In Spring 2019, PH will resume it's long-time partnership with Youth Without Shelter and bring drama programming back into the youth shelter context. This program, which has been running on-and-off since we incoroparted, provides an opportunity for shelter residents to de-stress, to bolster communication skills, and to explore a sense of community through play.
In the Spring of 2014, the company contributed to the Neighbourhood Change National Research Partnership in collaboration with Dr. Kathleen Gallagher, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Our drama shelter programming at Youth Without Shelter provided critical ethnographic data to Dr. Gallagher's research project, which she has begun disseminating to policy-makers, community leaders, and those invested in the advancement of our most marginalized young people. Outputs and outcomes of this collaboration are ongoing.
Straight to the Streets is a clothing walk started by local Spoken Word poet Tomy Bewick. Every November, a team of dedicated volunteers take to the streets to distribute Winter Warmth for those who live on our cold streets here in Toronto. Project: Humanity was proud to partner with Straight to the Streets for this event.
Tokens 4 Change is an initiative spearheaded by the Board of Directors at Youth Without Shelter, and was originally developed in collaboration with Project: Humanity. In it's inaugural year, we were granted access to the entire TTC for a single day to amass 5000 tokens and raise awareness about the realities of youth homelessness through the arts. Project: Humanity facilitated and presented live art installations inside the subway stations that was performed by students from various schools located across the GTA.
“Naturally Resourceful” was an interactive art installation that offered our community ways to alter their global environmental impact. By pairing environmentally-conscious organizations with artistic trendsetters, this event created an atmosphere that both allowed its audience to discover: how various elements of our life affect the planet, and what can be done to minimize our impact without compromising our enjoyment.
This event was structured around a fashion show which introduced local Toronto designers who were creating their own innovative brands, by using the items that were considered inappropriate to donate from our spring clothing drive.
Project: Humanity's longest standing event was our Annual Shirts Off Clothing Drive which asked people to bring us their gently used clothing in exchange for an evening of entertainment with some of Toronto's finest independent artists. Each year, clothing donations were sorted and folded by our wonderful team of volunteers and personally delivered, within 3 days, to over 10 shelters in the city benefiting all homeless demographics (men, women, youth, newly immigrated families). This event ran for 5 years between 2007 and 2011 and resulted in thousands of pounds worth of clothing donations being delivered to shelters across the city.
Our 2nd Annual Clothing Drive inspired our first ever Fashion Installation. Un-usable clothes were given to local designers to create some new couture. In typical PH style, we turned the fashion world on it's side by showing the pieces through artistic fashion installations using dance, opera, and theatre to showcase the clothing. Designers for the event were Eryn Reid, Sharon Hann + Copper Coin Arts, Cruz & Clarke Designs, Freedom Clothing, and Paper People Clothing. This event was a platform to promote green-friendly solutions to everyday issues. We introduced a network of local innovators, and encouraged people to find their own path in the world of green footprints.
Three rooms at Ryerson Theatre School simultaneously showcased live theatre, dance, comedy, poetry, visual art and music allowing attendants to move around as they pleased and take in the art in a casual and accessible environment. The $3000 raised that evening was split between the Red Cross' Tsunami Relief Effort and their local initiatives.