How to find Mabelle Park

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Parking: Paid Street Parking on Mabelle Avenue 


Subway instructions: 

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1.  Take the Bloor Line to Islington Station

2.  Exit Islington subway.  You should find yourself on the northwest side on Islington Ave. 

3.  Keep walking north until you come to a door and blue stairway under a bridge

4.  Walk through the door and up the stairs. 

5.  Cross the parking lot construction you now find yourself in the midst of.  You'll end up on Mabelle Ave. 

6.  Head north on Mabelle Avenue to the Mabelle Park, which is on the East side of Mabelle Avenue across from 49 Mabelle Avenue.

Contact Us for more info or if you have any trouble finding the park

Welcome Karen!

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We could not be more pleased to introduce our new  Managing Director, Karen Kew.

Karen has been with us since January and is already making incredible things happen at MABELLEarts.

Karen has over twenty years of experience in the not-for-profit sector as an administrator, project manager and at a board level. She is passionate about community development and driven to use her organizational skills to create effective systems so that people and organizations may thrive.

While her background is in the arts, graduating with a BFA from York University, she has also worked extensively in the settlement sector focusing on financial management, systems improvement, managing change and engaging diverse communities. Karen has served on numerous boards, most recently as Treasurer for the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition and as Chair of CFRU 99.3FM community radio station. 

Mabelle Iftar Nights

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Join Mabelle neighbours and artists as we pass the hours leading to sunset with art-making, songs, gardening, and a cooking-fire.

Thursdays May 17, May 24, May 31, June 7th 7-10pm
in Mabelle Park across from 49 Mabelle Ave.

For the past seven years, MABELLEarts has been working with community members of all ages and backgrounds to create inter-cultural celebrations that mark the holy month of Ramadan.  Each year, residents from a range of cultural backgrounds gather in the Mabelle Park to join their Muslim neighbours as they break their Ramadan fast. 

Light refreshments served at sunset. Free - everyone welcome! 

Guest artists: Hussein Janmohamed, Julia Tribe, Maryem Tollar with Turkwaz, Waleed Abdulhamid, Melanie Fernandez-Alvres, Michael Burtt, Ksenija Spasic, Samidha Joglekar, Faten Toubasi, Marianne Alas, Anahita Dehbonehie, and The Gather Round Singers


Supported by: 
Toronto Pearson International Airport
Canada Council for the Arts
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Ontario Arts Council
Toronto Arts Council
W. Garfield Weston Foundation
Theatre Ontario
Canadian Heritage
The Government of Ontario
The City of Toronto
Service Canada
Toronto Community Housing
Jumblies Theatre
Making Room Community Arts
 

Summer Jobs with MABELLEarts

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We're hiring two Community Arts Coordinators

Job Title: Community Arts Coordinator
Date Posted: April 30, 2018
Application Deadline:  Sunday, May 6th 2018
Salary: $18/hr 30 hours/week
Region: Etobicoke
Term: 
16 weeks (Monday, May 14 to Friday, August 31st)
Number of Positions: 2

MABELLEarts is a community arts organization that brings together people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to make art, tell stories and creatively transform public spaces. We are seeking two Community Arts Coordinators to join our team of artists, arts professionals, architects, community leaders, builders and gardeners for an exciting summer of art and neighbourhood transformation.

Who We’re Looking For

We’re seeking two emerging leaders with a demonstrated interest in arts programming and youth engagement to lead two teams of youth in delivering arts-based programming in two Etobicoke parks.  You are a highly-responsible self-starter with demonstrated experience working with youth from a range of cultural backgrounds. Your lived experience is a match with youth participants who are predominately low-income, racialized, newcomer youth and/or you bring demonstrated experience in working with these communities.

Job Description

  Under the Direction of the artistic team and management of the Managing Director, the Community Arts Coordinators will each lead a team of youth employees and volunteers ages 15 to 21 to deliver arts-based programming and small-scale projects in two Etobicoke parks.  The role will also include supporting a team of professional artists and hundreds of community members and guests from across Canada to realizing a large-scale community arts project through August.

