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Parks as a Safe Landing Place for Newcomers: A Look at MABELLEarts’ Approach to Community Arts
Learn how you can design and implement wonderful community arts activities that can foster creativity, inclusion and belonging in urban parks

Funders, municipalities and artists should join us for this this webinar which shares a toolkit developed out of Welcome to this Place, a year-long national project led by MABELLEarts, community-based artists and agencies in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax. The toolkit highlights learnings from the program which promoting urban parks and public spaces as places of arrival where newcomers to Canada can find friendship, cultural and creative expression, connection to their new country and to more established Canadians.

Dec 12, 2018 2:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Leah Houston
Artistic Director @MABELLEarts
Leah has been cultivating a dynamic, multi-disciplinary community-based arts practice for almost 15 years, incorporating public art, installation and performance with public space transformation, working with people of all ages and backgrounds. Leah has created and produced many community arts events and led a number of artists to create new work that tells the ordinary, extraordinary stories of our lives. Leah has worked with to diverse communities including in Ontario’s Muskoka Region, Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Kathmandu, Nepal.
Maggie Hutcheson
Arts Consultant and Welcome to This Place Toolkit Author
Maggie Hutcheson is a community-engaged artist, educator, curator and consultant. Over the past 15 years she has collaborated with other artists and Toronto residents to animate oral histories of war, gentrification, homelessness and migration. Maggie has worked with a range of arts and non-arts organizations, including the CBC, Jumblies Theatre, MABELLEarts, Toronto Arts Foundation and York University.
Val T. Vint
Indigenous Knowledge Keeper and Artist
Born in Winnipegosis, Manitoba, Val draws from a background of photography, ceramics, painting, engineering, design, theatre, performance art, music, travel, and work with other indigenous peoples. Val’s present direction is influenced by her heritage, as her genealogy stems from community artists and activists known throughout Manitoba’s history. Her greatest accomplishment is her children who carried forward both artistic and humanitarian efforts to benefit our community; and who are raising my grandchildren who are proud of their Metis heritage and express this through their theatrical, art, sport and community involvement.