Members of the RWC joined the Water Is Life protest against Trumps reversal of Obama’s decision to the halt the construction of DAPL on Standing Rock Sioux territory. Our role in the demo was in support of test#:collective’s projection project. It was an honor to be in the presence of amazing women organizers, drummers and singers, dancers and speakers who came to share their knowledge of the struggle at Standing Rock.
Members of Monday Art Group proudly participated in this OCAP video. We will also be producing a longer video from the footage that was shot that did not make it into this film.
Everyone’s Invited to the Gala Screening & Premiere of OCAP’s new short film
Bursting at the Seams
Thursday, November 10 | Mayor John Tory’s Condo | 6:30pm
[Bedford & Bloor, Outside St. George Subway Station]
Food will be served before the screening
In collaboration with a few key allies, OCAP has made a short film on conditions of brutal overcrowding within Toronto’s homeless shelter system. We are going to show it outside the building where Mayor John Tory lives in somewhat better circumstances.
This week we were tired and hot. Some of us were hungry and broke too. In all our pain we got to talking about dreams, dreams of ourselves, of others. Dreams for our future and our present. Our desires of the every day, and the desires that only surface in our …. dreams. This is our collective group poem.
I dream of being with her one day
Too shy to tell her
But I can still pause at the thought
I live a life full of shattered dreams
all I see is mysery and stress
so I keep my self high just to
avoid myself from all this mess
you are my dreams
you are my love
you were the sunshine of my life
losing you was a nightmare
and now I only see you in my dreams
you took it all, twice, no less! Casting me adrift.
Giving up on what my desires want for me.
It’s not allowed.
I had a dream of you,
brown skin and dark hair.
Now I can’t look at you
because I prefer you in my dream.
Have a nice day.
Can’t we all get along?
Joined Bee Jackson for Saturday Art Group at Evangel Hall. Made a yarn graffiti (or knit bomb) in response to all the development going on downtown and our group conversation about being on waiting lists for RGI (Rent Geared to Income) housing for up to 10 years and counting… I also enjoyed the great creativity going on. Wonderful group today.
On what felt like the hottest day of the year Saturday Art Group stayed cool together and wrote another collected poem, building on the topic sentence/question ‘What’s on my mind.’
What’s on my mind (?)
thick stemmed echinacea
easy to break when handled with force
that pinkness seeps into me now when I look
my body feels a new kind of warmness
and I let it
I realize I am healing me
changes in perception
not all that was seems to be gone and what seemed to distorted
perception is now
And the quote by many comes into perspective –
Be careful what you wish for!
Wish I were not so shy
But it’s okay
because i got drugs
What’s on my mind my kids
that I love them with my heart the way they smile and
jump and play
my kids i have on my mind all the time
heat of the sun bearing
on my electric eyes
headaches and sadness
wrapped in row upon row of knotted colored yarn
Life not profit
Sometimes roses are red
and sometimes violets are blue,
God how I miss sleeping next to you
the heat of the sun
is a most wonderous, powerful, penetrating light
which carries me through a most profound desolate dessert
endless sequential furnace opening my pores
gathering waters of seasless bountiful liquid
streaming from me
I arrive at my destination dissolved into infinite vapours of appreciation.
– Saturday Art Group 07.23.16
Title: Bipolar Balloon
Picture taken on June 17th 2016
Today The Saturday Art Group wrote and performed a collective poem called, ‘My Week.’
same as the week b4
to piece my life back together
each new strand
a personal goal
amazing and Wonderful
chilling with my boo
got a new stolen bike
threw away some fish heads
all my blood tests went well
to forgive myself
brings me closer
allowing me to develop a new perspective
and value of lessons learned
horse chestnut tree
green spiky balls
teachin’ me how to relax
same as the week b4
– SAG – July 16th 2016
Thanks to Judith Marsh, Linda Needles and Neila Longman and their art group friends for making this massive contribution of wool and supplies – even a sewing machine – to Monday Art Group. What a great week for us! Since our budget is dwindling such offerings are vital to our group being able to provide materials for our work.
The Red Wagon Collective has started a new sister art group out of a homeless drop-in of downtown Toronto (Bathurst and Queen). We meet in the multi-purpose room, using three sewing machines and closet of recycled supplies.
The Saturday Art Group is for homeless, insecurely/institutionally housed, shelter users, recently incarcerated, low-income people. We believe art to be necessary to our survival and resistance. We choose to make art in a time marked by austerity, as our lives and well-being are and have been under threat. We work on both individual and collective pieces; our work both celebrates our joys and articulates our frustrations. We are frustrated by a lack of affordable housing in the city, the conditions in which we are forced to live, and the alarming number of homeless deaths in Toronto.