Areas of Responsibility

Community Programs (30%): implement programs for participants of all ages (some program design may be part of this role); manage workshop logistics, materials, supplies and snacks and support visiting artists.  Assist with community outreach and social media.

Youth Engagement (50%): provide supervision, management, and mentorship to youth employees and volunteers; provide support and deliver training to ensure success of youth employees and volunteers and the development of an equitable working environment; track youth hours and attendance; manage logistics related to transportation, schedules.

Large-Scale Projects (20%): support as needed with large scale summer projects, including assisting with workshop facilitation and the creation of original artwork/performance elements and provide logistical and community engagement support.


 Requirements:

  • Youth engagement and leadership experience

  • Willingness to learn from and teach others and openness to feedback

  • A demonstrated interest in arts management and community-engaged arts

  • Excellent time management and organizational skills

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team

  • Ability to multi-task and work in fast-paced work environment

  • Excellent research, record-keeping and administrative skills

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Social media skills including facility with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

  • Fluency in English (spoken and written)

  • Proficiency in Urdu or Somali is desirable

  • Oral and/or written proficiency in Arabic a major asset

  • A valid G-class driver’s license is a major asset

Funder Requirements

These positions are funded through the Federal government’s Summer Student Program.  To be eligible, candidates must:

- Be 15 to 30 years of age at the time of employment.  

-Have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year.  

-Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment.

-Have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

How to Apply

To be considered for this position, please email your resume with the subject ‘Community Arts Coordinator’ to karen@mabellearts.ca

Please include a cover letter with your resume. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. 

MABELLEarts encourages applications from all qualified candidates. We’re committed to developing an inclusive workplace with connections in the communities we serve. We encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds, including those who may need accommodation, to apply to join our team. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
 

Our office is located in a Toronto Community Housing high-rise tower that has been equipped with automated entrances and exits, and our washroom is wheelchair accessible.

Thank you for your interest in the position, however we will not be able to provide additional information by phone and will not accept calls related to the position. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted. 

 

We're Hiring a Communications Consultant (Apply by April 13th)

We're Hiring a Communications Consultant (Apply by April 13th)

We are seeking a Communications Consultant (an individual or company/firm)  to play a key role in strengthening our social media, public relations, and digital footprint, throughout this busy programming time and period of organizational growth. MABELLEarts is committed to creating high-impact digital materials that amplify the reach of our community projects and share community stories of success. This summer, we are excited to increase our online impact as we scale-up programming, with the help of a Communications Consultant.  The ideal candidate will have a passion for, and experience in, public relations, social media, graphic design, and a strong overall understanding of marketing and communications. Apply by April 13th 2018.

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A Common Table: Reflections on Summer 2017

What is a park? What does it do? Who is it for? When people are in need, how can parks help?

This summer showed us that our parks can be places of welcoming, of getting to know one another and becoming friends. Parks can be places where we sing the songs, make miniatures that recall the landscapes of our childhoods. Parks can be places where we share foods that remind us of our mothers and grandmothers.

We’re proud to share our reflections on Summer 2017, including work by over 25 artists and over 1300 community members from across Etobicoke and beyond. Read and listen at: www.summer2017.mabellearts.ca

A Common Table:
Original Audio Pieces by Christen Kong

Listen below

Featured musicians/performers:
Waleed Abdulhamid, Shifra Cooper, Maryem Hassan Tollar, Naghmeh Farahmand, Cleopatra Mbali Masinga, Melanie Fernandez, Ariadna Contreras and community voices.
Original Song Show Us A Shiny Thing composed by Hussein Janmohamed.

We're hiring a Managing Director!

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Join MABELLEarts and be a part of something special!

Job Title: Managing Director
Organization: MABELLEarts
Location: Etobicoke, Ontario
Start Date: January-February 2018
Terms: 1 year with potential for renewal
Salary: $60,000-$65,000 plus benefits.  
This position offers flexibility (including ability to work partially from home or as a .8 position) for the right candidate.

