Akin Artist Designed Fundraiser T-Shirts: Available now for pre-order!

Introducing two new limited edition t-shirts designed by artists Billy Franklin of Akin Dupont and Cierra Frances Akin Sunrise. Available in five sizes and made of high Quality 100% soft spun cotton, the sale of these shirts will go to support our not-for-profit organization Akin Projects. Available for pre-order now in our online shop at www.akinprojects.bigcartel.com

Akin X Billy Franklin

Focusing on hard lines, bold colours and clean typography, Billy’s work is easily recognizable. He is influenced by late 90’s skateboard graphics and cartoons from his childhood. Franklin’s work is humorous and witty, sure to draw in his audience with his clever perspective.

Akin X Cierra Frances

Cierra Frances is an interdisciplinary, Toronto-based artist and arts administrator whose work consists of various explorations of material and techniques in painting, drawing and printmaking. Her artist practice focuses on biracial identity and "Eurasian" culture found through her Filipino ancestry. Her research is deeply rooted in Filipino History dating back to Spanish Colonialism to current days and addresses subconscious colourism in Asian culture.

These limited edition shirts will also be available for purchase or pick-up at Edition Toronto the second annual Toronto international art book fair October 27–30, 2017 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Use code EDITIONPICKUP to pick up at Edition and avoid the shipping fee.

Special requests or questions? Email michael@akincollective.com
Thank you to Peace And Cotton Inc. for their help with this special project.

Building Up Together 2017 featuring new work by Jen Pilles and Jeremy McCormick of Akin Lansdowne

You are invited to join us on Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 7:30 - 11:30 pm at the Centre for Social Innovation Annex, in Toronto for Building Up Together 2017!

Building Up Together 2017 is the first annual fundraiser event for Building Up, a non-profit social enterprise that trains and employs Torontonians with barriers to employment to install energy and water efficient retrofits in Toronto’s low-income housing buildings.

The event will feature delicious food and drink, entertainment, live music, speakers, a raffle and a silent auction of unique artwork on toilet seats, lids and toilets by local Toronto artists including Jen Pilles and Jeremy McCormick of Akin Lansdowne.

About Building Up:
Building Up is a non-profit contractor that provides training and employment in the trades to those who need it most. They provide a mix of on-the-job training and off-site workshops that give trainees the technical skills they will need to pursue a career in the trades as well as the personal support that they will need to maintain it. Building Up seeks a Toronto where people with barriers to employment have an opportunity to fight their communities' social and environmental issues with economically viable solutions. www.buildingup.ca

The Art of Healing - Akin Projects at Ronald Macdonald House Charities

The Art of Healing is a collaboration between Akin Projects and Ronald McDonald House Charities Toronto. Local artists graciously gave their time and creativity to craft pieces of art with children staying at the House. The pieces they produced are colourful, unique and beautiful expressions of the pairings that produced them. Families are there during a stressful and often chaotic time in their lives. Creating art gives kids a chance to take their mind off of things and encourages them to pursue their creativity in new ways.

The one-of-a-kind works of art were auctioned off at a special donor and volunteer appreciation event. Click here to see images of the artwork and auction event.

The Art of Healing was also featured on City News. Click here to see the video.

Click here to read the official program from The Art of Healing.

Participating Artists
Rachel Butler, Jason Deary, Suzanne Dennis, Scott Everingham, Matt Greenwood, Nadia Gurkova, Chris Harms, Justyna Janik, Sarah Letovsky, Erin Loree, Sean Martindale, Alex McLeod, Juliana Neufeld, Oliver Pauk, Sara Pearson, Derrick Piens, Jen Pilles, Claire Scherzinger, Broadbent Sisters, Diana VanderMeulen, & Michael Vickers

About Ronald McDonald House Charities Toronto
Ronald McDonald House Charities Toronto is a “home away from home” for seriously ill children and their families to heal better together. The House is “home” to 81 out-of-town families who have had to travel to Toronto for specialized treatment.