Legacy Collective is a North York-based senior engagement initiative. Partnered with North York Arts and Neighbourhood Arts Network and supported by the Government of Ontario, the group celebrates creativity and wisdom through peer-to-peer learning, storytelling, and art-making. The members, which are made up of individuals with diverse backgrounds and languages, participate in activities that seek to break down barriers of social isolation and depression by using the arts as a tool to foster a network of community support.
- 2016NYA received funds from Ontario’s Senior Community Capacity Grant to run various arts programming in support of Legacy Collective
- 2016Legacy Collective participants had the opportunity to sell their artwork at the Cultural Hotspot closing party
- 2017With funds from the Ontario’s Seniors Community Grant and the My City My Six 150 project, NYA was able to run “Stitching Stories,” a program where participants worked alongside artists Paola Gomez and Dana Prieto to tell their stories and explore themes of identity using textiles
- 2017The artwork from “Stitching Stories” was showcased at The North York Community House
- 2017NYA developed volunteer opportunities for Legacy Collective participants to lead knitting circles for newcomer women
- 2017Legacy Collective participants had the opportunity to sell their artwork at NYA’s Sunday Serenades
- 2018With funds from Ontario’s Multicultural Community Capacity Grant, NYA is currently running leadership training workshops with Legacy Collective
Legacy Collective Community Impact:
- 30 seniors participated in programming
- Participants engaged in social activities related to the arts (including private artist talks and gallery tours)
- Created opportunities for participants to showcase and sell their work
- Created volunteer opportunities to senior participants and a paid program coordinator role
- Built opportunities with newcomer artists (spanish speaking) to provide programming in participants’ first language
- Built connections within the wider community to reduce sense of isolation and exclusion
With Support from:
North York Arts (NYA) is an arts service organization designed to address the needs and interests of North York artists, arts organizations and residents.
North York Arts
(Toronto Centre for the Arts)
5040 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON, M2N 6R8
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