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CLAP! Culture & Live Arts in Parks March 9, 2016

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DreBu, in collaboration with ten artists of diverse backgrounds and two environmental focused community organizations (Toronto Green Community and Greenest City) organized our first events of Culture and Live Arts in Parks Project.  CLAP! project’s goal is to get more community members to enjoy our parks in simple and creative ways that help raise awareness about our environment, arts, community, culture and diversity. CLAP! is also about celebrating being outside with nature, in parks for recreational purposes. The two innovative events of CLAP! 2015 -August and September  – created impacts that brought both immediate results and  sustainable outcomes.

CLAP Sep 26th Flyer

A small preliminary- a kick-off informal session – was held on August 29th 2015 that introduced the goals of CLAP! amongst community artists, musicians and members of the communities of Parkdale and Toronto. For the 15 out of 20 gathered at the event, it was their first time ever coming to West Lodge Park or knowing of its existence although many of us lived or regularly hung out within blocks from it. The participants reported raised awareness around the importance of using parks for community and arts based lively programs. The first session ended up as a small but very lively occasion to play some music, share our cultures and have conversations about parks and be with nature. We also learnt about the newly built community garden within the park that is supported by the City and managed by Greenest City, based in Parkdale.

The main event held for Ontario Culture Days Weekend on September 26th 2015 was a great success attended by over 100 local residents and people from across Toronto. Musicians and artists networked and exchanged their talents through collaborative and spontaneous jam sessions. 90 percent of the artists were from Toronto Immigrant Artists group started by Kalsang, who founded the group in spring 2015. They also shared their diverse skills set in collaborating through a jam session and public interactive where participants asked about the instruments or learned some of their history. Many took basic lessons on how to play drums or guitar or steel pan instruments. Children and mostly the youth participated in painting on nature and environment. Representatives from the two community environmental organizations interacted with public and participants on their environmental programs and projects that are ongoing so that more people can join or support their movements. We all got very lucky with a beautiful sunny day!

CLAP!  initiated a social media campaign to support increased environmental knowledge through use of green and park spaces in our neighborhoods. Friends of Parkdale Parks is an open group on facebook for residents, visitors or organizations to post their events and activities in the parks of Parkdale. We encourage all to use #ParkdaleParkFriends whenever you post a photo or experience in one of the several parks in Parkdale. We will continue to support this campaign in collaboration with residents, park lovers, community and environmental organizations in across Toronto and beyond.
We would also present the feedback generated from park users through this campaign as well as many important feedback we have already received through the two events at Westlodge Park to our ward 14 councillor, Gord Perks. For instance, many participants asked for benches, tables, washrooms, water fountains and other important gaps they identified at West lodge Park which are much needed for and by the community residents.

CLAP! 2015 events are part of a TD Parks Builder Project funded by Park People – Toronto Alliance for Better Parks.

Note: All testimonials from event participants including feedback on improvements of West lodge Park (165 Lansdowne Ave, Toronto) for community/public use are shared as captions of the photos in the album on our facebook page.

ENJOY the Photo Album of CLAP! 2015

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