MABELLEarts is driven by our love of people and fascination with neglected and forgotten places.  We make art and build environments that foster community regeneration and invention.  We cultivate long-term relationships that reveal the transformative possibilities within each unique site, neighbourhood and community.  We celebrate cultural traditions, differences and points of connection that help spark collaboration as a creative force for change.  We reframe existing social and environmental conditions to make space for new ways of being together. www.mabellearts.ca

MABELLEarts is seeking a Managing Director to provide strategic leadership and manage the operations, human resources and financial systems necessary to ensure that MABELLEarts exceeds our goals and objectives.  MABELLEarts is an innovative, community-centered organization – we’re excited to welcome someone new to the team to help us through this exciting next phase of growth and adventure. This senior management position reports to the Artistic Director.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to): 

  • Develop and manage operational and financial systems and oversee the core day-to-day administration of MABELLEarts, including human resources and finance.
  • Provide ongoing oversight, coaching and direction to core staff in accordance with the organization's policies and procedures.  Offer new strategies for ongoing performance management and professional development as needed;
  • Support the Artistic Director in fundraising through ongoing revenue planning, preparing proposals and managing relationships with funders, including monitoring progress on grants and work plans and preparing reports to funders;
  • Develop a budget and financial plan and ensure ongoing monitoring of expenditures and revenues;
  • Assist the Artistic Director in developing the organization’s annual work plan and monitoring progress, including developing measures to monitor our progress and the impact of our activities;
  • Ensure MABELLEarts continues to comply with organizational policies; funder regulations and non-profit legalities.

Who we’re looking for:
You have significant fundraising experience and have successfully secured and managed large, multi-year budgets and raised funds exponential to your salary level. You have a proven track-record managing small teams and driving performance, while helping to create a supportive, positive and learning-focused work/culture. It’s possible that you’ve been working in a larger organization and are ready for a change of pace.  You may be at the mid-point of your career and looking for a high-impact position with some flexibility. You may have experience in the arts, but if you don’t, you definitely understand its power.  You excel in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment and tend to enjoy all kinds of personalities.  You bring new ideas and innovation while recognizing what works.  You are self-aware, eager to learn and know you also have things to teach and share.  You’re committed to equity, inclusion and social justice.
 Oh, and a valid driver’s licence is an asset.

How to apply:
Please send a detailed two-page resume and one-page cover letter outlining your skills, experience and what you feel you’d bring to the MABELLEarts team.  Please include phone and email contact details. Please email documents in PDF format to: leah@mabellearts.ca   

Applications must be received by December 5th, 2017.
Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

MABELLEarts encourages applications from all qualified candidates. We’re committed to developing an inclusive workplace and welcome candidates with roots in the communities we serve as well as those from other equity-seeking groups. At MABELLEarts we believe that incorporating a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and ideas sparks innovation that strengthens our work. 

Our office is located in a Toronto Community Housing high-rise tower that has been equipped with automated entrances and exits.  Our washroom is wheelchair accessible.  To discuss accommodation, please contact the Artistic Director at 416-239-4900 or by email – leah@mabellearts.ca at your earliest convenience.

To be considered for this position, please include a cover letter with your resume. We will be in touch with candidates who we wish to connect with for an interview and we’d rather not discuss the specifics of the position by phone. Thank you for your understanding and your interest.
 


 

Welcome Nick!

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We're delighted to welcome Nick Vo to our team. Nick will be with us until April, completing a UofT Urban Studies placement with MABELLEarts! Thanks to Denise Pinto for connecting us!

Nick is currently a fourth year student at the University of Toronto double majoring in Urban Studies and Human Geography. He is an advocate for social justice and has experience working with newcomers and other marginalized youth through working on community arts projects with organizations including: Access Alliance, Children’s Peace Theatre, Arts in the Parks and VIBE Arts. Nick combines his knowledge in human geography and urban studies with skills in listening to, supporting and coaching young people, using conflict resolution and other creative and compassionate approaches to solve problems and achieve goals. He hopes to become a social worker in the future and is always seeking opportunities to learn.

A Common Table: Performative Picnic

At A Common Table last Friday, we celebrated the end of the summer we have spent together singing, sewing, playing, building, making and picnicking in Broadacres Park. This performative picnic was attended by 142 guests and neighbours from from The West Mall, Mabelle Avenue, COSTI Immigrant Services, The Arab Community Centre of Toronto and across the city. Thanks to Monica Gutierrez for the photos!

