Since 1991 Men Walking Against Male Violence has organized the Walk Against Male Violence in communities across Southern Ontario to raise awareness and activism on the issues of sexism and male violence. Until 1991 the primary educational component of the project has consisted of assembly presentation conducted in participating schools. At that time, Brett Boivin, long time walk supporter and teacher at North Peel Secondary School in Brampton, approached walk organizers with the idea of organizing an exhibit of visual art as an additional means of outreach to schools and the community at large.
Initially conceived of as a project in which all GTA school boards would participate , several schools from each the Toronto District School Board, Toronto Catholic District School Board and Peel District School Board got involved in the first exhibit at Toronto’s Gallery 1313. Artworks explored the issues of sexism and male violence.
Since 2000, Walk the Art has been going strong in the Peel District School Board thanks to tireless organizers Brett Boivin and Amie Tolton. Walk the Art has expanded its mandate to encourage the exploration of Social Justice Issues in general through Artistic expression. Each secondary school in the Peel District School Board submitted three works to the show annually, yielding a show of about 100 works by youth with a diversity of backgrounds and concerns.
The initial organizers of Walk the Art were supported by Juidyth Nyman, Linda Galen and Mary-Anne Fratia for this important celebration of young artists speaking lout against injustice.
In 2010, Kevin Dow and Franca Fucco took over the the organization and development of Walk the Art, with a renewed focus and mandate. Walk the Art partnered with local organization for H2O for All to raise awareness of both environmental issues and the social injustices associated with water.
During this time Walk the Art was in the process of finding a new home for the annual exhibition, and started a new partnership with the Regional of Peel’s Art Gallery, Museum and Archive, where it has enjoyed much success.
In 2014, Walk the Art found its third partnership of organizers in Arlene San Agustin and Brian Leichnitz. During this transitional period, Walk the Art is was revisioned to continue the promotion of social justice and environmental advocacy that the exhibition has been known. In 2018, in response to the sequicentennial of Canada, Walk the Art once again refocussed its direction, specifically in support of the calls to action in education under the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It is at this time that Walk the Art found its new home and partnership with Sheridan College Creative Galleries (Hazel McCallion Campus) and curator Catherine Hale.