Jumblies Arts For All Essentials – our 6-day intensive workshop on the principals, practices and underpinnings of Jumblies and art that engages with and creates community – took place from December 11 to 18, for the 5th time in Toronto (and 7th time in the world), with 26 participants of varied ages, experience levels and arts disciplines and 10 Jumblies artists, staff, associates and guest presenters. It was based at Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Centre, with excursions to Jumblies projects and offshoots in Etobicoke and Scarbourough.
Some things the participants said about it:
Arts For All Essentials was an inspiring experience, creatively, emotionally and spiritually. I’ve been exposed to people and ideas that have changed the way I think about art and community, both separately and together.
I was motivated as a newcomer to Community Based Arts Practices, I was given the opportunity to connect with others in this field, and deeply inspired as an Artist – all over the course of one week.
Wow! Realized the powerful potential of community art engagement when there is more of a focused intent and goal/path/journey: the power of collective creation that creates community and growth.
A hotbed of creative art-making in the GTA bringing seasoned artists and enthusiastic participants together to reflect on practice and practice theory.
I work in the Arts but not as an artist and I loved that everything learned this week is relevant to my work and that my voice and presence felt as valued as everyone else’s.
Jumblies makes me feel at home in Community Arts; I have found my place.
You guys provoke so many radical ways of thinking about community, activity, ritual, ways of bringing people together… I found your work to be very fierce and your openness to new ideas even fiercer.
One of the things I appreciated most was the opportunity to encounter the diversity of talent hidden away in some of Toronto’s most disconnected neighbourhoods.
I strongly recommend it to artists, cultural producers, and organizations who are working in/with communities.
The fact that arts for all means for all seems obvious, but one reads a lot of mission statements that say a lot of things. It is, thus, very refreshing to see a genuine care, which is demonstrated in your work.
Any organization that’s hosting community arts activities or working in the arts should take it.
Arts For All Essentials will be offered again in Toronto in the winter of 2011. If interested, please e-mail us to be put on an info. list.
(Group photo by: Katherine Fleitas)