decade, Jarus has been working with communities across Canada and around the globe to produce his large-scale portraits. The narrative Jarus depicts in his approach communicates a story of individual spirit relevant to the metabolism of each unique neighborhood he works in.
Each mural will speak directly to the unique mission, stories and goals of each organization. Young Jarus has created a mock-up of the mural to the right, of the founder of Eva's Initiative.