The inspiration

The pathways we take today are built around corridors carved by melting glaciers, which merge with the trajectories taken by insects/birds, animal-dug tunnels and are all intersected by Indigenous Peoples’ paths.

The Result

In collaboration with Neilson Park Creative Centre, Pathways offered 26 art-making workshops were we created without generating waste, while learning about the land where we live.

The community surrounding Neilson Park was invited to explore the park and its nearby habitats with fresh eyes. Through songs, storytelling, nature walks, guided forging and slow artmaking projects, participants gained a sense of place.


Artist in the Park grant

Learning about the land where we live

Young Spiritual Elder Philip Cote shared his wisdom with project participants through Birch Bark Scroll Teachings and a Medicine Walk.

Anishinaabe Water Teachings

Artist and activist Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone shared teachings of the waters that run through mother earth and through our veins.

Mark Making

Artist Linda Naccarato inspired participants to make their own inks and discover the whimsical qualities of ink.

“I especially enjoyed creating inks from mulberries found on-site with participants. This was an unique opportunity to walk through the stages of responsible harvesting and ink making with children and adults.” Linda Naccarato

Nature Exploration Walks

Naturalist Lee Earl encouraged participants to connect with nature by visiting the ravine. She shared knowledge about seasonal changes, local birds and animals, and properties of medicinal plants.

“As my mentors have taught me, even looking at one specific tree or wine throughout an entire year can reveal the unfolding mysteries of life – what a gift to notice!” Lee Earl

Weaving in Nature

Artist Claudia Apablaza showed participants how to craft intricate willow baskets, sew with grass, and weave found natural materials.

“We can create beautiful art while we re-connect with ancestral traditions. The process of creating art with Nature and sharing this learning with others has been so rewarding.” Claudia Apablaza

We are all connected

For the final sculpture, clay, weavings and found-materials were intertwined to create a circular installation that tried to capture the interconnections between trees, plants, birds, insects, animals and water. All artwork was ephemeral and returned to nature.

Pathways Gallery

My Role

Program Curator, art and nature educator

Supported by

Toronto Arts Council

Neilson Park


Hand crafted pens, charcoal and ink, clay, willow and cedar for weaving


Over 400 children, youth, parents, elders


Summer 2022