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Neighbourhood Diaries: Stories from where I live

Neighbourhood Diaries: Stories from where I live is a social networking intiative that provides a one-on-one creative writing, visual arts and tutoring for children, with mentoring by volunteers from Toronto's creative community.

The submission is based on three fundamental assertions:

  1. Children have a natural need to express rather than consume.
  2. The creative process plays a critical role in legitimizing a project's meaning as well as enhances sociability.
  3. Neighbourhoods have to be expressed, to be seen.

Neighbourhood expressions begin with an experience at Harbourfront Centre in 2010 by assembling Toronto's creative community to collaborate with children from nine community centres throughout the city.

For more information on the exhibition component of Neighbourhood Diaries: Stories from where I live click here.

Creators (Toronto):

Robin Uchida and Gillian Lind

With assistance from:

Visual Artists: Gwen MacGregor (Art Lead), Lewis Nicholson (Art Lead), Sarindar Dhaliwal, Catherine MacIntosh, Liz Knox, Catherine Heard, Jen Hutton, Tanya Read, Graham Jarrett, Ed Pien, Shawna Reiter

Writers: Liz Haines (Literary Lead), Kate Barris, Lisa Pasold, Stephanie Mclellan, Brooke Lockyer, Lauren Kirshner, Liz Haines, Marina Hess, Jaya Karsemeyer, Jim Adams, Lisa Nackan, Kirsten McMahon

Organizations: Ontario Arts Council, Story Planet, York University Childhood Studies Program, The Movement, Somerset Graphics, Moveable Inc., Torch Partnership

Neighbourhood Diaries is brought to you by the children at the following Community Centres: Jane and Finch Boys and Girls Club, ArtHeart Community Art Centre, Parkdale Community Centre, Harbourfront Community Centre, St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club (Annex), Boys and Girls Club of Weston-Mount Dennis, Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre, 519 Community Centre, Ralph Thornton Centre

Commissioned in 2008

Presented as part of Visual Arts
April 10 – June 13, 2010

To date, a generous group of visionary donors have supported the creation of 23 new commissions. We would like to thank the following supporters of the Fresh Ground new works commissioning programme for their leadership and continued support of artists: Peter Allen, William J. S. Boyle, Lionel F. Conacher and Joan Dea, Margaret and Jim Fleck, Michael and Sonja Koerner, Judy and Wil Matthews, George E. Myhal, Sonja Smits and Seaton McLean; and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the J.P. Bickell Foundation.

For information on how you can become a Fresh Ground new works supporter please contact Allan Penning, Senior Development Officer (Individual Giving), at or 416-954-9912.
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