MABELLEarts will be back with projects in Mabelle and Broadacres Park in 2018 - follow MABELLEarts here or on facebook, instagram & twitter to look for updates in the new year! 

A Common Table, presented by MABELLEarts
Artistic Director: Leah Houston
Assistant Artistic Director: Shifra Cooper
Operations Manager: Fiona Raye Clarke
Project/Outreach Coordinator: Christen Kong
Project Assistants: Aseel Mohammed, Nada Johar, Salma Moalim, Tasmeen Syed
MABELLEyouth Volunteers: Anisa Ali, Ava Macanowicz, Ayuub Abdullahi, Chaz Bennett, Habib Seidu, Jaden Bhimani, Salma Mohamed, Tauhid Syed
Featuring Guest Artists: Beth Helmers, Faten Toubasi, Helah Cooper, Joseph Leo Callender, Marianne Alas, Melanie Fernandez-Alvares, Michael Burtt, Naghmeh Farahman and Waleed Abdulhamid

Thanks to support from: Ontario Trillium Foundation, Arts in the Parks Toronto, Toronto Arts Council, Toronto Arts Foundation, GTAA's Propeller Project (Community Vitally Sponsor), Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario, W. Garfield Weston Foundation, Metcalf Foundation, Arts Etobicoke, Trinity Square Video, Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, The Arab Community Centre of Toronto, Service Canada (Canada Summer Jobs), Cultural Human Resources Council - Le Conseil des RH du secteur culturel, Phoenix Restoration
 

Introducing Christen!

We are delighted to introduce our 2017 Intern (Communications/Administration): Christen Kong! 

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Christen is currently the Community Arts Administrator Intern at MABELLEarts.  She is interested in how people gather in public spaces, how art is used as a form of relation making and how communities are supported.  In 2015 she founded Talking Heads: Storytelling Collective, in Halifax. NS, to share and learn how people live their lives.  She hopes to continue to foster environments where people can flourish by living intentionally with one another (actively sharing and listening closely).  Christen graduated from Dalhousie University studying Environmental Sustainability and International Development with a minor in Cultural Anthropology. 

We're Hiring: Community Arts Administrator Intern

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Job Title: Community Arts Administrator (Intern)
Date Posted: July 4, 2017
Application Deadline: Until Position Filled
Salary: $18/hr for 30 hours/week
Region: Etobicoke
Term: Contract – internship – 17 weeks
 
MABELLEarts is a community arts organization that brings together people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to make art, tell stories and creatively transform public spaces. We are seeking a Community Arts Administrator Intern to join our team of artists, arts professionals, architects, community leaders, builders and gardeners for an exciting hands-on internship.
 
Job Description:
 
The Community Arts Administrator Intern will manage and facilitate community outreach, office administration, social media, statistical tracking, workshop assistance, volunteer supervision, and other tasks as needed. The internship will take place at the Mabelle administrative offices and in the Mabelle and Broadacres Park when required. 
 
Areas of responsibility:
 
Office and Administrative Tasks:
• Statistics, contact-management, data-entry, project management assistance, assistance with bookkeeping/coding, board correspondence, company communications (phone and email), and volunteer intake
• Ongoing inventories of tools and supplies
• Manage posting to website and social media outlets, including scheduling posts in advance
• Assist with administrative tasks related to grant applications, reports and fundraising initiatives
• Manage weekly calendars and deadlines
 
Community Outreach, Publicity and Evaluation for Workshops and Special Events: 
• Phone-calling and emailing participants in advance of all activities
• Statistical tracking and data-collection on-site at events and workshops
• Producing statistical reports for use in grants, reporting and fundraising
• Input collected data into company database and compiling statistical information for distribution to funders and partners
• Collecting and filing permission and media-release forms
• Creating and disseminating posters and flyers
• Assisting with ongoing meetings with community leaders
 
Workshop and Event Assistance:
• Assisting with project management (logistics, planning and implementation) of events
• Assisting with setup, cleanup, and booking artists
• Tracking office/arts supplies and managing purchase of supplies as needed
• Chartering buses, booking taxis for community participants, and circulating TTC fares
 
