Evergreen Brick Works is a community environmental centre that inspires and equips visitors to live, work and play more sustainably. Evergreen, a national charity, has transformed the former Don Valley Brick Works from a collection of 16 deteriorating heritage buildings into an international showcase for urban sustainability and green design that is open year-round. The buildings – a collection of brick structures from the early 1900s and industrial sheds from the 1950s – have been revitalized through a process called “adaptive re-use.” The result is Evergreen Brick Works – a community environmental centre with programs that celebrate the site’s unique geological, industrial and natural heritage. In 2010, Evergreen Brick Works was named by National Geographic as one of the world’s top 10 geotourism destinations.
Remix is located in a non-descript warehouse in the trendy Liberty Village neighborhood of downtown Toronto. Delegates will tour a fully equipped recording studio, photography studio and media arts studio where talented youth and young adults are being tutored in the creative arts. The tour will also include a detailed breakdown of the program including the application process, the Remix experience from day 1 (orientation) through to the graduation ceremony, the mentorship program, staff dynamics and workshop series. A 15minute piece produced by one of Remix’s alumni will be screened. It is a powerful documentary following the journey of three participants as they embark on the Remix experience. (http://www.swb.ca/; http://themanifesto.ca/; http://www.grassrootsyouth.ca/; http://www.thepeopleproject.ca/)
Something remarkable is happening to Canada’s first and largest social housing project. Underway is an ambitious process to replace the long-isolated social housing neighbourhood with an innovative, mixed-income, mixed-use community. The redevelopment aims to not only transform the physical landscape, but to build an inclusive, environmentally sustainable community.
Join us on a walking tour to learn about how this is unfolding from people who are at the heart of thi effort including: a long-time community resident and leader, the City , and the private sector developer. You will learn about: the history of Regent Park; how people are working together to ensure social and economic inclusion of all residents; and about some of the exciting programs and initiatives that are part of this growing dynamic community related to the arts, social enterprise and food security to name a few.
Artscape has transformed the historic Wychwood TTC streetcar repair barns located in Toronto’s St. Clair and Christie neighbourhood into the Artscape Wychwood Barns – a 60,000 sq. ft. multifaceted community centre where arts and culture, environmental leadership, heritage preservation, urban agriculture and affordable housing are brought together to foster a strong sense of community.
Since 2001, Artscape has been working in partnership with the City of Toronto and The Stop Community Food Centre. Artscape Wychwood Barns is now home to 26 artists and their families, 17 individual artists and 11 non-profit arts and environmental organizations. The Stop’s Green Barn, located in the Wychood Barns at 601 Christie Street, is a sustainable food production and education centre which houses a state-of-the-art greenhouse, food systems education programs, a sheltered garden, our Global Roots Garden, community bake oven and compost demonstration centre.