1. Art Journaling

In this 4-session group, participants will work on individual and group art-making. The purpose of this program is to explore creative space and diverse community knowledge, while also provding an affordable and accessible art experience for participants. This session is open to anyone that is curious, with no previous art experience necessary. The sessions will result in individual art journals, as well as one or two group art pieces.

Goals of the program:

  • Provide opportunities for relationship building in the community using a creative modality.
  • Inspire exploration and creativity for community members.
  • Promote dialogue on differences with community members, facilitate discussion about multi-voiced knowledge
  • Provide an affordable and accessible art experience for community members.
Session Activities Goal
1) Introduction to Art Journaling.Relationship building.

Workshop expectations.

Love Bug (20 mins).Carousel Drawing (30 mins).

Free-but-Focused- Play Art (20 minutes)

Introduce art journaling.
Reduce anxiety related to art.Introduce participants to each other. Discuss elements of a shared art experience. Group art.

Review next sessions, respond to questions. Provide take-home activities to those who desire.

2) Art as self-explorationArt as stress-reducer. Layered self. (30 minutes)Comfort book. (40 minutes)

Close.

Introduce new art materials.
Explore the multiple layers of self that can be explored through an art journaling experience.
Introduce collage.
Explore ways that images and words express different comforting emotions.
Art to take home.
Take-home activities to those who desire.
3) Art as self-exploration.
Stress-reducer.
Close.
Exploring the left-hand (multiple activities, 30 minutes)
Heart and head (20 minutes)
Next week, last session.
Reflection on right/left; dominant/other.
Stress reducer, integration activity.
Take home activities.
4) Historical forms of art expression.
Celebration.
Mandalas. (50+minutes)
Close (20 minutes)
Explore shapes and space.
Offer historical presentation of expressions of shapes. Creation of a group mandala.Close.

2. Caribbean Feminist Conversations

This class offers a much-needed space for all those interested in discussions of Caribbean feminism in the city.  It welcomes participants of all ages, races, classes, genders, and sexualities to come together and discuss their histories and current realities. This class will contribute to building community and support systems, as well as opening up new ways of interacting with our pasts. The class will be organized around themes highlighted by short readings for the week (both fiction and non-fiction), music, and/or film clips and then an informal discussion period. Material to be decided on collectively.

3. Decolonizing Language: Learning Spanish

In North America  broadly, languages are taught as dead grammer in such a way that language learning is constructed as difficult, expensive and possible only for a talented few.  This construction of second language learning as nearly impossible contributes to hegemonic ideas about the inevitable future of English as a global language and the decline of minority langauges worldwide.   ‘Slang’ forms of english get construed as ‘wrong’ and their speakers as stupid.  By contrast, in other countries people routinely speak 3 to 5 languages.  I met a street kid in Guatemala who had learned english by listening to rap music and chatting with tourists as he shined shoes.  How is this  possible?  What does the language instruction industry not tell us about language acquisition and maintenance?  After 3 years trying to learn spanish in university and through expensive lessons I was barely able to say a word and understood little.  Yet within 3 months of travel to Guatemala I could converse fluently, have complicated discussions and make friends with people who spoke no English.

This course will involve radical methods of language learning and experimentation, including practical group use of spanish to develop communication skills together.  We will also look at different theories of language instruction and how some of them perpetuate hierachy and the erasure of difference. Together we will seek to uncover a toolkit for learning language that uses our natural capacity for learning instead of years of expensive university tuition and grammer instruction.  All levels of spanish are welcome including absolutely no previous study and native speakers, as mixed levels are best for learning.

4.  Do-It-Yourself Skills Workshop Series

The No Apathy! Skill Share Committee will be organizing bi-monthly workshops over the next year in order to extend the sense of empowerment that comes from knowledge and self-reliance. The less we have to rely on systems of exploitation and control, the closer we get to communities based on cooperation and respect.

Most workshops will be hands-on skill shares such as Self Defence for Women and Trans People, Screen Printing 101, or How to Grow Food in the City, while some will be more conceptual and discussion-based such as The Secret Histories of Toronto or Anti-Oppression 101. We understand the privilege inherent in being able to dedicate our time to these pursuits and actively aim to make the workshops as accessible as possible.

5. Free Software

A casual weekly meetup and discussion of the free software movement, how free software can be used by technies and non-techies alike as an alternative to non-free and proprietary software, as well as hands-on use of GNU/Linux operating systems and other free software. Attendees can bring their own computers, or take software home to install on their own and then bring questions back to the class. Project proposals for second semester include creating a streaming internet radio show and/or building a file server.

6. Gardening Discussion

A gardening discussion group for the winter to help share knowledge about plant cultivation. I’m interested in permaculture and organic food production and I think it would be excellent to get together with others who are involved or would like to get involved in this type of thing. I see it as a useful platform to help people develop garden plans for this coming growing season and beyond. It should address questions of what to plant, soil, foreseeable problems and solutions, tools, health, the principles of permaculture, biodynamics, and organics.

I’m also interested in urban agriculture and ways of bridging the urban/rural division. I see this discussion group as a way to empower communities in a basic way: building knowledge and sharing skills for sustainable and healthy food production.

7. Knit Nights

A casual drop-in for knitters of all levels, whether it’s your first time casting on or you can finish a fisherman’s sweater in your sleep.  Bring a project to work on or borrow yarn, needles and patterns from the group stash (loans and donations welcome).  New knitters can get help from more experienced participants, and we can all learn from one another’s projects, methods, inspirations and mistakes.

A good additional project would be to knit stuff–dishcloths, quilt squares, preemie caps & booties, toys, warm stuff–for some community organization that can put them to use.

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8. Sex Talk: Alternative Sexualities Reading and Discussion Group

An anti-oppressive, radically sex-positive forum for talking explicitly about sex and sexualities, particularly streams of sexual practice, politics and identities not only expelled from or vilified by mainstream discourses but sidelined by many university sexuality studies curricula.  Material for discussion will be chosen and distributed by participants, and may include essays from popular and academic literatures (e.g., feminist, queer, trans, anti-colonial and crip theory), press articles, blogs, fiction, visual sources, film, music, live performances, demonstrations, fanfic and -vids, whatever.  Examples of potential discussion themes might include kink (particularly but not limited to BDSM); monogamies and non-monogamies; masturbation; asexuality; reproductive justice; ‘sexual orientations’ and the limits of ‘gay’ vs. ‘straight’; fetishized bodies; bodily substances; children and sexuality; non-human sexualities; sex and capital; sex and science; sex and art…no topic is taboo!

9. Website Basics

Did you ever want to create a simple website for a conference, event, or for a community group you are a part of? Creating a website might sound like a big task, but with applications like WordPress, it has become easier and more user friendly. This workshop will show you the basics of WordPress- how to get a site, how to add content, photos, videos, change the theme/style, and more. A WordPress site only requires an internet connection (no expensive software). I am not an expert with this application, but can demonstrate the basics that you need in order to get started, and provide resources that have more information and documentation.


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