Working with MABELLEYouth:
• In summer months, provide supervision, management, and mentorship to MABELLEYouth Leaders and 4 summer students, including volunteers
 
Requirements:
 

  • A demonstrated interest in arts management and community-engaged arts
  • Ability to quickly learn new terms, software and ways of thinking
  • Willingness to learn from and teach others and openness to feedback
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team
  • Ability to multi-task and work in fast-paced work environment
  • Excellent research, record-keeping and administrative skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Social media skills including facility with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Literacy with Squarespace, Adobe Suite and graphic/web design skills an asset
  • Fluency in English (spoken and written)
  • Proficiency in Urdu or Somali is desirable
  • Oral and/or written proficiency in Arabic a major asset
  • A valid G-class driver’s license is a major asset
  • Must be a recent graduate (up to 30 years old, inclusively) from college or university within 24 months of the start of employment
  • Must be eligible to work in Canada

 Additional Info: 

This position is for 30 hours per week and is located in Etobicoke. It is a term contract position for 17 weeks and is subject to eligibility criteria as determined by Young Canada Works.

MABELLEarts encourages applications from all qualified candidates. We’re committed to developing an inclusive workplace with connections in the communities we serve. We encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds, including those who may need accommodation, to apply to join our team. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
 
Our office is located in a Toronto Community Housing high-rise tower that has been equipped with automated entrances and exits, and our washroom is wheelchair accessible.
 
How to Apply:
 

To be considered for this position, please email your resume with the subject “Community Arts Administrator Intern” to fiona@mabellearts.ca.

Please include a cover letter with your resume. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. 
 
Thank you for your interest in the position. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted. 

 

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Fadwa's Hummus Recipe

Fadwa's Hummus Recipe

INGREDIENTS
2 Cups of Canned Chickpeas
4 Tablespoons Tahini
1 Lemon (juice)
2 Cloves of Garlic
Salt
Olive oil
Chickpeas
Paprika
Chopped parsley

 
DIRECTIONS

            1. Rinse the chickpeas in cold water and place into food processor.
            2. Add 4 tablespoons of water (or as much as needed until smooth).
            3. Add the tahini, crushed garlic, salt, and lemon juice into mixture.
            4. When the mixture is fully combined and smooth, add to serving dish.
            5. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil and decorate with a few whole chickpeas.
            6. Sprinkle with a pinch of paprika and finely chopped parsley leaves for colour.

                                           
SERVE & ENJOY

Funder Spotlight: Inspirit Foundation

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The Inspirit Foundation has been generously supporting a special youth project during our Iftar Nights.

The Inspirit Foundation works to promote inclusion and pluralism through media and arts, support for young change leaders and impact investing—specifically addressing discrimination based on ethnicity, race and religion.

For this year's Iftar Nights, Inspirit generously provided funding for us to complete a 4-month youth project called MABELLE Youth Leaders: Building Bridges of Celebration in which Farah Jibril, Shifra Cooper and Fiona Clarke led 21 Muslim and non-Muslim identified youth from Mabelle, the West Mall and Mississauga in discussing different ways of celebrating Ramadan and hosting our Iftar Nights.

MABELLEarts hosted these after school workshops once a week on cross-cultural collaboration and facilitation and bringing community members together across real and perceived differences, which culminated in everyone's participation in special jobs, creations and performances during the Iftar. 

Thank you, Inspirit Foundation!

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Mabelle Youth and Farah

 

The past two months at MABELLEarts have been short but exciting. They have been full of events, adventures and opportunities.

New youth joined our team as volunteers to participate in our MABELLE Youth Leaders: Building Bridges of Celebration project in which I helped lead MABELLE youth in discussing different ways of celebrating Ramadan and act as hosts at our Iftar Nights.

I got to be on CBC Metro Radio as well as Ryerson University’s radio show the Scoop. I was also featured in the news by CBC and the Etobicoke Guardian, met the Mayor of Toronto and got to travel to the Evergreen Brickworks as part of Jumblies Theatre’s Four Lands Project and the Touching Ground Festival.

