A participatory public art project that will reveal Toronto and its residents six words at a time
We belong where love finds us
- Anne Michaels, Toronto Poet Laureate
Send in your story by email to email@example.com and include your first name, the name of your neighbourhood and your age. Anonymous submissions are fine too.
According to a number of sources, Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a six word story. He responded with, "For Sale: baby shoes, never worn".
My City My Six (MCM6) is a participatory public art project that will reveal Toronto and its residents in celebration of Canada 150, six words at a time. From January through May 2017, the My City My Six project will ask Torontonians of all ages and backgrounds to share something essential about themselves in six words.
Based on the six word story concept popularized by Smith Magazine, this project invites Torontonians to write and contribute six words that best tells their story. My City My Six will culminate in a city-wide exhibition in the public realm in the fall of 2017, showing the diverse lives that collectively make up this great city at this moment in time.
This project is led by Toronto Arts and Culture in collaboration with the city's six local arts service organizations (Arts Etobicoke, East End Arts, Lakeshore Arts, North York Arts, Scarborough Arts and UrbanArts). Stories will be collected through emails, workshops and events. A jury, including Toronto Poet Laureate Anne Michaels, will select stories to appear in the exhibition, which will include transit shelters, transit interiors, billboards and other public spaces. Local galleries, businesses and public spaces will also be animated as part of the exhibition in September and October 2017.
See sample six word stories below (Courtesy of Six Words Minneapolis):
I was afraid, now I'm fierce
-Maggie, 38, N.E.
All My Life, I've held on
-Anonymous, 18, Kingfield
-Alf, 17, North Mpls.
Go to the Park and Play
-Zara, 4, Fulton
At Ninety-Nine, I'm still a Musician
-Gabrielle, 99, SW Seniors Ctr.
-Edith, 88 Downtown
If you have questions on My City My Six project, please contact Sabra Ripley, Acting Community Cultural Coordinator at Sabra.Ripley@toronto.ca or 416-392-6371.