The Egbo Arts Foundation provides a chance for children to express themselves through the arts, and assist them to develop positive attributes that will enable them to enrich their own lives and make positive contributions to their community. The Thompson T. Egbo-Egbo Arts Foundation has created Evolving Through the Arts program, and exposes students to rhythm and music, encourages them to create and/or learn lyrics, and to explore and develop performance sills that are showcased in public. This is Evolving through the arts.
Co-directed with 7 young artists from Regent Park, Spectrum of Hope is a powerful expression of pride in this East-side Toronto neighbourhood currently undergoing a massive revitalization.
The idea came about when musician Thompson Egbo-Egbo moved back to the city after a few years away at school and heard Mustafa the Poet's piece about the new culture hub the Daniels Spectrum (regentparkarts.ca), operated by Artscape (artscape.ca). Home to many outstanding arts-based and community-focused organizations, Daniels Spectrum contains several event, performance and exhibition spaces that host tens of thousands of visitors, and hundreds of arts and cultural events each year. Through the Thompson T. Egbo-Egbo Arts Foundation (egbofoundation.org), Egbo-Egbo enlisted the help of creative studio 'Twice Upon a Time' (twiceuponati.me), to create a piece for Regent Park, by Regent Park.
Written and Directed by Juan Baquero
2010, 58 min and 48 min versions, HD, colour, stereo
Shootings. Rape. Mysterious blood splatters. Is the tooth fairy real? These are some of the conversation topics for eight- and nine-year-olds in the Jane-Finch area of Toronto. While their single mothers struggle to make rent, the kids often fend for themselves. Pianist Thompson Egbo-Egbo, once such a kid himself, starts a music program at a school in the inner city neighbourhood. He and three other musicians work with the students one-on-one to help them find their voice. For some, it’s the first time anyone has had the time to really listen to them. But as the kids open up, the mentors realize that connecting to their students is more complicated than they thought. Assertive but shy, Whitney freezes under pressure; tough-guy-in-training Donta bristles under the structured expectations; and irresistible Jasmine blossoms under the warm glow of her mentor in this inspiring doc about what it means to be truly heard.
09/18/2014 - Spectrum of Hope - Video - Co-directed with 7 young artists from Regent Park, Spectrum of Hope is a powerful expression of pride in this East-side Toronto neighbourhood currently undergoing a massive revitalization.[More Information]
04/30/2010 - Metro News - In Juan Baquero's Listen to This, which makes its Toronto premiere at this year's Hot Docs, students at Firgrove Public School near the intersection of Jane and Finch) are encouraged to write songs as part of an after-school initiative...[More Information]
04/08/2010 - Check Out Listen to This! - A documentary filmed about Evolving Through The Arts Program screening at this years Toronto Hotdocs Film Festival![More Information]