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  • Meet Dear Ayeeyo Photographer Yasin Osman

    Yasin Osman, a rising star in the world of photography, loves Regent Park. The 25-year old artist has already made his mark on his neighbourhood, founding #shootforpeace, a grassroots arts mentorship program that engages local youth in storytelling through photography. Now, he’s getting ready for his first solo photography show, Dear Ayeeyo, opening May 4 in the Daniels Spectrum Hallway Galleries.

    Dear Ayeeyo presents large-scale photos taken during a visit to Somalia, where Yasin’s parents are from. The images offer an intimate glimpse into the daily lives of villagers, illuminating a resilient human spirit.

    The show is dedicated to Osman’s grandmother and the country she knew.

    Yasin travelled to Somalia with Love Army for Somalia to bring his Shoot for Peace program to children living in refugee camps, after pitching the idea to Vine celebrity Jérôme Jarre. The resulting images released on Instagram showed the world a different side of the humanitarian crisis in Somalia—one full of hope, love and unity.

    His unique approach to documentary photography, the warmth and emotion of his images, and his focus on powerful stories of marginalization and culture have earned Yasin an international following on Instagram and 550px of 200,000 and climbing.

    Yasin’s mission to bring people together and promote compassion using the creative power of photo is apparent in Dear Ayeeyo.

    “For me, the most important thing is the opportunity for people to see a different, more caring version of Somalia than they’ve seen in mainstream media. My grandmother said, as long as you plan on helping our people then you have my blessing. I realized that I’m now fulfilling my grandmother’s promise.”

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    Dear Ayeeyo opens May 4 in the Hallway Galleries at Daniels Spectrum, with a reception from 5:30 to 9:30 PM. It is a Feature Exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, and presented by The Daniels Corporation. He is represented by KZM Agency in Toronto.

    Now Hiring: Community Hub Manager, Daniels Spectrum

    Artscape is hiring a Community Hub Manager for Daniels Spectrum.

    Reporting to the Director of Hub Services, the Community Hub Manager of Daniels Spectrum is responsible for the day to day management and implementation of community and tenant engagement, to achieve our strategic commitment of building strong and vibrant neighborhoods at our community culture hubs.  The Community Hub Manager fosters the conditions for artists and creative organizations to thrive through strong relationship management, community engagement and a passion for the mandate of Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park.

    Learn more on the Artscape website.

    2018 Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program

    Are you a youth (age 16 – 27) interested in the arts and taking your talent to the next level? Well this is the program for you! We have started recruitment for youth interested in the arts to join the 2018 edition of the Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program.

    Through this program, you will

    • Connect with other professional artists (musicians, visual artists, dancers, etc.) to learn abou their everyday hustle and paths to success
    • Get partnered with an industry mentor who can help you take your game to the next level
    • Visit the city’s most influential arts and cultural institutions
    • Deepen their artistry and get plugged into Toronto’s arts community
    • Put together an amazing culminating showcase

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    5th Anniversary Photo Recap

    On Monday, September 25, we celebrated our 5-year Anniversary with a community barbeque and open house. We welcomed over 500 supporters, partners, community members and friends to celebrate culture, community and the arts.

    Relive the evening (or see what you missed!) in this photo recap of our birthday celebration.

    Photos by Aphiraa 

    The evening began with opening remarks from our partners and tenants.

    Martin Blake, Vice President of The Daniels Corporation

    Nidhi Khanna, Daniels Spectrum Managing Director

    Kathy Milsom, President and Chief Executive Officer of Toronto Community Housing Corporation

    L-R: Isaac Thomas, Managing Director of Native Earth, Ananya Ohri, Exectuve Director of Regent Park Film Festival, Richard Marsella, Executive Director Regent Park School of Music

    The barbeque: a delicious sight to see… and smell!

    The excited guests were treated to a dazzling array of performances by members of the community

     

    THANK YOU

    Congratulations to the dynamic arts and social service organizations who have called Daniels Spectrum home: Art Heart, The Centre for Social Innovation, Collective of Black Artists, Centennial College Performing Arts Commons, Pathways to Education, Regent Park Film Festival, Regent Park School of Music and the Show Love Café.

    To our generous supporters – we couldn’t have done it without you. Special thanks to our partners, The Daniels Corporation and Toronto Community Housing.

    Finally, thanks to all who have walked through our doors to work, play, study and get creative; because of you, Daniels Spectrum has truly become a place “Rooted in Regent Park, Open to the World”. We hope you continue to join us in the years to come for even more fun!

     

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