Report on Recipe for Community

InsideToronto has a report on the goings-on at the Recipe for Community meeting that UrbanArts hosted this week.

Community food festivals, a food action team and entrepreneurial workshops are just some of the ideas put forth at the Recipe for Community meeting Monday, Jan. 21 at UrbanArts at 19 John St.

UrbanArts has approximately $67,500 to work with so far this year and members of the community, as well as a handful of local organizations, were eager to pitch program ideas to help youth in the area.

Events for the week of August 4

UrbanArts Community Arts Council is once again livening up the Weston-Mount Dennis neighbourhood and Toronto this summer with a full schedule of youth arts programming. CultureShock Festival  The highlight of the summer takes place on Thursday and Friday, August 9th & 10th from 5-7pm, with an art exhibit and film screening respectively at UrbanArts and culminates on Saturday August 11th from 3-9pm with the 8th Annual CultureShock Community Arts Festival, at the Weston Farmers’ Market location at 14 John Street. This year, UrbanArts is teaming up with the popular 106 & York Urban Arts Festival to present CultureShock.

Events for the week of December 4

St John the Evangelist community meeting

The school board will be holding a community meeting at St John the Evangelist school on Tuesday, December 6th at 7pm.

Agenda – The board will be updating our community on all temporary accommodation options for students considered by staff.

CSAC will have a table in the Gym to help answer concerns and to gather more emails in an effort to advocate for a replacement school, not just an addition to our 1953 building which already has an addition.

 

Weston Historical Society Hymn Sing

 

Navigating the University and College Application Process: a Presentation by the Toronto Employment & Social Services

Applying to a university or college can be competitive and complex.
Universities usually receive more applications than they can accept.

This information session will:

  • describe the university and college application process, including information about application
  • deadlines and fees
  • discuss the various financial supports available, such as Second Career and ASETS
  • explain how to get your post secondary transcripts

For more information or to register, please call 416 394-1016 or register in person

Thursday, December 8th
1:00-2:30pm
Toronto Public Library, Weston Branch
2 King Street

Post-Secondary Application Deadline is coming. Register for a FREE information session today!

UrbanArts Winter Expo

The Winter Expo is an exhibition of dance, music, spoken word and visual arts created by the participants in our After School Arts Programs, as well as other artists in the community.

The expo will be December 8 at 6 pm, the LEF at 1267 Weston Road.

COMMUNITY MEETING ABOUT ART IN WESTON and MOUNT DENNIS! Dec 9 2010 Time: 3:30-5:30pm

Neighbourhood Arts Toronto

The community meeting is our stepping off point where we will ask questions and learn more about Weston and Mt. Dennis’ creative scene.  The meeting will be a good opportunity for participants to hear more about what’s happening in their local area and will help us better understand how people value the arts. There will be food and we promise to make it fun!

Meeting details

Place: Weston Library, 2 King Street

We want to know:

  • How do people participate in the arts? By this we mean all kinds of art forms including music, dance, spoken word, media arts, poetry, visual arts, hip hop, theatre, crafts, photography, painting, murals  and mash ups of all the above.
  • What goes on in places dedicated to the arts like galleries and theatres but also what gets created in homes, courtyards, church basements, community centres, common rooms, parks and alleys?
  • How do people hear about what’s going on in Weston and Mt.Dennis?
  • Where are new ideas coming from?
  • Who are the people making things happen in Weston and Mt.Dennis?
  • What is Weston and Mt. Dennis’s best kept creative secret?

We’re organizing a community meeting because we want to meet:

  • People who attend arts events in Weston and Mt.Dennis and/or in other parts of the city
  • People who participate in arts projects or create their own work and enjoy the arts for the love of it
  • Professional artists who live and/or work in Weston and Mt.Dennis
  • Artists who have recently moved to Canada and have made Weston and Mt.Dennis their home
  • Anyone who lives and/or works in Weston and Mt.Dennis and is interested in creative activities in the neighbourhood

What Can You Do?

  • Help us promote the community meeting by passing the word via your networks
  • Help us identify artists, arts groups and community agencies using the arts
  • Attend the meeting and contribute to the discussion
  • Agree to an interview in  the new year (we’ll contact you in January to set up a time)

 

Pearls of Wisdom Fundraiser for York West Active Living Centre:


 

 

 

UrbanArts still accepting students

UrbanArts is still taking students for their after-school programs. If you have an interested young person between 11 and 17, UrbanArts will shape them into a quintuple threat; they offer music, spoken word, dance, play-based learning and graphic design classes from 3:30 to 5:30 every weekday.

On Saturdays from 2:00 to 5:00, Devon Haughton will be offering a workshop on the craft and business of play writing to students aged 16 to 25.

UrbanArts on John St. To register or for more information, call (416) 241-5124 or email [email protected]

UrbanArts wants your support

UrbanArts, a local youth arts group, would like you to sign a petition resisting cuts to arts funding.

The City PlannerManager released a list of proposed cuts earlier this week that will help to balance Toronto’s municipal budget. He recommended that City Council cut small grants organizations like UrbanArts, among many other cuts.

As part of an umbrella organization, UrbanArts has has launched an online petition to try to maintain their funding.

 

 

Thanks to JC for the correction.

UrbanArts owns Weston this weekend

UrbanArts is having a busy week. On Thursday, from 2–5 pm, they will be unveiling their newest mural; it’s at the corner of Weston and Lawrence. On Friday, they will be starting CultureShock, a two-day festival of art, dance and music.

The mural is part of an annual project that puts young people from the community to work to abate graffiti in Weston and Mt Dennis. They paint an average of two murals a year, and have done so since 1999. This year, they celebrate Weston as the “Home of the Bicycle”. A second piece will soon be installed in Mount Dennis.

On Friday and Saturday, UrbanArts will host the annual CultureShock Festival at Weston Collegiate.

Wes “Maestro” Williams (formerly Maestro Fresh Wes) will be headlining. Cabbie Richards, from TSN, and Canadian hip-hop pioneer Michie Mee will be MCing.

The festival starts Friday at 6, and resumes on Saturday at 1 pm.

Everyone is welcome at both events.

Speakers series at UrbanArts this Thursday

Youth from the community are  hosting a speakers series in Weston this Thursday, and all are welcome to attend.

Laura Albanese and Frances Nunziata will be speaking on youth and politics, as will Shadya Yasin, from the York Youth Coalition, and Monique Habbib, from Operation Vote.

The event will be from 5 – 7 at UrbanArts at 19 John Street.