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November 5, 2021

Reconstructions of Home: Storytelling Event

Hosted by SKETCH Working Arts

This is a special invitation to the press, neighbours, friends and locals from Toronto to join both the Bentway and SKETCH, who have come together in Reconstructions of Home designing creative ways to honour and celebrate the community and culture of those who have called this place home.

We recognize the pain that displacement causes, and with empathy and compassion we mindfully remember those who have walked here before. We acknowledge that the voices of homeless and unhoused communities should be included in decisions about the future of our city.

We seek to better understand the needs and gifts of this creative community and how public space can address some of those needs and engage some of those gifts. We are seeking to reconcile the past while continuing to look forward. This is done best in ongoing conversations with the communities impacted. Join the conversation.

Which is why we are inviting the public, community members, neighbours and press to join us on Friday, November 5th for our Storytelling Event and performance by Reconstructions of Home Team launching ‘HEAR US’ an audio scape created to share the experience and celebrate the culture of homeless, houseless people in Toronto, 4-5pm, at the Bentway, Bent 53.

PLEASE NOTE: this project will discuss the following topics:

  • Addiction and long term drug use
  • Isolation, loneliness, depression
  • Stories that may contain violence leading to death
  • Potentially sexually explicit material

Reconstructions of Home is presented as part of Making With Place - SKETCH’s first series of public art projects in which artists consider the complexities of place to animate, amplify and archive creative histories and voices of people and places on the margins. Learn more about all four projects at www.sketch.ca/publicart.

PRACTICE PHYSICAL DISTANCING and WEAR A MASK!!

WE MUST BE VIGILANT IN THESE PRACTICES TO KEEP EACH OTHER SAFE.

SKETCH is committed to following all Provincial and Municipal COVID-19 protocols, rules and regulations in order to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible. Screening forms will be sent to registrants 24 hours before the event. Please fill out the screening form. While it is an outdoor event, we ask anyone attending the event to wear a mask to help stop the spread of COVID-19. SKETCH will have masks and hand sanitizer on hand. We thank you for your cooperation and support in helping to ensure community safety. 

Accessibility

The installation includes tactile, visual & auditory components. We will have ASL onsite for the Storytelling session.

The nearest transit options include:

  • 511 Bathurst street car, which is not wheelchair accessible, travelling west and requires walking up an incline through the Bentway.
  • The 29 Dufferin kneeling bus then traveling east 9 minutes along the sidewalk to the Bentway. There is a slight incline up Fort York drive towards the park.
  • The 63 Ossington kneeling bus then travelling south on Strachan which involves an incline & decline

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