In early 2018, Arts Etobicoke met with Quadreal Properties, the development group who owns Cloverdale Mall. Cloverdale is working on a long term redevelopment of the mall and reached out to us as a community expert to consult with them on using art to engage the community and activate their space. A unique opportunity presented itself: how to animate their space, serve their current users, and attract a new audience to their space. So we embarked on a journey of envisioning and developing a vibrant community hub in the heart of central Etobicoke- in a mall!
With the support of Quadreal Properties we were able to deliver a variety of programming and were provided the time and space to let the programs develop organically and with input from the community. Since the launch of the space, Arts Etobicoke has delivered many programs in Cloverdale Common, each one growing and developing with input from the community, and Quadreal Properties.
Programming Highlights Include:
- March Break Camp for children and youth focused on introductory visual arts
- Drop-In Morning Art Class for ages 4-6 with Sladana Zivkova
- Mural Making for ages 13 – 15 with Rob Matejka
- Map Making for ages 9-12 ith The Urban Geographer
- Pure Data (computer coding & electronic music) for ages 16+ with Jason Doell
- An After-School Arts Drop-In, modeled after the program in our Storefront Gallery
- Seniors’ Programming with instructor Marjan Verstappen
- Gallery Exhibitions curated by Arts Etobicoke and featuring local Etobicoke artists
- Music in the Mall, piloted with downtown classical music powerhouse Tafelmusik
- A Holiday Market, over two weekends in December featuring local artists/artisans