Nuit Blanche to expand to Scarborough in 2018 and 2019

Toronto's annual art exhibition, Nuit Blanche, will break new grounds in 2018 and 2019 according to a news statement released by the city.

Dedicated displays will be exhibited at Scarborough Town Centre, civic centre and other community spots

'Death of the Sun' was a big draw at Nuit Blanche in 2016. (Martin Trainor/CBC)

Toronto's annual art exhibition, Nuit Blanche, will break new grounds in 2018 and 2019, according to a statement released by the city. 

"The extension of Nuit Blanche into Scarborough is part of the City's mandate to ensure cultural opportunities are offered to all communities in the city," the statement reads. 

Alyssa Fearon will curate Scarborough's Nuit Blanche and says the event's first outing outside of the downtown core will be exciting and a way to engage the community.

"I'm really optimistic and hopeful that people will just be curious enough that this is the first time and they will want to make it out to see what's happening in Scarborough," Fearon told CBC Radio's Here and Now. "I really want to make sure that the issues focus on the community's needs and issues that are important and relevant to what people there already feel."

Alyssa Fearon, who will curate Scarborough's Nuit Blanche, says it will be an exciting way to engage the community. (CBC)

Fearon says as a child of immigrants, she didn't see many people like her pursuing the arts when she was growing up. By bringing Nuit Blanche to Scarborough, she says she's trying to make the idea more accessible.

"There's typically the stigma and singular narratives around Scarborough, which we all hear about, but for me, growing up in Scarborough, it's always a place where I felt like there was a lot of creativity happening," she said. "I think this is going to be a really great moment for all of that energy to galvanize in this one night."

'Spotlight' on Scarborough

The free contemporary art show displaying projects from hundreds of artists along the streets of Toronto has been running since 2006. 

"Scarborough has an incredibly active and vibrant arts scene. It is rich and robust in artists, art venues and art lovers. I'm proud that Nuit Blanche Toronto 2018 will put a spotlight on Scarborough's creative community," Mayor John Tory said in the statement.

Scarborough's Nuit Blanche is expected to only take place in the next two years, but Fearon hopes it will last longer.  "This is a bit of an experimental launch, so I'm optimistic it will at least spark something really meaningful in the community," she said. 

The exhibition will see dedicated displays at the Scarborough Civic Centre, Scarborough Town Centre and neighbouring institutions within the community.

Last year's event drew thousands of visitors who enjoyed the multitude of light-and-sound art installations designed along the theme of Many Possible Futures.

This year's event-wide theme is You Are Here.