Art. Equity and Climate Change in the Park
July 15 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Art, Equity and Climate Change (AECC) is an arts-based project that will include the NIA tower communities of Thorncliffe and Flemingdon Park. In the Don Valley West ward where Thorncliffe is located, 5% of immigrants are from Pakistan, it is the top birthplace of immigrants in this ward. 2022 was the 75th anniversary of the birth of Pakistan and in August 2022, Pakistan was affected by the worst floods in its history due to Climate Change. 1500 people died and many communities have not yet recovered. The community will learn about and depict art through a Climate Change and equity lens and Climate Change and equity through an artistic lens. Five local South Asian artists who practice different mediums of art; abstract, comics, glass painting, landscape and calligraphy will each spend a one hour session in the park each week and along with FCSS and CEED Canada will work with the community to talk about climate change and create art that connects Pakistan (if that’s where they come from), or whatever their homeland is to Canada. They will talk about the impacts of Climate Change and what difference they can make. Participants will learn about climate change and create an art piece depicting Climate Change connections in Pakistan (or whatever their homeland is) and Canada.