TRANSFORMING LIVES. ONE SMILE AT A TIME.
In 1976 The Esplanade - a downtown Toronto planned community - was created with a pioneering vision of diversity. Today it is home to a very diverse population - with Esplanadians of all ages, abilities, household incomes and cultural backgrounds living together. We come from distant horizons, and yet together we live a harmonious and friendly day-to-day life.
However, with such a wide diversity, how do we ensure that intercultural understanding prevails; that economical disparity does not build walls between families; that both people with special needs and seniors are engaged and connected; and that all young people have an opportunity to express their unique voices?
We think that part of the solution is to offer inter-generational programming that is free and accessible by all, along with an inclusive, accepting and welcoming environment where all people can connect, gather and create together. We believe that offering both access to and engagement opportunities in the arts contributes to a more cohesive, united and supportive community.
We initiate and produce arts-based community-engaged projects and events that are taking place in or near David Crombie Park. Our artist-led programming engages all Esplanadians in collaborative creative processes leading to public presentations. Events include outdoor movie nights, live performances (dance, theatre, music), outdoor photo exhibits, murals and more.
Since 2011, Jamii has produced over 60 events, 200 workshops, directly engaged with more than 500 people, and reached over 45,000 audience members and viewers. Jamii (Swahili for “community”) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2011 by Isorine Marc.
Parks we work in:
- David Crombie Park
Things we do:
- adventure/nature playground
- crafts/folk art
- indigenous culture
- movie nights
- visual arts
We're looking for volunteers in these areas:
- Regular volunteers
- Occasional volunteers