Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Promise in the Park: The Winchester Park Public Art Project

We're proud to announce Promise in the Park Project: The Winchester Park Public Art Project. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. At this time we'd like to recognize our community partners, and particularly Diane Frankling Co-operative Homes, the Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council, and Jumblies Theatre's Artistic Director Ruth Howard and Managing Director Keith McNair for mentorship. 

Promise in the Park is a multidisciplinary project that will cultivate community engagement in arts in Toronto’s Winchester Park neighbourhood while creating public art that is based upon the local stories and traditions of the people living there. Through a 4-year artistic process, we will showcase, cross pollinate, and grow the unknown or unacknowledged cultural riches that are present in the area, catalyze new social connections, and increase neighbourhood safety by revitalizing its public spaces.

Promise in the Park builds upon Red Dress Productions’ artistic residency with Diane Frankling Co-operative Homes (formerly Bleecker Street-Co-operative @85 Bleecker St.) between 2006 and 2012 that engaged 400+ volunteer project contributors and culminated in three large-scale mosaic public artworks. Motivated to extend the legacy of social inclusion beyond its membership and into the wider Winchester Park neighbourhod, Red Dress Productions has been called upon upon by Diane Frankling Housing Co-op’s membership to develop the framework for and lead Promise in the Park.

The artistic processes, production, and public presentation inherently cultivate a context for inclusive and co-creative social and civic engagement across difference in the Winchester Park neighbourhood. Promise in the Park will be realized through community and park transformation and will work to better welcome, reflect, and include the diversity of people who live in the area. 

Public artworks, conceptualized and produced through collaborative artistic practices, will remain in a string of Winchester area parks. These artworks will physically and visually connect the neighbourhood, and will also serve as the a site for a large-scale Community Play.

Red Dress Productions will begin working with communities in the Winchester Park area on Promise in the Park in January 2014.