Block by Block, Thread by Thread is a series of arts-based workshops for newcomers to Toronto. Through discussion and learning a new textile making technique, participants will explore the connections between the power of story sharing and place-making through textiles.
Block by Block, Thread by Thread will consist of three workshops, each three hours long. They will be hosted at the Textile Museum of Canada, located in the neighbourhood once known as “The Ward” where many immigrants settled in the 18th and 19th centuries. Building on the Ward Museum’s oral history project that gathered stories from this neighbourhood, former residents of the Ward and their descendants will join the workshop to share their stories. Recent newcomers are also invited to bring a textile or textile-related memory that pertains to their migration story so they can share as well.
Facilitated discussions about issues and experiences pertaining to migration and displacement will be hosted at each workshop. Block by Block storytellers and workshop participants will be invited to share their experiences. Facilitators will then teach participants a textile-making technique that they can use to create a textile that reflects their story. Together, we will explore the powerful ways that textiles capture meaning and memory.
Workshops are open to all newcomers. Registration required and space is limited. TTC tokens will be provided for registered participants. No previous textile-making skills are required.
The Artistic Program Coordinator will work with project partners to develop and deliver the Block by Block, Thread by Thread workshops. Their responsibilities will include:
February – April 2018, including the March workshop dates (March 10, 17 and 24, 2018)
Work remotely, with in person meetings when required.
Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a letter outlining their interest and any relevant experience, a CV and examples of previous work (images, text, programs, etc.) no later than February 2, 2018 to Marta Keller Hernandez at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Facilitators will work under the supervision of the Artistic Program Coordinator.
Responsibilities will include:
Contract: $75/workshop; $225/all 3 workshops
March workshop dates (March 10, 17 and 24, 2018), plus a training session.
Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a CV and letter outlining their interest and any relevant experience no later than February 2, 2018 to Marta Keller Hernandez at: email@example.com.
This project has been made possible through the financial support of: