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Community Partners

Our community partners play a key role in promoting Arts in the Parks events and volunteer opportunities throughout the summer. Our 2019 community partners include:

Park People is an independent charity that builds strong communities by animating and improving parks, placing them at the heart of life in cities.
Stonegate CHC has been providing primary health care, health promotion and a wide variety of community programs to the Stonegate-Parklawn Community since it was created by community members in 1992. The Stonegate neighbourhood is an isolated low-income, market-rent neighbourhood located in south-eastern Etobicoke. Residents are made up of newcomers, the working poor, and seniors livings on old age security. The impact of poverty is high: 28% of residents and 38% of children live in poverty. 56% of people don’t speak English as their first language.While Stonegate Community Health Centre serves all residents in our catchment, our focus is on serving the health/social needs of the client populations living in the 75, low-rise, private, for-profit apartment buildings immediately surrounding the Centre in the Stonegate/Park Lawn neighbourhood. We deliver our programs and services with a particular focus on serving the following clients based on need: children and at-risk youth; women; seniors and newcomers – including immigrants and refugees.
Flemingdon Community Support Services is a group of volunteers in Flemingdon Park who have come together to animate the green spaces in their community.

The Friends of Cedarbrook and Thomson Memorial Parks is a local community group. Our purpose is to promote the appreciation of the wonderful parkland literally at our doorstep, to advocate for improvements, and to protect the park’s natural environment. All are welcome to attend our meetings and events. Join us and you can volunteer your time and energy as you are able. Meet neighbours and make some new friends, too. Anything and everything you contribute will go towards making our parks and our community a better place to live!

The Scarborough Rosewood Community Association is a community group run entirely by volunteers in the Rosewood community in north Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. We host clean-up days and an annual food drive, plant and maintain decorative gardens in the community, support our local schools and advocate for Rosewood in matters of interest to the residents.
Hopewell Community Garden is an inclusive, intergenerational and community-led action group for sustainable development. Our mission is to create a thriving hub where neighbours of all ages, experiences and backgrounds gather to grow healthy food and a healthy community.

The Mimico By The Lake BIA runs from Lake Shore Boulevard West, between Allen Avenue and Alexander Street. Our mandate is to work with businesses to improve the area, attract residents to shop and to organize events that create and cultivate a community spirit.

The Somali Women and Children’s Support Network was established in 1992 and has been serving the City of Toronto and surrounding area for over 20 years. This organization is mandated to provide a broad range of programs, services and supports to enable immigrants, refugees, newcomers and low income women and their children to gain leadership skills, employment training, and language skills, as well as to build social connections within and beyond their community. As these immigrant women face enormous barriers such as housing, language, culture, education, and employment, the SWCSN has been successful with programs which help to alleviate their isolation by building upon their social network.

Friends of Earl Bales Park is a volunteer group dedicated to improving our park for everyone and connecting with the park community. If you have an interest in our park or an idea for how you would like to see it improved please join us!

Guild Festival Theatre (GFT) is a professional theatre company that presents high-profile productions at the open-air Greek Theatre, located at the historic Guild Park & Gardens in east Toronto.

Since its founding as a registered not-for-profit group in 2009, the GFT has mounted five acclaimed productions. Appreciative audiences from Toronto and beyond have enjoyed summer-time performances of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, and Chekov’s The Cherry Tree.

GFT’s mission is to help revitalize Guild Park, site of the historic Guild of All Arts, Canada’s only artists’ community to operate in the 1930s. By showcasing masterworks from the past, the GFT is today re-establishing the performing arts on this 88-acre parkland.

Friends of Guild Park is a volunteer organization founded in 2013 to increase awareness about historic Guild Park and bring “whole-park thinking” to the 88-acre site. The group organizes a variety of activities, programs and special events designed to revitalize and enhance the legacy of what was once the Guild of All Arts and the Guild Inn.In cooperation with other Guild Park stakeholder groups, Friends of Guild Park has welcomed more than 33,000 visitors to volunteer-led festivals, programs and events on the grounds. Activities range from weekend arts festivals, outdoor professional theatre, community gatherings, plus popular walking tours of the site, done in partnership with Doors Open-Toronto, Jane’s Walk and Heritage Toronto.
Lakeshore Arts an award-winning community arts organization creates and delivers innovative and unique arts education programming under three streams for the past 24 years; children and youth, artists and community. Youth are given opportunities to create art in a safe and non-judgmental environment. Emerging and established artists are supported through professional development workshops and by showcasing their work in our storefront gallery. Community projects and festivals provide hands-on and interactive experiences that strengthen our community and utilize public spaces. We use the transformative power of the arts to build community in an accessible and inclusive way.

Friends of Parkway Forest Park (FPFP) is a group of neighbours from the Don Mills and Sheppard area who love being outdoors and organizing events in Parkway Forest Park.

We are dedicated to improving our community. We do this by:

  1. Supporting networking events that bring community members / groups together.

  2. Providing information on a range of topics that directly affect our property, safety and quality of life.

  3. Foster responsive governance by increasing the communication between residents and elected officials at the municipal, provincial and federal levels.

  4. Where applicable, represent the membership in its dealings with the municipal, provincial and federal officials that are of broad community interests.

Scarlettwood is diverse community nestled on the edge of the Humber River near Weston Road and Lawrence Avenue in Etobicoke. Our TCHC community overlooks a beautiful ravine that drops down to the Humber River trail. Our group is made up of dedicated community members whose mandate is to improve the lives of the people who live here, and to beautify the outdoor space. This includes encouraging people to spend time outdoors by facilitating programs such as yoga in the park, planting native trees and plants in the community, nature walk in the ravine, weekly walking programs and community clean-up.

Shwasti is a grassroots community-based organization started it’s journey in 2013. It works in the Taylor Massey and Crescent Town Neighbourhood Improvement Areas. Shwasti’s mission is to make community people happy and bringing some kind of peace, comfort and relaxation towards their lives. Shwasti has hosted indoor health workshops for several years. In the year 2016 we hold a successful workshop outdoors for the first time. In 2017 Shwasti expanded this workshop into a festival and included more people from the neighbouring Crescent Town, Teesdale and Oakridge communities.
Through these programs Shwasti built up partnership with Oakridge Community and Recreation Centre, West Scarborough Neighbourhood Community Centre,Toronto Arts Foundation, Children peace theatre, Arts in the Park and connected with many other organizations. These exposed us with new opprtunities, new learnings, new friends, more outdoor activities and more use of green spaces and so many.

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