The Arts

Egerton Ryerson’s vision of public education embraced the arts as enlightening and educative. From the Board’s early years of documenting its history and collecting both fine and decorative arts a forward-looking and thought-provoking museum collection soon developed. Throughout the 20th century many of Canada's leading historical artists, such as the Group of Seven, Canadian Group Painters, and other Contemporary artists played pivotal roles in the growth and development of the Toronto District School Board. This rich legacy of educators, administrators and graduates have since distinguished themselves in many artistic disciplines including graphic design, illustration, stage design, music, painting, sculpture and ceramics. From Peter Haworth and L.A.C. Panton to J.W. Beatty, Arthur Lismer, Llewelyn Rees and Herman A. Voaden important Canadian artists and programs have had an outstanding influence on the curriculum, growth and development of Toronto's schools and their students.