We are deeply saddened and angered by the recent news of police brutality, racism, and violence happening in the U.S. and Canada. Artscape stands in solidarity with our Black employees and community of creators in raising our voice to say that Black lives matter. We are all indebted to the activism, art and cultural contributions of Black creators. As an organization whose core values align with community, we have a responsibility to use our platform to share info and resources that combat racism, hatred and discrimination in our society.
Actions we can take to help support the Black community:
Donate to the BLM movement, national bail funds, and the families of those affected by police violence
Get involved with a local BLM chapter
Make a conscious effort to consume and support Black art and patronize more Black-owned businesses
Engage in these important, and often difficult conversations within your own circles on dismantling white supremacy and anti-blackness, and learn about how racism often operates unconsciously through implicit biases.
We encourage you to use your voice to let our governments, our police forces, and our fellow citizens know that racism will not be tolerated, and systemic change needs to happen now.
Are you a youth (age 16 – 26) 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 2019 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 about 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
In Dear Ayeeyo, Yasin Osman shares scenes of everyday life within the villages of Somalia. This exhibition features large-scale portraits and snapshots that offer glimpses into the lives of the Somali people during a time fraught with humanitarian crisis and severe drought. Through fostering trust and camaraderie with his subject, Osman achieves intimate portraits that contest the portrayal of Somalia in the popular media.
The child of Somali parents, Osman returned to his ancestral lands in search for an emotional connection. This body of work, compiled together for the first time, showcases his journey home as an outsider, examining this foreign land. Dear Ayeeyo is intended as a tribute to Osman’s grandmother.
About Yasin Osman
Yasin Osman, is an award-winning Toronto photographer that specializes in evocative images of the living world. Raised in Regent Park he felt the urge to document everyday life in his changing neighbourhood. He has worked with organizations such as UNICEF, MACLEANS Magazine and VICE. Through social media platforms Yasin has accumulated over 300 thousand followers. The artist is currently working on a legacy photography project that solely focuses on the revitalization of the Regent Park community.
Artscape is pleased to announce Jermyn Creed as the new Community Hub Manager at Daniels Spectrum.
Jermyn is a long-time friend of Daniels Spectrum, having contributed to events and programs like the Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program for many years, and worked as a Support Worker with Pathways to Education Regent Park since 2010. He brings a wealth of experience in working with community, owing to his background as a counsellor and facilitator, and training in social justice and coaching. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the Regent Park Arts Non Profit Development Corporation—the entity that owns Daniels Spectrum—from 2016 to this year.
As Community Hub Manager, Jermyn is responsible for the day to day management of Daniels Spectrum, working with our staff, tenants, stakeholders and partners. In keeping with our mandate, he will help maintain and build our strong and vibrant community, and foster the conditions for artists and creative organizations to thrive at Daniels Spectrum.
Please join us in welcoming Jermyn to our amazing team.
Daniels Spectrum is a community cultural hub in Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood. It is home to many outstanding arts-based and community-focused organizations, and contains several event, performance and exhibition spaces that host tens of thousands of visitors and hundreds of arts and cultural events each year. Daniels Spectrum is rooted in Regent Park, and open to the world.
To help maintain community safety and contain the spread of COVID-19, Artscape has temporarily closed its facilities to the public and cancelled all Artscape-led programming. We will be monitoring public health and government recommendations regarding the reopening of non-essential businesses and public gatherings to guide our decision on a re-opening date. Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you soon!
Please read an important update re: COVID-19 from Artscape CEO, Tim Jones to find out about helpful resources and supports for the arts and culture sector during this challenging time.
Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you soon!
While numerous professional associations have created their own COVID-19 resource guides, Artscape’s compilation focuses on a collection of financial resources and supports to help creatives across all of our communities navigate this situation. Click here to access Artscape’s Resources for Creatives and Creative Entrepreneurs.