Toronto Arts Council has partnered with Toronto Public Library to facilitate the animation of library spaces outside the downtown core, increase arts access in local communities, and create new work and collaborative opportunities for Toronto artists.
remembering mervin Jarman: a nine-night party
When Jamaican multimedia artist, creative technologist, and social change instigator mervin Jarman died unexpectedly in February 2014, he left behind friends, communities, artists and collaborators all over the world. In February 2016, a nine night party was held in Toronto to honour mervin and his contribution to community media arts. More than 50 guests were in attendance, and more skyped in from Australia, USA and Jamaica. The event was live streamed over youtube and there was music, arts activities, food, a performance by youth spoken word artist Amira and young people from Regent Park Focus who covered the event for an upcoming episode of RPTV. mervin traveled the world to put technology into the hands of hard to reach young people. Continue reading Nine Night Party
From September to December 2015, Emmy and Jennifer were artists in residence at the Don Mills Library. The residency was funded the the Toronto Arts Council‘s Artists in the Library strategic initiatives funding. Creating digital stories in a group that gathered together continuously over many weeks and shared personal insights about their lives helped to create bonds and in some instances, new friendships between community members. Continue reading Artists in the Library Don Mills
Community Story Collective spent 5 months at Women’s College Hospital Family Practise Health Centre, working with a core team of staff to explore how to integrate digital storytelling into an academic family practice setting, with the eventual goal to develop a collaborative community arts project. Continue reading Women’s College Hospital
Digital storytelling helped nurture the Metis community in Toronto. Each session in the Métis Cultural Teachings And Digital Storytelling workshop opened with cultural teachings from our knowledge keepers. Continue reading Métis Cultural Teachings And Digital Storytelling
In 2010, the Ontario Arts Council initiated a pilot project to support artist residencies in the health care sector. The Four Villages Community Health Centre was chosen as one of two sites in Ontario to explore the impact of arts in the health care sector and Jennifer LaFontaine and Emmy Pantin were selected to be the artists in residence. Continue reading Journeys to Health
Queer Voices of the North Film Festival is Northern Ontario’s only queer film festival, hosted annually in Sault Ste. Marie. As part of the 2010 film festival, Emmy and Jennifer traveled to Sault Ste. Marie in Northern Ontario to facilitate digital storytelling workshop with six queer and two-spirited youth from throughout the Algoma District. Continue reading Queer Voices of the North