Jumblies is pleased to share images and stories from The Ground Floor, our creative residence from 2014 to 2017. The Ground Floor is at street level in the Toronto Community Housing block at Fort York Blvd. and Dan Leckie Way, in the midst of the new condo-development called CityPlace.
From The Ground Floor, we have been developing our Toronto, provincial and national projects, offering professional development workshops, housing our resource library, sharing our studio with other projects, delivering community arts programs, developing local partnerships, and exploring and expressing the neighbourhood’s layers of history and current voices.
Thanks to the Toronto Arts Council’s ‘Space for Art’ program and then-Toronto city councillor Adam Vaughan for making The Ground Floor and other downtown spaces available and affordable for artists, and to the Toronto Arts Council for facilitating our residency here. Thanks also to Toronto Community Housing and Del Management Services (DMS), and the new property managers at Greenwin, for allowing us to use the beautiful community room at 150 Dan Leckie for many of our workshops and events.
Jumblies makes art in everyday and extraordinary places with, for and about the people and stories found there. Since moving into The Ground Floor, we have engaged diverse community members in workshops and projects exploring the buried landscapes and Indigenous histories held in this location and the city at large. Many of the resulting new works will be presented in our two-month multi-site Touching Ground Festival in May and June 2017.
Over three years at The Ground Floor, Jumblies has brought together 200 artists and over 3000 diverse community participants in:
- 450+ community activities, and
- 30+ performances and presentations.
Through the Jumblies Studio we have provided:
- 60+ professional development workshops at The Ground Floor for the artistic community, and
- 20 full-time learning positions to emerging community artists.
Our annual Artfare Essentials 6-day workshop on the principles and practices of art that engages with and creates community is an experiential journey of learning and art-making.
Ontario College of Art and Design’s Designing Across Differences class created Talking Treaties-inspired portable storytelling spaces.
Jumblies collaborated with Karyn Recollet's University of Toronto graduate class in Indigenous Aesthetics on a project, Taddle Tales, investigating the buried Taddle Creek, under what is now Philosopher's Walk.
Jumblies has been fortunate to receive Performing Arts Internship grants from the Metcalf Foundation. These grants have made it possible to host 12 emerging arts leaders, four at the Ground Floor. Upon completion of their internships, each Intern presents “My Year With Jumblies”. Our Ground Floor Metcalf Interns have been Sonja Rainey (2014), Ange Loft (2015), Nikki Shaffeeullah (2016), and Julia Hune-Brown (2017).
The Oral History and Art Making Group met monthly at The Ground Floor to discuss and share interview based community arts projects.
Composing Community workshops introduced composers and music creators to community-engaged arts and vice versa.