When Street Health and ReDefine Arts invited community members to share their thoughts, memories and connections to the Regent Park neighbourhood in Toronto, some themes emerged: gestures of human kindness and community and experiences of stigma and social exclusion, harm reduction, access to housing and connection with elements of nature.
Two mosaic public artworks were created with Street Health Toronto clients, staff, and community members. Informed by community member contributions, the first mosaic was designed by Anna Camilleri (7 FT x 4 FT) and the second by Wy Joung Kou (18 FT x 2 FT).
The Street Health Toronto Community Art Project was devised and led by artists Anna Camilleri and Tristan R. Whiston with associate artist Wy Joung Kou, project coordinator and outreach lead Cathy Callaghan, community artist interns Aaron Bowerman, Isabella C Chin and Dan Buckley and production lead Katie Yealland. Raging Asian Womxn Taiko Drummers performed at the unveiling event that was supported by Elder Nicole Tanguay.
“Street Health’s clients include individuals experiencing homelessness, seniors struggling with isolation and poverty, and people who must rely on the city’s emergency shelter options. Just like a tree, each is much more than just our immediate, visible circumstance.” – Cathy Callaghan
Funder: Ontario Arts Council