Who Knew? is a Jumblies 2018-19 project in partnership with the Bernard Betel Centre for seniors, in North York, Toronto: artfully sharing stories through conversation, visual arts, dance, music and film.
Who Knew? began as an individual project of Ruth Howard’s (funded by the Toronto Arts Council) in Winter 2019, and then grew into a larger Jumblies project (thanks to funds from New Horizons for Seniors). The artistic team included: Lead Artist: Ruth Howard; Adrienne Marcus Raja, Multi-Media Artist; Choreographer, Michelle Silagy; Composers, Alejandra Nunez & Arie Verheul van de Ven; Artist-facilitators and Translators, Tijana Spasic (Russian, Serbian) & Rakefet Arieli (Hebrew); Singer, Shifra Cooper; and Fabric Artist, Oshan Starreveld.
Activities included a series of Monday afternoon workshops, gathering and exploring personal stories and objects through various art forms, a culminating performance at the Bernard Betel Centre in April and a repeat performance at The Ground Floor in June, a couple of summer 2019 workshops, and involvement of Bernard Betel seniors in our production of Odaabaanag at Harbourfront Centre in November 2019. A potential Spring 2020 phase of Who Knew? was delayed by the pandemic, but some relationships have continued.