I’m excited to see what the rest of the summer brings!

-Farah

 

Farah came to Canada from Jordan 11 years ago and settled in the Mabelle neighbourhood.  Farah and her whole family got involved in MABELLEarts months after coming to Canada and stayed involved. In 2015, Farah began working as a MABELLEarts summer student through the federal government's Summer Student program and has worked as our summer student ever since.

Inter-Cultural Iftar Nights in Mabelle Park - Thursday Nights in June

Inter-Cultural Iftar Nights

Etobicoke, ON - Last week, MABELLEarts welcomed over 100 refugees and asylum-seekers to the Mabelle Park for our first Iftar Night. At 7:30pm, Mabelle community members welcomed Toronto’s most vulnerable as they stepped off the bus and into the Mabelle Park. Together we sang songs with members of Toronto’s Turkwaz, made art and at sundown broke the fast that signifies the holy month of Ramadan.

This week, Syrian refugees from COSTI and the Arab Community Centre of Toronto, asylum seekers staying in local shelters and members of the Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre will be bused to the Mabelle Park to experience Iftar with the Mabelle neighbourhood. Over the past six months, an overwhelming number of asylum-seekers from all over the world have flooded into Toronto. Mabelle residents are proud to include a number of these individuals and families in what has become a vital tradition in our neighbourhood.

For the past five years, MABELLEarts has been working with community members of all ages and backgrounds to create inter-cultural celebrations that mark the holy month of Ramadan. Each year, residents from a range of cultural backgrounds gather in the Mabelle Park to join their Muslim neighbours as they break their Ramadan fast. In this way, MABELLEarts has helped residents build a strong and vibrant community. Mabelle Park offers a unique and ideal space for a community-centred event, as it was built with and for over 3000 community members over a 10-year- long community-engaged process led by MABELLEarts.

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Gathering around the fireplace at Inter-Cultural Iftar Night

Iftar Nights will take place on Thursday evenings June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29th (Eid al-Fitr) from 7:00pm - 10:00pm at Mabelle Park, across from 49 Mabelle Avenue, Etobicoke, Ontario M9A 5B1.

“Celebrating Iftar with my neighbours is important because many people here don’t get the opportunity to celebrate Iftar in Canada by visiting family and friends, the way we did at home. In Mabelle Park, we provide everyone who comes with the opportunity to celebrate Iftar as a community; we get to meet new people, join in art activities, and try new food.” – Farah Jibril, Mabelle Youth Leader

Media Contact: Fiona Raye Clarke
416 239 4900 • fiona@mabellearts.ca

Inter-Cultural Iftar Nights in Mabelle Park - Thursday Nights through June

Etobicoke, ON  - For the past five years, MABELLEarts has been working with community members of all ages and backgrounds to create inter-cultural celebrations that mark the holy month of Ramadan.  Each year, residents from a range of cultural backgrounds gather in the Mabelle Park to join their Muslim neighbours as they break their Ramadan fast.  In this way, MABELLEarts has helped residents build a strong and vibrant community. 

Mabelle Park offers a unique and ideal space for a community-centred event, as it was built with and for over 3000 community members over a 10-year-long community-engaged process led by MABELLEarts (www.mabellearts.ca). Iftar Nights will take place on Thursday evenings June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29th (Eid al-Fitr) from 7:00pm - 10:00pm at Mabelle Park, across from 49 Mabelle Avenue, Etobicoke, Ontario M9A 5B1.

At last year’s Iftar Nights, thanks to our partnership with The Arab Community Centre of Toronto, we welcomed over 200 newcomer families to Mabelle Park, including many Syrian refugees newly arrived to Canada. This year, we are busing in hundreds of guests from across the GTA, thanks to partnerships with: The Together Project, The Arab Community Centre of Toronto, The Community Arts GuildJumblies Theatre, and The Toronto West Local Immigration Partnership. To help us build these larger-scale events, and host our first ever Eid-al-Fitr in Mabelle Park, MABELLE Youth Leaders have been working with MABELLEartists through the spring to assist in the development of Iftar Nights, and will act as hosts to Mabelle residents and guests from across the city. 

