For the Contact photography festival this year I will be curating, directing and guiding participants at ArtHeart in a community exhibition. Which will run for the month of May.
The project will look at community members of Regent Park and their take on interior spaces, along with their stories. I will be documenting the process as well as guiding the members in creating a photo based project.
For those who are not unfamiliar with Regent Park here are some quick facts from Wiki:
Regent Park is a neighbourhood located in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Formerly the centre of the Cabbagetown neighbourhood, it is bounded by Gerrard Street East to the north, River Street to the east, Shuter Street to the south, and Parliament Street to the west. 41% of the population living in Regent Park are children 18 years and younger (compared to a Toronto-wide average of 30%).
The average income for Regent Park residents is approximately half the average for other Torontonians. A majority of families in Regent Park are classified as low-income, with 68% of the population living below Statistics Canada‘s Low-Income Cut-Off Rate in one of its census tracts, and 76% in the other (compared to a Toronto-wide average of just over 20%). See related articles, Poverty in Canada.
Regent Park’s residential dwellings are entirely social housing, and cover all of the 69 acres (280,000 m²) which comprise the community. Regent Park is Canada’s oldest and largest social housing project, having been built in the late 1940s. The Toronto neighbourhood then known as Cabbagetown was razed in the process of creating Regent Park; the nickname Cabbagetown is now applied to the historical, upscale area north of the housing project.
Recently Regent Park is going to be seeing large scale changes in the near future. While development has been occurring in many parts of Toronto, there are some massive developments in place to further support the local community which is a refreshing change from say the Lakeshore Skyline.
For the next several months I will be involved in volunteering within the project along with ArtHeart and Daniels, a major developing partner in Regent Park.
Just recently the first ever major banking institution stepped into Regent Park… that’s since the 1940s. You can read about it here.
Date & Events to follow.