East York art school holds fundraiser to avoid closure
An art school in East York facing closure is turning to the community for help with funding and finding a new home.
The school says the building’s rent is planned to go up 50 per cent soon and that its owner has put the property up for sale.
“We could be out within the next two, three weeks after the sale is completed or it could go faster,” founder Luc Bihan told Metroland Media Toronto, hoping that they’d be able to move to a new place in September.
LucSculpture school and studios has been a fixture in the Greenwood-Danforth neighbourhood for over a decade. The bilingual school runs arts and related workshops for adults and children, kids summer camp, wellness programs, events, and more.
A petition has been created calling for the city and local politicians to help secure a new location. The school has also set up a GoFundMe page with the goal of raising $5,000 — which they plan to use to cover the new lease and utility fees.
In addition, they will have a fundraising event on Saturday, July 21, featuring arts sale, silent auction, and live music. Those interested to attend can head to the school and arts studio at 663 Greenwood Ave. The “SAVE LucSculpture” event runs from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.