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.
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.
Artist Linda Naccarato inspired participants to make their own inks and discover the whimsical qualities of ink.
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.
Weaving in Nature
Artist Claudia Apablaza showed participants how to craft intricate willow baskets, sew with grass, and weave found natural materials.
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.
Program Curator, art and nature educator
Toronto Arts Council
Hand crafted pens, charcoal and ink, clay, willow and cedar for weaving
Over 400 children, youth, parents, elders