2021 Community Incubation Projects
October 1 - October 31
The Bentway’s annual Community Incubation Program supports the development of the next generation of public space programmers by providing skills and capacity-building training. This year, we are excited to present three opportunities for CityPlace residents to participate in creating a window mural, painted rock garden, and interactive map at our new Studio at Canoe Landing Campus.
Kindness Rocks by Paddy Leung
Help us spread love and kindness beyond the walls of your home by painting rocks to contribute to Kindness Rocks! With your help, Kindness Rocks will reflect community spirit in the form of a rock garden as part of The Bentway’s Community Incubation Program, bringing joy to everyone who visits.
Join Paddy Leung for rock painting workshops at The Bentway Studio at Canoe Landing (55 Fort York Blvd.) every Wednesday in October from 3:30 – 6:00 PM. Learn how to prepare the rock surface, outline the designs, mix paints, and apply various painting methods. We will use bright colours, symbols, patterned designs, words of encouragement, and anything that spreads joy or positivity. At the end of the program, participants can collect them to keep or trade with others. Kindness Rocks is a public art program with a collective vision of transforming a space to bring hope, connectedness, and play!
- In Person Program: Wednesday, October 6, 13, 20 – 3:30pm – 6:00pm
- Online Program: Wednesday, October 27 – 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Age Level: 3 – 99 year old ~ For everyone!
Limited Capacity: 15 – 25 participants per workshops timeslots
Reminders: Please dress warm, wear a mask and bring a rock!
Paddy Leung aka PUFF Paddy is a Queer, Asian-Canadian Artist and Arts Educator based in Toronto. Their work focuses mainly on project design for commercial and community events, and installations for public spaces. Their work explores the balance between the ephemeral nature of experience and the joyful permanence of memory. Paddy is passionate about bringing the arts to their community and creating community through the arts. In recent years, Paddy’s practice has focused largely on community engagement and providing inclusive programming. Working with VIBE Arts, AGO Youth: Free After Three, Xpace Cultural Centre and Design Exchange, among others. Paddy is helping to transform the landscape of Toronto’s community arts scene.
Creative Window Mural Painting with Julia Prajza
Be a part of the creation of a community-engaged window mural! This Fall, CityPlace residents are invited to come together, share love for their community and contribute to a large temporary window mural at The Bentway Studio. Join Muralist, Lettering Artist & Designer Julia Prajza and your neighbours in transforming the space in a vibrant and positive way.
Sign up to attend a virtual workshop and discover new skills through creative self-expression. Participants will be guided through the process of exploration, brainstorming ideas, and themes they would like to share during this time. Together we will learn basic mural techniques in order to paint a collaborative window mural as a group.
This program is family-friendly, for all ages and art levels. No experience necessary. If you’re not able to attend the workshops, you may also drop in during the painting days to participate. This program, paint, and supplies are available to participants at no cost, as part of The Bentway’s Community Incubation Program.
- Online workshops: Thursday, October 7 & Tuesday, October 12 – 6:30pm-8pm
- In-person painting days at The Bentway Studio (55 Fort York Blvd): Sunday, October 10 & Saturday, October 16 – 1pm-5pm
Julia Prajza is a Muralist, Lettering Artist, and Designer in Toronto who aims to bring joy and positivity into our everyday lives. As an OCAD University graduate, with experience in Art Direction and Graphic Design, she has returned to her first love: drawing and painting. Creating intrigue with ornate details, vibrant colours, and a whimsical feel, Julia often focuses on floral or text-based imagery. She co-founded Neighbourhood Love Collective to collaborate with neighbourhoods to bring colour to our streets. Julia is a strong believer in the power of art and its ability to cultivate human connection and improve mental health.
Mirage Map by Blue Rock Collective
What would you add to CityPlace to energize the community?
The Mirage Map invites residents to imagine CityPlace as an oasis in the city with places to meet, people-watch, and play. Share your vision in a walkabout workshop and interactive map presented by Blue Rock Collective as part of The Bentway’s Community Incubation Program.
Join us in October for a socially distant walk to photograph and enhance locations in CityPlace by printing and drawing on your image. No experience necessary!
Your vision of possibility will be added to the Mirage Map online and onsite at The Bentway’s Canoe Landing Studio. Through photography, creativity and mapping we will create a collaborative Mirage Map of the community’s potential.
Dream your own mirage and connect with your community.
Where: Bentway Studio, 55 Fort York Blvd, on the patio
When: Thursday, October 14th from 4pm – 6pm & Sunday, October 17th from 2pm – 4pm
Bring a mobile device and your imagination.
Physical distancing and masks required.
Ages 12 and up.
Blue Rock Collective
Having lived in lands afar, Blue Rock Collective manifests a diversity of cultures, skills, and poetic sensibilities. A collaboration of artists Suzanne Simoni and Maryam Zaraimajin, Blue Rock Collective navigates how we live in relation to each other and our habitat on an interdependent planet.
To celebrate the end of the program and to bring the community together again, The Bentway invites CityPlace residents to add The Bentway Studio to your trick or treat route. Join us on October 30th from 1pm – 4pm to meet the artists and choose a rock to take home. Come show off your costumes to receive an extra tasty treat!