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! 

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

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. 

 

**** POSITION FILLED *****

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

 

 

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!

MABELLEMusing

 

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

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.

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

 

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

 

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.

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.

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.

MABELLEmusing

 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

Newsletter March 2017

MABELLEmusings: A Letter from Leah

For the past few years we’ve been exploring collaborative possibilities with artists in the Global South. Last year we welcomed Nepali-Canadian academic Sujata Thapa to our Board of Directors and began imagining Nepal as an ideal place to build new relationships.  A short trip to Nepalfuelled by the Toronto Foundation’s Vital People Award made it possible to visit and get a sense of what might be possible.  While there, Sujata introduced me to internationally-recognized performance artist Ashmina Ranjit.  Ashmina has been working to develop new forms of support forNepali artists as part of LASANAA - a group of artists and activists interested in social change.  Her latest project, NexUs, is a cafe, guest house and social enterprise supporting local and international artist residencies that bring together artists from a range of backgrounds to create new work that promotes social transformation.  Read more...

Upcoming

For the past five years, MABELLEarts has been working with Muslim residents to create inter-cultural Iftar celebrations in the Mabelle Park.  Iftar is the meal eaten during Ramadan (a month of fasting and religious observance) that breaks the daily fast.  Traditionally, after a day of fasting, families would come together to enjoy a special meal.  After the meal, many would come out to the market place to eat traditional snacks and greet their neighbours.  Over the years MABELLEarts has worked with residents to recreate this public celebration in the Mabelle Park. With your help, this year’s Iftar celebrations will be bigger and better than ever.  For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Daven.

MABELLEarts cordially invites you to our Giver Get Together on Thursday March 30th at 6:30 PM.  We want to celebrate our generous supporters, donors, stakeholders and partners.  Join us for an evening of delicious food, fun arts activities and live music.  
This event is complimentary.  

Please RSVP by Friday March 25, 2017.

More upcoming events here

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Newsletter February 2017

Message from the Assistant Artistic Director

It is my absolute pleasure to be starting out another year with MABELLEarts, alongside MABELLEartists and Etobicoke residents who have been deeply inspiring me throughout my three years with our organization. I'm especially honoured to be stepping into a new role as Assistant Artistic Director this year, thanks to generous support from The Metcalf Foundation. 

This last year has been an incredible whirlwind of meeting people, sharing meals, digging holes, planting, swinging, singing, exploring and building together in two Central Etobicoke neighbourhoods. This February, we start off our 2017/18 season by welcoming back the Sewing Room and, as the weather gets a little warmer, getting ready to launch a series of Community Meals/Meetups for Mabelle and West Mall residents. 

This coming year is our second adventure working in two parks at the same time, with projects under-way at both Mabelle and Broadacres Park. Last summer, we were lucky enough to work with over 700 people from both neighbourhoods - and we are excited to welcome many of those families back, as well as make new connections to new residents in the coming months. 

In order for our little organization to continue to grow and offer free outdoor programming to these two neighbourhoods and a growing number of people, we need your support! Please consider giving to MABELLEarts as we launch the start of our Spring/Summer season and begin to build and imagine beautiful things for Etobicoke Public Spaces. We can't do it without you! 

Become a MABELLEmember and your monthly gift will help keep arts accessible in central Etobicoke.

We are looking for leaders just like you to help us keep arts accessible in central Etobicoke.  Your automatic monthly gift will provide Etobicoke residents access to high-calibre art and culture in the heart of where they live.  Your gift will also allow residents to play an increased leadership roles in determining programming in their parks. MABELLEarts also ensures that relevant cultural traditions and forms are celebrated and shared in the Mabelle Park and Broadacres Park.

Your monthly gift is the best way to give to MABELLEarts:

  • It is an easy and convenient for you to give.  Your gift will be made through your bank or credit card.

  • It is cost-effective for MABELLEarts because we can reduce the volume of the mail we send- helping to keep administrative costs to a minimum. 

  • It is easy to start, change or suspend your gift at anytime.

