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:
- Children have a natural need to express rather than consume.
- The creative process plays a critical role in legitimizing a project's meaning as well as enhances sociability.
- 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.
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