Hello Everyone! This is artist Day Milman with my first post for the ArtsAccess Blog, updating you on what the team has been up to over the past couple of months. Mostly, I’m really pleased to report that the Transformation City hoarding project has just been installed in Grange Park.
Since April, I’ve been working hard with my fellow community artist/facilitators—Cath Campbell and Camille Turner as well as Jef McLarnon, Jake Pyne and Loree Erickson—together with groups from the Grange Neighborhood to produce the projects that now appear on the hoarding.
Jef worked with Orde Street Public School to make an amazing, huge dragon puppet ingeniously driven by a shopping cart. Loree and Jake worked with Beverly Junior Public School to produce a series of self-portraits by participants who have disabilities, giving the participants the opportunity to show how they see themselves. They also used flowers to paint with, and a few participants even used the tracks of their wheelchairs to produce a beautiful border along their piece.
Cath led a story-telling workshop with St. George the Martyr Anglican Church in which participants shared stories about the Church and the neighbourhood. Excerpts from the stories, along with pictures of the Church’s gorgeous stained glass windows, now appear on the hoarding. Camille led a Grade 2 class at Ogden Junior Public School in making secret wish pouches from fabric and glass beads. I worked with the Cops ‘n’ Kids from Hydro Block on Henry Street to produce flags that represent the kids’ ideas about themselves and their community.
Art in the Park on July 1 was when the hoarding project was officially launched. Cath’s band, the Jeremiahs, led the Hydro Block Kids and the Shopping Cart Dragon in a parade through the park. It was so great to finish the project off with a celebratory parade!
At Art in the Park there were lots of exciting art projects for kids and families to participate in. The ArtsAccess crew was in charge of the Community Wish Garden. People made flowers out of brightly coloured vinyl and stuck them to the hoarding. Each flower represents a wish.
So, please take a trip down to Grange Park, check out the hoarding project and enjoy tossing the Frisbee, wading in the pool, or just relaxing under a shady tree.