Scarborough Made Resilience

A City of Toronto Cultural Hotspot Signature Project as part of ArtworxTO: Toronto's year of public art 2021-2022

The Project

"Resilience" is Scarborough Made's second year of creative works developed in partnership with the City of Toronto Cultural Hotspot Program and Toronto Arts Council as part of ArtworxTO: Toronto's year of public art 2021-2022.

The multifaceted project tackles documentary storytelling, creative mentorship programming for youth and public art activations to engage neighbourhoods in Scarborough.

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Public art Activations

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Resilience Public art installation

The flagship public art installation for "Resilience" is housed at the Cedarbrae Library branch in partnership with Toronto Public Library. The installation highlights 24 portraits of people from Scarborough and includes 8 newly produced stories.

This installation was developed to engage the Scarborough-Guildwood community with the aim to celebrate the people of Scarborough. The installation went up in October 2021 and will be up until Fall 2022.

Installation Location: Cedarbrae Library Branch
545 Markham Road, Scarborough, ON, M1H 2A1

Resilience Film Screening

The "Resilience" film screening was held at Huddle Sharespace in partnership with the City of Toronto's ShowLoveTO Cultural Animation fund.

The screening provided a community space to showcase Scarborough's stories of resilience and celebrate the youth artists who had taken part in our inaugural creative mentorship program and contributed to the project's collective storytelling works.

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Featured Stories

Christina Cheng & Elijah Cheng Harbans

Christina Cheng & Elijah Cheng Harbans share the a mother & son story of how their relationship and learning had grown to support other youth creatives

Sam Ibrahim

Sam Ibrahim is the CEO of Arrow Workforce and founder of Playground Global, he shares his aspirations for why he decided to build his business in Scarborough

Kayla Marie Tracy

Kayla-Marie Tracy is a reporter and news anchor at CP24, she shares her challenging life story on her hope on the road to motherhood

Dwayne De Rosario

Former professional soccer player Dwayne De Rosario "Dero" shares the reality of growing up and how soccer helped shape his life

Seema David

Seema David was awarded the Scarborough Hero Award and is the founder of 52N kitchen, which provides food to those in need. She shares her story on the how the kitchen came to be and what the organization strives to accomplish in the community.

Agnes Thompson

Agnes Thompson was awarded the Scarborough Hero Award and works with East Scarborough Storefront to support food security within her community, she shares her own humbling journey

Marvin Macaraig

Marvin Macaraig is a community health promoter for Scarborough Cycles, he shares the importance of building options for mobility in the Scarborough Community

Ifrah Nur

Ifrah is a local resident who channeled her passion for helping others as child and youth care worker.

Meet the Youth Artists


ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021 - 2022 will kick off the City’s new 10-Year Public Art Strategy, signalling Toronto’s renewed commitment to public art. The program celebrates Toronto’s incredible collection of public art and the artists behind it while creating more opportunities for the public to connect and engage with artistic work.

This project is supported through Toronto Arts Council Strategic Funding


Scarborough Made documents the narratives of humanity in Toronto’s East, by using the artistic mediums of photography and cinematography to amplify the voices of underserved neighbourhoods. Through our documentary storytelling process, we uncover diverse stories that explore themes of culture and community, during our current times.

Scarborough Made brings together the collective vision of co-founders Alex Narvaez & Sid Naidu, who produce community-based storytelling projects and public art installations.


The City of Toronto supports arts, culture and community by investing in Toronto’s diverse outside-the-core neighbourhoods in East York/East End, Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough and York with 27 new community-based public art projects.

From May to December 2021, the City will continue to help inspire a new vision about where culture thrives. This City and partner-produced initiative will feature a series of eight Signature Partnership Projects and 19 SPARK Projects that highlight art in public places and provide opportunities for youth mentorship and employment.

Signature and SPARK Projects celebrate local culture, creativity, business and community. The City contributes to the development of arts and culture in Toronto by consulting with and advocating for the city’s cultural industries; providing financial support to arts institutions and individual artists; and producing major cultural events and inclusive arts programs.

This project is A City Of Toronto Cultural Hotspot Signature Project.

Resilience Project Team

Funding for the Scarborough Made Youth Team was made possible through the City of Toronto Cultural Hotspot Program.