Tokens4Change raised $100,000 this year for Youth Without Shelter! It was a pleasure to be a part of this project, working with high school students to create a theatre piece that the students performed in the busy TTC station of Bloor-Yonge on February 5th, 2016. The day included over 500 volunteers, 17 schools, 12 companies and six arts locations with inspiring performers and artists canvassed in 27 locations lending their hands and voices to the cause.
From spring 2014 to fall 2015 I was the Coordinator of the Carlington Arts Initiative (CAI), after being involved in its beginning stages in fall 2013. The CAI is a collaboration of social service agencies, community organizations and community members, devoted to supporting and strengthening arts programming in Carlington, creating greater connections within the community, and connecting with artists and community builders in Ottawa. Aiming to be bigger than the sum of our parts, we created the Carlington Arts Festival 2015, a Victoria Day outdoor arts extravaganza, in partnership with the Carlington Community Association’s Family Fun Day BBQ. A lot of great collaborative work was done in the community, including fantastic contributions of time and funds from the Community Development Framework, the Carlington Community Association, and Kitchissippi United Church.
About my community organizing:
I often take the role of organizer, helping to bring together different players in community arts work. And when I am working on a show, a big question I have is how to get the community involved. Through this I’ve found myself working with people from all walks of life as a community connector, which can mean anything from running a flash mob to organizing a neighbourhood mural to hosting a community meeting.
Some of my community organization work intersects with my facilitation work; you can read more details on my Workshops & Facilitation page in addition to the projects described above.