To find out more about MABELLEarts and their
current activities, go to: www.MABELLEarts.ca
Ruhella and Qadar, 2011, photo: Katherine Fleitas.
MABELLEarts brings together people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to make art: to talk, work, play, plant, tell, build, remember, think, sew, eat, celebrate, draw, sing and mourn, transforming indoor and outdoor spaces in and around Mabelle – a Toronto Community Housing complex in Etobicoke.
MABELLEarts is a Jumblies Offshoot, springing from a 3-year residency and the 2007 production of Bridge of One Hair. Now a self-sufficient organization under the Artistic Direction of Leah Houston, MABELLEarts remains a member of the Jumblies family and a partner in the Jumblies Studio.
Since 2007 MABELLEarts has been offering arts workshops in a variety of disciplines in order to transform and enliven a once-forgotten park in the centre of the Mabelle neighbourhood. To date we have planted gardens, built and enjoyed an outdoor oven, cooked community feasts over an open fire, built new furniture, created a winter (!) parade, sewn textile art, hosted performance workshops and theatre events, painted sticks, and so much more.
STAFF AND ARTISTS
Artistic Director: Leah Houston
Community Leaders: Mona Roy and Pat Austin
Artists, Coordinators, Helpers and Volunteers (past and present): Michael Burtt, Faten Toubasi, Marianne Alas, Amina Beegun, Catherine Campbell, Noah Kenneally, Sean Frey, Diana Tso, Sayruq Farah, Hawa Jibril, Faduma Ahmed Alim, Qadar Aden, Hamda Jama, Fahima Ahmed, Shukri Ali, Adrian Blackwell, Jane Hutton, Susie Osler, Hania Toubasi, Regan Mancini, Zeinab Labadhagax, Mariam Adam, Anne Kong, Meg Deere, Marika Schwandt, Coleen McPherson, Lisa Marie DiLiberto, Leah Sherry, Jane Wells, Maggie Hutcheson, Alexandra Draghici, Katherine Gombay, Derrick Piens, Elinor Whidden, Clay & Paper Theatre, Kritin Bartlett, Sultan Syed, Syeeda Hassan, Ruhella Syed, Katherine Fleitas, Sonja Rainey, Miriam Ahmed, Fadwa Ghanem, Bibi Mohammed, Nina Hartt, Mr. Dudley, and Selam Tukli, Public Displays of Affection and many others.
Consultants (past and present): Ruth Howard, Keith McNair, Heather Young and Jane Marsland.
MABELLEarts Board of Directors: Kris Erickson, Ian Malczewski, Beth Helmers, Noah Kenneally, Bill Livingstone, Jutta Mason, Mike Lipowski