Wednesday, November 25, 2009
RDP is very proud to have worked with the Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto (CHFT) on this community-engaged public art work. Hats off to CHFT Executive Director Tom Clement for being a tireless proponent of safe and affordable housing, and healthy communities through engagement in the arts.
Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto (CHFT) is a member-supported organization representing more than 45,000 people living in more than 160 non-profit housing co-operatives located in Toronto and York Region.
Postcard design by Tariq Sami.
Contributors include Philip Conlon, Tina Conlon, Rosemary Copeland, Gianna Cordari, Edith Ginsburg, Maria Moreno, Delana Munroe, Lynda Stokes, Cassandra Padmore, Hussein Ahmed, Ahmed Ahmed, Kevoni Clarke, Timioni Langoya, Tajahn Gumbs, Daniel Hatton, Cyril Hoferica, Maleeka Black, Tahnee P. Duncan, Lemme Shafi, Tavaree Daniel-Simms, Sabry Shafi, Amal Absiy, Ayub Ismail, Wedad Shafi, Zyiad Mohammad, Shelby Desmond, Yusuf Abdullah, Hassen Ahmed, Tan Truong, Tandra Truong Verge, Gabriela Beltran, Kim, Ryan, Dylan, Greg Villamar, Steven Awahware, Maysam Abukhreibeh, Karen Lam, Hamsa Ismail, Jerrom Ogenrowt, Rebecca Tekle, Blane Bessesse, and Nasir Robertson.
The St. Lawrence Co-ops Community Mosaic, a project of the Co-op Housing Federation of Toronto in partnership with Red Dress Productions, thanks the citizens of Toronto and Ontario for their support through the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council, St. Lawrence Community Recreation Centre, and the OWN Housing Co-operative.
Special thanks to Tom Clement, Maria LaVida, Esther Forde, Frank Roias, Dave Hains, Rob Haas, and the OWN Housing Co-operative Board of Directors.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Artists Anna Camilleri and Tristan R. Whiston led Scape, the second Bleecker Street Co-operative community-engaged project. Individual and group sketches were produced during a series of creative brainstorms; with this, Camilleri produced Scape’s design. Volunteer participants collaborated over several months to create this large-scale public artwork.
Scape participants include Angelica Batalla, Hamish Broadwater, Rhonda Brown, Noelle Campbell-Smith, Richard Carrier-Bragg, Mary Deacon, Nic Di Santo, Rudi Garcia, Irene Gonzales, Liliana Grosso, Dorian Johnson, Brian Latoski, Joe Leggiero, Morgan MacKinnon, David Matthews, Rob Papp, Coco St. Louis-McBurney, Keisha St. Louis-McBurney, Cecelia St. Louis, Marcus Rak, Janet Rowe, Zaayon Russell-Smith, and Miriam Verhaar.
Bleecker Street Co-operative Homes was founded in 1991 and has been honoured with multiple awards for social inclusion and innovation.
Mosaic: A Community Tribute is a community-engaged project based in Bleecker Street Co-operative, led by artists Anna Camilleri and Tristan R. Whiston. More than 90 participants between the ages of 2 and 86 worked together to create this public artwork. We talked about community, activism, diversity, inclusion, environmentalism, co-operative housing, celebrating youth and elders, and how this might be reflected in visual language. Participants produced over twenty-five individual and group sketches; with this, Anna Camilleri created one design based upon a shared vision. Then we cut, smashed, and nipped thousands of pieces of tile. 141 square feet. 18’ wide x 8’ high. 1000 volunteer hours.
We gratefully acknowledge the citizens of Toronto and Ontario for their support through the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council. A special thanks to Bleecker Street Co-op members, staff, and board of directors.
January 31-February 10, 2008
Alchemy Studio Theatre
Writer & Director: Tristan R. Whiston
Producer: Anna Camilleri
Where time is burning and the island is shrinking.
Will Peter finally grow up?
Red Dress Productions gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and the Lesbian and Gay Community Appeal Foundation.