MABELLEarts brings together people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to make art, tell stories and creatively transform the place that is Mabelle – a Toronto Community Housing complex in Etobicoke.
For us, urban renewal is a collaborative process of creating culture with the hands, voices and dreams of everyday people. Together we talk, work, play, plant, tell, build, remember, think, sew, eat, celebrate, drawing, sing and mourn, transforming indoor and outdoor, personal and collective spaces in and around Mabelle.
Everyone is welcome.
We reside in the Mabelle neighbourhood and work in partnership with local organizations to:
• Produce new works of art and transform Mabelle’s public spaces.
• Uncover and present the stories, themes and imagery of Mabelle, inspired by the people and cultures found there.
• Bring together artists, elders, writers, designers, meal-makers, seed planters, architects, performers, carpenters and others from Mabelle and other places.
• Create opportunities for people from Mabelle and beyond to explore and develop their creativity.
• Welcome those who are most likely to be left out by offering free activities, food, transportation and translation.
• Offer professional artists and others to explore and develop their chosen practice in a community context.