Toronto Mycelial Network

#InvisibleNetworkTO

An art project to participate in at home
April 1st – August 30th, 2020

The Toronto Mycelial Network is a city-wide art project to remind us that while we are physically distant – we remain connected as individuals, as communities, and as a city!

We invite all Torontonians to spend this time making any interpretation of a 3-dimensional mushroom that can fit on a 2”x2” square and post it on social media using the hashtag #InvisibleNetworkTO.

Why a mushroom? Mushrooms can be a great distance apart, but are connected to the same invisible network. So, like a mushroom, let’s connect while we remain physically apart!

Once social distancing is over, the mushrooms will be collected and displayed as part of an art installation. 

See below for more information on the Mycelial Network and how to participate. 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

 

  1. Make a mushroom (3-dimensional mushroom that can fit on a 2”x2” square). If you want, document your process!
  2. Post on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with the hashtag #InvisibleNetworkTO. Be sure to tag your crafty friends to keep the network growing!
  3. Sign up for our NYA Newsletter to be notified about The Toronto Mycelial Network at Nuit Blanche and other opportunities to make magic!
What is a Mycelial Network?

“Underneath the soil a vast and interconnected network of life that links the trees and other plants through their root system. This network is made up of fungi (mushrooms) with massive and far-reaching threads called Mycelium” 

Want to learn more? Check out the 3 minute video:

How should I make my mushroom?

Mushrooms can be made from anything you’d like! It can be made from felt, papier-mache, origami or whatever art supplies you find in your cupboards. All we ask is that it can fit on a 2″ by 2″ square.

How do I share my mushroom?

Share your mushrooms on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #InvisibleNetworkTO. It’s that simple.

Don’t have social media? Send your mushroom by email to info@northyorkarts.org – please include your name! 

What should I do with my mushroom when I'm done?

We ask that you keep your creation! Once isolation is over and we can gather together, the mushrooms will be collected and displayed as part of Nuit Blanche, East Danforth, and other possible hubs.

Until then, let’s be connected through an invisible network of making.

Check out the NYA staff creations! 

The Toronto Mycelial Network was created and initiated by East End Arts, and has been supported by our family of LASOs to expand and grow the network to all corners of Toronto! Members from any community in the city of Toronto and beyond are invited to join all of us in making a mushroom at home, and being connected in times of social distancing. the other LASOs: North York Arts, Arts EtobicokeLakeshore ArtsScarborough Arts and Urban Arts.