Youth Connect: Ecological Arts Program for Equity-Denied Youth
When: Weekly on Tuesday afternoons (up to 6 weeks)
Where: At or near Renfrew Ravine Park (exact location will be announced prior to each session)
Number of Participants: Up to 16
Honoria: $40 upon completing the program (must attend at least four of the six workshops).
Includes: Snacks, 1-zone Translink tickets
Summer Session 1 Registration Closes:
May 5th, 2023 at 5pm
We will run 3 groups in 2023
- Summer Session 1:
May 30th – July 4th. Register here
- Summer Session 2:
July 25th – August 22nd Register here
- Fall Session:
October 10th – November 14th. Register here
Please note: each workshop is not guaranteed within the Connect Program.
A workshop outline will be discussed in the exploratory phase with the program facilitators/participants.
1. Interactive Art and History Walk in Renfrew Ravine
A walking tour of Renfrew Ravine Park speaking to the history of the space.
Along the way, there will be an opportunity to learn about the impacts of non-native and native plants, their role in the local ecology, and their traditional Indigenous uses.
2. Weaving Invasives with Gratitude
Learn about English ivy and its place in our ecosystem.
We will safely remove ivy and prepare it for weaving, while picking up garbage and carefully avoiding native plants. Then, we will use the collected ivy to weave baskets using a simple twining technique.
3. Indigenous Knowledge Sharing / Salve Making
In this session, we will invite one of our Indigenous neighbours to join us and share stories about the land, indigenous history, and traditional uses of native plants.
We will use local plants such as calendula to make healing salves.
4. Working in Colour Me Local Dye Garden
[Spring, Summer, Fall]
You will be introduced to the Colour Me Local Dye Garden located on the North-West edge of the Renfrew Ravine.
Together, we will explore basic gardening techniques and get our hands in the soil. We will do some of the following activities depending on the season/needs of the garden: weeding, watering, harvesting and garden maintenance.
5. Natural Dyeing
[Spring, Summer, Fall]
In this session, you will learn how to naturally dye textiles!
We will be working with either the bundle dye or immersion dye techniques, using freshly harvested plant materials from the Colour Me Local Dye Garden.
6. Connecting with Nature Through Sound
A follow-up to the Walking Renfrew Ravine session, this workshop will present the history of Still Moon’s work within Renfrew Ravine Park through acoustic ecology.
We will engage with one of Still Moon’s iconic art pieces, the Renfrew Ravine Labyrinth, and enjoy the flourishing Ravine greenery along the way. Experience sound in the ravine through deep listening exercises. You’ll also get to experience unheard sounds through aided listening through special microphones and sound devices.
7. Working the Land – Planting
We will plant native plants in one of our restoration sites / colour me local dye garden.
You will have the opportunity to be active, move your body, and get your hands in the soil while learning planting techniques. We will then share a warm beverage and light snack, and reflect on the program.
8. Weaving with Willow
Join us at Beaver Pond(er)ing Lodging, a multi-year living willow sculpture we started in 2022.
In this session, you will learn about the process of weaving with willow, and participate in the art project! We will work on the second phase of the sculpture, where we are creating a beaver’s lodge (named the “Dodge Lodge!)”. You will learn about the inspiration behind the project from its lead artists, and contribute to its ongoing process and construction.
9. Learn to Build with Cob – Planting
[Summer: Mid June – End July 2023]
Participate in building a cob storage house at the Colour Me Local Dye Garden!
Learn about the process of using cob to build sturdy structures. We’ll be getting our hands dirty handling and laying down the structure of the shed during these sessions.
10. Seed Paper Making
In this session, we will recycle scrap paper into new paper that is pressed with seeds (harvested from the Colour Me Local Dye Garden).
The dried seed paper can be written on and planted to grow dye plants of your own!
Still Moon’s Values
Art – Art is a means to individual exploration, creative expression, and community building.
Positive experiences in nature – Positive experiences in nature elicits experiences of unity, interconnectedness and create moments that are “greater than self”.
Radical inclusivity – Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate in Still Moon programs regardless of age, class, gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, ability, indigeneity, and any other intersection of experience that excludes people in society.
History – We recognize systemic and structural inequalities as a result of ongoing colonization.
Diverse cultural traditions – We acknowledge and celebrate diverse cultural traditions as an opportunity for community building, intercultural learning, and allyship.
Environmental stewardship – It is our duty to respect, steward and learn from the earth which supports us. We seek to reimagine a world where land and people are good medicine for one another.
Collective action – We are better when we’re doing it together; Action holds more value than words.