Project Updates

Presenting the Inkling Enacted Artist Spotlight series

Introducing the Inkling Enacted Project Spotlight series! Inkling Enacted is a festival of new performance and works-in-progress. Originally set to take place in the Spring of 2020, and postponed due to COVID-19, Inkling Enacted follows a suite of creative projects: the Inkling Incubator, Inkling Symposium, and Inkling of Appreciation.

At its root, Inkling asks: What arises when Deaf, disabled, hearing, and enabled artists collaborate at the ‘inkling’ phase of a creative project and experiment with creative problem solving? Over the summer and fall,

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Hands form a heart in close up of Project Love mural

Unveiling of Project Love mural celebrates LGBTQ students

In the fall of 2019, Red Dress Productions worked with Marc Garneau Collegiate’s Gender & Sexuality Alliance Club (GSAC) to create the Project Love mosaic. The 12 x 4 foot ceramic and glass mural was created in collaboration with the collegiate’s students to bring visibility to LGBTQ students.

“More than 40 students from the GSA and the school’s art council contributed to designing and building this mosaic, which will be installed in one of the busiest corridors of the school,”

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Loree Lawrence and Marlena Zuber

The co-planning journey of a North Hastings art project

Left to right: Loree Lawrence of the Ontario Arts Council and mentee Marlena Zuber

Community Corridor of Inclusion & Resilience

The North Hastings Community Integration Association (NHCIA) will be creating the Community Corridor of Inclusion & Resilience (CCIR). A multi-phased project, it will result in a collaborative public artwork that celebrates the cultural riches of North Hastings.

This project will rely on the participation of the Indigenous, mental health, disabled, and youth-focused social service agencies,

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Tristan R. Whiston, Emma Munro, Brigitte, and Scott Pearce

Marc Garneau students start building the Project Love mosaic

From left to right: Tristan R. Whiston, Emma Munro (educator and GSAC supervisor), Brigitte (student and GSAC president), and Scott Pearce (educator and GSAC supervisor)

Over the past couple months, we’ve been working with the Gender & Sexuality Alliance Club (GSAC) at Marc Garneau Collegiate in Toronto, to create the Project Love mosaic — an initiative to bring visibility to the needs of queer youth in the school.

Here’s an update of how things have been developing.

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Headphone, flyers and sit and listen sign displayed on table

Where There is Smoke engaged families during Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week 2019 ran from October 6 to 12. It is a time where communities and fire services across the province host a number of events to help raise awareness and keep people safe. As an early kickoff, the Toronto Fire & EMS Training Centre invited us to share a special presentation of Where There Is Smoke — an audio installation of work stories by female firefighters — on Saturday, October 5th in Leslieville.

The installation was set in the atrium during the open house,

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