  • It is a stable and reliable source of funding for MABELLEarts, allowing us to plan into the future.

Join our monthly giving program.


Join us by making a monthly commitment to MABELLEarts.  You can It's easy to give with our safe and secure online form,  by mail using our mail-in enrolment form, or by sending us post-dated cheques.  For more information, please contact our Development Manager, Daven, at 416-239-4900 or daven@mabellearts.ca

Mark Your Calendars! 

Sewing Room
with Marianne Alas and Faten Toubasi
Every Tuesday in February 10 AM - 3 PM
MABELLEarts Studio 5005 Dundas Street West (buzz 357)

Giver Get Together: Spring Edition
Thursday March 30, 2017
6:30 PM- 8:30 PM Location TBD

MABELLE Iftar Nights n are supported by the Inspirit Foundation. eid al Fitr in Mabelle Park is made possible thanks tothe Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between The Toronto Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.

MABELLE Iftar Nights n are supported by the Inspirit Foundation. eid al Fitr in Mabelle Park is made possible thanks tothe Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between The Toronto Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.

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Holiday Greetings from Leah & MABELLEarts

Once again, the sun has made the long trip around the earth.  As the days grow short and the night envelops us, we have the chance to slow down and reflect on the year as it passes.  2016 has been marked by so much violence and fear.  In Aleppo, the bombs continue to fall.  Buildings burn and whole histories, systems of knowledge and ways of life are ground to dust.  Here in Kathmandu, the sun is shining on the third most polluted city in the world.  At the NexUs Café in Kathmandu (where I write this) artists are reimagining the role of art in their city and cultural context. I am so proud that MABELLEarts is playing a small role in this exploration.  In 2016, it was the power of creative collaboration – across belief systems, abilities, ages and (in this case) geography, that gives me hope and keeps me going.
 
It was this year at MABELLEarts in particular that has shown the power of creative collaboration.  Year one of our new residency in Broadacres Park brought together diverse artists with over 200 Syrian refugees to make art and through that process, reimagine the role of parks in Toronto.  Meanwhile, back in the Mabelle Park, artists and community members made our yearly Iftar celebrations, installed new public art, tended the wild garden and played in the hot (hot!) sun.  
 
As part of our Broadacres Park Residency, Mabelle youth who have been working and playing with MABELLEarts since they were young children are sharing what they’ve learned over the years with a new community in The West Mall.  This summer, MABELLE Youth Leaders acted as assistant facilitators and translators.  Our work in The West Mall would not have been possible without their commitment.  Watching their growth and leadership is one of the greatest experiences of my life.
 
This year we welcomed Daven Seebarran to MABELLEarts to provide leadership and support on number of organizational endeavors.  His knowledge and expertise are enriching our work in countless ways. I’m also pleased to report that Shifra Cooper has moved into a new position as Assistant Artistic Director at MABELLEarts.  Shifra’s ongoing commitment to MABELLEarts, the neighbourhood and the practice of community arts has made such a profound impact on our work and I’m so glad she’ll be taking more leadership.
 
There’s never been a better time to support MABELLEarts.  An incredible investment from the W. Garfield Weston Foundation means that each dollar you donate will be matched up to $5000.  Talk about an exciting creative collaboration!  I hope you’ll consider being a part of it.
 
As the sun makes its slow return, and the days get brighter, hold your loved ones close. From our hearts and from the heart of our community, it’s my pleasure to wish you a warm and glowing solstice.
 
With love from,
MABELLEarts

Show Us A Shiny Thing: Year One in Broadacres Park/The West Mall

Show Us A Shiny Thing

This summer we celebrated the culmination of the first of our three-year residency in Broadacres Park. Our aim this year was to meet as many people living in The West Mall neighbourhood as possible, of all ages and from diverse backgrounds, in order to build community ownership for Broadacres Park and investment in future projects. From June to September, we strove to bring people into all steps of our process by creating a low-stakes environment to create, play and get to know the park and each other. In doing so, we hoped to build and nurture new relationships, become familiar with the neighbourhood landscape, and grow participation in our future projects. Read more here