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.
List of resources for the non-Black community to support the Black community in Canada (includes fundraisers for families etc)
Donations made through this link are split across 38 bail funds in the US
Compilation of places to donate on Twitter
Directory of Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs in Toronto
Crowd-sourced list of bail funds to assist folks unjustly placed under arrest
While our building may be currently closed for our patron’s health and safety, AYP Tenant SKETCH, a community arts enterprise, has been connecting with the young artists they serve in new and virtual ways. One new project, Art in Pandemic! celebrates the creativity of young people through a series of YouTube videos featuring individual artists while in quarantine.
Read the full story from Artscape here.
COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT – Update
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, effective from March 16 until May 4, 2020. Please check back here for further updates and information about re-opening. Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you soon!
Resources for Artists
Artscape knows that COVID-19 is already having a pronounced financial impact on the creative sector. From cancelled performances and festivals to the shuttering and slowdown of storefronts, creatives of all disciplines are going to be facing economic hardships in 2020.
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.
Paperhouse Studio specializes in using paper as a medium for experimental arts. They offer a community-focused membership program which includes benefits such as access to studio space, discounts on classes, and opportunities for exhibiting (in our hallway galleries!). We sat down with Lucia Wallace, a current Work Exchange Member to talk about Paperhouse Studio’s first Members’ Show, and her experience as a member.
Summer’s almost gone but the fun’s not over yet at AYP. Here’s this month’s roundup of events and programs happening in the building. Keep up to date on our events calendar at artscapeyoungplace.ca/events!
The Centre for Indigenous Theatre has been a longtime tenant here at AYP. We sat down with Artistic Director and Principal Rose Stella to talk about their experience being in the building, and the kinds of impact CIT grads are making in the arts and culture sector.
Cool down from the summer heat and check out some exciting events and programs happening at AYP in July. This month we’ve got everything from performances and exhibitions to summer camps for kids. Check out our events calendar for more!
On Wednesday June 13th Nuit Rose launched their 5th annual queer art and performance festival at Artscape Youngplace.
Summer’s here early and it looks like it’s here to stay. Start off yours with our Monthly Roundup of what’s on at AYP this month. Be sure to check out our events calendar for more updates!
Smart Cookie Club offers play-based enrichment for children, caregivers, and parents through classes and programs across the city. We sat down with co-founding teachers Talia and Mary to speak to us about their experience at Artscape Youngplace. Smart Cookie Club is currently in Suite 306, and will be taking over Flex Studios 108 and 109 as permanent tenants later this summer.