“Celebrating Iftar with my neighbours is important because many people here don’t get the opportunity to celebrate Iftar in Canada by visiting family and friends, the way we did at home. In Mabelle Park, we provide everyone who comes with the opportunity to celebrate Iftar as a community; we get to meet new people, join in art activities, and try new food.”
– Farah Jibril, Mabelle Youth Leader

Eating together at Inter-Cultural Iftar Nights
 
Gathering around the fireplace at Inter-Cultural Iftar Nights

Each Iftar Night invites neighbours and guests into Mabelle Park to participate in free art-making workshops, musical performances, lantern-making, fire-side story-telling and a meal for Iftar. Musical Guests include: members of TurkwazThe Ismaili Muslim Youth ChoirThe Making Room Community Arts Choir and The Jumblies Theatre Ground Floor Choir. Artists include: Anahita Dehbonehie, Hussein Janmohamed, Sharada K. Eswar, Faten Toubasi, Mindy StrickeMelanie Fernandez-AlvaresMichael Burtt, Leah Houston, Shifra Cooper, and Fiona Raye Clarke.
 
Mabelle Iftar Nights and Eid al-Fitr are possible thanks to our funders:  The Community Fund for Canada's 150th, The Inspirit Foundation, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, The Metcalf Foundation, Arts Etobicoke, Islington Village BIA, Ali Baba's, City of Toronto Birkdale Residence at the Quality Inn, and numerous private donors.

 

To arrange print, radio, television interview or site visit:

Media Contact: Fiona Raye Clarke
416 239 4900 • fiona@mabellearts.ca

 

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Drawing with Dani Mailing

In April Leah Houston, facilitated a conversation with Dani Mailing. Dani Mailing is a monthly donor at MABELLEarts.  Each month, her gift allows us to keep arts accessible in central Etobicoke.  On behalf of the Mabelle Community, thank you Dani for your ongoing support. 

To learn more about monthly giving, please click here.

Drawing with Dani Mailing

Question 1: Draw a picture of a memory you have of something you experienced with MABELLEarts.

It was one of the first or second events I went to.  It was at Applewood Shaver House.  Young people I wouldn’t have expected to be together were sewing together.  It was a lovely surprise - a surprising moment.  The first time I truly understood MABELLEarts.

I think for the first time I felt a sense of community that I don’t know if I’ve experienced outside the town i grew up in.  It suddenly made sense - it all clicked.  There is no way to fully articulate the feeling of it.  There is not an effective way of describing the feeling - you have to just go be part of what MABELLEarts is up to.

Drawing with Dani Mailing

Question 2: Draw a picture that expresses a hope you have for MABELLEarts or the Mabelle Community.

I think for the first time I felt a sense of community that I don’t know if I’ve experienced outside the town i grew up in.  It suddenly made sense - it all clicked.  There is no way to fully articulate the feeling of it.  There is not an effective way of describing the feeling - you have to just go be part of what MABELLEarts is up to.

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Friendly conversations at Mabelle Park

 After a winter that didn’t seem to want to end, Spring has arrived at Mabelle Park.  Spring brings with it warmth and growth, and many exciting things at MABELLEarts.  

This month we are launching our redesigned newsletter.  You’ll find that it is filled with arts activities, project updates, and event information.  We are also hoping to share some things that inspire us.  This month we are particularly intrigued by innovation and evaluation.  We are also really excited by our new activity: “I Spy”.  This month we spy things in bloom.  So get your cameras out and start snapping photos.  Don’t forget to hashtag #mabellespy. 

We are also introducing our new feature called Drawing with.  This month we feature Dani Mailing.  Read about what inspires Dani to be a monthly supporter at MABELLEarts.

Spring also heralds the start of our season.  Join us on May 6th for our Jane’s Walk.  For more information, click here.  And mark your calendar,  Iftar Nights in Mabelle Park is just around the corner.  This year, we anticipate 300 - 400 guests per Iftar night, from as far as Mississauga and Scarborough.  Please support our bus campaign to help bring families to Mabelle Park.

We want this newsletter to be valuable for you so please share your feedback and suggestions to help us improve. See you in Mabelle Park.

-Daven